Community Events

EverFi and Community Center of St Bernard celebrate Financial Literacy Month

April is Financial Literacy Month, and this year the Community Center of St Bernard is celebrating by partnering with EverFi to encourage St Bernard Parish residents to complete the EverFi - Financial Literacy program.

The EverFi training is a modular online course that lets individuals learn financial basics at their own pace, using videos, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking to help make even complex financial concepts easier to understand.

Topics covered in the EverFi course include Credit Scores, Insurance, Credit Cards, Taxes, Investing, Savings, 401Ks, and Mortgages.

The Community Center's Financial Literacy Month celebration began with a short presentation about the EverFi program on Monday, April 7. From April 7 through May 7, local residents who complete the EverFi course modules online will be automatically entered in the Community Center's Financial Literacy Raffle. One raffle ticket will be earned for each EverFi module that is completed. Everyone who attended the April 7 presentation also received an extra ticket as a bonus.

The raffle drawing will be held at 4 pm on May 7, 2014 at the Community Center. Grand prize is a refurbished Windows 7 desktop computer with Quicken financial software. Other prizes include a microwave, t-shirts, bumper stickers, CD's and more.

For more information about the Community Center's Financial Literacy Month celebration, and to find out how you can complete the EverFi modules and take part in the raffle using your own computer or tablet, please phone 504-281-2512.

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.

Register to Vote at the Community Center on May 12

In observance of National Voter Registration/Education Week, the staff of the Registrar of Voters Office invites the citizens of St. Bernard to come out and register to vote. Staff members will be at the Community Center of St Bernard, 1111 LeBeau St, Arabi on Monday, May 12 from noon - 2 pm to answer questions and help local residents with the voter registration process.

Other voter registration outreach sites in St Bernard Parish include:

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Stage Department Store, 8400 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Walgreen Drug Store. 4141 East Judge Perez Drive, Meraux, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Walgreen Drug Store, 100 West Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Friday. May 16, 2014 at South Lake Food Store, 7532 East Judge Perez Drive, Violet, 11:00 – 1:00 pm

St Bernard residents may also register online at , or at the Registrar of Voters Office, 8201 West Judge Perez Drive, Room 104, in Chalmette, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

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.