(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana (UWNWLA) and area businesses celebrated $2.2 million raised for Northwest Louisiana programs Thursday night. These funds have an impact value of nearly $6 million for our community, helping more than 100,000 lives in need in our region. Allocations will be made to UWNWLA programs and nonprofit services that work to serve ALICE, (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) citizens.

Each year, UWNWLA unites with businesses to implement change in our community through workplace campaigns, volunteer engagement, and advocacy. The largest fundraising initiative is its annual campaign, where UWNWLA partners with companies to conduct workplace fundraisers. Campaigns allow employees to give back each year and come together to help those most in need.

UWNWLA’s Celebration of Impact event shares fundraising and impact results from the previous year and acknowledges the supporters that made it possible, including approximately 100 partner companies. The top five companies that raised the most dollars include AEP Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), International Paper Mansfield Mill, Caddo Parish Public Schools, Enterprise Holdings, LLC, and Zachry Group.

“It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to properly thank and honor our community partners that make our work possible,” said UWNWLA Vice President of Donor Relations, Carly Koen. “After years of hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s moving to see that our partners still understand the value and importance of remaining united when times get tough. We are grateful for all of our allies’ continued support.”

In 2021, more than 100 presentations were made to 60 companies running workplace campaigns. A total of 4,000 donors gave, and 84 of these were leadership donors who donated $1,000 or more. United Way of Northwest Louisiana is honored to have such generous supporters and looks forward to another year of changing lives in 2022.