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Navy Week sees volunteers serve in local community

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Electronics Technician 1st Class Joshua Alewine and Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Frank Maldanado, both assigned to USS Louisiana (SSBN 743), pack food boxes at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, in April 2015 for the first community relations project of Navy Week Shreveport. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Fahey/Released)

Shreveport-Bossier City is one of 14 cities nationwide selected to participate in the 14th annual Navy Week outreach program.

During the week of October 29, about 60 servicemen and women will sail to northwest Louisiana for an array of events. The Navy will have musical performances, visits with local veterans and schools as well as serve our community with projects at nonprofits coordinated by United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

Navy Weeks bring a variety of events, equipment and personnel to a single city for a week-long series of engagements with the public, key influencers and organizations representing all sectors of the community.

Navy Week in Shreveport-Bossier City will kick off with a project at Providence House. Navy volunteers will serve meals to shelter residents and host a Halloween party for the children. The week continues with projects at The American Red Cross, Christian Service, Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Volunteers of America with Renesting Project being the final stop Sat. November 3.

“We are thrilled to engage the U.S. Navy in the Shreveport-Bossier City community and it’s an honor to coordinate service projects for them on behalf of United Way,” said United Way NWLA Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer Horton.

You can see a list of events by clicking here.

Navy Weeks, coordinated by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO), are designed to give Americans the opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. Since 2005, the Navy Week program has served as the Navy’s flagship outreach effort into areas of the country without a significant Navy presence, with 210 Navy Weeks held in 74 different U.S. markets.