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United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is
on education, health and safety net: financial satability - the building blocks for a good quality of life.
United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources
needed to get things done. We invite you to be part of the change.
You can give. You can advocate. You can volunteer.
Urgent Policy Priorities!
- CONTACT CONGRESS TODAY TO PROTECT CHARITABLE GIVING INCENTIVES
[learn about the Charitable Giving Coalition's Capitol Hill Fly-In Event on November 20th]
Contact your representative in Congress about an Education, Income, or Health issue.
United Way advocates for sound policies affecting education, health and safety net: financial satability - the building blocks for a good quality of life.
United Way's Public Policy Committee, supported by a resource team of collaborative experts, is hosted
five two-hour “Educational Sessions” have been scheduled for the month of October.
Education Commission of the States' High School Database P-16/P-20 Councils [learn more]
Help Save 2-1-1
Help Save 2-1-1 by donating a portion of your TAX Refund to the Louisiana Association of United Ways. [learn more]
Register for the Louisiana Early Childhood Collaborative Google Group.
Louisiana Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board - The purpose of the Advisory Board is to provide information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents. The board consist of 42-45 statutorily authorized representatives from state agencies, advocacy groups and the community. Members of the board are appointed by the Governor. [view the presentations from the November 21, 2013 meeting]
2013 Early Childhood Letter of Support - As advocates for quality early care and education, we the undersigned extend our support to those engaged in the task of implementing the Early Childhood Care and Education Act, Act 3 of the 2012 Legislative Session, in ways that will accomplish the law’s purpose. We commend the important work that our state government is doing...[read on]
We partner with strong community NGO’s who share our passion and vision - these include but are not limited to:
- Education's Next Horizon http://www.ednexthorizon.org/
- The Childhood and Family Learning Foundation http://www.npnnola.com/associations/organizations/view/180/childhood-family-learning-foundation
- The Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families http://www.louisianapartnership.org/
- Stand for Children Leadership Center http://standleadershipcenter.org/
- Child Care Association of Louisiana http://www.childcarelouisiana.org/
- Nurse Family Partnership http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/
- George Rodrigue Foundation - A+ schools initiative http://georgerodriguefoundation.blogspot.com/2012/12/louisiana-schools.html
- Baptist Community Ministries http://www.bcm.org/
- Urban League http://www.urbanleagueneworleans.org/
- Louisiana Budget Project http://www.labudget.org/lbp/
Charmaine Caccioppi currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for the development and implementation of United Way government relations strategies related to its three goal areas (Education, Health, and Safety Net) through the development of relationships with key internal and external constituents. These relationships result in funding and legislative support and strengthen the organization’s visibility and image throughout the public sector.
Her career at the United Way of Southeast Louisiana has included the successful advocating for the first ever EITC state match, passage of the Child Care Tax Credits, implementing statewide high quality Early Child Care Rating System, securing funding for the Louisiana 2-1-1 Information Referral and Crisis Management Service, and millions of grant dollars to ensure the successful expansion of community impact programs serving citizens throughout Louisiana.
Charmaine served as president of the Louisiana Association of United Ways for several years where she also provided statewide leadership and secured grants totaling over $3.5 million. She also worked successfully to establish the United Ways of the Gulf Coast and currently serves as the lead staffer. Charmaine has been appointed to Child Poverty Prevention Council, currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board for Education’s Next Horizon, a Board member of the Louisiana Budget Project, and an Advisory Council Member of the Louisiana partnership for Children and Families.
Charmaine attended Nicholls State University and is recognized a Distinguished Graduate Fellow Loyola University Institute of Politics. Charmaine’s professional career has included serving as the State Director for United State Senator J. Bennett Johnston, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Economic Development with the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and MetroVision.
Todd A. Battiste is the Vice President for Children & Families with United Way for the Greater New Orleans. As the VP for Children & Families, Todd coordinates and manages staff and programs that contribute to the United Way’s mission… ‘to increase the organized capacity of individuals to be independent and self-sufficient. In addition, Todd provides leadership and support to United Way Community Impact Initiatives - Success By 6, a multi-sector collaborative that is research-based, data driven and outcome oriented and School to Career - a collaboration with individual organizations to help children reach their potential and prepare the future workforce through schools. In 2006, with a host of other partners Todd convened a team of advocates to support what is now Louisiana Quality Start - the rating system for child care providers. Subsequent, in 2007 came additional advocacy for the School Readiness Tax Credit.
Todd was nominated and elected to Chair the Child Care Block Grant Advisory Council. He is the Past President for the Louisiana Association for the Education for Young Children and the current VP for Public Policy a member of the National Association for the Education for Young Children. He has served on the Advisory Committee on Licensing of Childcare Facilities and Child Placing Agencies; Louisiana’s Quality Rating System for Early Childhood Programs Steering Committee and presently serves on the Louisiana Advisory Council on Child Care and Early Education, Delgado Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, and the Up2Us and is a member of 504Forward.
Todd is a native of New Orleans, graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a bachelor in Psychology, Xavier University at New Orleans with a Masters in Business/Industry Counseling, and University of New Orleans with a Masters in Public Administration. Todd spent most of his career in the not for profit and education arena where he held positions as Program Director for the Volunteers of America, implementing programs to reduce recidivisms, Director with New Orleans Public Schools developing strategies to decrease violence and with Total Community Action - Head Start/Family Center creating a one stop facility for children and families. He is the proud father of two sons, Todd II and Dillon. You can reach Todd by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melisse, a native of New Orleans, began her social service career with a year of service with City Year Boston in 1996 after which she completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Social and Juvenile Counseling from Our Lady of Holy Cross College. Shortly after, she became a graduate of Southern University of New Orleans’ School of Social Work Master’s Program in 2001 while working for a domestic violence shelter as residential counselor and later as a case manager for a local youth program. Desiring a better understanding of the administrative aspect of nonprofits, Melisse began working at our United Way in our development department then moved to New York City to continue her work in development. In late 2006, she returned to New Orleans as Vice President of Community Impact for United Way of Southeast Louisiana where she incorporates her programming and development backgrounds. She is a regular guest lecturer in program evaluation at SUNO as she has a great appreciation for numbers and how they can be used not only for program measurement but for fundraising as well. You can reach Melisse by email at email@example.com.
Steve Zimmer is Vice President for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA). In this capacity he is responsible for managing the Safety Net: Financial Stability for Hard Working People and Those in Crisis impact area work, helping families achieve financial stability and independence by managing their assets; providing for emergency assistance and basic needs; and disaster preparation, response, recovery, and rebuilding activities and collaborative involvement; and the No Place Like Home™ rebuilding initiative of UWSELA.
Prior to assuming his current position at United Way, Steve served as a higher education administrator; loan officer with the federal government’s disaster assistance program; president of his own organizational development, training, and skills assessment consulting firm; head of a state agency for industry-specific training for economic development; and head of a joint city-county agency, managing all federally funded employment and training programs.
Steve has his M.S. in Community Development from the University of Louisville, a B.A. in Philosophy and History from Oklahoma Baptist University. You can reach Steve by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.