Banded together with a renegade mentality and a shared vision for smarter, healthier cities, we want to be a force for social innovation.
We want to help solve problems and transform lives. We want to make a real difference.
We do this through supporting education initiatives for the world’s next generation of great thinkers and doers – the youth in the communities we serve.
Raised in support of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans.
Homeless women and children helped to transition from living on the street to safe, affordable housing through New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter.
Total value of goods, services, volunteer time, and money donated during the Palmisano Foundation’s 12-week “Our Community Is” Covid relief giving campaign.
Since 1990, more than 130,000 volunteers have participated in building Homes of Hope for the poorest of the poor in 23 nations. An Impetus team of 14 recently added to that number by building a home in Tijuana, Mexico for Yesenia and her five children: Lupe, Jesus, Liliana, Adrian, and Guillermo. Yesenia works in a factory and brings home an average of $85.00 per week.
A program of Youth With a Mission, Homes of Hope provides debt-free homes to help leverage families out of poverty. Conquering the perceived impossibility of owning a home gives a family confidence for victories in other areas of life, provides a healthier home environment, and hope for a better future.
Now, with adequate shelter, Yesenia’s family will be warm, safe, and healthy. Her earnings can now be used to purchase resources for other necessities. The family’s physical health will improve because of having a new cement floor versus the old dirt floor. The family’s emotional and mental health will improve due to feeling safe and less stressed. Overall quality of life will improve along with an increased feeling of hope for a better future.
Through our most recent Palmisano Foundation Scholarship recipient, Dariana Bueso Echeverria, Impetus was made aware of a school in Tela, Honduras, that was in dire need of assistance to repair damages from Hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020.
Prior to our arrival, the school operated with only a few working toilets and limited city-provided water supply for over 375 students and staff. In addition, their frequently used outdoor performance and education area was structurally damaged. After scoping and designing solutions alongside a Honduras-based architect and engineering team, a two-phased approach was developed to complete the flowing repairs: 1) design, coordinate and fund the performance stage’s structural repairs and water storage and distribution system and 2) sprint by our team fixing toilet rough-in’s, setting 11 new fixtures, removing old partitions and installing new doors/hardware, installing bathroom cabinets, parge and seal performance stage wall, and clean/prep/paint all affected surfaces.
It was a humbling experience for all and we look forward to building a better worldbuilding a better world through future mission trips!
The Palmisano Foundation, along with our dedicated team members, quickly implemented relief and recovery operations following Hurricane Ida. As the work is not nearly done, we continue to coordinate efforts to support our communities. We share our deepest appreciation to all that donated to help residents on their road recovery.
Generous donations were received from our trade partners that allowed us to deliver over $36,000 of supplies to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and Bayou Blue Assembly of God Church including:
840 cases of water
8,000 units of sheathing plywood
100 roof tarps
100 rolls of tyvec protection
54,000 roofing nails
480 units of bleach
100 boxes of latex gloves
500 units of cleaning rags
125 units of brooms, mops, and buckets
The Palmisano Foundation Scholarship Fund awards an annual scholarship to incoming or currently enrolled full-time student(s) (up to 4) based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, and an express interest in pursuing an education within the Architectural, Engineering, or Construction Industry.
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Upon receiving 501c3 designation, the Palmisano Foundation jumped into action to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with a 12-week relief effort spanning March 27th to June 26th, 2020.
“Community comes in many forms. We’re committed to building a better, healthier one for this new normal,” said Palmisano President & Floor Sweeper, Wesley Palmisano, in March. “For the next three months, the Palmisano Foundation will be partnering with local organizations who are at the forefront of the ongoing COVID-19 response work in our community.”
The response, dubbed “Our Community Is,” included 18 giving activities and partnerships with local organizations including The Blood Center, PlayBuild, Son of a Saint, Project Butterfly, Mid City Ministries, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Liberty’s Kitchen, Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans Creative Response, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, HandsOn Entergy Volunteer Center, and ACE Scholarships.
These partnerships were accompanied by bi-weekly lunches purchased from local restaurants to support the local food service industry, and delivered to Palmisano’s team and trade partners on active jobsites.
In support of its mission, the Palmisano Foundation created its own festival, Renegade Fest. The festival aims to become known for its visionary non-profit partnerships, its dedication to empowering the next generation of leader, and high-quality musical lineups.
The inaugural festival in 2019 raised $27,000 in support of Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, a group that engages local youth in the betterment of the New Orleans community.
YRNO volunteers help to reduce blight by rebuilding distressed and foreclosed homes, which are then sold to teachers to stabilize neighborhoods and positively impact the education system. Rebuilding efforts include revitalizing the emotional and spiritual health of each neighbor, and thus, collectively, reenergizing the soul of our city. YRNO transform the boundless energy and optimism of youth into hope for New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans delivers a variety of educational programs in finance and economics presented to students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Palmisano has been involved in JA in many capacities, including opening a storefront within JA’s BizTown. The program features a kid-city that combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor in an effort to help students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
Palmisano partnered with several subcontractors to renovate and open a storefront within the simulated town. The office space includes a work bench for students to gain hands on collaboration and project management experience through assembling mini-libraries for their schools. Palmisano employees prefabricate the components, deliver to BizTown, and volunteer their time to help the students.
Palmisano forged a partnership with PlayBuild NOLA, a local educational non-profit based in New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood. This area of the city is adjacent to our Tchoupitoulas Riverfront office, and finding a way to be active in our immediate work community was a priority. PlayBuild’s mission is to transform under-utilized urban spaces into exciting kid-friendly environments for play and learning. Their goal is to engage under-served youth through creativity and active learning and to stimulate curiosity, enthusiasm, and an interest in exploring careers across a wide spectrum of design disciplines.
With assistance from a network of consultants, subcontractors, and suppliers we led the effort to build a new permanent outdoor classroom. The addition of a restroom and utility room brings needed amenities to the site.
The kids at the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter now have a safe and secure place to play. Founders of the Shelter, Dan and Jackie Silverman, worked in collaboration with Palmisano and St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church to create Jonathan’s Play Yard, a sports court for basketball, hopscotch and four square, with a separate riding path for tricycles.
The New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter is the largest shelter for homeless women and children in New Orleans, with a mission to transition homeless families to sustainable and independent living. Since its inception in 2007, the Shelter has helped more than 1,200 homeless women and children transition from living on the street to safe, affordable housing. An average of 88 percent of the families served by the New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter transition to independence and stability. The Shelter continues to stay filled to capacity and at any given time, two-thirds of the residents are children. Recognizing the needs of every child, the Shelter has implemented a comprehensive children’s case management program and after-school education and enrichment program.