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KCB Needs Volunteers Saturday

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Keep Covington Beautiful is calling for volunteers this Saturday for downtown beautification including planter re-planting and tree pruning. Volunteers will meet at the Covington Trailhead on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Downtown Beautification will take place from 9:30 until 12 noon.

If you are able to volunteer, please contact Keep Covington Beautiful at info@keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Please bring your own gloves and water to drink. Thank you for volunteering! keepcovingtonbeautiful.org

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Donation Opportunities for the Covington Community

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November is traditionally a month of giving, and many in our community have suffered hardships this year. Thankfully there are a number of organizations in our area designed to help our local neighbors.

Donate Food & Gently Used Household Items to the Northshore Food Bank

The Northshore Food Bank and it’s Resale Shop have undergone some changes in the past year, both expanding to larger locations to meet the demands of our growing community and outer areas. Each year, the Northshore Food Bank distributes over 1 million pounds of food to the residents of St. Tammany and Washington parishes. This year the Food Bank saw an increase of more than 110% in the number of individuals and families they serve due to COVID.

Want to help? You can donate food directly to to Food Bank at their new location, 125 W 30th Ave, Covington, LA. Donation hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9a-12p at the Community Donations door, facing W 29th Ave. You, your business or place of work can also host a Food Drive! Learn more here: https://northshorefoodbank.org/donate-food

The Northshore Resale Shop accepts donations of gently-used clothing and accessories, household items, appliances and furniture. Funds from the Resale Shop go directly towards purchasing food for the Food Bank. Learn more at https://northshorefoodbank.org/resale.

Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

Our local Knights of Columbus are collecting small children’s (toddler – 12 years old) coats for distribution to those in need. Jackets in good shape may be dropped off at the collection box at Acquistapace’s Grocery or the Children’s Dental Cottage in Madisonville.

Covington Police Department Toy Drive

The Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish, formerly known as Covington Police Toys for Tots was started in 1995 by Sgt. Wayne Mayberry and the Marines along with a host of CovPD employees, mainly Caroline Darby.

An average of 500 children attend this event annually. It takes about 6 to 8 thousand dollars plus a host of volunteers to provide this special experience for our children.

CovPD is asking for help to keep this program thriving and continuing to put smiles on children’s faces. If so inclined, please mail your donation to:

Caroline Darby’s Christmas Wish
PO Box 4074, Covington LA 70434
Questions: Contact Tammy Bushnell @ 985-892-8500 Opt 2

Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana – Covington Unit

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For the past 50 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana has been a leading provider of afterschool and summer enrichment programs for at-risk youth. As an independent local 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Louisiana depends on the generosity of local partners, supporters and investors. Each is vital to the organization’s continued ability to save the lives of at-risk kids across southeast Louisiana.

This year the Boys & Girls Club of Covington has made adjustments and offered additional support to the community with financial relief to families in need, meals, well-being checks and virtual learning for the children. To learn more about how you can donate, sponsor or volunteer with the Boys & Girls Club, visit www.bgcsela.org or follow them on Facebook.

On Wednesday, November 11th, from 5:30-9:30pm, the 4th Annual event for Oxtoberfest, but the INAUGURAL Beer & Bites Crawl will take place at the Covington Trailhead and throughout downtown Covington, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Covington! Read more here: https://covingtonweekly.com/2020/10/26/oxtober-fest-beer-bites-crawl-in-downtown-covington-nov-11/

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in our community.

This week is the last chance to support Hope House by donating toward your favorite Men Who Cook celebrity/restaurant team! Men Who Cook, sponsored by Cintas and the Brooke It Forward Foundation, is the primary annual fundraiser for Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House. Campaign ends Sunday, November 8th. You could win a Dinsey getaway! All donations help CAC-Hope House fight child abuse and trafficking on the Northshore. Learn more here: https://www.cachopehouse.org/events/

Covington Rotary Club’s Feeding the Needy

Feeding the Needy was founded in 2002 by John Baldwin and Craig Babylon to provide food on Christmas day for families in need on the Northshore. The Covington Rotary Club was approached for support and special focus was put on providing food for the school children who, during the holidays, do not receive the meals they receive at school and depend on as their main source of nutrition.

Each year on December 23 and 24, volunteers from all over the area come together to prepare Christmas boxes that include a 14 to 16 pound cooked turkey with numerous side dishes and dessert. Each box has enough food to feed a family of four to five with larger families receiving additional boxes. Deliveries are made to families throughout the Northshore area including St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa parishes. On Christmas morning, Rotarians and other community volunteers hand deliver the boxes to the homes of the identified families.

Besides the fundraising luncheon which is held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at the Briggs Assembly Center on St. Paul’s School campus, FTN relies heavily on financial donations. Because of the support from so many generous volunteers and strong partnerships, FTN is able to operate with minimal administrative costs. Donations for FTN are accepted year round. Learn more at the Covington Rotary Foundation’s website.

Northshore Humane Society – Adopt & Donate

Northshore Humane Society rescues thousands of neglected and abandoned animals each year. But we can’t do it alone. Together we can save even more!

For the price of a movie ticket, $13.90, you can provide food to an animal in need for an entire month. Together we can make Thanksgiving Day special for a homeless dog or cat. Your special gift will give an innocent animal the second chance and loving family they have always deserved.

View Northshore Humane Society’s Thanksgiving donation page here: www.northshorehumane.org/thanks

See NHS’s Adoptable Pets of the Week here: covingtonweekly.com/category/pet-of-the-week/

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New Leadership Brings New Vision at The St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services

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From St. Tammany Parish Government:

Beth Brewster, new Director of Animal Services

During the first month of her tenure at the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, Beth Brewster has implemented change, laid out her vision, and built upon initiatives that were already in place when she assumed her role.

“Beth is a natural fit for our shelter. She has a deep appreciation for our dedicated employees, she is hands-on, and she brings a fresh perspective to this department,” St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper said. “From increased play and exercise for animals, to changes in hours of operations, to continued partnerships with credible rescue groups and animal welfare non-profits, Beth has created a palpable atmosphere of renewed energy and positivity.”

“We could not have achieved these results without a great team of employees, Dr. Sandy Robbins’ dedication to our animals, and the help of our tremendous partners Wings of Rescue, Big Sky Ranch, and Denise Gutnisky of Mardi Paws,” Brewster said. “I am looking forward to what is yet to come.”

72 adoptions were finalized during the month-long, fee-waived, “Adopt and Donate,” 2020 Clear the Shelters event in August. Shelter partner Mardi Paws lent a paw to this event by giving away a free backpack of Summer Lovin’ swag to everyone who adopted a cat or dog from the shelter during the event. In addition, over 200 animals have been transported through the Wings of Rescue flights in 2020.

As the shelter population decreases through adoptions, fosters, and transports, Brewster has begun the implementation of an enrichment program designed to increase play, socialize dogs in groups as well as individually, increase walking of dogs on leashes, and implement positive reinforcement training methods with treats. Additional pens are currently under construction to provide added exercise resources. The shelter has purchased toys for the kittens, added scratching posts to the adoption room, and purchased feral cat dens for the isolation room.

Future initiatives set to launch include: broadening the volunteer base; expanding the foundation of credible, compassionate rescue programs already in place; purchasing new beds for all shelter animals; educating and more greatly utilizing fosters; and the acquisition of new caging for the isolation room to increase prevention of the transfer of disease.

As part of the continued partnership with Mardi Paws, the Let the Fur Fly fundraising initiative was recently announced and is underway. This effort is a partnership with Wings of Rescue and sponsors, and thus far has secured $25,000 in funding for a late – September flight for the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services, and other high-intake shelters in neighboring parishes out of Top Gun Aviation at the Hammond Regional Airport. Their goal is to fund a second flight during the month of October, as well as secure funding for the purchase of much-needed items for the shelter. Anyone wishing to become a sponsor, or donate may view the link here.

St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper wishes to thank Mardi Paws non-profits for their continued partnership and support, Wings of Rescue, and the top Fur Fly sponsors: Tito’s Handmade Vodka for Dog People, Baldwin Subaru, and The Meraux Foundation; as well as all of the sponsors who helped to fund the upcoming Wings of Rescue transport flight. See the entire list of sponsors here.

President Cooper also wishes to thank St. Tammany Parish citizens for their continued support of the Animal Shelter through fostering, volunteering, and adopting to continue to reduce the shelter population.

Animal Services is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Learn more at www.stpgov.org/pets. To purchase a bed for donation to the St. Tammany Parish Animal Shelter, click here.

Local Events Non Profit Spotlight

Give NOLA Day Tuesday, May 2

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Give NOLA Day is an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) aimed on raising money for area non profits that serve a vital role to the community.  The City of Covington will host an event at the Covington Trailhead on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  Just a few of the organizations participating include COAST, The Northshore Food Bank and The St. Tammany Humane Society.  Event is open to the public.

At Covington Weekly, we support giving all the time, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be monetary.  Every week, we reserve space to promote organizations that perform needed services to the community for free.  CW provides updates on the Food Bank, Adoptable Pets from the St. Tammany Humane Society, St. Tammany Art Association events, not to mention all the City features like Meet the CPD, updates from the Mayor and Local Events!Volunteering time to these organizations is also support.
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Bogue Falaya River Sweep This Saturday

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With the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana, Delta Chapter, Legacy Whiskey and Marsh and Bayou Magazine as partners, Keep Covington Beautiful’s Bogue Falaya River Sweep litter cleanup is rescheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 am to noon.  Following the cleanup, volunteers will be treated to light lunch and refreshments at The Chimes Restaurant.  Join KCB and these great partners for a rewarding few hours of work followed by a fun social event.
All volunteers should sign in at the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch.  Paddlers will collect litter in and along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge.  KCB will privide trash bags, gloves and litter grabbers.  A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available.  Sign up to reserve one at keepcovingtonbeautiful@gmail.com by November 28th.  To register as a volunteer or paddler with your own canoe/kayak, email jritter@sazerac.com.  Personal flotation devices are required for all paddlers.  Volunteers who are not paddling will pick up litter at the boat launch and help unload trash from paddlers at Bogue Falaya Park drop-off location.

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KCB River Sweep Is This Saturday

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Keep Covington Beautiful sponsors their annual Bogue Falaya River Sweep, a litter clean-up on the Bogue Falaya River, on Saturday, September 17.  KCB invites volunteers to bring their canoes & kayaks to the Menetre (4th Avenue) Boat Launch at 9:00 a.m.  KCB will provide trash bags, gloves & litter grabbers.  Paddlers will collect litter in and along the river from the boat launch to the Boston Street Bridge and back to Bogue Falaya Park.

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As much as eighty percent of all litter and debris in our oceans, rivers and lakes originates on land, carried there by wind and storm water run-off.  The rivers that define the city of Covington are essential to its unique character.  Join us to help keep our portion of this scenic river clean!  To become a KCB member or volunteer and to learn how to get involved with KCB’s major project, the Blue Swamp Creek Nature Trail, visit keepcovingtonbeautiful.org. Other projects include planting the downtown street-side planters, an Arbor Day celebration, educational seminars, litter prevention and recycling activities.    Find on FB

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Non Profits Work Together for Flood Relief Efforts in Covington

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The Food Bank of Covington is in need of non-perishable food donations. The most needed item at this time is boxed cereal. Can openers, toiletries, diapers, and monetary donations are also helpful.  If you are interested in donating to the food bank, you may stop by during regular business hours (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m or contact the Development Director at:
(985) 893-3003 ext 105
email at jandrepont@covingtonfoodbank.org
Anyone interested in volunteering may contact the volunteer coordinator on Monday at (985) 893-3003 ext 101.  For inquiries on the food program, please contact the registration coordinator: (985) 893-3003 ext 107.
The Food Bank of Covington is located at 840 N. Columbia St. Covington, LA 70433. The Food Bank serves the tri-parish area of St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa. Additional information may be found at www.covingtonfoodbank.org

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The Food Bank of Covington thanks Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West ReStore for dropping off hygiene kits and non-perishable food for those affected by the flooding.  Nonprofits are pulling together to help the community in a time of need and the Food Bank is very grateful for the help.  Habitat’s ReStore is now a drop off location for the Food Bank of Covington.
Visit them online:  habitatstw.org