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. To further this mission the LPCA has developed a Community Grants program.Last year LPCA awarded 2 small community grants, one to a PCV project and one to a local non-profit.
BienEstoy is a collaboration between Cooperativa Coopasi and PCVs in Misiones, Paraguay. The grant awarded to BeinEstoy went 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. This event was organized by Tulane University Masters International student Jazmine McKinney.
Green Light New Orleans (GLNO) invests their energy in people by assisting New Orleans residents in person, one household at a time. GLNO’s Backyard Vegetable Garden program was started in 2012 to help households learn how to grow some of their own food. New gardeners attend the basic “Intro to Organic Gardening” class at GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden, a blighted lot that has been transformed into a demonstration food garden. The grant award went toward GLNO’s Edible Teaching Garden creative plant labels and signs to tell garden visitors the amount they can pick and the health benefits of each particular food. This project was submitted to the LPCA by Megan Bayha, GLNO’s Garden Coordinator, whose passion for gardening arose from her experience living in a small village in the Fiji Islands as a PCV.http://www.greenlightneworleans.org/backyardvegetablegarden
We would like to be able to award 2 grants again this year to other local non-profits and/or current PCV community projects; however, in order to do so we need to ask for your help. Currently we do not have enough funding in our operating budget to support 2 grants. If you would like to contribute to a few dollars to support our grant program please click the link below. Any amount can go a long way toward making a difference in our local and global community.
Thank you, LPCA Board