Advertisement

Volunteer Louisiana


From making holiday baskets for the homeless to spending quality time with animal shelter dogs, there are so many volunteer opportunities in the state of Louisiana. Our state boasts impressive nonprofit organizations doing life-changing things in the community, and there is always a need for help. With the help of Volunteer Louisiana, you can connect with the right organization to make a meaningful impact.

Volunteer Louisiana was founded under the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. It oversees the AmeriCorps programs in the state and promotes national service and volunteerism by connecting potential volunteers with local nonprofits.

Kori Chisham, Director of Communications and Volunteer Outreach, says the organization uses an online database and social media to connect people with organizations in the state. “Volunteers call us saying they are new to the area and want to help out. We look up our resources and connect them. We’re kind of like a referral agency,” she says.

However, after the flood of 2016, Volunteer Louisiana expanded its focus to encompass environmental and disaster services. The organization was awarded a federal grant to collaborate with the government to increase disaster volunteerism. Chisham says Louisiana has an ongoing need for disaster volunteers, and those volunteers need to be engaged from response to long-term recovery.

Judd Jeansonne, Executive Director, says Volunteer Louisiana’s main role within disaster volunteerism is to find the people who aren’t affiliated with an organization, take the volunteer energy, and get it affiliated with an organization. “If you don’t have a system to manage volunteers, you can have a second disaster. We want to make sure they don’t get in harm’s way,” Jeansonne says.

Volunteer Louisiana is also deeply involved in AmeriCorps,  a domestic organization that allows people to serve the United States.

The organization also recognizes volunteers in the community for their hard work and dedication. People can request a certificate to serve as recognition and a thank you. If volunteers perform over 150 hours of service, they can also receive a lapel pin. 

“I’ve always been inspired by people who give selflessly to a cause or organization,” Chisham says. “To be able to make those individual volunteers feel special, that’s what keeps me motivated.”

One reason service is so important is that it changes people for the better. Not only does it transform a community, but it also transforms the people who serve. Jeansonne explains, “People come in and tutor kids and build access ramps, and when you engage in service, it changes you for the better. It makes you strong and develops empathy and compassion. To be around that and see the impact of national service and volunteerism, that’s just an amazing thing to be around.”

Volunteer Louisiana hopes to expand and diversify the service opportunities available. Environmental and disaster efforts are just one way they will do that. The organization also hopes to spotlight more volunteers and show the community the great work so many people are doing right here in Louisiana. ■

Be the first to review this item!


Bookmark this

01 Jan 2019


By Madeline Rathle

Recent Articles more articles

Parkview Second Graders Welcome Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

in Sponsored Content

Second graders at Parkview Baptist School recently welcomed Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to speak about Black History Month and her role as the first female, African American Mayor-President of our City-Parish.

Hop into Fun at Valor this Spring

in Sponsored Content

Valor Gymnastics will be hosting Easter & Spring Break Camps from April 2-9 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome at an additional fee.  For more information, call (225) 766-7070. Register online today.  

Make Every Summer Day a Precious One

in Sponsored Content

Summer is a time for kids to be kids and Y summer camp is the place to make every summer day a precious one.

Pedigo and Boucher Guide Eagles At LHSAA Indoor State Meet

in Sponsored Content

The Parkview Baptist indoor track and field team had a strong showing at the LHSAA Division II Indoor Track and Field championships at the Carl Maddox Fieldhouse on the campus of LSU.

Featured Listings more listings

Barn Hill Preserve

Barn Hill Preserve

in Party Venues

The best part of having your party with Barn Hill Preserve is that you can either have your party at Barn Hill Preserve, or you can settle in at home, and they will come to your home or venue. The cost is $400 for the sloth and four to six other anim

Elementary Art Camp

Elementary Art Camp

in Day Camps

Parkview Baptist School; Grades: 3rd - 5th; Dates: TBA; Rates: TBA

Advertisement
Newsletter