Paula Hickman

Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

Kate Archer Kent

A program that aims to break the cycle of poverty in Shreveport and Bossier City’s poorest neighborhoods is celebrating 25 years of carrying out its mission through Volunteers of America North Louisiana.

The LightHouse offers after-school tutoring and mentoring to the most vulnerable children. Community Foundation of North Louisiana executive director Paula Hickman was one of its founders. She recalls when LightHouse was just an idea.

Bill Beckett talks with Paula Hickman, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, about the Ideas At Aspen Film series presented at the Robinson Film Center in Shreveport beginning Feb. 7. The second film and discussion is scheduled for Feb. 14. The final film and panel discussion will be held Feb. 21.  The presentations are free, but RSVPs are requested at 318-221-0582.