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Last month, Volunteer Louisiana began highlighting our state AmeriCorps programs, one region at a time. This month, we will highlight the Southern/Southwest region of the state. Stretching from Lake Charles to Lafayette, Volunteer Louisiana has three programs serving seven different parishes.
Impact Lake Charles, AmeriCorps members assist with meeting the critical needs of their community by educating individuals on various health and safety topics and providing assistance with community service projects.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette AmeriCorps, The UL Lafayette AmeriCorps motto is “building civic responsibility and leadership skills in college students through service”. Members provide in-school and after-school tutoring for at-risk elementary school students, help build affordable housing, and construct wheelchair access ramps for local residents. The program also partners with other agencies on short-term projects from park cleanups to disaster recovery.
Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana, the goal of this program is to improve behavior outcomes as it relates to school and school interaction in the four parishes. It will also address the problem of childhood obesity through various programming and activities with members serving in four Boys and Girls Clubs in the following parishes: Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, and Vermilion.
In total, Volunteer Louisiana has 17 AmeriCorps state programs with approximately 948 members serving 30 parishes in Louisiana.
AmeriCorps is a core program of the Corporation for National and Community Service and engages Americans in intensive service each year throughout the United States. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America. Volunteer Louisiana has hosted 19,950 AmeriCorps members since 1994, and those members have provided over 7 million hours of community service.
Louisiana AmeriCorps programs focus on education, healthy futures, capacity building, economic opportunity, and environmental stewardship. The state portfolio includes programs in all regions of the state, from North to Southwest to Southeast.
For more information on all of our state AmeriCorps programs, visit www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/americorps/state-programs,. If you are interested in becoming an AmeriCorps member, visit the join AmeriCorps webpage: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/join-americorps.
Whenever you are out and about in your community and see an AmeriCorps member, thank them for all of their time and service in our great State! #GetThingsDone