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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.

LAVOAD (Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active In Disasters) MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

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. 

BRAF FLOOD RELIEF FUND

LAUW FLOOD RELIEF FUND

APEL Disaster Relief Fund

Acadiana Disaster Relief Fund



DONATING FOOD

Many parishes are in need of food for first responders, citizens, and organizations in need in their community. In an effort to ensure no donation is unused and needs are met, we are asking those wanting to cook, donate, or serve food to contact us at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) so we can coordinate with local parish leaders. 

DONATING GOODS

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

Contact Information for Parish Offices of Emergency Preparedness 


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AUGUST 30, 2016

FLORIDA PARISHES

BRACES is placing volunteers in opportunities in Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. Contact Toni Jackson at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

ACADIANA

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 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.

UNITED WAY OF ACADIANA

Volunteers are being placed in Lafayette, St. Landry Parishes through the United Way of Acadiana Volunteer Center. Please register at http://action.unitedwayofacadiana.org/page/s/volunteer-information-form for any of the following opportunities

  • IMMEDIATE NEED: Warehouse volunteers are needed daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday. The warehouse is located at United Way of Acadiana – 215 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA.  This will be an ongoing opportunity through September 6, 2016.   Shift times available:  9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. or all day.  
  • 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. 

If you have any questions regarding the mud out/removal of debris opportunity, please contact Aaron Williams, United Way of Acadiana, Collaborations Manager.  He can be reached at (337) 706-1192 or via email at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Volunteers are needed to help deliver school supplies on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Delivery locations are in Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes. 
  • Volunteers are needed daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday to provide clerical/administrative support at United Way of Acadiana located at 215 E. Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA.  This will be an ongoing opportunity through September 6, 2016.   Shift times available:  9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. or all day. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Deidra Lewis at (337) 706-1226.  Additional volunteer opportunities will be provided once they become available.

ASCENSION PARISH

VOLUNTEER ASCENSION: Volunteers can register for opportunities (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Information regarding disaster response can be found at www.facebook/VolunteerAscension

LAMAR DIXON EXPO CENTER: A Volunteer Reception Center is open Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm. The address is 9039 S St Landry Ave, Gonzales, LA 70737. Volunteers interested in mucking and gutting houses can register in person at the VRC, and be assigned immediately.

GREATER BATON ROUGE AREA

Denham Springs:

REACH OUT WORLDWIDE is currently base at Eastside Elementary School, 9735 Lockhart Rd., Denham Springs, La. 10 to 15 volunteers are needed per day to do 'muck and gut' homes affected by the flooding. All tools will be provided; volunteers should have sturdy work boots, gloves and bring a lunch meal.  Crews will depart the school at 07:30 am each morning so volunteers need to be at the school no later than 07:15 am. Contact Mike Buresh, Director of Deployments and Response 859-408-1073. For more information, please see the opportunity posting on Volunteer Louisiana at

http://volla.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CF000000RJE12

UNITED SAINTS RECOVERY PROJECT is accepting volunteers. Individuals are welcome.  Groups are encouraged.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator at (504) 233-883 or (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Volunteers must be at least 18 years.  We will be mucking out and gutting flooded homes - removing, carpet, sheet rock etc. Closed toed shoes are mandatory.  We recommend work boots.  Please bring gloves and safety glasses if you have them.  Pack a lunch and water bottle, sunscreen, hat, bug repellant and a small first aid kit.  You may also want to bring clean clothes to change into at the end of the day.   VOLUNTEER HOUSING:  We have housing available at our New Orleans base for out-of-town volunteers.  For further information go to www.unitedsaints.org.

DENHAM SPRINGS ANIMAL SHELTER: Accepting donations via a GoFundMe account, which PetCo is matching dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. The shelter also has an Amazon Wish List. By making purchases on Amazon, needed items will be sent directly to the shelter.

Baton Rouge area:

OPERATION BBQ RELIEF: needs volunteers Tuesday – Friday in Hammond serving 100K meals each week
20-25 volunteers per day; 16 and up only; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Thursday/Friday there will be a big cleanup as well

* Also, 1-3 volunteer nurses/medical students on standby for heat related or other care of volunteers working around the BBQ smokers. (Sometimes fans and cooling stations are not enough.)

Sign up by: Text OBR to 51555 to receive a link to sign up with your information to volunteer. A coordinator will then be in touch with detailed information. (Housing is limited; we will do our best to connect you with resources.) Or email questions to: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

OPERATION BLESSING INTERNATIONAL: Operation Blessing will be accepting volunteers daily (Monday–Saturdayat 8 a.m. at the Denham Springs campus of Healing Place Church (569 Florida Ave SW). Orientation will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, dress appropriately for work in the field, and also provide their own transportation to and from the work site. Operation Blessing will provide lunch, work assignments, management, and tools. For more information on how to volunteer, please call the OB Volunteer Hotline: 757-374-0944.

• Volunteer Housing: A limited amount of volunteer housing will be made available soon. Volunteers that need lodging must register 24-48 hours in advance. Please contact National Volunteer Manager, Kerry Dodson, to register for lodging at 757-226-3407 or via email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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:

Trinity Lutheran Church - Baton Rouge
10925 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70815

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

HOPE MINISTRIES we need volunteers to help distribute emergency food boxes. For more information see the opportunity posting on Volunteer Louisiana at http://volla.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CF000000RJCWk.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES is 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 

100 BLACK MEN: The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge has established a relief fund to help supply youth and families affected by the ongoing flooding in the Southern Louisiana region. You can join this effort and help by donating at http://www.100blackmenbr.org/about/fundraisers/.

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/.

Right now it’s important to connect with your loved ones who are concerned about your well-being. If you can, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell to register yourself on the Red Cross Safe and Well website which is a secure and private way that friends and family connect. The site also allows people to update their status on Facebook and Twitter. With just one quick registration, you can provide peace of mind to all of your loved ones at once.

SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is in need of a large amount of volunteers Wednesday with the magnitude of the donations that are coming in. Donations are now being accepted 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Mervyn's near entrance 3 at Cortana Mall. Volunteers can emails at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to sign up.

UNITED BLOOD SERVICES: United Blood Services is calling on available area residents to help restore the blood supply. Cancelled mobile blood drives and donor center closures throughout the state have resulted in over 380 lost blood products, and that number will continue to grow. Their Baton Rouge donor center, located at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen, will open Wednesday, August 17, Thursday, August 18, and Friday, August 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in an effort to start restoring the local blood supply. Each day they are evaluating the flood’s impact to the area and will update their operating hours on Friday.

Mobile blood drives continue to cancel at this time. The amount of blood products lost will continue to grow. The loss of blood products due to flooding is an added factor to an unusual decline in blood donations this summer. If you are in good health, are eligible to donate blood and can safely travel to our donor center, please make it a priority to do so.

Those who wish to donate may call 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376) or visit www.bloodhero.comto make an appointment to give.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.UnitedBloodServices.org

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

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.

COMPANION ANIMAL ALLIANCE: Needs foster homes to house pets temporarily, large bath towels, paper towels, water, and food for volunteers and staff. Donations can be made online to assist with these needs by going to the organization's website, www.CAABR.org.

LSART to provide assistance with pets, please email your name, age, location, phone number and any animal experience to (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In the subject line write: Volunteer

SHELTERS:

If you would like to volunteer in a shelter, please contact the American Red Cross at 855-489-2528.

LOUISIANA LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS:

LSU Field House

LSU Campus

Baton Rouge

Medical professionals should register FIRST at www.dhh.lava.gov in order to have malpractice insurance as a volunteer. To register, please go to the LSU Field House.

Celtic Media Shelter

10000 Celtic Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

How to register as medical or shelter volunteer: http://www.ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/3952

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DONATIONS

Donated goods are also being identified and will be posted as well. Please DO NOT send any items without make contact with an organization who will use or distribute the goods. Used clothing is NOT needed, and no organization is accepting them at this time. Cash donations are the best and easiest way to provide assistance for both immediate and long term recovery efforts. Donors are encouraged to donate to the organization of their choice. For a list of Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LAVOAD) at http://lavoad.org/how-to-help/. These organizations are currently, or soon will be, responding to activities.

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

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

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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 Training

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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Community Service Diploma Endorsement Grant Opportunity

The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is requesting proposals for initiatives that promote, support, or strengthen the Community Service Diploma Endorsement within your school community.The goal of this grant competiion is to fund quality projects in multiple regions of the state. Grants of up to $1,000.00 will be awarded to schools or non-profits through the Volunteer Generation Fund sponsored by Volunteer Louisiana and Corporation for National and Community Service.

The RFP and application are available at the link below.

2016 Community Service Endorsement RFP


2015-16 Volunteer Generation Fund Awards Announced

The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is pleased to announce the list of  2015-16 VGF awardees. These projects meet important community needs, engage volunteers, leverage partnerships, and implement best volunteer management practices. New projects and projects in rural parishes were given priority consideration. 

15 projects in 29 parishes will engage 6,792 volunteers in service! The list of winners is available at the link below.

2015-16 VGF Awards


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Training and Resources

Training

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.)

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Alumni

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.

Website: http://www.americorpsalums.org

Twitter:  @AmeriCorpsAlums

Facebook: www.facebook.com/foramericorpsalums

Find an existing chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?ActiveChapters

Start a Chapter: http://www.americorpsalums.org/?StartAChapter

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Training

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.

2014-15 Training Menu

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Individuals

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.

Organizations

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.

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Impact

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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About Volunteer Louisiana

Mission

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.

History

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.

Philosophy

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.

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Deadline extended for Champions of Service nominations

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Drew Brees teams with Super Service Challenge to support 9/11 Day observance

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2013-2014 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy Communities Grant

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ULL AmeriCorps named 2013 Innovation & Leadership Featured Finalist

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Volunteer Fair in Baton Rouge August 10.  Find a place to serve!

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Volunteer Ascension needs volunteers for School Tools July 13

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Volunteers needed July 2 and 3 in New Orleans

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Youth Service America grants available

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CNCS announces FY14 RSVP grants to engage volunteers 55

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Medical and non-medical volunteers needed for free clinic July 2 and 3

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Ask yourself: How can national service help my organization?

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Hurricane Season begins June 1

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National Hurricane Preparation Week May 26-June 1

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How you can help in Oklahoma’s recovery

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2013 Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

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Louisiana beaches rank 20th in terms of trash collected, Ocean Conservancy reports

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Senior Corps Week May 6-10

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Volunteer Louisiana celebrates 20 years with Capitol Day and Food Drive

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Volunteers needed for Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

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GYSD fast approaching

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“I Serve Because” video contest

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Global Youth Service Day funds still available

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AmeriCorps Week 2013

More Information

FY14 Planning Grant NOFA
FY14 Planning Grant Instructions 

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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. 

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Virtual exercise series helps you get Good and Ready

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Baton Rouge professor publishes book on civic engagement

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Nominate a young person to be a Hasbro Community Action Hero

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Volunteers needed for Eight Days of Hope in Hurricane Isaac recovery

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LYAC is a great volunteer opportunity for Louisiana students

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Why Litter Stinks

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MLK Day 2013

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Funds still available for Global Youth Service Day 2013 projects

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It’s not too late to plan an MLK Day project

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U-High Baton Rouge conducts sports equipment and book donation drive

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St. John Parish Long Term Recovery Group establishes website

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Join the Super Service Challenge New Orleans

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City Year BR Looking for Mid-Year Corps Members

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FY 13 AmeriCorps State RFP now available

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City Year New Orleans

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Volunteer for the Bicentennial Military Parade Nov. 10

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Volunteers needed for Library Book Festival October 27 in Baton Rouge

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Tell us what you think about volunteering in Louisiana

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Become a Super Bowl XLVII volunteer

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Show Us Your U

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The ABC’s of AmeriCorps

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Louisiana Book Festival needs volunteers

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Remembering the 9/11 volunteers

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Hurricane Isaac Response

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Tangipahoa CERT classes Sept. 4

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We want to hear from you!

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Thank YOU to those who have worked for Recovery!

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Include Me grants up to $5K available

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Shelter Training in Baton Rouge

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June 1 marks start of Hurricane Season

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Foster Grandparent grant opportunity for Louisiana

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Jon Bon Jovi United We Serve PSA

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Governor Jindal proclaims Global Youth Service Day April 21

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