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|Coalition seeks volunteers for hurricane season|
The Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana announced this week it would partner with the Louisiana Department of Social Services to provide assistance at local evacuation shelters for this year's hurricane season.
The agency will offer its program, "Sheltering Children From the Storm," a volunteer training opportunity for those who are interested in offering assistance to local hurricane evacuation shelters.
In the event that an evacuation plan is implemented, the Children's Coalition will set up respite childcare centers in both the Bastrop and Monroe DSS evacuee shelters.
Last year, during hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Children's Coalition staff cared for more than 330 children from infants to 12-year-olds in Bastrop and Monroe.
"It is crucial that we have more volunteers trained and ready to go this year in order to give each child in the shelters the loving care that they deserve," said Lesley Bush, development coordinator with the Children's Coalition.
"Sheltering Children from the Storm" will involve a three-hour training opportunity offered to all volunteers. It will focus on training in basic health and safety, interacting with families inside the shelter and helping children cope with stress.
Volunteers will be asked to complete a short application and undergo a criminal background check at no charge. Volunteers must be 21 or older.
The three-hour training session will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Children's Coalition, located at 1363 Louisville Avenue in Monroe.
"All are welcome and encouraged to join the Children's Coalition in our efforts to better prepare volunteers for the 2009 hurricane season," Bush said.
For more information, or to reserve a spot at the training seminar, contact the Children's Coalition at 323-8775.