(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) has been awarded $25,000 from International Paper’s Mansfield Mill and the International Paper Foundation.  Funds will support will underwrite United Way’s 211 Information and Resource Helpline, a program that connects callers to other nonprofit and governmental resources, such as food pantries, rental assistance, health and mental health care; as well as coordinates access to emergency and disaster resources during times of crisis.

“The partnership between United Way and International Paper enables 211 to connect individuals and families to services that are critical to their survival at this time,” says Dr. Bruce Willson, Jr, president and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana. “We are grateful to them for their community leadership that elevates our  common values of health, education, and essential needs.

United Way fights for the health, education, financial stability and essential needs of every person in our community.  UWNWLA is proud to have corporate partners like International Paper’ Mansfield Mill and International Paper Foundation committed to serving the communities where their employees live and work.

“I am proud to continue in the long history of International Paper’s support of the United Way – through both employee giving and Foundation Grants,” said Ed Barr, mill manager, Mansfield Mill. “As an essential business, IP Mansfield employees have been able to stay working to support their families during this crisis – we are glad to give back to our community and help those in need.”

About International Paper Foundation:
The International Paper Foundation is one of the ways International Paper strives to reach its vision to be among the most successful, sustainable, and responsible companies in the world. Started in 1952, the foundation annually provides millions in grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to address critical needs in the communities where its employees live and work. Funding priority is given to programs related to its signature causes: education, hunger, health & wellness, disaster relief, and initiatives that improve the planet. For more information, visit ipgiving.com.

About United Way of Northwest Louisiana:
For nearly 100 years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has improved lives of individuals in our community. The organization fights for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone, while helping those in crisis. United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves agencies throughout a ten-parish region and operates a dozen human service programs of their own. Each United Way organization operates independently of each other and makes decisions by local leaders.