Author: Lindsay Mack

Changemakers: Sarah Andert

Wanting to raise more awareness about plastic pollution, longtime environmentalist Sarah Andert opened Vintage Green Review, the city’s first zero waste supply and bulk refill shop. By making it easier for people to live more sustainably, Andert aims to make…

Changemakers | Claire Steiner

Trying out flavor-forward, lovingly prepared vegan food just got easier for people all around New Orleans. Launched by Claire Steiner (in the middle of a pandemic, no less), Clairly Vegan is a vegan food delivery service that’s generating city buzz…

Changemakers | Kathryn L. Reynolds

Designed to help ease the global housing crisis, a new approach to homebuilding recently launched in New Orleans. Kathryn L. Reynolds, a sustainable real estate developer, and Steven Bingler, the founder and CEO of Concordia Architects, decided to create more…

Changemakers | Nita Gassen & Judy Schott

Two women have taken their business idea from the Mandeville Market all the way to Shark Tank, the reality TV show focused on entrepreneurs. Here is what Nita Gassen and Judy Schott have to say about launching their company Better…

Changemakers | Catherine Todd

Drawing on a lifetime of art appreciation, Catherine Todd realized that New Orleans needed a single place where locals and visitors alike could fall in love with the city’s art scene. After a fortuitous meeting with fellow artist and businessperson…

Changemakers | Candice Huber

Fulfilling a lifelong goal to run a bookstore, Candice Huber opened Tubby & Coo’s in 2014. With a focus on science fiction, fantasy, queer and diverse books (including children’s books), the shop promotes inclusivity for authors and readers alike. A…

ChangeMakers | M-Tisha Dillon-Hall

Looking for a way to cope with postpartum depression following the birth of her child in 2016, M-Tisha Dillon-Hall began painting to relax and calm her mind. In time, she decided to help others find solace through artistic expression as…

Young Bloods | Franziska Trautmann

Frustrated by the lack of glass recycling options in New Orleans, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz decided to take action during their senior year at Tulane University. Word spread quickly. “We decided…

Young Bloods: Alison Parker

With a background in costuming for films, TV shows and even Cirque du Soleil, Alison Parker was always surrounded by clothes, costumes and fabric. Parker picked up sewing skills in home economics classes, but she realized that resource isn’t always…

Young Bloods | Josh D’Arcangelo

Sometimes the right idea comes along at just the right time. When Josh D’Arcangelo and Stuart Seiler decided to start a nonprofit benefiting New Orleans, they settled on the idea of providing computers and internet access to students in need…

Young Bloods: Jasmine Araujo

During the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater New Orleans area, Jasmine Araujo noticed that people living unhoused were being neglected and left to their own devices during the quarantine. Araujo quickly mobilized a group of educators and activists who were…

Young Bloods: Rabbi Katie Bauman & Evelyn Turner

As a growing coalition of congregations and community-based organizations, Together New Orleans is a new nonprofit dedicated to affecting real change in our city. A more localized version of Together Louisiana, one of the largest grassroots organizations in the state,…

Young Bloods: Andreas Hoffmann

It began with a simple idea: Andreas Hoffmann wanted to give back to New Orleans after Katrina. So he made his job as a touring musician carbon-neutral by installing energy-efficient CFL and LED light bulbs in band members’ homes. Soon…

Young Bloods: Dr. Lana Joseph

At the High Level Speech and Hearing Center, over 25,000 patients received help with their speech and hearing issues in the past three years alone. By treating and diagnosing speech, hearing and dizziness disorders, the center helps people across the…

Youngbloods: Connie Uddo

One organization is dedicated to restoring the New Orleans tree canopy in a fun, spirited way that fits the city’s vibe. Originally founded by Monique Pilie as Hike For Katreena, the NOLA Tree Project was created to help replant the…

YOUNG BLOODS: Danielle Wright 

As a social worker in a local high school, Danielle Wright saw first-hand how many young people in the New Orleans area were exposed to trauma at a young age. These adverse experiences negatively impacted their academic success in school,…

Young Bloods: Todd Wackerman

While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue, Wackerman created the STEM Library Lab, an equipment share…

Young Bloods: Benjamin Gordon

Combining philanthropy with a flair for fashion, one local sock company is making a positive difference. By purchasing a pair of socks from New Orleans-based Ell & Atty, shoppers can help give back to the local community as well. Benjamin…

Ken Richmond

Located on River Road, the American Cancer Society Patrick F. Taylor Hope Lodge is a friendly sanctuary for people who travel to New Orleans in need of cancer treatment. A conversation with…

Young Bloods: Adelle Bergman

Twice a month, volunteers at the Crescent City Cafe serve up a free, restaurant-style breakfast for guests who are facing income difficulties or homelessness. For over 10 years now, the cafe has welcomed anyone who steps through its doors with…

Young Bloods: Emily Leitzinger

If you like finding new ways to serve the New Orleans community, one local radio program has you covered. “Voluntold Ya!” with host Emily Leitzinger, airing every Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. on WHIV 102.3, presents new ways to get engaged with…

Young Bloods: Joe Eagan

  For 165 years, The Leitz-Eagan family has helped families in New Orleans care for loved ones after their passing. At age 29, Joe Eagan is now the Funeral Director for three funeral and cemetery facilities in the greater New…

Young Bloods: Ralph Mahana

New Orleans has long been praised for its vibrant hospitality culture, and the latest generation of industry professionals are using their skills to give back in a major way. Ralph Mahana, who was named General Manager of Windsor Court Hotel…

Young Bloods: Dat Dog and Son Of A Saint Partner

Since its start in 2011, Dat Dog has grown from a single, modest hot dog stand into a New Orleans dining institution with locations all over Louisiana and now Texas. With its all-beef hot dogs, alligator, duck and crawfish sausages,…

Young Bloods: Gene Meneray

One local organization is dedicated to helping New Orleans artists and nonprofits succeed in a big way. Launched as a joint program of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Tipitina’s Foundation and Tulane Law School, The Ella Project offers high-level,…

Young Bloods: Llewellyn Everage

Youth volunteers have been a part of the Audubon legacy in New Orleans for decades. Thirty-five years ago the Jr. Keeper Program at the zoo was launched, followed by the AquaKids at the Aquarium volunteer group 15 years later. Now,…

Young Bloods: Valeria Emmett

  At Sugar Roots Farm, New Orleans kids of all ages learn about sustainable farming, composting and the humane treatment of farm animals. Located within Orleans Parish, this unique farm gives local kids a firsthand look at sustainable agriculture. Sugar…

Young Bloods: Paul Roach

  For many people, contributing to a published book is a lifelong dream. However, few achieve it while still in college. For Loyola studio arts major Paul Kalil Roach, this dream is already a reality. Roach is a published illustrator…

Young Bloods: McKensie Kirchner

After meeting at a friend’s birthday party, Baye Tilson and McKensie Kirchner (pictured) had a conversation about taking yoga outside the studio. What if yoga meetups could take place during bachelorette parties or at beer gardens? They decided to host…