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Hungry for Impact: St. Tammany Red Beans Edition

All good things must come to an end, fortunately for United Way, the end of our St. Tammany Red Beans 'N Rice Cook-Offs marks the start of our Annual Campaign in the parish. I’m pleased to report that we brought in over $35,000 through our East and West events in 2019.  

Thank you to the thousands of supporters who attended this year’s cook-offs. You’re not only hungry for red beans. You’re hungry for impact.   

CAGNO Brings Wellness-Focused Cancer Survivorship Programs to Washington Parish

At some point in life, nearly everyone will be touched by a cancer diagnosis - be it personal or of someone you love. 

In Louisiana, the chances are even higher. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in our state, and cancer incidents and mortality rates among men and women are worse than the national average for all cancers combined.

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.