Sheila Gagliano

Tangipahoa Volunteers For Family And Community wants to congratulate our very own Sheila Gagliano of Sunshine Ladies for being awarded one of the two Heart of Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community awards given out last year!

This is an award given by our state organization to recognize outstanding community volunteers, and Sheila certainly is that!

This wonderful lady has made extraordinary contributions to our club and our parish for many years and is very deserving of this award. She is pictured here with one of the many blankets she crochets for our local nursing homes or veteran's home. She is involved in so many projects it would be impossible to name them all. She is also our club's Literacy Chairman, and Family Life Chairman as well. She volunteers at the Fuller House and Options and spends many hours each week serving her community in various ways. Prior to Covid restrictions, she was an integral part of our Bingo project at a local nursing home, and she is eagerly looking forward to resuming that activity as soon as we can safely do so.

Congratulations, Sheila. You are an inspiration to us all!!!

The other recipient of this award was Mary Hennegan Spano of Jefferson Parish.

Other nominees included Letha Briggs of Lafayette, Betty Fredericks of St. Martin, Kay Stone of Terrebonne, and Marilyn Strickland of Jeff Davis. These ladies serve as a great example to all of us to do more and give more to our families, our club, and our parish. Out of the entire state, only this small group of ladies were nominated for their outstanding service.

Tangipahoa Volunteers for Family And Community is the all-volunteer arm of the LSU Ag Center Extension Service. We work with Extension in many ways to help families in our community. Together, we assist with promoting and judging the 4H programs, and various health and nutrition projects. Each year we also offer a college scholarship to a graduating senior from our parish who has participated in 4H activities.

Formerly known as Homemakers' Club, TVFC has been in existence as long as the Extension itself. We are part of a statewide organization originally formed in 1936. Our purpose now is the same as it was then: to serve and strengthen families in our community. We help serve the people of Tangipahoa Parish with programs encompassing Family Life, Literacy, Environmental, and International Projects. Tangipahoa Parish is one of 15 parishes that belong to the statewide organization, Louisiana Volunteers for Family and Community.

For information on how you can be a part of our efforts to serve in our community, please email President Marie Heck at We would love to have you join us, as we work together for all the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish! Our website is

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