City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

New Orleans (La.) Volunteers in Government of Responsibility (VIGOR)
          Records, 1974-1986
        2 cu. ft.


Plans for VIGOR began in the spring of 1972 when a group of concerned citizens and city administrators explored the utilization of volunteers in all aspects of municipal government, to the benefit of both the citizens and the city. Mayor Moon Landrieu enthusiastically endorsed the plans for the VIGOR program in October 1972, and placed the program in the Mayor's Office, under the Human Relations Committee.

VIGOR opened its doors to citizen volunteers in January, 1973. In 1974 it became a branch of the Mayor's Office, under the Executive Assistant for Policy Planning. Its first director, herself a volunteer, was Mrs. Margery K. Stich. An advisory council, composed of twenty-four community leaders, assisted the VIGOR staff in carrying out its goals, as listed below:

  • To involve citizens in the workings of their government--bringing through first hand experience, more awareness of the responsibilities and complexities of city government;
  • To promote new and needed programs for the city and its citizens by providing semi and highly skilled persons and groups to fill unmet needs in the city;
  • To build a sense of pride in and responsibility for city government, replacing frustrations and suspicions with realistic knowledge about city government;
  • To elevate the quality of volunteerism in government to the level of professionalism, through conscientiousness, achievement, ingenuity, and dependability.
One of VIGOR's long-range projects was the Clear-A-Date Community Calendar, designed to provide organization leaders with information regarding planned activities in the civic, cultural, and athletic areas of our community. Its major goal and function was to help others avoid conflicts and duplication in planning major events. Publication of the Clear-A-Date calendar began in 1975.

VIGOR has continued in operation, though it has not been as active recently as it was during the administrations of Mayors Landrieu and Ernest Morial. the Clear-A-Date calendar, for example, ceased production in 1986. In 1987 a VIGOR volunteer, Joseph Lazaro, was instrumental in the preparation of The 1987 Citizens' Handbook of Private Foundations, published jointly by the city and the Greater New Orleans Foundation

In addition to the records listed in the inventory below, the City Archives also holds copies of VIGOR annual reports, the Clear-A-Date calendar, and VIGOR Vibes, the agency's newsletter.


INVENTORY

    Box 1

  • Correspondence
    • Congratulations, 1980-1982
    • Fort Worth's Active Volunteers - Outstanding Resources (FAVOR), 1985
    • Gateway Productions, 1976
    • General Correspondence, 1981-1984
    • Invitations, 1980-1983
    • Jesse Jackson for President Committee, 1984
    • Kingsley House, 1984
    • Letters of Recommendations, 1983-1986
    • Martin Marietta Aerospace, 1983
    • Memorandums, 1979-1984
    • National Conference on Volunteerism, 1982
    • New Orleans Council on Aging, 1983-1985
    • Requests for Information, 1981-1984
    • Security Center, 1982
    • Thank You's, 1981-1983
    • Traveler's Aid Society of Greater New Orleans, 1985
    • Urban League Street Academy, 1982
    • Volunteer and Information Agency, Inc., 1985
  • Media Committee Records
    • Correspondence, 1978-1983
    • Minutes, Agendas, Meeting Notices, 1979-1981
    • Miscellaneous, 1979-1981
    • Press Releases, etc., 1979-1983
  • Subject Files
    • Ad Hoc Committee For Expansion of Hiring Practices to Include Volunteer Service, 1976
    • Annual Report Data, 1982
    • Budget
      • 1980
      • 1982
      • 1983
      • 1984
      • 1985
      • 1986
      • Projection, 1984-1990
    • Cable Television, 1980
    • Calendars - Samples From Other Cities, 1974-1978
    • Civil Defense, 1982-1983
    • Clear-a-Date/Calendar of Events
      • Correspondence, 1974-1985
      • Grant Application to Louisiana Arts Council, 1977
      • Minutes of Meetings, 1974-1975
      • Press Releases, Announcements, etc., 1974-1976
      • Production Costs, 1976-1980
      • Where Magazine Sponsorship, 1980-1981
    • Crescent City Cravings, 1982-1983
    • Duncan Plaza Records Project (Stuart Arnett), 1981-1983
    • Evaluation Forms, 1974-1982
    • Florida Public Relations Association Speech, 1981
    • Hall Talk News, 1983
    • Historical Pharmacy Museum, 1983
    • International Youth Year Awards, 1985
    • Interns, 1983
    • Job Descriptions, 1979-1983
    • Liability of Volunteers, 1981-1982
    • Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources - Proposal for Funding, 1983
    • March of Dimes, 1984-1985
    • Mardi Gras, 1983
    • Mayor's Learn to Swim Committee - "Let's Get Wet" Project
    • Media Consultant (Volunteer)
    • Media Listings, 1979-1980
    • Media Slide Show
    • Miscellaneous Program Information, 1972-1978
    • Municipal Finance Officers Association Conference, 1982
    • National League of Cities Speech (Mayor Morial), 1982
    • National Recognition for Vigor Program, 1983
    • National Volunteer Week
      • 1979
      • 1980
      • 1982
      • 1983
    • New Orleans Jaycees, 1980-1981
    • New Orleans Public Schools - Close-Up Program, 1982-1984
    • Parking Permits for Volunteers, 1984
    • Press Releases, 1981
    • Prospectuses
      • 1981
      • 1982
      • 1983
    • Public Service Announcements, 1981-1985
    • Recognition Events
      • City Employees
        • 1981
        • 1982
        • 1983
        • 1984
        • 1985
        • 1986
      • Volunteers, 1979-1984

      Box 2

    • Recreation Policy Advisory Board, 1980-1982
    • Recruitment Campaign, 1979-1980
    • Sales Tax Referendum Campaign, 1982
    • Seminars
      • Effective Listening, 1982
      • Job Awareness/Interviewing Technique, 1983
    • Speaker's Bureau, 1981
    • Statistics, 1980-1987
    • Survey - International City Managers Association, 1982
    • Tokens of Love, 1982-1984
    • Tours, 1981-1983
    • Traffic Court - Work Sentence Program, 1981
    • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development -Conferences on Responding to Changing Fiscal Realities, 1982-1983
    • United Way Luncheon, 1980-1981
    • VIGOR History [Certificates and Other Material Documenting the Origins of The Vigor Program], 1974-1976
    • VIGOR Logo in Retail Advertisements
    • VIGOR Transition from Landrieu Administration to Morial Administration, 1978-1979
    • Volunteer Management Program University of Colorado, 1982
    • Volunteer Programs
      • Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982
      • Phoenix, Arizona, 1984-1986
      • Sarnia, Ontario (Canada), 1983-1984
    • Volunteer Programs in Other Cities
    • Volunteers, Inc., 1974-1980
    • Women's Office, 1984-1985


    September 16, 1996

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