It is important to our organization to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Under the leadership of Zondra Jones, 2nd Vice President, SGMP Louisiana participates in quarterly community engagement projects.
For the third year, we are collecting non-perishable food items including peanut butter for the Spread the Love Campaign. This year our donations and collected items will be delivered to the "Bless Your Heart Foundation" non-profit located in Larose, Louisiana. Many residents are still experiencing the impact of Hurricane Ida in this area of the State. Additional items being collected at the February 10 monthly education meeting include socks and underpants for 4 to 10 year old children, cracker and pretzel snacks, gold fish, teddy grahams, single serve non-refrigerated juice or sport drinks.
LeAnna Toups Bennett led the Community Involvement Initiative for Fall 2021. She organized the Chapter Initiative to join with the LaNIGP's collection drive to benefit Blue Star Mothers Program. LaNIGP prepared care packages to send to the many local female soldiers and service women deployed in other countries. She collected and dropped off the items donated.
Winter 2020/Spring 2021:
Back for a second year, we raised $300 to purchase peanut butter for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
Peanut butter is a shelf-stable source of protein that food banks need continuously. We were able to deliver 40 jars of peanut butter and $20 cash to the Northshore Food Bank.
"We so appreciate the Society of Governmental Meeting Professionals choosing to support Northshore Food Bank through a peanut butter drive. It was such the perfect promotion to “spread the love”. J Peanut Butter is always one of the top most needed items as it is an item in the staple box we provide, but is also one of least donated as it is a higher priced item in the stores. We are always grateful for those donations."
- Yvette Roussel, Northshore Food Bank
Socks are the number one most requested item in homeless shelters nationwide. We collected 252 pairs of socks and donated them the Bishop Ott Shelter ran by St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge.