44% of People in NWLA
are Struggling to Make
Ends Meet

Bank On opened
more than 343
bank accounts in 2017

49% of Kindergarteners
in NWLA are underprepared

Imagination Library is
now available in four
new NWLA parishes

More than 6,000
hours were volunteered in
2017 through United Way

NWLA residents are saving an
average of $60 on prescription
medications through FamilyWize

THE LATEST


Natchitoches Celebrates Born Learning Trail Installation, Receives More Than $40k in Grants

(Natchitoches, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana and community partners have a lot to celebrate in Natchitoches. The nonprofit agency announced Friday the allocation of $41,500 in grants. These grants will be reinvested into six nonprofit programs in...

Imagination Library Now Available in Webster Parish – UWNWLA Gives More Than $50k in Grants

(Minden, LA) – Young children living in Webster Parish are now one step away from receiving free high-quality books at home each month. The United Way program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, provides age appropriate books to children under five. This is the first...

58 LOCAL NONPROFIT PROGRAMS FUNDED IN 2018

(Shreveport, LA) – Through hard work, faithful donors and passionate volunteers, United Way of Northwest Louisiana will reinvest more than $1.1 million in local communities. The competitive process awarded grants to programs at 47 nonprofit agencies (some agencies...

Local Parishes Awarded $200K in Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds

(SHREVEPORT, LA) United Way of Northwest Louisiana officials are pleased to announce that Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes have been awarded $217,725 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in these parishes. The Emergency Food and Shelter...

NEARLY 100 VOLUNTEER FOR DAY OF CARING MINDEN

MINDEN, LA– The spirit of philanthropy could be felt throughout the city of Minden Saturday. United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s annual Day of Caring Minden provided dozens of volunteer opportunities to local businesses. This single-day, community-wide event involved...

2-1-1 Provides Life-Saving Help for Everyone

RACHEL KRAUSMAN,  JUNE 8 2018 - United Way Blog When she was just 13, Sophia began struggling with depression. She had little energy, little appetite, and trouble sleeping. She tried therapy, hospitalization, and medication to manage her depression and the impulse to...

Helping teens get the most out of their summer job

CONNIE FRENCH, JUNE 12 2018 - United Way Blog. Summer jobs are a rite of passage. They teach responsibility and provide a source of income. And they usually start out as an exciting new challenge that kids can’t wait to dive into. And then that first paycheck arrives...

Kellogg Company to Fight Hunger in Shreveport Food Desert

On June 29, faculty and staff from Oak Park Microsociety Elementary and Fair Park Preparatory Academy, along with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies employees, will volunteer their time to install multiple raised garden beds at each school. This project stemmed from a newly...

State Senate votes to expand earned income tax credit

By Paul Braun, LSU Manship School News Service BATON ROUGE — The Senate voted 30-5 to increase the state’s earned income tax credit by 42.8 percent to offset some the impact that a renewal of part of the state’s sales tax would have on the working poor. The state’s...

Man learns to read at age 47 after hiding illiteracy for years

Norman Brown kept the fact that he was illiterate a secret until he finally signed up for tutoring at the age of 47. He is one of approximately 32 million Americans who can’t read, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Education. Brown fell behind his...

Board Spotlight: Jack Andres

Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way? I’ve been involved with United Way since I started to work with SWEPCO in 1979. Either agency tours to speak at company meetings, or loaned executive, or sometimes just participating in the internal campaign. I...

Board Spotlight: Merritt Chastain

    Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way?   I first worked with United Way as a volunteer in the Legal Division of the annual fund drive more than 40 years. I enjoyed that experience and realized how important United Way is to the wellbeing of...

Board Spotlight: Merrill Wautlet

Cross Keys Bank Chair-Elect Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way? I have been involved as a United Way supporter my entire professional life. I contributed to the UW when I first entered the work force and was involved in numerous workplace...

Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Jerome Cox

Title: Chairman Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way? When I was a little boy, my mom gave to United Way. Also, our family received help from the United Way of Northwest Louisiana and I know the need in our community is great. Q: If you could tell...

Board Spotlight: Kevin May

Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way? I went through the LANO board member training and met the Executive Director during the “speed dating” portion of the training.  I knew the United Way did great work in our area, and I was looking to learn more...

Spotlight: The Times

Each year there’s a company that strives to go above and beyond to fight for the causes that United Way stands for. This year, one of those companies was The Shreveport Times. The Shreveport Times has been a supporter of United Way for decades, but it wasn’t until...

Company Spotlight: VOA

Many people ask, “Why do non-profits give to United Way?” The answer is in our name. The non-profits who give to United Way know that when our communities are united we can build a brighter future. Volunteers of America is one of those shining non-profits that not...

Spotlight: Comcast

Comcast has supported United Way of Northwest Louisiana for decades now. When it comes to running their workplace campaign, Comcast chooses it to be a fun environment year after year. Each campaign season, a coordinating team develops a theme, plans events and engages...

Spotlight: AEP SWEPCO

AEP SWEPCO has been a longtime supporter of United Way. AEP SWEPCO has brought the United Way spirit into five parishes and 10 of their locations across northwest Louisiana. With more than 900 employees to engage, they have managed to ensure that everyone has the...

SPOTLIGHT: HMV Continues Legacy

Heard, McElroy & Vestal has always been a strong supporter of United Way of Northwest Louisiana and answers the call to help people in our community.  Berton Heard, founding partner of HMV, began the tradition of supporting the United Way many years ago and he would...

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Realtors United


The United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Realtors United is a membership of local residential and commercial REALTORS® committed to advancing the common good of our communities. This program was created to engage realtors to support United Way of Northwest Louisiana in a manner that is specialized to their needs.