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



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


Over 3.5 Million People Improved Their Health in 2017 With United Way

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15, 2018 – More than 3.5 million individuals and families are living healthier lives thanks to programs implemented around the world by United Way. These outcomes are highlighted in United Way’s Global Results Snapshot, and illustrate how United...


Shreveport, LA – Shreveport-Bossier City is one of 14 cities nationwide selected to participate in the 14th annual Navy Week outreach program. During the week of October 29, about 60 servicemen and women will sail to northwest Louisiana for an array of events. The...

Imagination Library Now Available to Sabine Parish

(Many, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana is fighting for early childhood education across all of Northwest Louisiana. This week, the nonprofit celebrates the launch of their program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in all of Sabine Parish. This nationally...

United Way’s Red River Back to School Bash Serves Hundreds of Families

(Coushatta, LA) – More than a thousand Red River Parish residents showed up for United Way NWLA’s second annual Red River Parish Back to School Bash. This event is the only in the parish to distribute school supplies. According to the ALICE (Asset Limited Income...

United Way NWLA Hires LaToria W. Thomas as Vice President of Resource Development

(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) announces the addition of LaToria “Tori” W. Thomas as Vice President of Resource Development, effective July 2018. In this role, Thomas will lead the resource development team to fundraise and grow...

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...

United Against Food Deserts Volunteer Impact Report

Between June 5 and July 7, nine United Ways including Northwest Louisiana held United Against Food Deserts volunteer events in partnership with Kellogg’s to help combat the growing issue of food insecurity. During these events, 366 Kellogg and community volunteers...

Puerto Rico: One Year Later

SAMUEL GONZALEZ,  AUGUST 21 2018 Last September, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, wreaked havoc across the island and left millions of people without power and hundreds of thousands without a home. Maria was recorded as the worst natural disaster on...

Born Learning Trails Help Get Your Child Ready for School

RACHEL PERRY,  AUGUST 23 2018 - United Way Blog As we head into a new school year, many parents of younger children are thinking about what they need to be doing to get their kids ready for kindergarten. Here’s what the experts advise: play, sing, read, and talk with...

Helping Kids Stay Sharp this Summer

MEI COBB,  JULY 12 2018 Kids love summer vacation, but teachers dread the learning loss some students experience without regular reading and learning over the summertime. Children can fall three months behind academically while school is out, especially if they lack...

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...