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

What Will You
Live United

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


VITA Program Serves 6,279 Households in 2017

United Way of Northwest Louisiana, in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, reports that during this most recent tax filing season, 6,279 households throughout Northwest Louisiana were served through the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Those filings...
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United Way of Northwest Louisiana gave 1,500 backpacks full of needed supplies to students attending Red River Parish Public Schools. United Way’s Back to School Bash held Monday, July 31 at Red River High School in Coushatta - is the largest program that offers...
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United Way of Northwest Louisiana Grants $20,000 to Nonprofits in Sabine

United Way of Northwest Louisiana presented two checks totaling $20,000 on Thursday, July 27 to nonprofits in Sabine Parish. The Sabine Council on Aging and Project Celebration were the recipients of the funds and will be used for local programs. The United Way awards...
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United Way NWLA Meets Membership Requirements

United Way of Northwest Louisiana has successfully completed all of the United Way Worldwide membership requirements by their respective due dates. “It is important for us to maintain high standards of accountability, and this is part of the process to confirm that...
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Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Natchitoches Awarded $227,630 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds

United Way of Northwest Louisiana announced that Caddo, Bossier, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes have been awarded $227,630 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs. The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administrated by the U.S. Department of Homeland...
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Five Tips for Back to School Success

Earlier sunsets, cooler mornings, and singing cicadas are the telltale clues that the back to school season is just around the corner. United Way believes every child deserves a strong start in life and provides the following tips to help ensure a smooth transition...
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Connecting Employees to Community Service Opportunities is a Win All Around

Brian Gallagher,  August 3 2017 Did you know that millennials will be 50 percent of the workforce by 2020?  Or that 88 percent of millennials feel their job is more fulfilling when they are provided opportunities to make a positive impact on social or environmental...
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United Way accepting donations at local Wal-Marts

Walmart and United Way are teaming up at Walmart locations located on Pines Road and Bert Kouns Industrial Boulevard in Shreveport to collect school supplies for Transformation Zone students. "You know, we always want to help our children," said Hilda Hall. "We have a...
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More Too Life: The Fight Against Human Trafficking

You’re not a survivor until you know you’ve survived, but when you do, it’s powerful. – Dr. Brook Bello The words of those individuals personally affected by an issue often resonate the deepest. That is the case with Dr. Brook Bello. Dr. Bello is a human trafficking...
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ALICE: United Ways throughout Louisiana come together

This report shows us that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are ALICE or live below the ALICE Threshold. This means that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of...
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Board Member 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...
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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...
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Board Member 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...
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Board Member Spotlight: Lynn Higginbotham

Q: How did you come to be involved with the United Way? I became involved through routine giving to United Way over the past 25 years. Q: If you could tell someone who doesn’t know about the United Way one thing about our organization, what would it be? United Way of...
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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...
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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...
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Project Reclaim of Minden, Inc.

Project Reclaim provides leadership training skills and college readiness programs to at-risk youth by teaching community service, character and personal development skills. They provide services in Webster and Bienville Parishes. Their Youth Leadership Institute...
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Ouachita Independent Bank

Part of a true United Way Campaign goes beyond the pledge form. It’s about creating a culture of philanthropy and helping the community. This is done in many ways at each workplace – Hosting Muffin Mondays, Have a Jeans Day, Cookout for the employees, Participating in...
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Atmos Energy

When it comes to volunteerism, this company is definitely HANDS-ON! In their local community of Natchitoches, LA, there was a need for a community garden at a local after school program facility. They pulled weeds, plotted soil, planted the seeds and built trellises...
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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.


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.


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.