Our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Paris

Dear Neighbors,

Southeast Louisiana and our greater New Orleans area have a deep connection to France.  It's part of our culture--architecture, food, music and more.

In the wake of the recent attacks, I thought you should know what United Way Worldwide (UWW) has been doing to help the people of Paris.

As French authorities, the Mairie of Paris (City Hall) and nonprofits address the immediate needs of the victims of the attacks, they are also concerned with the long-term prospects for social cohesion in France, particularly in underprivileged areas.

United Way France's work focused on education and opportunities for youth are even more important now than it was before.

Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide says, "our plan is to expand existing programs focusing on youth education and opportunities, reduce the school dropout rate and build the capacity of local nonprofits working to promote social cohesion and ensure today's young people remain active and engaged members of society."

There has already been an outpouring of support from across the world in response to the senseless attacks. There are many ways that individuals and corporate partners can support United Way Worldwide's ongoing efforts in France.

One way is to invest in the Paris LIVE UNITED Fund to ensure today's young people remain active and engaged members of society. 


Michael Williamson
President and CEO
United Way of Southeast Louisiana

Brian Gallagher
President and CEO
United Way Worldwide

Diane Hassan
Directrice Générale
United Way France