In a region that has had our share of disasters, August 29th is a day that our community will never forget. Twelve years after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina, we’re still impacted by the emotions.
We went to sleep last night with news of yet another deadly vehicle attack, this time in Barcelona, and awake to the stories of devastation and loss of life.
This singular act of violence cannot disappear into the dozens of similar attacks across Europe and here at home in Charlottesville. For me, each incident stands alone as a mark on our progress toward a greater good. Each one reaffirms that hate is real and alive in our world.
At a time when bipartisan policy change seems infrequent, if not impossible, Louisiana lawmakers and Governor Edwards successfully enacted sweeping prison reforms aimed at reducing the state’s world-leading incarceration rate and its $700M annual price tag. The policy wins can be credited, in large part, to the support from LABI and many in the state’s business community.
At United Way of Southeast Louisiana, we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. That’s why we are engaged in ongoing partnership and collaboration with advocates to address criminal justice reform and strengthen community policing standards in Louisiana.
Wow, what a week! I came to the United Way Community Leaders Conference to learn, share and grow with those that we fight alongside each day - fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. But I also came with another purpose, to celebrate 30 years of service given to United Way by our teammates, Beth Terry, Chief Transformation Officer [retired] and Gail Dixon, Accounts Payable Coordinator.
‘Tis the giving season and United Way of Southeast Louisiana is giving some Tangipahoa Parish small business owners early holiday gifts.
United Way has donated $100,000 from its Flood Fund to the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Rebirth Fund. Twelve Tangipahoa businesses impacted by the catastrophic August flooding have now received grants to help in their recovery and rebuilding.
Friends and family gathered together; a tasty home-cooked meal; wide-eyed children unwrapping gifts. ‘Tis the season and the way we’d all like to celebrate.
Friends and family gathered together enjoying turkey, oyster dressing and pumpkin bread pudding. It’s Thanksgiving and time for recollection.
It's time to remain united as we respect the right to differ.
It's time to recall the ideals of our Constitution that all are created equal with certain unalienable rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It's time to reflect on your good fortunes and remember those who are stuggling.
Children and families across southeast Louisiana have no permanent shelter and go to bed hungry.
Alexis Hocevar, philanthropist, entrepreneur, volunteer and recently retired Vice President/General Manager of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. is the 2016 recipient of United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Alexis de Tocqueville Award. He was honored November 2 at the Tocqueville Award Celebration held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. View the photo gallery here.