United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Serving Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington Parishes

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Got Gumbo?

Thank you for supporting United Way's 14th Annual "Got Gumbo?" Cook-Off! [View the results here.]

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United Way Provides Emergency Funding During Deep Freeze

The bone chilling temperatures are affecting people across our region. That’s why w are giving mini-emergency grants to partner agencies helping seniors and those most impacted during this cold weather crisis in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. [more]

Paying it forward with United Way fund for emergency needs: Editorial

By The Editorial Board, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The Times-PicayuneThe icy weather that hit greater New Orleans this week put extra pressure on some families -- and on the agencies that provide assistance to area residents in need of food, shelter and other support.

To help ease the strain, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana dipped into its Pay It Forward Fund, which was established in November for emergency situations. The fund was created in honor of former CEO Gary Ostroske, who retired last year after leading the local United Way operation for 25 years. [read more]

United Way of Southeast Louisiana undergoing transformation under leadership of Mandeville's Michael Williamson.

Carol Wolfram, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The United Way of Southeast Louisiana is undergoing a transformation at every level under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Williamson of Mandeville. "There is a time and a place for change," said Williamson, and that time is now. [read more]

Rodrigue Remembered

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is mourning the passing of famous Louisiana artist George Rodrigue. He was a friend and philanthropist to many. And, because of that, we celebrate his lifetime of caring and sharing with others. [more]

Eight Years and Counting...

August 29, 2005 is indelibly etched in our minds as a day of heartache and heroes. The world watched in horror as the southeast Louisiana landscape and our lives were forever changed by Hurricane Katrina. Generations from now the catastrophe of Katrina will still be a defining point in our history. And, then, as now, we will proudly say United Way of Southeast Louisiana is here for you.

With your support, United Way has helped people in our seven parish region more than 3.5 million times since Katrina roared ashore. Chances are your gift has helped someone you know, a co-worker, neighbor, friend or family member, maybe even you... [more]

Michael Williamson Leads the Way as new President/CEO

(New Orleans) Michael L. Williamson has vision, compassion, and determination. Add to that over 19 years of executive level nonprofit management experience, 15 of those years served in the United Way system, Williamson is the clear choice to lead United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA)  in meeting the ever-changing needs of our seven-parish region. [more]






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