Team In Training's certified coaches provide nutritional and fitness advice to help participants meet their physical goals, and they welcome experienced athletes and green-but-determined terrapins alike. The program adopts a double-pronged training method incorporating personal attention from coaches with a daily training schedule and weekly group sessions. Participants also receive travel to and accommodation at their selected event.
For more than 29 years, NO/AIDS Task Force, a United Way Partner agency, has worked to reduce the spread of HIV while protecting the rights and dignity of HIV-affected individuals. Working with the recognition that HIV/AIDS has physical, mental, emotional, and social complications, NO/AIDS assists its clients with a wide spectrum of outreach services at little to no cost, including a medical clinic, food pantry, and housing. Additionally, NO/AIDS offers free oral HIV-testing with state-certified counselors at a variety of sites in the greater New Orleans area.
Global Green USA, the American affiliate of Green Cross International, works to foster a global shift toward a more sustainable future by advocating for green building projects and jobs in addition to other climate solutions. Through its community-based projects, such as NOLA Wise, Global Green helps implement environmental policy, educate hundreds of millions of people annually, and leverage billions of dollars for environmental initiatives. Currently, one of the organization's main initiatives is helping public agencies and developers of public housing create sustainable neighborhoods with LEED standards, hoping to rebuild the damaged areas of New Orleans with the environment in mind.
The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook paints a vivid picture of the market's history through the whimsical voice of local food preservationist Poppy Tooker, who recalls notable market events through recipes, anecdotes and compelling profiles of key vendors. The 208-page paperback tome assembles more than 125 recipes selected from submissions by local chefs, market vendors and shoppers, and those compiled by a random ingredient generator. Inspired by local ingredients, the dishes range from creole classics, like oysters Rockefeller, to more extravagant creations like chevre-stuffed squash blossoms and satsuma-chocolate gelato. The volume's focus on crafting slow foods with fresh ingredients makes it ideal for rediscovering a culinary heritage or utilizing a garden accidentally sown entirely with spinach.
Established in response to the crisis caused by Hurricane Katrina, Common Ground Relief, Inc. provides long-term assistance and relief to the people and ecosystems most affected. Since its inception, the organization has corralled more than 35,000 volunteers from around the world for recovery efforts, including the rebuilding of more than 3,000 homes. Residents can receive free legal assistance and construction-job training through Common Ground’s aid programs, while those interested in wetlands restoration can help the organization combat the swift degradation of the coastline by planting hardwood trees and marsh grasses and cleaning native sites damaged by oil contamination.
Every abandoned or homeless pet at the LA/SPCA must be vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adoption. However, the organization cares for more than 11,000 abandoned, homeless, and unwanted pets each year, and requires additional funding to prepare all of its animals for adoption.