Community Outreach

The Association of Women Attorney supports these and other organizations in the New Orleans community.

Plessy and Ferguson Foundation

Phoebe Ferguson, the great, great granddaughter of John Howard Ferguson, the Defendant in the famous case that created the separate but equal doctrine, has joined forces with Mr. Keith Plessy, the great nephew of the Plaintiff, Mr. Homer Plessy, to form the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation for Education, Preservation and Outreach.  The foundation works to create new and innovative ways to teach history of Civil Rights through the understanding of this historic case and its effect on the American conscience.  The organization seeks to preserve historic landmarks related to those historic events, outreach to communities on issues of civil rights and educate young people about the case and its place in history.


Grace House

Grace House is an all women drug/alcohol rehabilitation residential facility that boasts a higher than national average success rate for recovery.  If you would like to more about how you can help, please visit Grace House website by clicking on the following link:


The Pro Bono Project

In an effort to Ride the Wave to Rebirth, The Pro Bono Project’s continuing mission to provide free, quality civil legal services to the poor is more important than ever. By engaging volunteer attorneys to render pro bono services, The Pro Bono Project serves clients in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Washington parishes.

With funding from the Justice For All Ball and other sources, The Pro Bono Project works in collaboration with other social service providers to improve the quality of life for our clients and our community. Visit the Pro Bono Project web site at .


Lafayette Square Conservancy

The Lafayette Square Conservancy is a non-profit corporation organized to re-vitalize Lafayette Square.  AWA member participated in a cleanup and planting day at Lafayette Square in April of 2007.  If you would like more information about the Lafayette Square Conservancy, you can call Babs (899-5284) or Sally (589-7620) or write to the group at


Blueprint Louisiana

Blueprint Louisiana is a citizen-driven effort to identify and implement essential changes to fundamentally improve Louisiana.  For more information, Blueprint Louisiana.


Partnership for Youth Development

The Partnership for Youth Development is the intermediary organization leveraging resources to programs that serve children and youth during out of school hours in New Orleans. It maintains strong connections between community groups, schools, government agencies, and families. Serving as this critical link, it strives to fill any gaps between existing local youth systems and to create a strong infrastructure that effectively supports the children and youth of New Orleans. For more information, Partnership for Youth Development.


Youth Empowerment Project

The YEP believes that “by providing legal advocacy, intensive aftercare and case management to at-risk New Orleans youth, we will strengthen each young person’s capacity to successfully connect with his or her families and communities and lay the foundation for their healthy transition to adulthood.”

There are no other programs in the city of New Orleans that provide holistic, wrap-around services to court-involved youth. YEP links youth with existing social services and community resources and it also provides in-house, culturally competent care that empowers youth and their families to advocate for themselves. YEP teaches youth and their families how to navigate legal, social service and greater community systems. It does this in part by collaborating with a wide range of local entities including the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, various faith-based organizations, mentors, educational programs, job-training centers and counseling specialists.

For more information, Youth Empowerment Project.


Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes. Our staff and volunteers distribute the equivalent of more than 32 million meals to 210,000+ people a year