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

What Will You
Live United
Against?

49% of Kindergarteners
in NWLA are underprepared

45% More Books were distributed
to children in 2016 through
Imagination Library

3,759 Hours
were volunteered in 2016
through United Way

$172,629 was saved
by NWLA residents
in 2016 through FamilyWize

THE LATEST


Medicare Part B premiums to rise next year

From ABC News Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage, an expense that will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks, the government announced late Friday afternoon. The news about "Part B" premiums...

#GIVINGTUESDAY: UNITED WAY OF NWLA AND SANTA PROMOTE EARLY LITERACY AT BARNES & NOBLE

United Way of Northwest Louisiana is hosting a Bookfair at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday, Nov. 28 to promote early childhood literacy and encourage a love of reading in children. An in-store event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 28 featuring complimentary gift wrapping and...

UNITED WAY NWLA AND CADDO SCHOOLS HOST DAY OF SERVICE

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) has hosted its first Day of Service for Caddo Parish Schools. In this first year, nearly 250 volunteers from eight local schools signed up to volunteer their time in the community, with the youngest participants being...

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR UNITED WAY EXECUTIVE ACADEMY

United Way of Northwest Louisiana is offering current and emerging leaders of nonprofit organizations the chance to participate in an executive coaching program to improve their agency through the United Way of Northwest Louisiana Executive Academy.  As United Way of...

Bossier Schools and United Way Partner for Biggest Day of Service to Date

The biggest one-day, community-wide volunteer event known to be held in Bossier Parish will take place beginning at 9 a.m. this Saturday, October 21, as Bossier Schools and the United Way of Northwest Louisiana again partner for the 3rd annual Day of Service. More...

Rise in teen suicide, social media coincide

From ABC News An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 after they had declined for nearly two decades, according...

United Way NWLA honored as Outstanding Philanthropic Organization

The Association for Fundraising Professionals of North Louisiana (AFP) is celebrating their 26th year of National Philanthropy Day, to be held Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bossier City, Louisiana. AFP will be honoring...

2017 School District Performance Scores Released

The Louisiana Department of Education has released the performance scores for 2017, and overall most school districts in Northwest Louisiana have seen growth. Below are 2017's scores for the 10 Parishes that United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves: Bienville Parish —...

NPR: Baby’s Got Mail: Free Books Boost Early Literacy

"A busybody." That's how Raven Judd describes her 10-month-old daughter Bailey. "She loves tummy time. She likes to roll over. She'd dive if you let her," says the 27-year-old mother from Washington, D.C. There is one thing, though, that will get her baby girl to stop...

Census Data Highlights Devastating Effect of Poverty on Children

WASHINGTON–New data published today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of American children—13.3 million—lived below the poverty line in 2016, a slight decrease from 19.7 percent in the previous year. The data underscores the destructive effects...

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: 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...

Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.)

D.A.R.T. exists to protect, empower, and advocate for all victims, survivors, and their children affected by domestic and dating violence while offering and implementing education programs. The Bienville Parish DART Office opened in 2001 and served 52 people last...

Dress for Success Shreveport Bossier

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic...

Get Involved


From workplace Campaign and donation drives to volunteering and sponsorships, connect with others and fight for those in our community who do not have a voice.

Volunteer


United Way of Northwest Louisiana can help you and your group with volunteer projects that benefit everyone involved, while making a difference to many in need in our local communities.


Events


We host fun, inspiring events throughout the year that provide opportunities to network, engage in our community and learn about United Way’s work.


Closers’ Club


The United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Closers’ Club 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.