New Orleans – Mayor Mitch Landrieu, New Orleans City Council Members and early childhood education advocates will gather Monday, December 18, 2017 at 1:30 P.M. in the Mayor’s office in celebration of the historic, first-of-its-kind, $750,000 City investment in quality early childhood education seats in New Orleans.
Last Thursday night was a celebration to mark the 15 years that United Way of Southeast Louisiana has had an official women’s philanthropic group dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in our communities. We acknowledged the 50 founding members of the Women’s Leadership Initiative in 2002, which grew into Women’s Leadership Council, and is now Women United!
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.
We’re proud to announce the opening of the J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center, our one-stop financial stability center offering an array of programming to the citizens of New Orleans including financial education and coaching, credit building and counseling, benefits screening, and income tax assistance.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana joined forces with the City of New Orleans’ Network for Economic Opportunity to provide access to a coordinated network of employment and financial capability services through workforce development partners.
United Way will open the J. Wayne Leonard Prosperity Center to support low-to-moderate income individuals and families in their efforts to build better, more prosperous futures.
In 2011, I was one of three breast cancer survivors to create an organization called Breastoration to educate, advocate for, and financially assist women facing mastectomies. In 2015, Breastoration discovered several Louisiana laws which placed significant insurance coverage impediments in the paths of these women.