Last year, people here were assisted more than 27,039 times.
Our findings in a recent statewide report on Poverty reveals that almost 38% of St. Tammany Parish families are not earning enough to just “get by”. These families are people that you say hello to every day – it could be the bus driver who takes your children to school, the cashier at the supermarket or the barista at your favorite coffee shop.
These families, know as ALICE - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employeed - are struggling to meet their most basic needs depend on the services we fund. Our study shows that the average household family budget barely meets monthly costs and does not allow for any savings leaving them
vulnerable to emergencies.
Your generosity is more crucial than ever. Your continued donation will help fund critically needed United Way supported services and provide help for those in crisis.
United Way partners with St. Tammany Parish Government, Volunteers of America and 2-1-1 on a public awareness campaign for the St. Tammany Parish Suicide Prevention Support Program. Each year United Way invests in case management and informational services for those contemplating suicide.
The United Way partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has resulted in more than 39,500 age-appropriate books mailed to young children free of charge with a goal of creating a life-long love for reading.
United Way partners helped give more than 118,000 Hours of center-based child care in St. Tammany.
Our FamilyWize discount prescription card initiative has helped residents save nearly $245,300. And, our partnership to offer free tax service, through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, has helped pump more than $293,00 back into St. Tammany’s economy.
$913,904 Individual Development Program (IDA) home purchases.
United Way is a volunteer-led organization. The St. Tammany Leadership Council is made up of members from St. Tammany, representing companies throughout the community.
And, like you, they collectively understand that children who succeed in school are more likely to become healthy and productive adults and have financially stable families. That’s why United Way continues to invest in programs promoting education, health, and economic opportunity.
United Way celebrates being part of a team and culture that continues to help change lives and shape communities. We urge businesses, individuals and government to join in developing cooperative strategies and partnerships focused on the elimination of poverty. It is possible. Together we can create a stronger, better St. Tammany and southeast Louisiana for the future.