White House Honors LSU Alumna Delores Morton as a “Champion of Change”

08/17/2012 09:02 AM

BATON ROUGE – On Friday, Aug. 17, the White House will welcome more than 150 AmeriCorps Alumni leaders from 25 states for a day-long briefing. Since 1994, more than 775,000 Americans have served in AmeriCorps, and more than 80,000 will serve this year. The event will highlight AmeriCorps Alumni and public service as a pathway to opportunity and career advancement.  


As part of the day-long program, the White House will honor LSU alumna Delores Morton as one of 12 AmeriCorps Alums who are “Champions of Change.” These extraordinary leaders demonstrate how AmeriCorps alumni have leveraged their national service experience to become influential in their careers and leaders in their communities. They will have the opportunity to share their stories with administration officials and AmeriCorps members across the country. The Champions of Change program was created to honor ordinary Americans doing great work in their communities.


“Having experienced the transformation of AmeriCorps first hand, I am committed to helping ensure that the members serving in these programs are also able to identify within them a new way to deploy their unique skills and talents and become a part of a new generation of servant leaders,” said Morton.


Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.


“President Obama has always been a strong supporter of the AmeriCorps program and the role members play in strengthening communities across our country,” said Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson. “We’re excited to honor 12 AmeriCorps Alums who are continuing in the spirit of their AmeriCorps pledge to ‘get things done for America’ as leaders in the public, for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and to celebrate AmeriCorps as a pathway to opportunity for those who serve.”


To engage people around the country in the conversation about AmeriCorps and public service opportunities, the White House will host a Google+ Hangout with AmeriCorps members and alumni. The online event will include CEO of the Corporation for National Community Service, or CNCS, Wendy Spencer who will participate in a live Google Hangout event moderated by Macon Phillips, director of the White House Office of Digital Strategy and AmeriCorps VISTA Alum. People can join the discussion live on Twitter using the hashtag #WHHangout.


Watch the events live and learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/live. Live stream events include AmeriCorps Alumni leaders briefing at 9:30 a.m. EDT, a Google+ Hangout at 12 p.m. EDT and the Champions of Change event at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday, Aug. 17. People around the country can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WHAmeriCorps.


Delores Morton, Atlanta, Ga.
Morton of Atlanta, Ga., is the president of Points of Light’s Programs Division, where she is responsible for developing program initiatives and models to address the organizations core impact areas – education, economy, environment, and emergency response and preparedness, and veterans and military families. Prior to joining to Points of Light, she served as the director of the Center for Nonprofit Resources at Volunteer Baton Rouge, executive director of the Louisiana Association for Community Economic Development, and the chair of the Mid-South Collaborative for Nonprofit development. She began her career in the voluntary sector in 1995 as an AmeriCorps member in her home community of St. Mary Parish, La. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in writing and culture in 2001.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012