Bring The Love to ESSENCE Fest With Commemorative ‘Day Of Service’
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In Partnership with NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart we will celebrate the beloved city of New Orleans with a dedicated Day of Service on Thursday, July 2nd from 9am – 4pm where 1000 volunteers will team up with us to #BringTheLove to the community through a focus on achievement for local youth, promoting literacy and healthy living.

Join ESSENCE®, Walmart®, NOLA for Life and the City of New Orleans as we give back and commemorate the resilience of New Orleans 10 years post Hurricane Katrina!

New Orleans School Refurbishment
Plant flowers, paint classrooms, build play areas, and prep classrooms for the upcoming school year!
Volunteer at your choice of three school locations throughout New Orleans (SCI Academy, KIPP Renaissance or KIPP Central City) and bring a book to educate a child!

Health & Community Fair at Walmart New Orleans East
Get FREE health screenings, job resources, fun giveaways, celebrity meet & greets, legal aid and more.


“With our inaugural ESSENCE Festival ‘Day of Service’, we are celebrating the resilience of New Orleans 10 years after the damaging effects of Hurricane Katrina,” said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks. “We are inviting all of our loyal Festival attendees, partners and friends to join our mission to ‘Bring the Love’ by giving back to our youth, supporting healthy lifestyles and encouraging a love of reading.” “ESSENCE is once again proving its strong partnership with New Orleans and NOLA FOR LIFE as residents, visitors, volunteers, and community partners come together to improve the quality of life for our families and our children,” said Judy Reese Morse, Deputy Mayor of Citywide Initiatives for the City of New Orleans. “One of our major goals in NOLA FOR LIFE is ensuring that people are involved in their communities and see investments in all neighborhoods. This ESSENCE Festival ‘Day of Service’ will have a great impact in New Orleans East.”

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We, along with our ‘Day of Service’ partners, NOLA FOR LIFE and Walmart will thank the first 1000 volunteers for their love and support by gifting them an exclusive ESSENCE #BringTheLove T-shirt.

Sign up here to become a volunteer. Join the ESSENCE Fest social scene on Twitter or Facebook.




The 2015 ESSENCE Festival is executive produced by ESSENCE Festivals LLC, a division of ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI), and produced by Solomon Group. GeChar is the executive producer of the 2015 ESSENCE Empowerment Experience and Empower U. Sponsors of the 2015 ESSENCE Festival include presenting sponsor Coca-Cola and major sponsors Ford, McDonald’s, My Black Is Beautiful, Samsung Galaxy, State Farm, Verizon, and Walmart.  Superlounge sponsors include Coca-Cola, Ford, Verizon and Walmart. The All-Star Gospel Tribute is sponsored by Walmart.