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Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana seek 2021 Champions of Service Nominations; Encourage safe participation on MLK Day of Service

BATON ROUGE, La. (press release) – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana encourage Louisianans to get involved in their communities this month, either by volunteering or nominating a Champion of Service in their area who has demonstrated compassion and dedication in serving their community through volunteering over the past year.

“Volunteerism shows the strength of Louisiana’s character and the resilience of our spirit,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “I am proud to help celebrate the achievements of our service champions because their hard work and dedication assists us in times of disaster and everyday life.”

Monday, January 18, people throughout Louisiana and across the country will gather virtually, and safely in-person, to observe the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Five AmeriCorps State Programs in Louisiana are partnering with local organizations in the coming week to host community service events, including:

  • Friday, January 15: West Monroe Mayor Staci Mitchell and members of the SEE West Monroe AmeriCorps team up to host a cleanup in the Riverbend community. For anyone interested in participating, be at the West Monroe Community Center at 2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, January 18: City Year New Orleans and Teach for America New Orleans community clean-up event
  • Monday, January 18: Up2Us Sports – NOLA joins the national chapter of Up2Us Sports for a virtual walk/run to bring awareness to cultural diversity. There will be a welcome and warm-up event via zoom that morning. Visit the Up2Us Sports events page for more information.
  • Saturday, January 23: UL Lafayette AmeriCorps is partnering with several local organizations to host a parish cleanup event. For more information, visit the United Way of Acadiana webpage.

“Volunteering is a powerful tool for strengthening our communities,” said Judd Jeansonne, Volunteer Louisiana Executive Director. “Serving on MLK Day helps us connect, support each other, and carry on the legacy of service inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

In addition to serving your community, consider nominating a deserving volunteer. Maybe you know someone who volunteered their time during the pandemic to help out at places such as the local health organization or food bank, or they stepped up in other creative ways to help their neighbors get through and you feel they deserve an opportunity to be recognized for their work. Then Volunteer Louisiana wants to hear from you. Volunteer Louisiana is seeking nominations of outstanding volunteers and national service members for its 2021 Champions of Service Awards. Nominations are open to any person, group, or business demonstrating compassion and dedication, leadership and initiative, or innovation and creativity in addressing community challenges and serving others. Volunteer Louisiana will recognize one champion from each of the seven geographic regions, including a new Central Louisiana region, throughout the state as well as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and corporate volunteer champions. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2021. Guidelines and the nomination forms can be found on the Volunteer Louisiana awards webpage.

Volunteer Louisiana shares opportunities to volunteer and information about the 2021 Champions of Service Awards on its website and social media platforms. Stay up to date by following Volunteer Louisiana on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Volunteer Louisiana, located in the Office of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, manages 17 AmeriCorps State programs, promotes volunteerism, and coordinates spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers in times of disaster. It is supported by grants from the federal agency, AmeriCorps.





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