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

THE LATEST


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...

LOCAL UNITED WAY MEETS 2018 MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

(Shreveport, LA) – 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...

KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES & UNITED WAY NWLA AIM TO HELP SHREVEPORT FOOD DESERT

(Shreveport, LA) – For kids with low-wage families, summer often means the loss of regular breakfasts and lunches. In Caddo Parish, students attend 14 K-12 schools that are in a food desert where there is no grocery store within a mile. A newly formed partnership...

Natchitoches Celebrates Born Learning Trail Installation, Receives More Than $40k in Grants

(Natchitoches, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana and community partners have a lot to celebrate in Natchitoches. The nonprofit agency announced Friday the allocation of $41,500 in grants. These grants will be reinvested into six nonprofit programs in...

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...

Three Ways to Keep Kids Safe this Summer

CHRISTINE SANCHEZ,  JULY 10 2018 - United Way Blog   With summer in full swing, many of us are heading outdoors with family.  But it can be easy to let our guard down when it comes to safety. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure kids stay safe outdoors. Be...

2-1-1 Provides Life-Saving Help for Everyone

RACHEL KRAUSMAN,  JUNE 8 2018 - United Way Blog When she was just 13, Sophia began struggling with depression. She had little energy, little appetite, and trouble sleeping. She tried therapy, hospitalization, and medication to manage her depression and the impulse to...

Helping teens get the most out of their summer job

CONNIE FRENCH, JUNE 12 2018 - United Way Blog. Summer jobs are a rite of passage. They teach responsibility and provide a source of income. And they usually start out as an exciting new challenge that kids can’t wait to dive into. And then that first paycheck arrives...

Kellogg Company to Fight Hunger in Shreveport Food Desert

On June 29, faculty and staff from Oak Park Microsociety Elementary and Fair Park Preparatory Academy, along with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies employees, will volunteer their time to install multiple raised garden beds at each school. This project stemmed from a newly...

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...

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The United Way of Northwest Louisiana’s Realtors United 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.