United Way announces the Top 10 Most Generous Workplaces and Live United Award Winners


United Way announces Southeast Louisiana’s 2021 Most Generous Workplaces, 
inaugural Lisa Arsenaux memorial award, LIVE UNITED Award winners
Workplaces recognized at United Way’s annual meeting 
for contributing more than $3.7 million

NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana announced Wednesday Southeast Louisiana’s 2021 Most Generous Workplaces at its annual meeting of members. 

The 2021 Top 10 Most Generous Workplaces include the following businesses from UWSELA's seven-parish service area:
1.    Entergy Corporation
2.    Shell
3.    Valero Meraux Refinery
4.    Pan-American Life Insurance Group
5.    Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.
6.    UPS
7.    Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery 
8.    Chalmette Refining, LLC – PBF Energy
9.    Hancock Whitney
10.    International Paper

The annual ranking is determined by a workplace’s philanthropic contributions to and through UWSELA during the previous fiscal year.

Entergy held onto the top spot again this year thanks to the extraordinary efforts of its own Marcus Brown, UWSELA’s 2020-21 Campaign Cabinet Chair, and both Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery and Hancock Whitney joined the Top 10 as newcomers. 

Collectively, the workplaces contributed $3.7 million through employee contributions and corporate gifts and fundraisers to UWSELA’s annual campaign, which exceeded its aggressive fundraising goal amid the global pandemic. In addition to meeting its campaign goal, UWSELA generated over $16 million in community impact last year, helping struggling households and small businesses recover. 

The meeting’s most touching moment featured the presentation of the inaugural Lisa Arseneaux Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year award to Canal Barge’s Sheila McGuire in recognition of her dedication to excellence in fundraising and engagement. 

UWSELA staff created the award in memory of Arseneaux, who was tragically murdered in April 2021. She served as EY’s employee campaign coordinator for several years, leading model campaigns with high participation and engagement.

UWSELA also honored its 2021 LIVE UNITED Awards, recognizing individuals and partners who exemplify what it means to LIVE UNITED, working together to build a more equitable Southeast Louisiana with health, education and financial stability for all. 

2020-2021 LIVE UNITED Awards

  • Volunteers of the Year 
    • Ralph Mahana, Windsor Court
    • Travis Tague, Hyatt Centric French Quarter
  • Community Impact Funding Partner Award – Jefferson Parish Council 
  • Community Impact Service Partner     
    • Louisiana Budget Project
    • Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E Centers Foundation, Inc. 
  • Hidden Heroes
    • Brad Fleming, Entergy Services, Inc.
    • Barry Hadley, Barry Hadley Screen Printing & Embroidery
  • Outstanding Communications – Biz New Orleans
  • Public Policy Award – Bill Hammack, Link Restaurant Group

Award winners are nominated and selected by UWSELA staff for their efforts to advance the organization’s mission to eradicate poverty in Southeast Louisiana. 

Learn more about UWSELA’s workplace partnerships at UnitedWaySELA.org/CSR.


About United Way of Southeast Louisiana
For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and making a lasting difference. We fight to eradicate poverty by preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and affording better health and education opportunities throughout Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable – and we have a plan. United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s Blueprint for Prosperity guides all strategic investments in programs, initiatives, collaborations, volunteerism, and advocacy aimed at tackling poverty. For more information, please visit UnitedWaySELA.org. Find us on social: @UnitedWaySELA.