Photo provided by Raintree Children & Family ServicesÑThe Masks and Martinis fundraiser held Sept. 9 by LanYap Networks raised $30,000 for Raintree House, a community-based group home in New Orleans providing care for teenage girls who have abused or neglected. From left are Whitney Armentor and LaShawna Schofield of Raintree, Angie Tocco of LanYap Networks, Raintree House graduate Journey Crawford, and Laura Dashney of LanYap Networks.

GE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS DELGADO: The GE Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to Delgado Community College to help fill the advanced manufacturing and water management skills gap in New Orleans.

This grant will support Delgado Community College’s ongoing efforts to train certified water infrastructure personnel to work at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. The GE Foundation will partner with Delgado Community College, the Sewerage and Water Board and the city to create career pathways in advanced manufacturing for hundreds of job-seekers over three years.

Cedric Grant, executive director of the Sewerage and Water Board, said 40 percent of the agency’s staff will become eligible for retirement in the next three years.

“This is an amazing opportunity to recruit and train the next generation of Sewerage and Water Board employees, and we are committed to building pathways for job-seekers. Right now, we are gearing up for a $3.3 billion infrastructure improvement program. With the GE Foundation’s generous support and Delgado’s technical training, we can begin building our workforce of tomorrow, today.”

EXXONMOBIL SUPPORTS STEM SATURDAYS: ExxonMobil has donated $10,000 to the STEM Saturdays program presented by Dr. Calvin Mackie, allowing more students to participate for free. STEM NOLA was created to expose, inspire and engage young people in regard to opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STEM Saturdays are planned for Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. For information, visit

DOLLAR GENERAL SUPPORTS YOUTH LITERACY: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $35,000 to local organizations to support youth literacy programs.

Receiving $4,000 were the Algiers Charter School Association, Collegiate Academies and Start The Adventure in Reading in New Orleans; International School of Louisiana-Bunche Campus in Metairie; Christian Schools, Inc. in River Ridge; and D.C. Reeves Elementary in Ponchatoula. Receiving $3,000 were Benjamin Franklin High School and New Beginnings Schools in New Orleans, and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Mirabeau Family Learning Center Inc. in New Orleans received $2,500.

Across the country, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded approximately $4 million in youth literacy grants this fall to approximately 825 schools, nonprofit organizations, libraries and community groups dedicated to the advancement of literacy.

A complete list of grant recipients may be found at Applications for adult, family, summer and youth literacy grants will be available in January.

JPMORGAN CHASE: Supporters of A’s & Aces posted tweets containing the hashtags #returntheserve and #NoLa to support the group’s programs, which combine academics, life skills and tennis instruction. A’s & Aces is the New Orleans chapter of National Junior Tennis & Learning, a project of the U.S. Tennis Association Foundation. The organization came in fourth behind Los Angeles, Chicago and Jacksonville, Florida. A’s & Aces was one of 10 chapters selected to receive $10,000 from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Those 10 chapters then competed among themselves for another $10,000. Public votes on Twitter will determined the winner.

A’s & Aces is a nonprofit that impacts over 1,000 children a year through its in-school, after-school, weekend, school-break and summer programs. The organization was founded in 2008 to encourage success in life through scholarship in the classroom and sportsmanship on the tennis court. It distributes books so children can build home libraries, conducts field trips to universities to promote college awareness, hosts USTA tournaments and in many other ways enriches the lives of children.