August 23, 2012: Volunteer Louisiana
Listening Tour in Shreveport
From Volunteer Louisiana: This summer, Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a statewide
listening tour to ask citizens to evaluate volunteering and service in their
communities. Volunteer Louisiana asks citizens in the Shreveport-Bossier area to
join us in Shreveport on August 23 at the Municipal Auditorium at 705 Elvis
Presley Ave. The event will be free and open to the public. While registration
is not required, it will help us to plan to accommodate everyone planning to
comments made at this Listening Sessions 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 as they
engage citizens for greater impact.
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."
meeting will be designed to inform and explore ideas and actions concerning
service in Louisiana. The ultimate goal is to encourage community efforts and to
identify additional avenues for service.
Those attending the event will be asked to share their
views on topics such as the top social issues in their community that can be
addressed through service and volunteering and how technology can be better
utilized to engage service and volunteering among citizens.
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
Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.