Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu Thanks AmeriCorps Members, Alumni for their service to Louisiana -- 05/16/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2007
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu Thanks AmeriCorps Members, Alumni for their service to Louisiana
Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu and Senator Ann Duplessis joined legislators, community leaders and program directors at "AmeriCorps Day at the Capitol," Wednesday, May 16 to thank AmeriCorps members and alumni for their service in addressing some of Louisiana's most critical social issues.
"This year, over 600 AmeriCorps members served more than 350,000 volunteer hours in Louisiana in 17 programs across 32 parishes," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "This represents a measurable return to the state of $6.5 million. In this Year of Service, it important to recognize the social and economic impact that volunteers make to our state."
Landrieu added, " In the aftermath of Katrina and Rita, I declared 2007 the Year of Service to rekindle citizen service in Louisiana and harness the desire to build stronger communities."
The event was part of National AmeriCorps Week, designed to bring more Americans into service, salute AmeriCorps members and alumni for their impact in local communities, and thank the community partners who make AmeriCorps possible. Over 100 AmeriCorps members and alumni from across the state came together for the celebration.
Angèle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Recreation and Tourism, said AmeriCorps members in Louisiana have been invaluable. "Since the storms of 2005, AmeriCorps members have removed 40,000 pounds of trash from neighborhoods, planted 5,400 trees, tutored 3,000 students, distributed 4,000 pounds of food and clothing, and gutted 1,656 houses in hurricane-affected areas," she said. "Our state depends on AmeriCorps members for their ability to respond in disasters, as well as what they do on a daily basis to improve the lives of our citizens."
AmeriCorps Day at the Capitol was a four-hour event featuring a community service project preparing 1,000 personal emergency kits for vulnerable citizens. State Farm sponsored the kits. WAFB-TV meteorologist Jay Grymes gave a weather emergencies talk.
The state's 17 AmeriCorps programs are currently recruiting new members. For more information, contact 225.342.2038 or email@example.com