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Williamson's Notes: Early Education Week - Making the difficult decisions easy

This week is Early Ed Week in Louisiana, a time to highlight the importance of improving access to affordable, high-quality early care and education (ECE) for all Louisiana families. On Thursday, United Way of Southeast Louisiana will join with the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, and Jefferson Business Alliance to speak up for increased funding for early care and education in our region. 

Be a part of our funding decisions: Apply to be a volunteer reader

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is seeking volunteer readers for our 2019-2022 Blueprint for Prosperity Program Grant applications. As a volunteer-driven agency, the success of our organization is dependent upon the commitment and dedication of volunteers.

Why volunteer? Individuals who commit their time and effort to volunteer projects do so for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Learning or developing new skills

  • Enhancing their work experience

Tax Refunds: It’s Worth the Wait

If you are like most consumers, tax time couldn’t come soon enough. After the grueling expenses of the holiday season, long overdue car repairs, and much-needed summer vacations, consumers are anxious to file their taxes - especially if they expect a refund. 

By now, you have probably seen and heard many commercials advertising Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL) and Refund Anticipation Checks (RAC). These ads tempt with the promise of same-day cash refunds in eye-popping amounts. If you are debating using one of these “convenient” loans, here is what you need to know. 

Data Dive: Takeaways from the 2018 ALICE Report

Vanessa Greenslade, PhD, is United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s resident research and data expert. Vanessa works with our Community Impact team to bring a data-driven approach to our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.

The updated United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, released earlier this month, shows nearly 1 in 2 Southeast Louisiana (SELA) households (47 percent) struggled to make ends meet in 2016. 

Williamson’s Notes: Growing Jefferson Parish

Earlier this month, I was fortunate to attend the announcement of new ownership of Avondale Shipyard hosted by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), Greater New Orleans, Inc. (GNO, Inc.), and Governor John Bel Edwards. Avondale Marine LLC, a joint venture between T. Parker Host and Hilco Redevelopment Partners, finalized the purchase of the valuable real estate on October 3.