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Louisiana Workforce Commission Officials Plan Tour of Oil Spill Response in Jefferson Parish

Baton Rouge (June 8, 2010) - Representatives of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and Louisiana Community Action Partnership (LACAP) on Tuesday (June 8) will tour Jefferson Parish communities affected by the oil spill disaster and visit Jefferson Community Action Programs (JeffCAP) that are offering support services in the area.

LWC Director of Workforce Development Johnny Riley and Tamarlion Carter,special project manager and coordinator of community action agency activities for LWC, will be among LWC representatives visiting Lafitte and Grand Isle on Tuesday.

"We want to see firsthand how the community action agencies we work with through Community Services Block Grant funding are helping those most affected by the continuing disaster in the Gulf," said Riley. "These agencies help to provide front-line assistance where it is needed most."

The tour will begin at the Lafitte Town Hall at 10:30 a.m. and will include a boat tour of the area impacted by the oil spill around Grand Isle. A meeting is planned in Grand Isle with parish and local government officials to discuss plans by LWC and LACAP to provide support services in the area. The group will return to Lafitte at 2:30 p.m.

Established in 1978, JeffCAP has offered various programs for the elderly,disabled, economically disadvantaged and youth in Jefferson Parish. The agency connects with federal, state, local and private organizations to provide a wide range of services.

"JeffCAP provides assistance to the citizens of Jefferson Parish every day," said Nicole Ferrier, executive director of JeffCAP. "During state emergencies, we strive to provide even more supportive services to help people in their time of need. Our goal is to help people who need temporary assistance get back on their feet and become self sufficient."

A visit to programs in St. Mary Parish is also planned for the near future,according to organizers.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter @GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep

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