The Rapides Foundation is a philanthropic organization that develops initiatives and provides grants to organizations that share the Foundation's mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana. The Rapides Foundation focuses its work in three strategic areas: Healthy People, to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy behaviors; Education, to increase the level of educational attainment and achievement as the primary path to improved economic, social and health status; and Healthy Communities, to improve economic opportunity and family income, and enhance civic and community opportunities for more effective leaders and organizations.
The Rapides Foundation created The Orchard Foundation to work with schools, businesses and communities to improve educational opportunities in Central Louisiana. The Orchard Foundation administers many of the programs developed under The Rapides Foundation’s Education Initiative.
“Through its Economic Development Initiative, The Rapides Foundation has a goal to build a cohesive and effective workforce development system that meets the demands of employers, has the capacity to quickly respond to change, and provides training for high-wage jobs,” said Joe Rosier, President and CEO of The Rapides Foundation. “We look at our partnership with CLTCC as key in meeting that goal. CLTCC’s workforce skills and development training gives Central Louisiana a more highly skilled workforce, which attracts better jobs for all income levels and generates more wealth in our communities.”