Bags of Hope
Population Served: Homeless in New Orleans
Time Frame: Year Around
Mrs. Karen Seifert founder of “Bags of Hope Mission” introduced High Voltage to the Bags of Hope community service project to High Voltage in 2012. This is a year around project providing toiletries, PPE, books, games, toys and fun activities to nonprofit agencies in New Orleans serving the homeless population. Bags of Hope have been donated to the American Red Cross Boys Town of Louisiana, Covenant House, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Ozanman Inn, Project 18, Raintree Children and Family Services, St. Ann’s Homeless Outreach. This is a on going project to reach the homeless population in New Orleans.
High Voltage partners with Hands on New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, and the NOLA Trash Mob, to clean up the Treme/Lafitte neighborhood by picking up trash, cleaning up around catch basins and mulching trees. The Treme/Lafitte area has seen extensive flooding due to storm events and the city’s pumps at reduced capacity. The purpose of the neighborhood cleanup is to improve the environmental quality of life in the Treme-Lafitte Neighborhood.
Population Served: Children 3-12 and their parents
Time Frame: Holidays
High Voltage provides holiday art and craft workshops for children
3-12 with their parents at the New Orleans Public Library, Office Depot, Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center and Broad Street Community Connections (teenagers). Due to the Coronavirus and closure of these locations in-person services has been suspended until further notice. High Voltage is providing online and take-home art projects.
American Red cross
Population Served: Youth Ages 8-11
Time Frame: June - October
High Voltage participates in the American Red Cross Pillowcase Project. This program is a free, interactive preparedness program designed for youth ages 8 to 11. The program aims to increase awareness and understanding of natural hazards and teaches safety, emotional coping skills, and personal preparedness. Through instructor-led presentations, students learn the best ways to stay safe and how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase for easy transport during a disaster. Students also have the opportunity to decorate and personalize their pillowcases and share what they’ve learned with friends and family.
school supply giveaways
Population Served: Students
Time Frame: June - December
High Voltage provides school supplies to students the generous donations of the Amax Corporation, Office Depot and Individual donors. School supplies are given to nonprofit organizations serving homeless and youth in foster care. Additional school supplies are given away during the Healthy Blue School Supply Giveaway and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana School Supply Giveaway. School supplies are also given to Phyllis Wheatley Community School and Success Preparatory Academy at Thurgood Marshall School.
summer reading camp
Population Served: Families
Time Frame: June
Due to the Coronavirus and stay at home orders High Voltage sponsored a DIY Summer Reading Camp for 40 families in 2020. The DIY summer camp was made possible by the generous donations from AmeriHealth Caritas, Eustis Mortgage, Office Depot, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Levy, Ms. Deborah Reeder, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, The Honorable Terri Love, Barnes and Noble, LSU AG Center, and individual donors. High Voltage plans to incorporate this program into our 2021 scheudle of programs.
Population Served: Children
Time Frame: June - July
High Voltage co-sponsors summer camp at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center. This program is open to children in the Treme/Lafitte Neighborhood as well as the general public.
High Voltage sponsors a free spring and fall celebration for the entire family at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center. The spring celebration is designed to honor the volunteers and community members who have generously donated their time and support to the mission of High Voltage. The fall celebration is designed to promote family preservation as well as celebrate the history and culture of New Orleans.
spring & Family
senior citizen services
Population Served: Senior Citizens with food insecurity
Time Frame: Year Around
High Voltage provides holiday meals to support the Senior Day Program at the Sojourner truth Neighborhood Center. Holiday meals are served for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s and Father’s Day, Senior Appreciation Day, and Thanksgiving. Meals are also served to the general population as funds allow.