Patricia DeMichele

Patricia is a Volunteer with our Friends of the Advocacy Center group.

What do you do as a Volunteer at AC?

I was a member of the volunteer Board of Directors for seven years, and now I serve on the Steering Committee of the Friends of the Advocacy Center (FoAC). The FoAC is a community of volunteers working in partnership with the Advocacy Center to support and sustain its mission to protect, empower, and advocate for people with disabilities and seniors throughout Louisiana.

Since you started volunteering at AC, what has changed?

AC staff has always done incredible work. But in the past nine years, greater focus on public outreach, education, and social media has yielded a much broader awareness of the organization all across the state.

Tell us about one of your biggest accomplishments as a volunteer.

The staff accomplishes; volunteers support! But I am most proud to have supported AC’s purchase of a building to house the New Orleans office. This marks a major step toward long-term sustainability of AC’s work. I am also proud that the building has been named in honor of long-time advocate and friend, Charlie Tubre, and that independent funds were raised to install a garden named for AC’s founder and current Executive Director, Lois Simpson.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?

I would like to see FoAC continue to attract dedicated, hard-working supporters who help increase the number of people with disabilities and older Louisianians whose live are improved through AC’s efforts.

What's one thing you like about volunteering at AC?

The incredible people I work with – both staff members and volunteers.  Their energy and commitment are contagious.

What's something people might not know about you?

I taught myself to read at a very young age by perusing baseball stories and box scores in my father’s weekly copy of “The Sporting News.”

Any parting words for our readers?

Anyone who is in search of a meaningful volunteer experience should check us out! We do great things and have fun, too.