Miss America 2009 Katie Stam is in Louisiana to talk about the importance of community service in an area that can really use it - storm-wrecked New Orleans.

Stam is spending Wednesday in eastern New Orleans, where she will meet with volunteers helping in recovery efforts from hurricanes Katrina and Rita four years ago. She will talk to students in the Recovery School District.

She is slated to take part in a restoration project and house blessing to help raise awareness for the people of the Gulf Coast.

Reigning Miss Americas become spokeswomen for various causes and charities, including the Children's Miracle Network, a partner to the pageant.

Stam, who hails from Seymour, Ind., is the first winner from that state in the pageant's 88-year history.