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Resources for 2016 FLOOD SURVIVORS
MUCKING AND GUTTING ASSISTANCE
Acadiana Region: 232-HELP, https://lafayettela.recovers.org/
Louisiana Shelter at Home Program
Mold remediation, Avoiding Contractor Fraud, Applying for Assistance
Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge http://www.rebuildingtogetherbatonrouge.org/
Rebuilding Together Acadiana https://rtacadiana.wordpress.com/
Habitat for Humanity Baton Rouge http://www.habitatbr.org/
Lafayette Habitat for Humanity https://habitatlafayette.org/
Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing": Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes http://fullercenter.org/gingerfordnorthshore/
Presbytery of South Louisiana. We will be serving the Hammond, Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas. Our functions are to schedule and deploy volunteer work teams, provide volunteer housing sites and coordinate work site management http://pbysouthla.org/
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge - Parishes Served: Any that are part of disaster declaration (Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana https://www.voagbr.org/flood
CHILD CARE Referral Services for parents of children birth to age 5
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge- Partnerships in Child Care. Parishes Served: Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Rapides, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana
Hope Ministries (Greater Baton Rouge) http://www.hopeworksbr.com/
2016 FLOODS: Donation Opportunities
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN DONATING MONEY, GOODS, AND FOOD TO THE FLOOD RECOVERY EFFORT! Monetary donations to recognized organizations and food are the biggest needs at this time.
Why donate money instead of goods?
- Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.
- Voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet individual needs more quickly.
- Purchasing relief supplies available in the impacted community helps the local economy to recover more quickly.
- A community hit by a disaster will not have the time, manpower or money to store or dispose of unneeded donations.
DONATING MONEY To DISASTER RELIEF Organizations
We encourage you to donate to those local organizations in your community that are assisting in disaster response and recovery. You might also donate to any of the agencies that are members of LAVOAD, Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. Please contact the individual LAVOAD member organizations in the link below to learn how to donate to their disaster recovery efforts.
DONATING MONEY TO DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS
Some organizations are accepting donations for flood relief funds. Click on the links below to learn how to donate to those funds.
Many of our shelters and agencies are currently overwhelmed with surplus donations. For that reason, we encourage you to donate money. However, if you do have donations that you think will be useful in response and recovery efforts, you should contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness in affected parishes. They can connect you with local agencies that may have a need for your donated goods.The list of Parish OEP Offices are below
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Flood Response Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in assisting those in need during the weeks and months after the devastating floods of 2016. Flood waters throughout the state have fallen and in most instances are below flood stage. The agencies and nonprofits that respond to disasters continue to work with the community to establish a new norm. At this time, the follow volunteer opportunities have been identified, with new opportunities listed first.
SAMARITAN’S PURSE is accepting spontaneous volunteers. Day Volunteers will being Friday, August 19, 2016 and continue through October 29, 2016.Volunteers can register on line (https://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/) as a day volunteer or simply fill out the waiver at the base location. Everyone will be required to attend our volunteer orientation/safety briefing the first time volunteering at the site. Youth 14-15 MUST be accompanied by a parent and will have to work alongside them; 16-17 year olds can come with adult chaperones and MUST HAVE a parental signature NOTARIZED form (printable on line). A chaperone to youth ratio must be 1 adult per 3 teens. Orientations will be 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM (afternoon) at Crossroads (150 Verona Drive; Lafayette, LA. Whole day and half day workers always appreciated. Long pants, sturdy work shoes or boots, and pack a lunch. Water and sports drinks provided on worksites. Volunteers can bring work gloves, goggles or safety glasses if they have them.
UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA - Volunteers are needed to assist with mud out and removal of debris from local residents. This will be an ongoing opportunity and hundreds of volunteers are needed. Onsite training will be provided. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, in good physical condition and willing to work in unpleasant, dirty situations. Volunteers need to be conscious of health and safety hazards, taking necessary measures in order to keep themselves and others out of harm’s way. Job duties will consist of discarding debris, sanitizing household items and assisting in pulling up flooring. Volunteers should report to one of these two locations:
Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Dr., Lafayette, La 70507 - Report time: 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. – Monday through Saturday
GREATER BATON ROUGE AREA
Baton Rouge area:
EVACUTEERS is working with Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge to help muck and gut homes in the area. This is hands-on DIRTY work-- please do not sign up unless you are able-bodied and willing to get messy! You must have the ability to lift more than 40 lbs.
Volunteers will be deployed to the following location:
15160 S. Harrells Ferry Rd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
If you are available to help please fill out the following Google Form, and we will contact you with your assignment as soon as possible! https://goo.gl/forms/42LR2vzDTHrSLkmX2
CATHOLIC CHARITIES is in need of volunteers to help drive shelter occupants to appointments. For more information see the opportunity posting on Volunteer Louisiana at http://volla.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CF000000RJM1Z
Receiving donations daily to be distributed to those affected by the flood. We are looking for individuals who are able to lift 30lbs and assist with distributing these donations. For more information see the opportunity posting on Volunteer Louisiana at http://volla.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CF000000RJCWz.
Additionally, Catholic Charities is in need of shelter volunteers. For more information see the opportunity posting on Volunteer Louisiana at http://volla.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CF000000RJDVU
NECHAMA is looking for volunteers to gut and muck houses. They are all inclusive, assist everyone, and all are welcome to volunteer! Please click on the link to register: http://nechama.org/index.php/news/282-nechama-launches-baton-rouge-flood-response
LSU STUDENTS: Can register to volunteer through their MyLSU account. Information for those affected and those who would like to help will be updated on www.lsu.edu/floodrelief.
Residents are invited to come in person to fill out a work request for FREE volunteer help at the Denham Springs campus of Healing Place Church (569 Florida Ave SW), from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily (except Sunday), or by calling 757-274-8650. All residents must sign a work order form and a release form in person allowing volunteer teams access to your property. Volunteers will not be able to do work without a form SIGNED BY THE HOMEOWNER. Priority is given based on need (elderly, sick, disabled, etc) and is based on volunteer availability. For more information please log on to www.ob.org.
RED CROSS: Those wanting to volunteer can register at www.redcross.org/louisiana (click on Volunteer on right side). You can also call 855-489-2528 or sign up online atvolunteerlouisiana.gov. To help people affected by the Louisiana Floods, visitredcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recovery from these disasters. For any other questions about donations, visit http://www.redcross.org/faq/.
SAMARITAN’S PURSE is accepting spontaneous volunteers. Register on line (https://spvolunteernetwork.samaritanspurse.org/) as a day volunteer or simply fill out the waiver at the base location. Everyone will be required to attend our volunteer orientation/safety briefing the first time volunteering at the site. Youth 14-15 MUST be accompanied by a parent and will have to work alongside them; 16-17 year olds can come with adult chaperones and MUST HAVE a parental signature NOTARIZED form (printable on line). A chaperone to youth ratio must be 1 adult per 3 teens. Orientations will likely be 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM (afternoon) Whole day and half day workers always appreciated. Long pants, sturdy work shoes or boots, and pack a lunch. Water and sports drinks provided on worksites. Volunteers can bring work gloves, goggles or safety glasses if they have them.
As additional opportunities are identified, we will post them on our website at http://volunteerlouisiana.gov/volunteering/blog/ as well as distribute electronically to those who have registered or emailed an interest in volunteering.
Again thank you for your interest in serving our citizens who are need. We will keep you informed to the best of our ability in the coming days and weeks on response activities and then into recovery efforts that will rebuild southern Louisiana.
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Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Through service-learning, young people-from kindergarteners to college students-use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.
Service-learning is an effective strategy that helps students by:
- Promoting learning through active participation in service experiences;
- Providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and writing about their service experience;
- Providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations;
- Extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and
- Fostering a sense of caring for others.
To learn more, visit the Generator School Network
Campus-based Service Learning in Louisiana
Training and Resources
2015 Louisiana Volunteerism Study
Volunteer Louisiana commissioned the LSU Public Policy Lab to conduct a statewide study on volunteerism in Louisiana. Highlights include:
- 70% of Louisiana residents volunteer informally, and 48% volunteer through formal organizations
- Most formal volunteering takes place within religious organizations
- Volunteers are motivated by a desire to help others and improve community conditions
- Lack of time is the single greatest barrier to volunteering
The full report can be viewed here
Volunteer Louisiana staff is able to provide specialized training to your nonprofit, faith-based organization, or public entity. View our menu of availiable training here.
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2016-17 Volunteer Generation Fund Grants Available
The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is making mini-grants available to support projects that meet important community needs, engage volunteers, leverage partnerships, and implement best volunteer management practices. All proposals are welcome, but priority consideration will be given to quality projects directed at disaster recovery efforts and/or those serving rural parishes. The RFP and application instructions are available at the link below.
In 2015, we funded 15 projects serving 29 parishes that engaged 6,792 volunteers in service! The list of winners is available at the link below.
Training and Resources
Volunteer Louisiana is pleased to offer the following trainings to any Louisiana nonprofit, educational institution, government agency, or faith-based organization at no cost.
COOP (Business Continuity Planning)
Nearly 70% of businesses and nonprofits affected by major disaster never reopen, and lack of planning is a primary reason. How will your organization handle the next disaster? What should you do to prepare for organizational continuity? This training will instruct participants on developing a complete business continuity plan, involving staff and volunteers to prepare for a stage evacuation, consolidation of activities, and restoration planning during recovery. (2-4 hours of training; follow-on training in specific areas as needed.)
How to Recruit & Manage Volunteers for a Large Scale Event
Your next event needs 200+ volunteers. Do you have a recruitment plan? Once you’ve recruited them, do you have a plan to train, manage, and recognize your volunteers? This training will instruct participants on best practices including: recruitment, management, and training, developing job descriptions, identifying Volunteer Leaders, accessing online resources, and evaluation and improvement plans. (1 hour general overview, with longer additional sessions for specific issues as needed.)
Volunteer Reception Center
Have you ever thought about coordinating volunteers in the event of a local, regional or national disaster? This training will prepare participants to staff VRCs that will register and place spontaneous volunteers in times of disaster. Training attendees will gain the skills to establish a local VRC to coordinate local nonprofit needs and volunteers looking to make a difference. The training includes an interactive volunteer reception center exercise where participants experience the VRC model and practice managing spontaneous volunteers. (4 hours of training and interactive period. Minimum of 22 participants.)
I will carry this commitment with me, this year and beyond
I am an AmeriCorps member, and I will Get Things Done!
(excerpted from the AmeriCorps pledge)
AmeriCorps alumni can stay engaged in service and also receive great benefits by joining AmeriCorps Alums. It is the only national network that connects the nearly one million alumni of all AmeriCorps programs who have served since 1994 (including an estimated 80,000 new alumni each year) to the people, ideas, and resources that support their commitment to a lifetime of service.
Find an existing chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?ActiveChapters
Start a Chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?StartAChapter
Training and Resources
Volunteer Louisiana offers several in-person trainings for all of our AmeriCorps programs. The menu of 2014-15 training options is in the document below.
National Service Criminal History Checks (NSCHC)
Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) - check required of ALL AmeriCorps members before service begins
I'm confused. There are different programs, with different names, but they're all AmeriCorps?
Yes, basically. AmeriCorps is a national network of hundreds of programs throughout the U.S. Two of these programs are managed nationally: AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC. The other programs are under the general heading of AmeriCorps, and they are found in local and national organizations throughout the US. Depending upon your interests and availability, we can help you determine which program might be best for you.
Is AmeriCorps like Peace Corps?
Yes. AmeriCorps is often referred to as "the domestic Peace Corps." Both agencies are committed to service, and both offer challenging and rewarding full-time opportunities. Peace Corps assignments are all overseas, and AmeriCorps members serve only in the US. While Peace Corps Volunteers serve for two years, a stint in AmeriCorps usually lasts 10 months to one year. (Some AmeriCorps projects also offer part-time opportunities, and some AmeriCorps members serve more than one term of service.)
What skills do I need to have?
Some programs have specific skill requests in certain areas, and others look for a bachelor's degree or a few years of related volunteer/job experience. For others, your motivation and commitment may be the primary requirement.
Is there an age requirement?
Anyone age 17 or older is eligible to serve in an AmeriCorps State or National program. The minimum age for AmeriCorps VISTA is 18, and NCCC AmeriCorps Corps members must be between 18 and 24 years old.
Can I join if I'm not a U.S. citizen?
You must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S. to be an AmeriCorps member. FEMA Corps Members must be U.S. citizens.
How long are the assignments, and are they all full-time?
The time commitment varies, from ten months to a year, depending upon your project. Most assignments are full-time, but there are some part-time service opportunities available.
Do I get paid?
For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. AmeriCorps members who complete a term of service also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
How do I find AmeriCorps programs in my own community?
Visit our Current Programs page to see programs currently operating in Louisiana.
Explain to me the different types of AmeriCorps programs.
AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. Learn more about AmeriCorps State and National
AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Learn more about AmeriCorps VISTA.
AmeriCorps NCCC/FEMA Corps: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps is a full-time residential program for men and women, ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service. Learn more about AmeriCorps NCCC/FEMA Corps.
Where do I find out about AmeriCorps funding opportunities?
To learn more about what’s available, eligibility, responsibilities, and new grant opportunities in Louisiana, visit the Grant Opportunities page.
I’m a faith-based organization. Am I eligible to apply for an AmeriCorps grant?
The Corporation for National and Community Service's Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP) is an integral part of our efforts to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to give back to their communities. FCBI helps connect faith-based and other community groups to the Corporation, ensuring that these groups have the capacity, tools, and volunteer power they need to help America’s communities flourish. Learn more about FBNP.
Where can I find training and technical assistance information?
The National Service Knowledge Network, CNCS’s online stop for training and technical assistance. Through the Resource Center, you can access training publications, sample forms, funding notices, effective practices, and much more. For a directory of all CNCS training and technical assistance providers, visit the Resources and Knowledge Networks page.
- Volunteer Louisiana manages a current portfolio of 1000 AmeriCorps members serving with 14 programs in 22 parishes. $3.8 million of federal funds are matched with $3.7 million from local communities.
- Since 1994, Volunteer Louisiana has hosted 19,950 AmeriCorps members who have provided over 7 million hours of community service in education, disaster response, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.
- 100,000 AmeriCorps members have deployed to the Gulf Coast since 2005 to rebuild communities devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many of those in Louisiana.
- Volunteer Louisiana engages citizens of all skills, interests, and abilities in service. Our online Volunteer Management System connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities throughout Louisiana.
- Louisianians volunteer over 129 million hours per year, with an annual economic impact of $2.8 billion for our state.
- Volunteer Louisiana has hosted 19,950 AmeriCorps members who have provided over 7 million hours of community service in education, disaster response, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, and healthy futures.
- Volunteer Louisiana has awarded over $196,000 in grants to seventy nonprofits and local schools since 2010. Projects ranged from celebrations and discussions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to developing outdoor classrooms and gardens, from awareness of First Responders to neighborhood cleanups. 35,000 volunteers provided 175,000 hours of service with made an economic impact of $3.7 million.
About Volunteer Louisiana
The mission of Volunteer Louisiana is to build and sustain high quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and promote an ethic of service.
In 1993, Volunteer Louisiana was established in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor to rekindle the spirit of service and citizenship among the citizens of Louisiana. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser continues the commitment to service in Louisiana. A policy-making body, the Commission serves as the focal point for national service efforts in the state and acts as a clearing-house for national service programs operating in Louisiana.
Volunteer Louisiana receives the funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which was established under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. Volunteer Louisiana awards grants to organizations and schools that foster civic responsibility and provide educational opportunities for those who make a substantial commitment to service.
National service is about getting things done, strengthening our communities, encouraging civic responsibility and expanding opportunity. Members of national service programs engage in sustainable projects that allow them to make fundamental changes in their communities. Programs not only create long-term results; they also rekindle the ethic of citizen service. Members are service pioneers committed to getting things done at the grassroots level and fortifying the ties that bind us together as a national community.
Special FY14 AmeriCorps State NOFO Announced
MLK Day projects impacted entire state
MLK Day projects need volunteers
MLK Day is January 20
MLK Day 2014
Giving thanks for Louisiana volunteers
JFK’s legacy of service
Post Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunity Friday, November 29 in New Orleans
FY14 AmeriCorps*State NOFO released
Champions of Service Gala a success!
Meet our 2013 Champions of Service
Join us for the 20th anniversary Champions of Service gala October 24
Volunteers in Public Schools seeks Voyage Program mentors
Warrick Dunn to be recognized as Louisiana Champion of Service
Five Regional Volunteers Named Champions of Service
Deadline extended for Champions of Service nominations
On 9/11 we pause to remember
Deadline extended for Champions of Service nominations
Drew Brees teams with Super Service Challenge to support 9/11 Day observance
September is National Preparedness Month
Community Builders Corps
Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans
Boys & Girls Club of North Central Louisiana
Nominate a Champion of Service
9/11 National Day of Remembrance and Service Grants
2013-2014 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy Communities Grant
ULL AmeriCorps named 2013 Innovation & Leadership Featured Finalist
Volunteer Fair in Baton Rouge August 10. Find a place to serve!
Volunteer Ascension needs volunteers for School Tools July 13
Volunteers needed July 2 and 3 in New Orleans
Youth Service America grants available
CNCS announces FY14 RSVP grants to engage volunteers 55
Medical and non-medical volunteers needed for free clinic July 2 and 3
Ask yourself: How can national service help my organization?
Hurricane Season begins June 1
National Hurricane Preparation Week May 26-June 1
How you can help in Oklahoma’s recovery
2013 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend
Louisiana beaches rank 20th in terms of trash collected, Ocean Conservancy reports
Senior Corps Week May 6-10
Volunteer Louisiana celebrates 20 years with Capitol Day and Food Drive
Volunteers needed for Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)
GYSD fast approaching
“I Serve Because” video contest
Global Youth Service Day funds still available
AmeriCorps Week 2013
FY14 Planning Grant NOFO
The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is pleased to offer up to $38,000 in AmeriCorps Planning Grants for the FY14 AmeriCorps year. A planning grant is a restricted funds grant awarded to assist an applicant in completing the steps necessary to implement a sound concept that has already been developed. The intent is for the recipient of a planning grant to develop their concept into a complete, comprehensive application in the next cycle of funding and be able to compete on a more level playing field in a competitive applicaiton process. PDF versions of the NOFO and the Application Instructions appear on the right side of this page.
Volunteer Louisiana encourages all eligible organizations to strongly consider this opportunity. This is a very short application window and there are two important deadlines to note:
- A Notice of Intent to Apply is due Monday, June 16, 2014 at 4 pm CST. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will render an applicant ineligible to apply.
- Applications are due Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 4pm CST. Successful applicants will be notified no later than June 30.
Applicants will apply to Volunteer Louisiana through the eGrants web-based application system. eGrants may be accessed at http://www.nationalservice.gov/egrants/index.asp, and applicants will choose the FY14 AmeriCorps State Formula NOFO option.