52% of People in NWLA are Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Free tax prep programs served more than 6,200 people in 2018

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 2018 through United Way

NWLA residents are saving an average of $48 on prescription medications through FamilyWize

UPCOMING EVENTS


Mission


United Way of Northwest Louisiana fights for the health, education, financial stability, and essential needs of every person in our community.

THE LATEST


UWNWLA Funds 23 Local Nonprofit Programs in 2019

(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana is helping to improve lives across ten parishes by reinvesting more than $800,000 in local communities. Their annual Community Impact Grant process awarded 23 local nonprofit agencies for the 2019-2020 grant cycle....

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Seeks Community Partnerships

United Way of Northwest Louisiana is calling on the community to help provide Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to eligible children under five years of age. Since 2016, excitement for the free book program has grown exponentially and expanded into five new parishes....

Dear UWNWLA Stakeholders; a letter from the CEO

Dear Friends, Over the last several years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has experienced a downward trend in our workplace giving campaigns as well as in general financial support from the community. As a response, in 2014, we changed our strategy of how we funded...

UWNWLA Joins Statewide Call for Increased Early Childhood Education Support

(Baton Rouge, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana is joining a coalition of over 60 business, education, civic groups and fellow United Ways to meet at the Louisiana Capitol on Tuesday, May 21, to call for an increased investment in high-quality early education...

Hundreds of Volunteers Show for Annual Day of Caring

The rain couldn’t stop nearly 500 volunteers across Shreveport-Bossier City from pulling together and helping nonprofits community-wide on Friday. United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s annual Day of Caring provided dozens of nonprofits in need, with eager volunteers....

Seven Myths about Volunteering

MEI COBB,  APRIL 7 2019 It’s National Volunteer Week, which is a good time to dispel some common misconceptions about volunteering. Here are a few: It is tough to find time to volunteer. If you have a lunch hour, you have time to volunteer. Head to a nearby school to...

Three Ways to Start Saving Money Now

LAURA SCHERLER,  FEBRUARY 27 2019 Federal employees and contractors have returned to work, but the reality of two missed paychecks is a harsh one. We know this because in the past two months, 2-1-1, the nation’s most comprehensive resource for human services, has...

2018 in Review, Celebration of Impact in March

United Way of Northwest Louisiana, along with several area businesses and nonprofit organizations, will celebrate their annual workplace campaign and recognize community leaders. The evening affair will be held Thursday, March 28 at 601 Spring St at 6pm. During the...

2-1-1: Helping Communities and People Thrive

RACHEL KRAUSMAN,  FEBRUARY 10 2019 Caterina* lost her job in September. The 32-year-old single mom faced eviction, and her utilities were about to be shut off. She reached out to a local agency for emergency help but didn’t qualify with no proof of future income....

United Way NWLA Hosts Literacy Kit Project with Shreve Memorial Library

United Way of Northwest Louisiana and Shreve Memorial Library have teamed up to fight for education. During Shreve Memorial Library’s annual Staff Development Day, United Way NWLA hosted a team building project Monday at the Bossier Civic Center. Nearly 225 employees...

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...