2015 LPCA Community Grants Recipients

Part of the LPCA’s mission is to promote charitable, cultural, educational, scientific, and social exchange and interaction between returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the community at large for the purpose of promoting cooperation, understanding and goodwill. The Community Grants Program is one way that we achieve this goal. In 2015, we revised the Community Grants Program, making the process more robust while increasing the grant awards. We are pleased to announce this year’s grant recipients BienEstoy and Green Light New OrleansAnd to all interested, get your applications ready for more grants next year!

BienEstoy is a collaboration between Cooperativa Coopasi and Peace Corps Volunteers in Misiones, Paraguay. Cooperativa Coopasi is a community cooperative in San Ignacio, Misiones, Paraguay that is
focused on community development through activities that include financial planning, access to medical care, educational seminars, and more. The $233.47 grant awarded to BeinEstoy will go toward a regional
health and wellness workshop for community youth. The wellness workshop teaches participants about the eight dimensions of wellness and how to define and achieve (or maintain) their own optimal state of
well-being. BienEstoy operates in agreement with the World Health Organization’s belief that “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or
infirmity” as well as the idea that wellness is a conscious development of oneself through an active process of continued growth and the improvement of qualities that make one happy and healthy. This
event is being organized by Tulane University Masters International student Jazmine McKinney. She is current serving in the Community Health Sector of Peace Corps Paraguay. To find out more about the program check out: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/donate/project/bienestoy-taller-de-salud-y-bienestar/

Green Light New Orleans
Green Light New Orleans invests their energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. Our volunteers install free energy efficient light bulbs and backyard vegetable gardens to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community. Green Light’s Backyard Vegetable Garden program was started in 2012 to help households learn how to grow some of their own food, right in their yard. Over half of our applicants have never tried to grow food before. New gardeners attend the basic “Intro to Organic Gardening” class at Green Light’s Edible Teaching Garden, a blighted lot that has been transformed into a demonstration food garden. Composting, watering techniques, planting calendars and general garden care are all topics covered in the class. In addition, gardeners put together a garden plan and plant seeds for their new garden bed. There are currently over 400 households growing their own food through Green Light’s program, and 300 more are on the waiting list. The $400 grant award will go toward Green Light’s Edible Teaching Garden which was built at the front portion of their community garden, and is accessible to passersby and neighbors to pick fresh produce and herbs. Green Light has planted this Community Area, but still needs to develop creative plant labels and signs to tell garden visitors the amount they can pick and the health benefits of each particular food. Green Light has a long-term intern with a background in art, who is designing signs to educate the public on the specific plants, proper planting and harvesting information, and basic gardening practices. This project was submitted to the LPCA by Megan Bayha, Green Light’s Garden Coordinator, whose passion for gardening arose from her experience living in a small village in the Fiji Islands as a PCV. To find out more about the program check out: http://www.greenlightneworleans.org/backyardvegetablegarden

LPCA marching in Krewe of Freret Saturday!!

UPDATE: LPCA is marching in the Krewe of Freret
THIS SATURDAY, January 30th
Meet @ 12:00pm in the Rouses parking lot on Tchoupitoulas and Napoleon
Roll @ 2:30!

You are encouraged to wear traditional clothing from your country of service and/or Peace Corps gear.  If you have one, you can also carry the national flag of your service country.  We would like you to pay your $15 yearly membership dues beforehand online through PayPal. You can also pay at the parade line up.

If you are already a member and would like to join us on the parade route this Saturday, sign up here!

For more information on parade day logistics, click here.

To learn more about the Krewe of Freret,
click here.

Questions? Email larpcv@gmail.com

Help fund this revealing film examining our self-immersion in technology


Generation Y is suffocating under a net of labels cast by older generations: “selfish”, “entitled”, “apathetic”. In an endeavor meant to transcend these simplistic descriptions, Gen Why the Film’s creators turn to their peers in hopes of redefining and redesigning the true millennial experience.

We have a great deal of access to each other, but what are we actually sharing? By fostering a strong relationship with a varied sample of their peers, the creators aim to cultivate a compassionate environment in which millennials can join them in considering how proliferating technology shapes relationships, feelings, and choices. Moreover, GWTF will call upon a diverse group of professionals to scrutinize these confessionals. The film is intended to be poetic and participatory (without being indulgent) and will build itself on human vulnerability in order to cultivate an enlightened understanding of the Gen Y experience.

LPCA Small Grants Program–Deadline Extended!

The grant application deadline has been extended to Wednesday November 25th, 2015.
Are you a member of, work for or know of an organization or project here in Louisiana or in a your Peace Corps country of service that could use a little financial assistance? In years past, LPCA has given out several small grants that furthered our mission to promote charitable, cultural, educational, scientific, and social exchange, as well as interaction between returned Peace Corps Volunteers and our local community.
This year we are making available 2 Community Grants of up to $500. Those organizations interested in a grant should submit a written proposal.   Click here http://lapeacecorps.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6ad922692cc26ef50cc4ba67f&id=bda86f84bb&e=d41facedd2 for more details or visit our website.
For questions about the Small Grants Fund contact Grants Coordinator Marcus Rozbitsky. (larpcv@gmail.com)

Summer BBQ Saturday, August 22

Each year the LPCA puts on a BBQ at The Fly (https://www.google.com/maps/%4029.9213743%2c-90.116495%2c15z) scheduled to coincide with the Fall rush of students into town.  Let’s use this opportunity to enjoy some great food, friends and scenery to recruit potential Volunteers by sharing our story.
Saturday, August 22nd, 12-4:30pm
@ the Fly (Look for the LPCA Banner!)
We’ll provide the beer and some food for the grill but we encourage you to bring your favorite beverages and BBQ treats. We’ll cheers to a great summer and welcome our new Masters International Tulane students and any other new friends. It will be fun for the whole family!
For questions or if you’d like to help out, contact Ryan Tascar (rtascar@gmail.com)

See you this Saturday