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On Wednesday evening, April 18th, Volunteer Louisiana, the Volunteer Louisiana Foundation, and Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser recognized nine Champions of Service Award winners from across the state at the Champions of Service Gala. Governor John Bel Edwards attended the event and was the keynote speaker. The nine awardees were recognized by the Governor in his speech for their volunteer and service work in their community. The award winners each had a video presentation of their service, then came to the stage to receive a trophy. Lieutenant Governor Nungesser, along with Volunteer Louisiana Executive Director, Judd Jeansonne, Volunteer Louisiana Foundation President, Jenny Korner, and Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps Director, Deborah Cox-Roush all presented the awards.
These Champions of Service were selected from a pool of statewide nominees - people, groups and business in Louisiana - who demonstrate compassion and dedication, leadership and initative or innovation and creativity in addressing community challenges while serving others. Volunteer Louisiana recognizes six regional champions as well as statewide AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and corporate champions.
In addition to the Volunteer Louisiana awards, there are various types of national volunteer service awards available to recognize individuals and groups:
The Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal
SWLA-EMPIRE in Lake Charles, LA engages youth volunteers to serve in their community. Youth members have provided over 2,000 hours of volunteer service and were recognized at their annual Teen Summit in March 2018 where they received the Louisiana Volunteer Service Award.