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Local Homeless Population Stagnant for First Time in 11 Years: Why, How you can Help?

After over a decade of significant decreases, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Jefferson and Orleans parishes dropped by just nine people from 2018 to 2019. 

This fact is revealed in new point-in-time data from UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a United Way community partner leading a collaborative of over 60 agencies that provide housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Don’t Wait. Anticipate.

Living in Southeast Louisiana, we understand that being impacted by a hurricane or heavy storm is not a question of if, but when. It is a fact of life, and we must take the weather seriously – even unnamed storms.

Hurricane season is approaching quickly (June 1-November 30). The first full week of May is earmarked as Hurricane Preparedness Week to bring awareness to the dangers and hazards of tropical cyclones. Take this time BEFORE hurricane season to create a plan for your household and start collecting supplies.

Finance 101: How to Choose the Best Banking Products for You

Did you learn the difference between banks and credit unions in school? What about pitfalls of payday loans? 

Many individuals lack a basic knowledge of how to plan, save, and invest – making it hard for them to build wealth and secure their financial future.

We know that financial hardship is a widespread issue in our region. Data from the latest United Way ALICE Report shows nearly 1 in 2 households in Southeast Louisiana is in poverty or living paycheck to paycheck.

6 Ways to Make a Difference During National Volunteer Month

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” — Unknown

Every year, tens of thousands of individuals cast their vote for equitable communities where everyone is healthy, educated, and financially stable by volunteering with United Way of Southeast Louisiana. 

Whether cleaning up a park, selling raffle tickets at a fundraiser, or reviewing grant applications, their efforts directly contribute to a better, stronger region for all.

United Way, Simply Put

I have a question for you. If you could help one person get on their feet so they could live a safer, more prosperous life, would you?  What if I suggested you could help more than one person?  What about thousands? Read on and let me know your answer when you finish.

Your Guide to Understanding Equity (And What We’re Doing to Promote it)

At United Way of Southeast Louisiana, we are committed to achieving our vision, shaped with guidance from community stakeholders, of equitable communities where all people are healthy, educated, and financially stable. That’s a big task, and we know achieving it will require long-term commitment and investment in every aspect of the way we work.

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.