HOUMA, La. (AP) — Residents of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes have launched a new nonprofit foundation designed to attract and manage donations for education, coastal, and health and human service projects in the region.

Charlotte Bollinger, one of the founding members of the new Bayou Community Foundation, tells The Courier that the new nonprofit will be able to attract resources needed to improve quality of life in Terrebonne and Lafourche.

Berwick Duval, a Houma attorney, said he saw the need for a community foundation when he served on the LouisianaDisaster Recovery Foundation after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

The Bayou Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. It has access to the New Orleans group's expertise but makes independent decisions about its projects.