COMMUNITY IMPACT.

United Way of Northeast Louisiana is creating a better, stronger Northeast Louisiana by developing solutions focused on issues involving Education, Financial Stability, and Health--the foundation of United Way’s Community Impact goals and strategies.

Community Impact means aligning our resources to ensure we make a concentrated effort in creating solutions in these areas to move people on a pathway towards a better quality of life.

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We accomplish this through the following strategies, enabling us to improve lives and create a stronger, healthier community for all:

Hosting Listening Sessions/Community Conversations

Compiling and analyzing research, data, and expert knowledge to determine the community’s aspirations and goals

Collaborating with community and corporate partners

Engaging volunteers to inspire action and advance our work in the community

Investing in community programs and initiative

The Community Spoke, We Listened


We believe it’s important to bring all voices to the table to find solutions for the challenges facing our region; therefore, in February 2017, United Way of Northeast Louisiana volunteers and staff embarked on a Listening Tour, facilitating feedback from local people to gain a deeper understanding of what their aspirations are for our community.

The Listening Tour included over 560 local people in more than 75 eye-opening conversations across five area parishes, providing a unique opportunity for community members to share their thoughts and provide feedback, while enabling us to gather a broad range of perspectives.

After extensive analysis from our Strategic Planning Committee, volunteers, and United Way staff, several definitive themes emerged across all the Conversations, including:

●    A Safe Community with Less Crime, Violence, and Substance Abuse
●    More Unity and Equality with People Working Together
●    Need for a Well-Educated and Workforce-Ready Community
●    A Healthy Community
●    Community Growth and Economic Development
●    Need to Address Poverty and Homelessness
●    Increased Community Involvement and Awareness
 

Community Aspirations & Impact Goals


United Way Strategic Planning Committee used these themes to develop Community Impact goals and strategies to address issues community members are most passionate about.

 

Bold Goals


Once Community Impact goals were established, the United Way of Northeast Louisiana Strategic Planning Committee began digging deeper to work on establishing targeted Bold Goals, milestones designed to achieve specific results by 2025.

Strategic Planning Committee volunteers continue to work towards laying the framework for Bold Goals that
address issues in Education, as well as those that encourage Healthy, Safe Families and Individuals.
 

VolunteerUNITED


In 2017, we launched VolunteerUNITED, United Way’s Volunteer Engagement Center designed to:

Connect individual and group volunteers to the region’s most pressing needs
Develop rewarding volunteer experiences, translating volunteer passion in action
Inspire companies and employees to play an active role in creating positive community change

Click here to sign up for available volunteer opportunities

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United Way 2-1-1 is your Convenient Community Connection to information and resources. United Way 2-1-1’s trained, experienced staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…even holidays. Contacting United Way 2-1-1 is quick, easy, and can save you time and energy when seeking help or information.

You can also now TEXT a United Way 2-1-1 Specialist 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday by texting your ZIP CODE to 898-211. Click here to learn more.
 

United Against Homelessness


Once Community Impact goals were established, the United Way of Northeast Louisiana Strategic Planning Committee began digging deeper to work on establishing targeted Bold Goals, milestones designed to achieve specific results by 2025.

Strategic Planning Committee volunteers continue to work towards laying the framework for Bold Goals that
address issues in Education, as well as those that encourage Healthy, Safe Families and Individuals. Collaborative efforts facilitated by United Way of Northeast Louisiana are underway to address homelessness in Ouachita and Lincoln Parish, as United Way supporters and community leaders across the region commit to stand United Against Homelessness. This partnership of area non-profits, faith-based organizations, government, businesses, and volunteers have developed both short-and long-term solutions to reduce homelessness. This collaborative approach aims to connect homeless individuals and families with those who can provide needed services.

Homelessness is a problem that no one person or group can solve. United Way, along with our volunteers and collaborative partners, will continue to develop and expand long-range solutions to alleviate homelessness in Northeast Louisiana.
 

Supported Programs & Initiatives


United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s collective impact includes providing community initiatives and services like READ.LEARN.SUCCEED., Dollars & $ense Reality Fair, United Way 2-1-1, and VolunteerUNITED, as well as investing in existing community partner programs that relate to our focus on encouraging child and youth success, economic opportunity, and a healthier, safer community for all.

Academic Success, Boys & Girls Clubs of  North Central Louisiana
Adopt-A-Senior, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
Agency Program, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
ARCO Supported Employment, ARCO
Backpack-for-Kids, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana, The Wellspring Alliance for Families
Business Administrative Technology Program, O.I.C. of Ouachita
Children’s Coalition Early Head Start, Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana
Congregate Meals, Ouachita Council on Aging
Counseling & Family Development Center, The Wellspring Alliance for Families
Dollars & $ense Reality Fair, United Way of Northeast Louisiana
Domestic Violence Program, D.A.R.T.
Domestic Violence Program, The Wellspring Alliance for Families
Emergency Services for Military Families, American Red Cross
Family Counseling Center, Louisiana Methodist Children & Family Services
Financial Literacy Program, O.I.C. of Ouachita
Front Door for Housing, United Way of Northeast Louisiana Community Collaboration
Girl Scouting Leadership Experience, Girl Scouts, Pines to the Gulf
HiSet Program, O.I.C. of Ouachita
Home Fire Prevention and Relief, American Red Cross
Home-Delivered Meals, Lincoln Council on Aging
Home-Delivered Meals, Ouachita Council on Aging
Home-Delivered Meals, Union Council on Aging
I CAN, O.I. C. of Ouachita
In-Home Assistance, Ouachita Council on Aging
Kid’s Cabinet, Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana
Learning for Life, Boy Scouts of America, Louisiana Purchase Council
Lincoln Parish Hunger Task Force, United Way of  Northeast Louisiana Community Collaboration
Multicultural Markets, Boy Scouts of America, Louisiana Purchase Council
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation, Ouachita Council on Aging
Patient Advocate Program, The Health Hut
Permanent and Transitional Housing, The Wellspring Alliance for Families
Prescription Counseling and Services, Saint Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy
Project Learn, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Louisiana
READ.LEARN.SUCCEED., United Way of Northeast Louisiana
Senior Adult and Community Supportive Services, West Ouachita Senior Center
Shelter and Supportive Services, Christopher Youth Center
Social Service Provision, NELA Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation
Substance Abuse Residential Treatment for Mothers and Children, Rays of Sonshine
Summer Camping Program, MedCamps of Louisiana
The Zone Food Pantry and Community Warehouse, Rays of Sonshine
Traditional Scouting, Boy Scouts of America, Louisiana Purchase Council
United Way 2-1-1, United Way of Northeast Louisiana
VolunteerUNITED, United Way of Northeast Louisiana

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