Volunteer Louisiana Announces 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State Grants
BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are pleased to announce $4,609,221 in grant funding through the federal agency AmeriCorps for the 2021-2022 service year. The grants will support 16 AmeriCorps State Programs, including one new program, and will engage 767 AmeriCorps members in service to meet critical needs across Louisiana. These grants will be matched with $4,787,735 in local support and will provide over $2,872,000 in Segal Education Awards for participants.
“During a challenging 2020 with several named storms and a pandemic that gripped not just Louisiana but the world, it gave me hope in our state to see so many people stepping up and volunteering to help their neighbors. Volunteers in Louisiana are making a difference; however, we are always in need of more,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “I am proud to welcome these new AmeriCorps members to a new year of service. They are proving the spirit of service is alive and well in Louisiana. AmeriCorps brings people together to strengthen our communities, and that will be especially important in these unprecedented times.”
Volunteer Louisiana is excited to partner with the Food Bank of Central Louisiana to bring an AmeriCorps State Program to the region. AmeriCorps members will serve with the Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry Program to address food insecurity. AmeriCorps members will provide food assistance and referral services to people in need in rural and underserved communities across Central Louisiana.
“Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, Louisianans are ready to serve their communities and address critical needs in education, healthy futures, environmental stewardship, economic opportunity, disaster response, and veterans and military families,” said Judd Jeansonne, Executive Director of Volunteer Louisiana.
The 2021-2022 AmeriCorps State Programs are:
- American YouthWorks (Louisiana Conservation Corps)
- Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana
- Boys and Girls Club of Metro Louisiana
- Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana
- City Year Baton Rouge
- City Year New Orleans
- Synergy, Education and Environment of West Monroe
- Food Bank of Central Louisiana
- Louisiana Delta Service Corps (Serve Louisiana)
- Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LA Vet Corps)
- Rebuilding Together New Orleans
- Relay Graduate School of Education
- Shreveport Green
- Teach for America
- The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
- Up2Us Sports
Volunteer Louisiana, located in the Office of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, manages 16 AmeriCorps State programs, promotes volunteerism, and coordinates spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers in times of disaster. It is supported by grants from the federal agency, AmeriCorps. To learn more about the AmeriCorps State programs or for more information on Volunteer Louisiana, visit www.VolunteerLouisiana.gov.