Young Bloods: Emily Leitzinger
Host, “Voluntold Ya!”
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 New Orleans every week.
For two years, Leitzinger has hosted the live weekly radio show that presents the many ways listeners can get more involved in the city. Unlike other radio shows, which may only offer a five-minute spot to these programs, “Voluntold Ya!” invites guests to speak about their topic for a half-hour or more. Fittingly, the show airs on WHIV (which stands for “We Honor Independent Voices”), the radio station with a mission to support social rights and justice.
Over the course of 85 shows, Leitzinger has already featured plenty of organizations and individuals that help the city. Previous guests have included the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, which provides health services to local musicians, and the Crescent City Cafe, a twice-monthly breakfast cafe that feeds people who are food insecure. Program topics have included home building, composting, Engineers Without Borders and Mississippi River Delta restoration. One memorable episode featured student poetry about pizza from the 826 New Orleans writing project. “I find all these wonderful opportunities,” says Leitzinger, who adds that there are many nonprofits and people who want to help the city.
Getting more involved with the “Voluntold Ya!” community is simple. “Tune in,” says Leitzinger. “WHIV is a nonprofit itself, run by volunteers who put time and love into producing shows.” Supporting the show with donations is also incredibly helpful, and even a $1 monthly donation can make an impact. Plus, Leitzinger is always happy to learn about new opportunities and organizations to feature on the show. “There’s so many ways to get involved,” she says. “My shows give people an opportunity to learn those ways, but all you have to do is look around and ask your neighbors. That’s the beauty of New Orleans.”
Tune In & Get Involved