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Jul 11, 2013 12:14 PM by MELISSA CANONE(PHOTO COURTESY OF MGN Online)

SMILE seeking volunteers to serve on council

If persons are interested in supporting the Lafayette goals and outcomes of SMILE Community Action Agency, they may consider serving on the SMILE Lafayette Community Action Council.

Two seats are available on the Council, which helps to coordinate, plan and monitor SMILE programs. The Lafayette Community Action Council is one of three councils representing the tri-parish agency, which also has St. Martin and the Iberia Community Action Councils.

Each Council sends six members to compose the SMILE Board of Directors, the legal entity of the agency. For those who may not realize, SMILE stands for "S"t. "M"artin, "I"beria and "L"afayette. The "E" was added to make SMILE.

Right now the Lafayette Community Action Council is seeking volunteers to represent the low-income and private sectors of Lafayette Parish. Low-income sector representatives do not necessarily have to be low-income but must represent low-income areas. Private sector representatives may represent businesses or organizations.

Council members must be at least 18 years old and willing to provide input that helps to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged persons in their communities.

Council members may serve up to two five-year terms. However, if they represent the public sector, which are elected officials, they serve concurrently with the respective term of office.

Council members meet monthly to discuss methods for helping community residents utilize existing resources, and create means through which people can help themselves.

The deadline for inquiries is Friday, July 26, 2013.

For more information, call (337) 232-6810, or Lafayette Assistant Parish Coordinator Patricia Butler at (337) 234-3272, Ext. 208.

You may also stop by the SMILE Central Office, located at 501 St. John Street in Lafayette. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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