Helping Children Succeed

Education is a cornerstone for success in school, work and life. It benefits the whole community. Well-educated residents earn more and contribute more to their local economies, are more engaged in their communities, and are more likely to raise kids who also succeed in school.


School Readiness

-Helping children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed

Kids on Track

-Increasing third grade reading levels

-Transition to middle school

Enhancing Environments for Children

-Reducing truancy
-Increasing graduation rates

Graduation and Beyond

-Preparing for career success


United Way of Northwest Louisiana offers Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program that supplies FREE books to children from birth to five years old. Currently, any child under five years old living in 71064, 71103, 71106, 71109, 71111, 71112 zip codes or anyone living in Desoto, Natchitoches, Sabine, Red River and Webster parishes are available to participate.


  • When a child has access to books, their world becomes larger and their imagination soars.
  • They are better prepared for school and better prepared for life.
  • Research shows that the number of books in a child’s home is significantly linked to reading scores; the more books, the better the score.
  • Children participating in the program score 15 percent higher on their kindergarten readiness test.

Books are delivered directly to the child’s home – one per month – until he/she is reaches their fifth birthday. By the time he/she goes to kindergarten, they are sure to have their own library full of wonderful worlds and far-off places.

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Funded Nonprofit Organizations in education

Campti Community Development

197 Edenborn St
Campti, Louisiana
(318) 228-5454

Common Ground Community, Inc

Physical address, 6806 Southern Ave., Shreveport, LA 71106
Mailing address, 4830 Line Ave. #117, Shreveport, LA 71106
(318) 227-7816

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

United Way of Northwest Louisiana
820 Jordan St. Suite #370
Shreveport, LA 71101

Family Resources For Education & Empowerment

8412 Kingston Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71108

Renzi Education & Art Center, Inc

435 Egan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-222-1414
Fax: 318-221-2733

Volunteers for Youth Justice

900 Jordan Street, Suite 102
Shreveport, LA 71101

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana

360 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Youth Enrichment Program (YEP)

4700 Line Avenue, Suite 207
Shreveport, LA 71106