First, Liberty's Kitchen is a 3-month work readiness program supporting local youth between the ages of 16-24 who are unemployed and out of school. They provide their participants with training that will help them into gaining employment within the hospitality sector. 300 N. Broad St., 504-822-4011, libertyskitchen.org.
Next, be sure to donate to the Congregation Gates of Prayer synagogue in Metairie. Gates of Prayer is the oldest synagogue in the Greater New Orleans Area and features a pre-school, summer camp, and spiritually enriching worship experiences. 4000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, gatesofprayer.org.
Arc of Greater New Orleans has been working to advance the independence and well-being of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 67 years. During the Mardi Gras season, they are a great place to donate and buy beads and throws. Multiple Locations, arcgno.org.
Next, Summer Lyric Theater, located at Tulane's Dixon Hall, exists to preserve one of America's greatest art forms, musical theater. The theater employs over 200 paid and volunteer actors, singers, dancers, and more. Stay tuned for its upcoming 2021 season announcement! Newcomb Cir., liberalarts.tulane.edu/summer-lyric-theatre.
Heart N Hands is saving young girls, one heart at a time. Its focus is to educate the young women of our community about heart health and heart disease prevention. Founded in 2014, this organization educates on physical activity, healthy eating options, and lifestyle choices. 141 Robert E. Lee Blvd., #279, heartnhands.org.
Finally, the Arc Angels' Treasures: St. James Arc Thrift Shop, located in St. James Parish, raises money to support Pathways to Justice. Arc Angels is a community-based program designed to provide access to criminal justice for people with disabilities. Pick out items while supporting those in need. 29154 Health Unit St., Vacherie, facebook.com/arcangelstreasures.