United Way Staff's blog

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 15th through the 21st, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

Each year, we take this time to recognize the people and organizations that inspire us to serve, recognizing and thanking volunteers who lend their time, talent and voice to make a difference in their communities.

2 Years Removed From Historic Floods, Long-Term Recovery Still Vital

Two years ago, the March 2016 flooding event in Louisiana saw historic rainfall on an area with countless bayous, rivers, and streams. Thousands of homes were affected by the flooding leaving families with massive emotional and financial losses. Combined with the floods that followed shortly afterward in August, this one-two punch had a large part of our community reeling. Many of the families affected are part of the growing number of individuals and households known as A.L.I.C.E.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kicks Off the Tricentennial Volunteer Challenge

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, hundreds came out to support the kickoff of a year-long volunteer challenge to celebrate New Orleans' 300th year. The 2018 NOLA Foundation and its Community Engagement Committee - in partnership with United Way of Southeast Louisiana, HandsOn New Orleans, and NetWork Volunteers has embarked on an aggressive project to generate 300,000 hours of service over the course of 2018.

15 Years of Women United

Last Thursday night was a celebration to mark the 15 years that United Way of Southeast Louisiana has had an official women’s philanthropic group dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in our communities. We acknowledged the 50 founding members of the Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2002, which grew into Women’s Leadership Council, and is now Women United!