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Friday, March 24, 2017

2017 MDA Summer Camp

As part of MDA’s lifesaving mission to help kids live longer and grow stronger, MDA provides a summer camp program for kids ages 6-17 — offered at no cost to their families. Each year, 90+ kids with neuromuscular diseases in the Ark-La-Tex attend MDA Summer Camp at Camp Grant Walker. Kids look forward to MDA camp year-round, and they almost all agree “it’s the best week of the year.”

2017 Camp Dates: June 18-23

MDA Summer Camp opens up a world of possibilities to kids with neuromuscular diseases who often experience limitations in life and daily activities. Kids living with muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases that limit strength and mobility often face many unique challenges. Neuromuscular diseases progressively weaken muscles, often taking away everyday abilities like running, walking, hugging and even breathing.

MDA Summer Camp is a magical place where anything is possible for these special kids, but MDA needs caring people to volunteer as camp counselors. MDA relies on the support and dedication of volunteer counselors who are by campers’ sides day and night so that they can do all the fun activities that summer camp offers. Counselors serve as a “buddy” for the week and participate in activities with the campers. They push wheelchairs, lift and transfer youngsters and provide assistance with daily living activities as needed.

In addition to bringing joy to our campers, this is an amazing opportunity for your students to gain hands-on experience in education, recreation, family social sciences and medical professions. As camp volunteers, they will acquire a week of experience working with children living with neuromuscular disease, as well as 164 volunteer hours. MDA staff and the camp medical team provide all the medical training your students will need for the week. The only request we have is that your students enjoy working with kids, have an open heart, and that they are willing to learn. (Note: Food and lodging are provided to our volunteers at no cost.)

Approximately 60 percent of our camp volunteers are students from local colleges seeking a variety of majors and career paths. This is a great opportunity for them to build their résumés and gain hands-on experience. They also will be in a position to receive letters of recommendation supporting their applications for postgraduate opportunities. And, it really is a fun and memorable week for the campers and volunteers, alike.

We truly can’t do this without the help of caring individuals like you and your students. A representative from our office is more than willing come out to speak to your students at your earliest convenience. We know your lecture time is critical, so this brief presentation would require about five minutes at the end of your class. This way, if students have additional questions, we can answer them following your class.

Otherwise, if you would prefer to include this information in an email to your students, please tell them they can contact me directly at or (318)742-3632 for more information.


Lydia Brown
Family Care Specialist
Muscular Dystrophy Association
900 Pierremont, Suite 115
Shreveport, LA 71106

o: 318.742.3632 | f: 318.742.3633

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shreveport Aquarium need Volunteers!

Shreveport Aquarium intends on making a “splash” in kicking off 2017 with two world record attempts; one each during the Krewe of Gemini Parade (February 25th).  The current record stands at 8,453 people. 

The attempt will begin at the start of the parade route on Clyde Fant Parkway, just to the South of Lake Street.  The line will continue down the length of the parade route to the Shreveport-Barksdale Highway interchange. 

In keeping with guidelines set by the Guinness Book of World Records, Shreveport Aquarium is required to recruit a host of stewards to assist along the route. Those who wish to volunteer as a  steward for the event can do so online at Volunteers for this event must be 18 years of age or older.  Volunteers will receive a free Shreveport Aquarium “Catch the Wave” t-shirt for their participation. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Polar Plunge Shreveport

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Jordyn Barlow
Director of Special Projects West & Torch Run Liason

Special Olympics Louisiana
1000 E Morris Ave
Hammond, LA 70403
Tel: +1 800 345 6644

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - Volunteers Needed Saturday, March 4th


Please disseminate the following information to students that may be interested in volunteering. 
Feel free to share this information on social media!



Good Afternoon,

I am Jan McGovern, an educational biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and Regional Coordinator for the Archery in Louisiana Schools (ALAS) program.  We are seeking volunteer help for our upcoming event! 

The 2017 ALAS State Archery Tournament will be held Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at the Shreveport Convention Center at 400 Caddo Street, Shreveport, LA 71101.  If you are interested in helping out, please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer.  No experience necessary!

Please sign up for a time slot you are available to volunteer as a Lane Official or General Volunteer.  A reminder email will be sent prior to the tournament.  Please be sure you are available for the times for which you sign up.  Please report to the Volunteer Station near the Registration Table 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time.

Lane Officials:
Please familiarize yourself with Lane Official Protocol by watching the Lane Official Training video found at the following link:

We rely on the help of our wonderful volunteers to provide a quality experience for all attendees.  We hope to see you there!  For questions about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jan McGovern at

Thank you,

Jan McGovern
LA Dept Wildlife & Fisheries
ALAS Regional Coordinator
Ofc  (985) 543-4930
Cell (985) 974-8040

ALAS is a proud member of NASP

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Volunteers needed to help with the Louisiana High School State Wrestling Championships in Bossier

Volunteers needed to help with the Louisiana High School State Wrestling Championships in Bossier

The best of the best in high school wrestling will be in Shreveport – Bossier to compete in the State Championships.  Volunteers are needed to help with the scoring table, hospitality and floater area.  In the floater area volunteers will be moved around as need at door check/runner/water filler. 

Need over 250 volunteers for this event.

You can help with one day or both.  You can also help with multiple shifts.

If you would like to help let me know which day, shifts and please include your cell phone number. I will then send you a confirmation email with all the need to know information.

            CenturyLink Center in Bossier City

Volunteers are needed:

Friday Feb 10

Scoring Table volunteers
(Knowledge of the sport a plus not a much and advance training will be available)
             1st shift: 7am - noon
2nd shift:  11:30am – 4pm
             3rd shift: 3:30pm – until

Floater - check in door + runner + water filler
 1st shift:  5am – 11am
              2nd shift:  10:30am – 4:30pm
              3rd shift: 4pm – until

            Hospitality rooms (helping in the staff and volunteer rooms)
 1st shift:  6am – 11:30am
              3rd shift: 4pm – 9:30pm

Saturday Feb 11

Scoring Table volunteers
(Knowledge of the sport a plus not a much and advance training will be available)
             1st shift: 7am - noon
2nd shift:  11:30am – 4pm
             3rd shift: 3:30pm – until

Floater - check in door + runner + water filler
 1st shift:  5am – 11am
              3rd shift: 4pm – until

            Hospitality rooms (helping in the staff and volunteer rooms)
 1st shift:  6am – 11:30am
              3rd shift: 4pm – 9:30pm

You will get a meal for each shift you work.
We need a lot of volunteers for this one so please feel free to forward this email on to anyone else that may want to help.

Important note: Volunteers must be 16 or older to help.


Teresa Micheels, Volunteer/Project Manager
Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission
629 Spring Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Your Sports Connection
318-429-0628 or 800-551-8682, ext. 146
A division of the Shreveport – Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Volunteers needed to help with the Camping World, Independence Bowl in the team hotel hospitality.

Volunteers needed to help with the Camping World, Independence Bowl in the team hotel hospitality.

We are not scheduling or placing volunteers for this event just helping get the word out for the I-Bowl

All volunteer locations in the Shreveport or Bossier area.

Team hotel hostility room volunteer opportunity information
Volunteers needed to help in the Vanderbilt Player and North Carolina team hospitality rooms . Duties include but not limited to keeping guests served, keeping serving area clean and stocked, keeping drinks stocked and iced down, keeping trash from piling up in front of guests and seeing that guest have the best time they have ever had.

Volunteers are needed on Dec 22rd, Dec 23th, Dec 24th, and Dec 25th Dec 26th  .  Volunteers are needed throughout the day with different time slots available.

Contact Meggie Malone   at  if you would like to help in the North Carolina  team hotel hospitality room or call 318-469-8476.

If you would like to help in the Vanderbilt team hotel hospitality room please contact, Lynn Cawthorne at or call 318-213-6451 (office) or 504-427-8167 (cell).