Hicks group to join May 1st ‘Give Day’

Published 4:45 am Saturday, April 28, 2018

The Robert “Bob” Hicks Foundation will be participating in “Give NOLA Day” on Tuesday, May 1.

The day is a 24-hour online event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to southeast Louisiana nonprofits, making the region stronger and creating a thriving community for all.

The Hicks Foundation is the only participating nonprofit in Washington Parish and Barbara Hicks Collins, executive director, is asking for Bogalusa and surrounding areas to support the foundation on this day of charitable giving. Every donation of $10 or more from midnight to midnight on Tuesday, May 1, will be matched by a portion of the remaining “Lagniappe Funds.”

Collins said that she sees this event as another important step in the creation of a civil rights museum and cultural center for Washington Parish. She stated that the National Park Service Grant that the foundation was recently awarded was specifically designated to restore the national registered 1906 Mill house and the Robert “Bob” Hicks house to their original conditions. Everything else will have to be done through fundraising efforts like this event, in order to open the museum doors to the public.

The foundation is asking parish churches, local businesses, banks, organizations, and individuals to do the following:

  • Visit online at www.givenola.org/RobertBobHicksFoundation.
  • Select “The Hicks Foundation” as a favorite organization to make a donation.
  • Make a donation.

The foundation also asks that for citizens to call their family, friends, and church members and ask them to make an online donation.

Collins said that some of the aspects of the planned museum will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Interactive exhibits — see, hear, touch and understand the civil rights experiences in a different way.
  • A collection of historic artifacts, including visual displays of people/places/events.
  • Recorded oral histories of civil rights workers and supporters.

For more information, call the foundation at 985-732-7449 or 504-237-4656 or email bbhicks.collins@gmail.com.