It is important to our organization to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Under the leadership of Jessica McChesney, 2nd Vice President, SGMP Louisiana participates in quarterly community engagement projects.
The SGMP La Chapter is kicking off our Spring Community Involvement Campaign, and we need YOUR help to make it a success! 🎉We're collecting donations of peanut butter and jelly to support local families in need. These simple ingredients can make a world of difference, providing nutritious meals and a taste of comfort during challenging times. Whether you're a peanut butter fanatic or a jelly aficionado, your contribution will help us create delicious sandwiches and bring smiles to those who need it most. Let's spread love one sandwich at a time! ❤️🥪Bring your donations to the March 14 Monthly Networking and Education Meeting or make a monetary donation by Feeding the Pig . Together, we can make a difference in our community! 💪 #SGMPLA #CommunityFirst #SpreadTheLove Society of Government Meeting Professionals
Over 42 million Americans face hunger each and every day including 1 in 6 children so the Fall Community Involvement Campaign for SGMP La Chapter was collection of non-perishable food items during the November 29 & 30 Annual Education Conference. All donations made online and in-person were delivered to the Avoyelles Parish Senior Center.
Each year 15 million children don't have access to school supplies and over 94% of teachers spend their personal money to meet this need for children in their classrooms. The members of SGMP Louisiana collected school supplies for the Summer Community Involvement campaign t for children attending Negreet K - 12 public school in Louisiana. The members of SGMP Louisiana collected 37 notebooks, 33 folders, 1 pack of 500 sheet construction paper, 3 rulers, 1 pack of index cards, 48 glue sticks, 90 pencil erasers, 24 dry erase markers, 18 scissors, 20 ink pens, 2 bottles of glue, 16 composition notebooks, 14 packs of 24 count crayons, 28 packs of 10 markers, 14 packs of 12 colored pencils, 13 packs of 150 count filler paper, 1 pack of 500 count filler paper, and 502 #2 pencils for the Summer Community Involvement campaign. Jessica McChesney, Second Vice-President dropped of the school supplies for children attending Negreet K - 12 public school in Sabine Parish Louisiana. They greatly appreciate the support from our Chapter!
Pictured from left to right: Tina Pilcher , Instructional Coach, Eylda Thaxton, Principal, Jessica McChesney, SGMP La Chapter Second Vice-President, and Dawn Derouen, Secretary
The Spread the Love Community Involvement Campaign allowed the SGMP La Chapter members to contribute to the collection of food for one of the hunger-relief community organizations. The peanut butter collected was donated to the Samaritan Center in Covington, La ! We thank everyone that contributed to the success of the campaign.
More than 13.1 million children in the United States are food insecure. Additionally, 14.5 million children live in poverty. Those are alarming statistics. The Fall 2022 Community Involvement Campaign @ the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was held on Saturday October 22 from 8 am to Noon for a day of sorting donations.
The Summer Community Involvement Campaign was a success! We collected over 8 boxes & bags of school supplies and personal care items for the children attending GT Wood Elementary School in Kenner. Thank you to everyone that contributed! Principal Dwemer says all the students will be very grateful for our support! Thank you to Carolyn Barrett, CGMP with Visit Kenner for delivering all the items to the school.
For the third year, we collected non-perishable food items including peanut butter for the Spread the Love Campaign. This year our donations and collected items were delivered by Melissa Lee 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 collected
included socks and underpants for 4 to 10 year old children, school supplies, 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.