Category Archives: Community Outreach

Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank

Now more than ever, our most vulnerable citizens need our help, which is why we want to promote the JLNO’s Diaper Bank. Diapers are very basic necessities. Here are the statistics, according to the National Diaper Bank Network: 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need. 5 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families. Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8. Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby. No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers. Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers. Most childcareRead Full Article

CityBusiness honors Charlotte Piotrowski as a 2015 Women of the Year

Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. is very pleased that our co-owner and Director of Marketing and Community Outreach has been selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as one of the Women of the Year honorees. Charlotte was selected based on her professional and community achievements. Per CityBusiness: Fifty honorees for the 2015 class of CityBusiness “Women of the Year” have been chosen, and they will be the guests of honor at an event highlighting their professional and community achievements. The 17th annual “Women of the Year” will be recognized at a noon Nov. 12 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency, when an overall Woman of the Year will be announced. A special insert spotlighting all “Women of the Year” honorees will run in the Nov. 27 issue of CityBusiness. SeatingRead Full Article

Guest Blogger Collecting Items for CASA

Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. is thrilled to have guest blogger and local student, Eleanor, write about her service project; we think you’re going to be very impressed with this young lady.   Hello everyone! My name is Eleanor and I am a freshman at Ursuline Academy, New Orleans. This year for my service hours I am working with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA New Orleans fights for the rights of abused and neglected children. The majority of the children in foster care do not have anything to carry their belongings in when traveling from home to home, so they are forced to use a trash bag instead. To help contribute to CASA and these children, I will be collecting suitcases now through March. Please help whileRead Full Article

ABWA New Orleans: Crescent City Connections EN Chartered

October 9, 2014 was an exciting day. It was the day that the ABWA Crescent City Connections Express Network was officially chartered, marking the organization’s return to New Orleans following a nine year absence. You see, there had been six ABWA leagues in the Greater New Orleans area. However, after the storm that ripped apart our city, all six leagues disbanded. I’m please to say that ABWA is back in New Orleans, and growing quickly! I remember receiving an email via LinkedIn regarding the formation of a new ABWA league in New Orleans and was immediately interested. The nation-wide organization’s mission statement says it all: “The mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provideRead Full Article

Nerds Care: Sheets and Towels for the Jefferson SPCA

As part of our ongoing commitment to the community, Rent-A-Nerd is collecting sheets and towels for the Jefferson SPCA.  The Jefferson SPCA partners with the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter (both the East Bank and West Bank shelters) to provide adoption and other humane services.  In addition to helping the shelter, the Jefferson SPCA provides no-cost spay and neuter to area feral cats, and very low-cost spay and neuter services for the pets of area residents. You can support this nonprofit organization through monetary donations, hands-on volunteer efforts, and the donation of supplies.  You can also help by promoting the many benefits of adopting homeless animals.  Please consider donating your gently used sheets and towels. These items are always needed, but especially so during the busyRead Full Article

Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. Sponsors Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge!

Where can you go to sample fabulous dishes prepared by fifteen of the best up-and-coming chefs in all of New Orleans?  The answer is Gambit’s Emerging Chefs Challenge, which Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. is proudly sponsoring.  The event will be held on Wednesday, August 27th, starting at 6:00 (early admission, 6:30 general admission) at The Cannery, located at 3803 Toulouse Street in Midcity. The fifteen chefs competing in this year’s competition include: Chef Austin Kirzner, Executive Chef, Red Fish Grill;  Chef Brent Tranchina, Dinner Lab; Chef James Cullen, Treo; Chef Brandon Felder, Le Foret Restaurant; Chef Mark A. Majorie Jr., The Fountain Lounge; Chef Russell Pevey, Seithers Restaurant; Chef Travis Cheatum, Marigny Brasserie; Chef Christina Quackenbush, Milkfish; Chef Richard Bickford, Tujagues; Chef Michael Gulotta, MOPHO; Chef BrianRead Full Article

Nerds Care: Jefferson SPCA

Nerds believe strongly in community outreach.  This past Sunday, we dropped off a trunk-load of toiletries and other items to Ozanam Inn, a shelter for the homeless, located in the New Orleans CBD.  This donation capped off our most recent community outreach efforts, which began this past winter, when the need was exacerbated by the extreme temperatures.  We thank all of our friends and clients who generously donated items for this cause. Our next community outreach project will be to collect items for the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, to be donated to the non-profit agency that handles its pet adoptions and other similar services, the Jefferson SPCA.  Rent-A-Nerd has also given in the past to the LA/SPCA, which provides similar services in Orleans Parish.  Recently,Read Full Article

Client Spotlight: Brandi Bowen with New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council

While not quite a native, Brandi Bowen has lived in New Orleans fourteen years.  Brandi is the Program Director for New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council, an important organization which provides medical and other care for those infected with HIV, and is located in Mid-City. As Brandi described, “NORAPC is the public planning body for Ryan White Part A HIV services in the New Orleans 8-parish area.  Duties include determining the most important service categories, establishing funding levels for priority services, developing Standards of Care for services to ensure delivery of quality services, comprehensive planning to improve the service system, and to act as a venue to convene community input.  NORAPC’s vision is to create a high quality comprehensive coordinated HIV care system to promoteRead Full Article

Darrin guest lectures at Delgado Community College

Darrin was recently asked to give a presentation to students at  Delgado Community College.  So, on a recent morning, he gave a talk to the Introduction to Business class, along with Kelvin Gipson, Alumni Services Manager for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.  Here’s Darrin’s account of the experience: I gave a brief presentation on being a business owner and entrepreneur as well as fielded questions from students.  I met fellow graduates of the Goldman Sachs program, Heidi Raines of Medical Executive Partners, and Tracey Ryals-Frazier of B&S Equipment Company.  Not only did I learn a lot about their businesses and the common issues that we as business owners come across.  I also learned that many of the students had questions that were in line withRead Full Article

Computer for Donation

We have a desktop computer to donate to an area nonprofit organization! Please send us your suggested agencies. We are also seeking a (gently) used flat screen monitor to pair with this computer, so if you have one to donate, please consider doing so. The computer is a Dell Pentium Dualcore, 2.7 Ghz, 6 GB RAM, with Windows 7 Home Premium and Open Office. It’s ideal for word processing. We want to be sure this goes to a good home! Special thanks to our fabulous client, Avery Fine Perfumery, for donating the computer. It was a breeze for us to clean it out and get it ready for use. Computer for Donation was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by Charlotte Piotrowski

NerdsCare: We are collecting unopened toiletries for Ozanam Inn.

NerdsCare is Rent-A-Nerd’s way of connecting with the community.  Right now we are collecting unopened toiletries to be donated to Ozanam Inn, which is a New Orleans-area nonprofit that offers shelter, meals and services to men in need as well as various services and support to women and children.  We will gladly pick up your donations during our next service call, or you may drop off donations at our office, which is located at 103 Focis Street, on the corner of Metairie Road.  The shelter is always in need, but most especially during times of extreme weather, so please consider collecting those hotel toiletries and various samples you have stashed around the house.  Every donation counts! NerdsCare: We are collecting unopened toiletries for Ozanam Inn.Read Full Article