Part of being good Parrot Heads means giving something back to our communities. "Leave it better than you found it " is a common motto with all Parrot Head clubs. All of the nationally sanctioned chapters of Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. are involved in helping those in need. Whether it be an organized fund raiser for a recognized charity, a bayou cleanup, or any other activity that will benefit others in our communities, Parrot Heads all over the country are proving to be invaluable to charitable organizations in their areas.
All Parrot Head clubs combined have raised over $46 million and contributed more than 3,815,000 volunteer hours helping their communities in the last fifteen years!
Here are just some of the efforts that our club has been involved in...
Our Annual Donations
LaPaw's goal is to raise funds through donations and fund-raising activities for medical care/treatment and vetting for homeless, abused/neglected companion animals in order to make them adoptable. Every year in Calcasieu Parish 10,000 to 11,000 unwanted pets are euthanized. LaPaw tries to build awareness and educate people in Calcasieu so that the numbers will be drastically reduced until every adoptable animal will have a home. LaPaw Rescue makes every effort to promote the low cost spay/neuter program of Calcalsieu Parish Animal Services.
Here is the thank you letter we received from them at Christmas 2017:
2017 KPLC Community Christmas "Thank You" letter:
We earmark $5 of each member's annual club dues to go to this fund at the end of the year. In 2011, we got very close to our membership goal of 200 members and chipped in the extra few dollars to deliver a check in the amount of $1,000 to the fund. We also collected toys at our our annual club Christmas house party, attended by about 60 of our members. This amassed four large bags of toys, worth an estimated $500-$600. The toys were delivered to the television station and everyone there was amazed at the generosity of our club.
The following card was sent to the club by KPLC's Mari Wilson...
Our Adopt-A-Road Project
Angels in Tropical Shirts Cancer Benefit
In 2008, we teamed with Texas based "Angels in Tropical Shirts" to help raise $6,500 that went to the local Ethel Precht Breast Cancer fund. We received this great letter from State Senator Willie Mount for our efforts.
The donation was mentioned in the Lake Charles American Press. President, Gary Primeaux is shown with Ethel Prechet recieving the donation from the event.
Long Time Supporters of Lake Area Partners for Animal Welfare - LAPAW
In the fall of 2008 we presented LAPAW with $2,500 that we raised as a result of our Last Man Standing silent auction. We later learned that the funds helped them pay off the balance of their vet bill and allowed them to finish in the black at the end of the year for the first time in a long while.
In 2007 we made our first donation of $1,000 to LAPAW (Lake Area partners for Animal Welfare).
We made a $1,200 donation to Kingsley Place in 2004 to purchase literature to help establish an Alzheimer Reference Library in the facility.