TVFC announces upcoming events _lowres

Photo provided by SANDRA M. MADERE -- Attending the recent Tangipahoa Volunteers in Family and Community meeting, first row from left, are Donna Bouterie, Judy Rhodes, Barbara Gagliano, Terry Voight, Emma Adams, Marge Daly, Ann Bourliea and Sandra Madere; and second row, Sue Nelson, Betty Bankston, Jean Johnson, Millie Falgout and Jean Hebert.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently held its quarterly parishwide council meeting at the Calgary Christian Church in Tickfaw.

Members from the four chapters, Busy Bees, Sunshine Ladies, Wednesday VFC and Westward Volunteers, met to discuss upcoming events, a news release said. Announced was the date for this year’s 35th annual Holiday Ideas Showcase — Sept. 29 at the Ponchatoula Community Center.

Another upcoming event planned for October is a parishwide TVFC open house. Women of the parish will be invited to meet members of TVFC and see what the organization is about. More details will be announced later this year.

National Volunteer Week is April 10-17, which TVFC will celebrate with its semiannual donation of Raise A Reader packets to North Oaks Hospital for each newborn baby born that week. Each packet contains information for the new mother on the importance of reading to their baby and good nutrition to their growth.

In 2015, TVFC’s 50 members donated more than 11,800 volunteer hours in Tangipahoa Parish, saving the LSU system an estimated $398,345 in salary to do the same job, the release said. TVFC members volunteer in schools, nursing homes, homeless shelters, community outreach and libraries. TVFC volunteers recycle, share books and magazines, visit veterans homes, encourage children and parents to eat better, be more active and read more in the home.