Company and nonprofit representatives in Webster, Bienville and Claiborne Parishes saw their contributions at work Friday.  United Way of Northwest Louisiana held the second of three grant announcements at the United Way Webster, Bienville, and Claiborne Center. Ten nonprofit organizations were awarded funding – an increase of 50% compared to 2016. The programs received funds in the areas of education, financial stability, health and essential needs.

The ten agencies are as follows:

  • $4,000, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Timber Ridge, After School Program/Summer Camp
  • $2,742, Career Compass of Louisiana, Career Compass 2017-18 School Year, Webster Parish School Systems
  • $5,000, Claiborne Voluntary Council On The Aging, Meals on Wheels
  • $3,500, D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team), DART Outreach – Claiborne Parish
  • $18,000, Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Job Placement Program for Webster Parish
  • $7,500, Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry, Food Pantry Staffing
  • $18,000, Project Reclaim of Minden, Project Reclaim Youth Leadership Institute
  • $2,500, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Pink Ribbon Popups
  • $5,000, United Christian Home, Minden Homeless Shelter
  • $10,000, Webster Voluntary Council on Aging, Home Delivered Meals

“Dollars raised in our parishes stay in our parishes to help our neighbors, our friends and our coworkers,” said Dr. Bruce Willson, Chief Executive Officer for United Way of Northwest Louisiana.

Other nonprofit agencies that serve Webster, Bienville and Claiborne parishes and also received funding include:

  • American Red Cross
  • Biomedical Research Foundation
  • Bossier Arts Council (DigiFest)
  • Catholic Charities of North Louisiana
  • CoHabitat Foundation
  • David Raines Community Health Centers
  • Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Girl Scouts – Pines to the Gulf
  • HOPE Connections
  • Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling
  • Northern Louisiana Interfaith Committee
  • Northwest Louisiana Family Justice Center
  • Northwest Louisiana Food Bank
  • Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy
  • Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • St. Luke’s Medical Ministry
  • Step Forward North Louisiana
  • The Salvation Army
  • Training, Education and Mediation for Students (TEAMS)

United Way of Northwest Louisiana will award a total of $1.1M to 77 nonprofit programs. This amount is spread across their ten parish service area. The first grant announcement of 2017 presented checks to nonprofit programs serving the greater Shreveport-Bossier City area on Thursday, June 1. The final grant announcement will be held in Natchitoches Parish on Wednesday.

Last year, over 15,000 individual donors in more than 800 companies and organizations participated in a United Way workplace campaign.  It is the fruit of these labors that United Way NWLA is able to award grant allocations.

“United Way works to address the whole problem. We don’t just work to fix one issue, but all of the challenges a person faces in order to make a difference,” said Willson.