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The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

SMILE MISSION STATEMENT

SMILE Community Action Agency serves as a clearinghouse for community needs, with a focus on health, education, economic stability, and the betterment of all disadvantaged individuals, children and families that we encounter.

GET TO KNOW US BETTER

Many people don’t realize that the word “SMILE” stands for the three parishes – St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette – that the Community Action Agency serves in south central Louisiana. The “E” is added to make the acronym that has served as a symbol of hope to those in need.

 

The St. Martin, Iberia, Lafayette Community Action Agency – or SMILE Community Action Agency – or just SMILE – is part of a legacy that dates back to the 1960s. That’s when President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs were enacted, resulting in the creation of community action agencies nationwide.

 

The Agency’s community action motto, “People Helping People,” rings across the land, just like it does here in the heart of a region known internationally for its rich culture and traditions. While its spicy cuisine and zydeco music are popular ingredients that draw in tourists, the tri-parish region has had its woes of economic hardships and socioeconomic ills. And yet, SMILE remains the tri-parish’s leading anti-poverty agency – dedicated to making a difference – dedicated to making people “smile” in St. Martin, Iberia and Lafayette Parishes.

CHECKOUT OUR GALLERY

Yes, definitely, a picture is worth a thousand words.  We have many photographs that we are happy to share with you.  Hover over each one, and you’ll see the category it represents.  Committed to the Community shows SMILE in action.  We’re also going back in time with scenes from yesteryears with Throwback SMILE: Reflections of the Past.   The next category, Keep on SMILE-ing, is some of our favorite photos. Open House: Come on Over to Our Place showcases Agency events, particularly ones in conjunction with the National Community Action Month in May.

 

’Tis the Season to be Jolly celebrates our different holidays during the year.  Our Children, Our Future focuses on our SMILE STEM Summer Camp and our Afterschool Program.  SMILE would not be where it is without our Partners & Supporters: Making A Difference.  And last but not least, Wise w/ Wisdom is a tribute to our senior volunteers in our RSVP — that’s our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Committed to the Community
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Throwback SMILE: Reflections of the Past
Partners & Supporters: Making A Difference
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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: Wise w/ Wisdom
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Senior Volunteer Recognition Program
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“Connections to Independent Living” Expo
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Jeans & Boots
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RSVP Volunteer Luncheon 2016

Got a question or a suggestion? Contact us today! We would love to hear from you.

GET TO KNOW US BETTER

SMILE SPOTLIGHT

Here’s your opportunity to know these SMILE staff members better. They represent all three of our parishes.

Stephen Woods

Chief Financial Officer
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ANGELINA GUIDRY

Secretary / Outreach Worker, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, RSVP
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Michael Sorrell

Iberia Parish Manager
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OUR PARTNERS

SHOWCASING OUR SUPPORTERS

SMILE believes in collaboration — leveraging resources with our partners. We are proud to showcase our partners here. They help to make us better, and help to get things done. And we do likewise vice versa.


Smile Community Action