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As Fall, football, and cooler weather returns to Louisiana, Volunteer Louisiana’s AmeriCorps programs kick off another year of service throughout the state. This year, 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. To introduce all of our programs, we will highlight a region each month and the programs working in that region.
This month, we will highlight the Northern region of Louisiana. In the north portion of the state, Volunteer Louisiana has three AmeriCorps programs serving six different parishes.
ShreveCorps, a program through local nonprofit Shreveport Green, serving Caddo and Bossier parishes, utilizes AmeriCorps members to create and maintain a community garden at the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank. ShreveCorps uses the community garden and mobile food van as educational tools to provide school children with nutrition education and simple cooking demonstrations. The produce from the garden is distributed to low income food desert communities via their mobile market.
Synergy, Education, Environment West Monroe (SEE West Monroe), hosted by the City of West Monroe and serving Ouachita parish, utilizes AmeriCorps members to provide after school homework assistance and enrichment activities to 1st – 8th grade students during the school year. SEE West Monroe also offers a robust summer program for youth at the West Monroe Community Center.
Boys & Girls Club of North Central Louisiana, serving Bienville, Jackson, and Lincoln parishes, utilizes AmeriCorps members to enhance the existing Boys & Girls Club’s program efforts to improve educational and behavioral outcomes of students in low-achieving elementary and middle schools.
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! #AmeriCorpsWorks