Speaker Discusses Importance of Volunteering (Shreveport, La.)

Date: May 8, 2013

Lee Jeter, Executive Director of The Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana, spoke to students at the North and East Caddo Ombudsman Centers about the vital role volunteers play in the organization’s success. The Fuller Center was founded in 2005 in response to the influx of people who evacuated to Shreveport after Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the organization has continued its quest to provide adequate housing for families living in poverty and substandard housing in the Shreveport area.

Jeter said the Fuller Center is recruiting volunteers for two programs. The first program is in conjunction with AmeriCorps Louisiana and is called the Community Builders Program. Beginning in September 2013, the program will be actively recruiting 16 half-time volunteers over the age of 18. Participants will be trained in a variety of construction-related skill sets, including basic carpentry, painting, floor installation and many others. They will use their skills to build and renovate homes for the low-income or homeless individuals in the community. Jeter said volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment training such as conflict resolution, communication improvement and team building. Volunteers will receive a living allowance and an education award.

During April and May, the Fuller Center is also recruiting volunteers for Veterans Build 2013, which is building four homes for local veterans. Jeter talked about this important effort and provided details on volunteer opportunities for students over 18. Jeter also discussed volunteer opportunities for students under the age of 18 such as afternoon cleanup duties at the job sites.

“The students were really interested in Mr. Jeter’s presentation and were asking how they could volunteer,” said Nadine Atkins, Center Director at Caddo Ombudsman North. “I think it is incredibly educational and eye-opening for our students to hear about how people in our community are suffering. I think a lot of our students would be interested in providing some community outreach. They simply don’t know what is available, which is why presentations like Mr. Jeter’s are so valuable.”

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