"Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc. is a Chartered Member of NeighborWorks America. The NeighborWorks Green Organization designation is recognition of our comprehensive commitment to sustainable operations. NeighborWorks America awards the designation to organizations that have met a set of green achievement criteria that covers an organization’s overall management and office operations as well as the programs of the organization that are covered by the NeighborWorks Green Organization Guidelines.
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SoSAWG), founded by SMHA's Helen Vinton in 1971, awarded her for her "gentle wisdom and tireless determination" at its annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
A Living Case Study in Community Development Improvement
Lorna Bourg was named a recipient of the Mike Sviridoff Leadership Award by Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) as one of the top 25 leaders in the community development movement in the USA and LISC recognized that she has built SMHA into a living case study in community development improvement.
By 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, at their 49th annual awards dinner, recognizing her work in advancing unity and diversity. Lorna Bourg, Executive Director of SMHA said, "Robbie Madden has a long standing commitment to social justice issues. Her life has been dedicated to racial and gender equity as well as the health of Louisiana's citizens. We are proud to have her as part of the Southern Mutual Help Association's family of policy makers." 100 Black Men is the local chapter of a national organization that works to improve the community, with a special interest in helping young people.
Southern Mutual is named recipient of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC’s) 2004 Hon. James A. Leach Award, given to the one rural non-profit organization nationally that has made the most outstanding contributions to economic justice and community development.
Southern Mutual receives Independent Sector's 2003 Leadership IS Award. This national award is presented to one non-profit organization that exemplifies a commitment to leadership development, internally with board and staff and by volunteers and externally by creating a diverse and inclusive leadership community.
Assistant Executive Director Helen Vinton selected an inaugural inductee of OMB Watch's (Office of Budget and Management Watch's) national Public Interest Hall of Fame. OMB Watch, a Washington-based public interest organization, honored Helen as one of twelve inductees across the country for her work in pursuit of environmental protections and sustainable development.
Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’s Spotlight Award
SMHA and Teche Federal Savings Bank, along with Louisiana Rural Home Loan Partnership members IberiaBank and MidSouth National Bank, are the first Louisiana recipients of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’s Spotlight Award for Innovations in Community. SMHA received a $10,000 check from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas. This partnership has moved over $5 million in five years to 78 very poor first-time homeowners.
SMHA was featured in the documentary, a Place in the Country, which premiered during the 2002 Stand Up for Rural America Gala In Washington, DC. The film featured eight non-profit organizations from across the United States, along with interviews with Senators Kit Bond (MO) and Tom Daschle (SD), Congresswomen Jo Ann Emerson (MO) and Eva Clayton (NC), and Robert Rubin, Chair of the Citigroup Executive Committee and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
SMHA's Life Quality Director, Sr. Helen Vinton, received the Mother Theodore Guerin Medallion from Saint Mary of the Woods College, Indiana, recognizing outstanding leadership in Louisiana's rural communities.
Attorney Marion Overton White received an award for 27 years of Outstanding and Dedicated Work of Justice in Behalf of Human Rights for Louisiana’s Rural Poor and for his continued service on the Southern Mutual Help Association, Inc., Board of Directors.
SMHA became the only organization to receive a second Maxwell Award of Excellence from Fannie Mae Foundation. The grant was for $25,000 for work in Four Corners, Sorrel and Glencoe (Dailey Iberian, May 4, 1995).
SMHA’S Executive Director, Lorna Bourg, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in recognition of accomplishments in public affairs, dedication to creative pursuits and capacity for self direction
This is wonderful; thanks for sharing. Congratulations on 50 years of outstanding work. Hilda is wonderful choice….smart, knowledgeable, known, committed. All the best to you and SMHA in the coming year.
Honoring Those Before Us
Excellent video!! Well done. You’re all set for another fifty years of success. Bob Warwick