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Williamson’s Notes: Goodbye, Henry

Henry Ebel knew what it meant to Live United.

Henry was a Loyal Contributor to United Way for more than 50 years, and for as many years as any of our staff members can remember, he oversaw the United Way employee giving campaign at The Reily Companies, even as a retiree from the organization. Like clockwork, Henry would call us at the beginning of each campaign year, ready to plan out the presentations and volunteer activities for all of their workplaces. And when a new United Way staff member would join the team, the first call they received was from Henry.

Williamson’s Notes: Building More Pathways to High-Wage Jobs

United Way of Southeast Louisiana is doubling down on our efforts to increase pathways to high-wage jobs in Southeast Louisiana. As a new partner with the Louisiana Department of Family and Children Services, United Way will now facilitate the reimbursements of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) funding to local nonprofit partners providing job search, education, and vocational training services.

Williamson’s Notes: Cot's Passing

The passing of Cot Campbell, a pioneer in the development of horse racing partnerships, caught my attention over the weekend. One might ask why? Yes, he was born in New Orleans, but he spent the majority of his life between Atlanta and a once sleepy little town called Aiken, South Carolina. That sleepy little town happens to be my birth home.

Williamson's Notes: Go Vote


Several important elections are up for a vote this Saturday, March 24. Please take this opportunity to express your voice in local government and help shape the future of our communities. 

No matter the size and scope, every election has the ability to affect our mission to eradicate poverty in Southeast Louisiana. It is critical that we cast our vote for officials and measures focused on creating equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and economically stable.

30 Days of Thanks, 1 Day of Turkey, and 50 Years of Blessings

We’ve reached the three-quarter mark of United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Thirty Days of Thanks, with the big day less than 12 hours away. I hope you’re spending Thanksgiving with those you love. This week, I’m lucky to spend time with my family in South Carolina. Our plans to partake in food, football, and fellowship are not unlike most, but this year comes with an extra celebration for me.