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  • August 14, 2012 4:08 PM | Anonymous
    Posted on August 14, 2012
    Deadline: October 15, 2012

    Sponsored by Nickelodeon and the NEA Foundation, NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants provide up to $5,000 to K-8 public school educators in the United States.

    The Big Help Grants program is dedicated to the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches to addressing four key concerns undefined environmental awareness, health and wellness, students' right to a quality public education, and active community involvement. The grants target these four concerns as areas of great promise in helping students in the twenty-first century develop a global awareness that encourages and enables them to make a difference in their world.

    Applicants must be practicing U.S public school teachers or public school education support professionals.

    Grant funds may be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence.

    The application process is the same as for the NEA Foundation's Student Achievement grants. Applicants should specify that their request is for the Big Help Grants program in their application.

    For complete program guidelines, eligibility restrictions, and application procedures, see the NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants page at the NEA Foundation Web site.

    Link to Complete RFP

  • August 14, 2012 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    This summer, Volunteer Louisiana is hosting a statewide listening tour to ask citizens to evaluate volunteering and service in their communities. The tour begins July 26 in New Orleans and will continue through September in a city or town near you.

    Comments made at each listening session 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 engage citizens for a greater impact.

    "In 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."

    Attend a Session:

    • New Orleans: July 26, 9 a.m. - 11a.m. at Tulane University's Lavin-Bernick Center, 201 Biggs     
    • Baton Rouge: Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - noon at the Capitol Park Museum, 660 N. 4th St.
    • Lafayette: Aug. 8, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1606 W. Pinhook
    • Lake Charles: Aug. 10, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the Carnegie Branch Library, 411 Pujo St.
    • Alexandria: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - noon at the Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place
    • Monroe: Aug. 16, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at the United Way of Northeast Louisiana, 1201 Hudson Lane
    • Shreveport: Aug. 23, 1 p.m. - 3  p.m. at the Municipal Auditorium, 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
    • Mandeville: Aug. 24, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Tammany Parish Library Causeway Branch, 3457 Hwy. 190
    • Houma: Aug. 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Terrebonne Parish Library Main Branch, 151 Library Drive
    • September dates for St. Martinville, Zachary, Covington, New Iberia, Hammond, Natchitoches, and East and West Carroll Parishes coming soon.

    About Volunteer Louisiana

    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 Louisiana.

    Ready to Register?

    Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated.

    You can sign up here:

  • August 11, 2012 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    The results of the summer survey are in - although participation was light, we were able to get input on what our members thought was important. Thank you for sharing your opinion!

    The key areas that our respondents wanted to see as member benefits included:

    *A Directory of Members was the highest ranking member benefit chosen (63%)

    *A monthly newsletter (54.5%)

    *Website (45.5%)

    *Training - Annually and Semi-Annually were evenly ranked  (36.4%)

    *Webinars (36.4%)

    *Volunteer Recognition Night/Event (36.4%)

    *Facebook Page (36.4%)

    *Online Dues Renewal (27.3%)


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