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


2-1-1 goes live after more than four years in the dark

United Way of Northwest Louisiana is known for their philanthropic efforts, community service and meeting humanitarian needs across the region. Now, the nonprofit is introducing the 2-1-1 help line to eleven parishes throughout northwest Louisiana as part of the...

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations open through April

An average of 42 percent of households across northwest Louisiana are struggling to make ends meet. A couple programs operated by United Way of Northwest Louisiana in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, will help to relieve the financial burden of tax...

MyFreeTaxes users can file their state, federal taxes in under one hour

United Way of Northwest Louisiana announced recently-enhanced features to MyFreeTaxes.com that allow most filers to complete their taxes in under one hour. MyFreeTaxes.com is a safe, easy and completely free way for individuals or families earning $66,000 or less to...

My Free Taxes preparation assistance Feb. 3

File Your Taxes Online Yourself for Free! Join us for MyFreeTaxes facilitated assistance for tax preparation! Feb. 3 at 12pm. The event will be held at Shreve Memorial Library – Hamilton South Caddo Branch. MyFreeTaxes.com is a FREE, safe and easy way for individuals...

LOCAL NONPROFIT LEADERS SELECTED FOR UNITED WAY’S EXECUTIVE ACADEMY

United Way of Northwest Louisiana has announced the second class of the United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Executive Academy, sponsored by BHP. The academy, beginning in January, will offer nonprofit leaders the chance to participate in a five-month leadership...

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...

Pay Yourself First

Each month you settle down to pay bills. You pay your mortgage lender. You pay the electric company. You pay the trash collector. But do you pay yourself? One of the most basic tenets of sound investing involves the simple habit of “paying yourself first,” in other...

2018 Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 29; Help Available for Taxpayers

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced today that the nation’s tax season will begin Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 and reminded taxpayers claiming certain tax credits that refunds won’t be available before late February. The IRS will begin accepting tax returns...

Budget Blow Outs: Stop Spending Your Budget On Meals!

Approximately 69 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 saved, and that includes many close to the age of retirement. Housing and rent prices are at all-time highs, and most paychecks do not leave much for random buys, and many of us enter the workforce owing...

Find your budget strategy in your Twenties

  You've graduated from school and have joined the working world. Congratulations! To help you make the most of your paychecks, here are a few simple tips. Since time is on your side, building good financial habits in your twenties can lead to greater financial...

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...

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.