EPIC 2018 Gives Back!

Join us for a fun and rewarding event that will benefit military members, seniors and children. No matter what projects you immerse yourself in during our giveback event, you’re sure to make new friends and network with old friends all while giving back to the community!

The Helping Hands Giveback event takes place on Wednesday morning, October 17, between breakfast and the opening of the Vendor Tradeshow.  EPIC participants can participate in one or more of these activities:

  • Writing notes of thanks and encouragement for active military members, which will be distributed by the American Red Cross
  • Painting and decorating flower pots and filling them with pretty flowers to brighten up a seniors’ day at a local retirement community, Kingsley House
  • Hand-painting pillowcases stuffed with a book for foster children with One Heart NOLA. These foster children often take their belongings to new homes in trash bags and a decorated pillowcase is a wonderful alternative for them to transport their treasured possessions.
  • Packing backpacks with school supplies.

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One Heart Nola, originally In His Hands, began in 2008 by two foster families who recognized that the needs of foster children, birth families and foster families were greater than the state was able to provide. With a grass roots vision, these folks began spreading the word about the various needs to friends and family, neighbors and church members as well as going to garage sales and asking for whatever wasn’t sold. It did not take long for an empty bedroom to become a resource facility benefiting children and families in need.

In His Hands had grown so much that it was time to apply for a 501c3 non-profit status. In October 2015, the non-profit status was granted by the federal government as was the birth of One Heart Nola.

Run by volunteers, One Heart remains a grass roots operation believing that people best help other people.


Join NEXT and NetWork Volunteers as they pack backpacks with school supplies for local New Orleans students in need.

Why?  Unfortunately, over 40% of children in New Orleans live in poverty. Many New Orleans schools have over 90% of their students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. As a result, it is difficult at times to provide the necessary school supplies and equipment for students to be successful.

Providing backpacks and filling them with school supplies and a personal note of encouragement to the student provides students in New Orleans the necessary tools they need while relieving the burden off the schools to help fill in the gaps. It’s also a great team building and network activity for the volunteers to work together and get to better know one another.

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Header photo courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau; Zack Smith, Photographer,  French Quarter Architecture

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