Photo provided by SANDRA MADERE -- New officers for the Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, from left, are Reporter Sandra Madere, President Donna Bouterie, International and Environment Chairwoman Terry Voight, Treasurer Jean Hebert, Vice President for Program and Public Policy Maureen Felder and Secretary and Parliamentarian Sue Nelson. Not pictured is Margaret Dettwiller, Family Life and Literacy chairwoman.

The Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family and Community, an all-volunteer arm of the LSU Extension Service, recently elected new officers for 2015. TVFC’s members focus on literacy, family life, environment and international issues as they impact residents of Tangipahoa Parish.

Each year, members spend more than 6,000 hours visiting nursing and veterans’ homes, reading to children in schools, providing nutritional information to children and adults, fostering and encouraging recycling, and collecting money and items to support organizations working in foreign countries, a news release from the organization said. The organization is open to new members, and those interested should contact the Extension office in Amite at (985) 748-9381.