Impact Lake Charles receives grant - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Impact Lake Charles receives grant

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – The Impact Lake Charles AmeriCorps program has received $79,286 in grant money.

The grant comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service. With the money, Impact Lake Charles - a non-profit organization - will continue to change the lives of children while also changing the lives of its members.

"It's really, really amazing. They see me as a positive individual," said Desiree Eaglin, who works with children at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Eaglin is one of 24 members of Impact Lake Charles who strive to better the lives of children.

"My dream was to be able to help other kids," said Eaglin.

Esther Vincent, the Director of Community and Development for the city of Lake Charles stated, "They've gained a friend. They're looking for someone to listen, to help."

Many of the children that Impact Lake Charles helps are those with single parents that need guidance after school or while their parents are at work.

Vincent stated, "We do all of these things that will actually help young people become successful students."

Impact Lake Charles also serves to help its members as well.

"Once they have finished their commitments, they will receive an educational award," said Vincent.

Members can use the award money at any school of their choice to aid them with costs like tuition and books. Desiree plans to go to Sowella Technical Community College and Lamar University.

"I'm going to be in the medical field," said Eaglin.

The impact can be felt all across the board, as Eaglin has helped to better the lives of children, and they have helped to better her life.

"This experience has truly switched up my perspective in life."

Impact Lake Charles has members of all ages. For more information, you can call 491-8735.

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