Overview | Volunteer Louisiana


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Volunteer Louisiana, the state service commission for Louisiana, was established in 1993 under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and strives to promote national service and volunteerism throughout the state. With funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the State, Volunteer Louisiana oversees the AmeriCorps State service programs, and identifies needs and opportunities to grow national service and volunteer opportunities to meet critical community needs. National service is about getting things done, strengthening our communities, encouraging civic responsibility, and expanding opportunity. We encourage you to learn more about Volunteer Louisiana, who we serve, and opportunities for you to serve in your community.



    To help meet the needs of Louisiana’s citizens through volunteerism and national service.
    In 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) was established to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation. There were three major CNCS initiatives; Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps State programs were to be administered by service commissions in each of the 50 states. These Governor-appointed, bipartisan commissions were charged with establishing service priorities in their state and awarding AmeriCorps grants to local organizations to help meet those critical needs. In 1993, the Louisiana Serve Commission was established in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Melinda Schwegmann as the state service commission. The commission was charged with not only administering AmeriCorps grants, but with rekindling the spirit of service and citizenship among the citizens of Louisiana. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser continues the commitment to service in Louisiana today. The commission changed its name to Volunteer Louisiana in 2013, but its core functions and mission remain the same. AmeriCorps – promote national service as a tool to meet local community needs and support high quality programs through its AmeriCorps grantmaking process Volunteerism – connect volunteers with volunteer opportunities, provide training and resources to volunteer organizations, and recognize outstanding volunteers and volunteer programs Disaster Services – coordinate spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers in times of disaster and support response and recovery agencies
    In accordance with federal requirements, the Volunteer Louisiana Commission prepares a service plan every three years to establish state priorities. View the 2019-2022 State Service Plan here 
    To learn more about the work of the Volunteer Louisiana Commission, view our 2018 Annual Report