Landrieu Announces More Than $460K for Louisiana Service Initiatives

June 30, 2010

Delgado Community College and the Louisiana Serve Commission each received grants.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced grants totaling more than $460,000 for two Louisiana service organizations. The grants were awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Delgado Community College received more than $85,000 under the Learn and Serve America Higher Education program, to engage college students in service-learning as a solution to community challenges. The Louisiana Serve Commission received nearly $380,000 under the Learn and Serve America School-Based program, to involve younger students in service-learning projects that support student development and meet community needs.

These grants were made possible by the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, of which Senator Landrieu was a leading advocate. The legislation was signed into law last April.

“These grants will help to foster a dedication to community service in Louisiana’s students,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Addressing community problems through service is a fulfilling and cost-effective way for our communities to recover from repercussions of the Gulf oil spill and the hurricanes of 2005.”

“These grants will advance our goal of aligning quality education programs with service opportunities that help address local needs,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation. “We know that innovation in education should move beyond the classroom, and engage young people in creating solutions that change the world around them. This program will do just that in a transformative way.”

Delgado Community College, in New Orleans, Louisiana, will use the grant to create the Community Care Initiative (CCI) that will restructure the college’s Allied Health program clinical rotation format so that all students provide services and education to low-income and uninsured residents. This grant is one of 28 grants awarded to universities and colleges throughout the country, totaling $9 million. Specifically, the grants will support institutions of higher education that use innovative service-learning programming to meet the needs of local communities – from student retention to environmental concerns.

Learn and Serve America provides an “on-ramp” to a lifetime of civic engagement for more than a million students each year. As part of its goal of making student service and service-learning a common practice, the program provides resources to teachers, faculty members, schools, and community groups across the country. In 2009, 1.1 million Learn and Serve America participants were engaged in service-learning activities for nearly 20 million hours that addressed challenges and unmet needs across the country.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

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