According to the Corporation of National and Community Service, almost 64 million Americans volunteered in 2009, that’s 27% of the adult population, giving 8.1 billion hours worth about 169 billion dollars.
Whether you are a pessimist who sees the glass as half empty, or an optimist, who sees the glass as half full. Volunteers are ones who see the glass of water and start looking for someone who might be thirsty.
VOLUNTEERING GOES BACK EVEN BEFORE RECORDED HISTORY
Someone asked the anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978), "What is the first sign you look for, to tell you of an ancient civilization?" The interviewer had in mind a tool or scrap of clothing.
Ms. Mead surprised him by answering, a "healed femur". When someone breaks a femur, they couldn’t survive to hunt, fish or escape enemies unless they had help from someone else. Thus, a healed femur indicated that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving themselves.
There is something instinctive about volunteering – we join a movement or a project because we see the possibilities of what impact we might have. We are all “visionaries” in that sense.
2011 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
St. Landry-Evangeline United Way is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing the communities we serve. The diversity of our volunteers is the key to our strength and effectiveness. We rely on their wisdom, their experience and their passion to advance the common good in St. Landry and Evangeline parishes.
Tim Marks - Opelousas General Health System
Elaina LeBlanc – Hancock Bank
Deanna Lejeune - Opelousas General Health System
Craig LeBouef – GSF&L CPA
Gretchen Erlingson - Williams Corporation
Mary Beth Henry - ALON Krotz Spring Refinery
June Inhern – St. Landry Public School System
Kathleen Leday – CLECO
Melanie Lee-LeBouef - St. Landry Parish Tourism
Eva Noel – City of Opelousas
Stephen Morrow – Morrow, Gates & Morrow, LLC
Susie Peck - St. Landry District Attorney Office
Sherl Picchioni - Community Leader
Judith Romero - Independent Insurance
Mark Suellentrop - Cabot Corporation
Joe Wilson, D.C. - Wilson Chiropractic Clinic
FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, VISIT OUR PARTNERS PAGE, OR CALL THE UNITED WAY AT 337-942-7815