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UL Lafayette AmeriCorps

Blair Begnaud -- Fri, 05/12/2023 - 11:16am

Did you know? AmeriCorps is the only university-based AmeriCorps program in the state of Louisiana.

Their projects focus on housing and environmental needs in our community. Members of the 30-person team work with Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, Moncus Park, and The Office of Sustainability on campus. UL Lafayette AmeriCorps members also volunteer with dozens of other non-profit organizations in our community.

Since 1996, we have had more than 800 students complete the UL Lafayette AmeriCorps program, contributing more than 16 million hours of service to Acadiana and Louisiana. In that time they have helped to improve local education, housing, disaster response, the environment, and even established Lafayette's own prom dress drive and giveaway, the Cinderella Project. 

Becoming a member of the AmeriCorps team is extremely competitive. Corps members must have a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and able to multitask. AmeriCorps members must be open to learning and challenging themselves. If you hold these characteristics and have the desire to serve your community, then AmeriCorps is for you! Learn more about joining the AmeriCorps team here.

Office of Sustainability + AmeriCorps

The Office of Sustainability and AmeriCorps have been partnered for years to work on a multitude of projects but AmeriCorps have been instrumental in maintaining and enhancing our Pollinator Habitats and Green Infrastructure Projects across campus which support our Bee Campus USA and Tree Campus USA initiatives. AmeriCorps also works on Keep UL Lafayette Beautiful initiatives to keep our campus clean and beautiful.

In the 2022-2023 year AmeriCorps:

  • Identified, measured, and logged trees
  • Planted trees and plants and spread wildflower seeds
  • Maintained, weeded, and mulched ALL pollinator and green infrastructure projects around campus
  • Mulched and cared for the 40 new trees planted during The Big Event
  • Conducted litter surveys and picked up litter across campus
  • Tabled in the Dupré library to spread awareness on Bee and Tree Campus USA
  • Painted at the Blackham Coliseum
  • Helped deliver compost to UL Lafayettes compost pile
  • Managed recycling streams at home football games