Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a series of conversations about the capacity of volunteering across Louisiana. Your comments will be used to develop a three-year plan to guide us in designing programs and services that help communities and organizations engage citizens for greater impact.
In addition to collecting your comments, we will also present resources to assist your organization such as prospective partners, an overview of National Service programs, and possible funding. Your participation in the 2015 Listening Tour is key to helping shape the services and support that the State Commission will provide nonprofits to build capacity.
This year’s dates are:
- October 13, Lake Charles City Hall
- October 14, Marksville, LA
- October 15, Winnsboro Branch, Franklin Parish Library
- October 26, St. Landry Parish Government Community Service Building (Opelousas)
- October 27, Morehouse Parish Visitors Center (Bastrop)
- October 28, Bossier City
- November 2, Houma, Houma Branch Parish Library
- November 3, St. Tammany, Causeway Branch Parish Library
- TBD, Ascension Parish
Registration is free and can be made via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/o/volunteer-louisiana-commission-8476124428. Please feel free to distribute this email and flyer to any nonprofit, local officials, schools, etc. that you work with.
We will begin each listening stop with an overview of National Service programs as well as the training and funding opportunities currently available through the Commission. Afterward, we will facilitate a group discussion about the state of volunteerism in your community, the challenges your community and organization face and the impact that has been achieved. Please support this opportunity by attending and inviting other nonprofits to participate.
The state Service Commission’s mission is to assist nonprofits in building and sustaining high quality programs that meet the needs of Louisiana’s citizens while promoting an ethic of service and to serve as a strong foundation for national service and volunteerism in the state. Now more than ever, national service programs, in conjunction with volunteer efforts, have an important role to play in our daily lives. Strong partnerships are not only more efficient but absolutely necessary to meet community needs when recovering from a disaster, or meeting the ongoing day-to-day needs of Louisiana’s communities.