January marks the beginning of tax season, but it’s also the last month to get health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Before you file for your return [we have free options for filing your return - see if you qualify], here are some things you should know about how...

Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Related:

One of the largest challenges United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s staff members face is explaining that what people think they know about our organization may not be the case.

Thirty years ago, when many of “our parents” were in the workforce, their companies would run a United Way campaign and employees would have the opportunity to choose which charities they wanted to donate to through the ease of payroll deduction.

And while some of...

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 Related:

Many of our social problems have the same root cause - Poverty. We held 63 listening sessions in our seven-parish region and identified POVERTY as United Way's 'Big Issue' going forward. We've put our stake in the ground. We want businesses and individuals to join us in developing strategies and partnerships. Together we can...

Posted: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Related:

What is VITA?

VITA is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. It is a program that offers no cost tax filing services to working individuals and families with household income of $54,000 or less.

Where can I go to get my taxes done?

There are multiple sites in Jefferson, Lafourche. Orleans, St. Bernard, St. John, St. Tammany, Washington, St. John, and...

Posted: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 Related: Income

This holiday season is a time of joy, celebration and giving. But in the midst of the holiday shopping, don’t forget to add health care coverage to your holiday check list.

Reasons why should you get health coverage:

  1. It’s the law: Not having health coverage could subject you to a penalty of 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, whichever is higher. Obtain health coverage so you don’t have to...
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015 Related: Health

For the past three years, our United Way has been preparing for this moment. The moment when the thinking of policy makers at all levels—donors, advocates, volunteers, United Ways and our partner agencies—aligned. You cannot predict when a moment like that will occur. You simply have to be ready when the opportunity presents itself.

Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has presented that opportunity. At a recent press conference he uttered the word “...

Posted: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 Related: Basic Needs | Education | Financial Stability | Health | Income