We believe in a love that gives itself away, the kind that demonstrates itself through action. With that being said, our mission is our name – to love the children, families, widows, hurting and needy across Acadiana.
Love Acadiana seizes opportunities to provide help and hope in meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the underserved. Our purpose is to connect the faith and business communities together in a partnership that encourages and empowers them to life transformation.
For years, Love Acadiana has served Lafayette, St. Landry, Vermillion, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes through back-to-school drives, after-school tutoring, teacher supply drives and appreciation baskets, neighborhood clean-ups, Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gift drives, plus a model foster care initiative to engage the faith community in foster care. In addition to all this, the tragic shooting in 2015 allowed us to serve a number of victims with much needed financial support and counseling.
When the flood of 2016 occurred, we added disaster relief to our serving activities, as we partnered with Eight Days of Hope to muck out flooded homes in Acadiana. We’ve had several opportunities to use those skills, too, especially after two hurricanes – Laura and Delta – hit Southwest Louisiana in 2020.
To Our Donors and Volunteers
During the 2016 floods, Love Acadiana partnered with the faith community to gut out more than 400 homes with more than 4,000 volunteers, provided over $200,000 worth of commercial blowers and dehumidifiers to dry out flooded homes and gave over $150,000 worth of cleaning supplies, dry food and furniture. Love Acadiana continued to facilitate local and out-of-state volunteers and resources for flood victims still in recovery for months after the storms. We are currently still responding to the storms of 2020 and have already touched more than 400 families in our combined efforts.
Through your kindness and generosity Love Acadiana will continue to serve the helpless and hurting of our region. Thank you for helping us Love Acadiana.
Tara helped to coordinate efforts of a national disaster relief organization in Lafayette after the flood of 2016, and served as project manager the inaugural year of Love Our Schools in 2019, before officially joining Love Acadiana as executive director in 2020, just in time to respond to the pandemic. She’s led women’s ministry and served with her husband, David, a counselor and pastor in Lafayette for 20+ years. She enjoys using her energy and influence to promote initiatives that better the community. Tara attended public and private schools in Lafayette and graduated cum laude from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Public Relations and Marketing. She is passionate about serving the people of Acadiana.
Amy Speidel serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Love Acadiana. A graduate of UCLA, she previously worked in New York City in event production within the entertainment and sports industries for more than 15 years. Amy’s professionalism, attention to detail, and logistical planning skills have led to her being trusted working on such projects as Super Bowl 50, the U.S. Open, and more. Her heart to connect with people and serve in practical ways to meet immediate needs drew her to Lafayette to be a part of the Love Acadiana team.