Community Events

Financial Literacy Seminar and Free Raffle on April 7

Free Income Tax Preparation Help Runs Through April 5

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is partnering with the Community Center of St. Bernard, 1111 LeBeau St, Arabi to offer free income tax preparation services and electronic filing services through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Sessions will be held at the Community Center of St Bernard from 10 AM until 2 PM on the following Saturdays: February 8, February 22, March 15, March 22, March 29, and April 5.

No appointment is needed; however, residents are requested to arrive by 12:30 PM to ensure that their tax returns will be able to be completed by 2 PM.

In order to receive assistance, taxpayers are reminded to bring photo identification and Social Security cards for each person included on their tax returns, as well as any W-2 forms, 1099 forms, Social Security statements and all other tax documents. For further information, please contact the Loyola College of Law VITA Program at 504.861.5668, or phone the Community Center at 504-281-2512. Loyola's VITA Program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.

Medicare Part D Assistance on April 25

Are you a Senior Citizen who is enrolled in Medicare? Do you have to pay for your medications? Do you pay medical insurance coverage premiums? Or do you have questions about "Obamacare" and how it affects your medical insurance coverage?

If so, Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselors from the New Orleans Council on Aging will be at the Community Center during this month's Food for Seniors program, April 25, starting at 10 am. No appointment is needed, so bring your questions and learn more about saving money on your health insurance costs.

iPads to Promote Computer Literacy

In today's challenging economy, having basic computer skills can be critical to finding and keeping a job. However, for many people without computer experience, traditional computers can be intimating and difficult to use. The Community Center of St Bernard is therefore pleased to announce that they now have 20 iPads available to help people who want to learn computing basics.

"iPads have an intuitive graphical interface that has been used successfully in settings ranging from pre-schools to adult education programs to promote computer literacy," noted Iray Nabatoff, Community Center Executive Director. "New users of all ages and backgrounds quickly feel comfortable with iPads, which makes it easier for them to learn new computing skills."

After attending a required 1 hour training session at the Community Center of St Bernard, residents will be able to sign out the iPads for a 2-week period so that they can continue learning how to use them and work on improving their computer literacy in the comfort of their own homes.

The iPads are pre-loaded with training guides to help residents with job search basics including resume-writing and preparing for an interview. The iPads also include financial literacy training courses, introductory Spanish and French language modules, ESL courses, and apps for New Orleans-area news sources including the Times-Picayune and the NOLA guide so that residents can keep informed about local news and events that affect them.

Social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more are included as well, and residents will also learn how to personalize iPads with other programs and apps that reflect their own interests.

The iPad Computer Literacy Program is made possible through the generous support of the Samuel I Newhouse Foundation. For more information about the iPad Computer Literacy Program at the Community Center of St Bernard, or to make an appointment for a training session, please phone the Community Center of St Bernard at 504-281-2512.

Community Center named Great Nonprofit

Thanks to all of the amazing reviews we've received from all of you, the Community Center of St Bernard has won a Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits. Check out these inspiring volunteer stories, and feel free to add some of your own:

Free Bingo Every Monday Night at 5:30!

Monday nights are Free Bingo Nights at the Community Center of St Bernard! Everyone is invited to a family evening filled with fun, prizes, and 10 rounds of Bingo. Starting on July 16, Bingo will be held every Monday night starting at 5:30 PM at the Community Center of St Bernard, 1111 LeBeau St, Arabi.

There is no charge for admission, and children are welcome to join in the fun as long as they are supervised. Winners will be able to choose from a variety of prizes including vases, figurines, and handicrafts, so come out and join us for "Bingo on Lebeau"! For more information, please phone the Community Center Office at 504.281.2512.