This summer, LANO member Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a statewide listening tour to ask citizens to evaluate volunteering and service in their communities.
The tour begins July 26 in New Orleans and will continue through September in a city or town near you.
Comments made at each listening session will be used in the development of Volunteer Louisiana's three-year State Service Plan to guide the state in designing programs and services to help communities and organizations engage citizens for a greater impact.
"In these difficult economic times, the role of volunteers in our communities is taking on even greater importance," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "As Volunteer Louisiana works to create the plan for state service, it is important to hear from as many citizens as possible about what volunteering and service look like locally."
"Everyone is important to this conversation," Chris Gorman, Volunteer Louisiana commission chairman said. "We hope that volunteers, nonprofits, board members, faith-based groups, universities, schools, neighborhood associations, grant makers, business leaders and elected officials will attend and share their views."
Attend a Session Near You:
- New Orleans: July 26, 9 a.m. - 11a.m. at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Biggs
- Baton Rouge: Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - noon at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St.
- Lafayette: Aug. 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1606 W. Pinhook
- Lake Charles: Aug. 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Carnegie Branch Library, 411 Pujo St.
- Alexandria: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - noon at the Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place
- Monroe: Aug. 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 1201 Hudson Lane
- Shreveport: Aug. 23, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
- Mandeville: Aug. 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Tammany Parish Library Causeway Branch, 3457 Hwy. 190
- Houma: Aug. 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch, 151 Library Drive
- September dates for St. Martinville, Zachary, Covington, Vidalia, Slidell, New Iberia, Hammond, Ruston, Natchitoches, and East and West Carroll Parishes coming soon.
About Volunteer Louisiana
Volunteer Louisiana was established as the Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of the Lt. Governor in 1993 to foster and expand citizen service in Louisiana. Its mission is to build and sustain high-quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana's citizens and to promote an ethic of service. In 2012, The Louisiana Serve Commission officially changed to Volunteer Louisiana.