Because of you, we raised $9,811,208 in 2019-20 to support our collective impact model which generated $68,904,268 in community impact in 2020-21 & beyond.
$1 DONATED GENERATED $6.02 IN COMMUNITY IMPACT
WHY ARE FAMILIES STRUGGLING?
In 2018, before COVID-19, more than one in two households in Southeast Louisiana struggled to get by, unable to afford the basic necessities: health care, housing, food, child care, and transportation. These households - living below the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) threshold - live paycheck to paycheck, unable to save, and one unexpected financial need away from poverty. When ALICE and those in poverty are forced to make difficult choices, like deciding between paying bills or buying groceries, the entire community faces consequences.
The number of struggling households is increasing in Louisiana because of rising costs, stagnant wages, and the impacts of COVID-19.
While our world changed significantly in March 2020 with the impact of the global, dual health and economic crisis, ALICE remains central to the story in every community we serve. The virus amplified issues we are addressing like disparities in health, education, and financial stability. That's why nonprofit partners and government officials turn to United Way for help.
WHAT DOES UNITED WAY DO TO HELP?
For 95 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana has been on the front lines of community problems, both everyday problems and crises, across our seven-parish service area.
Our work is laser-focused on eradicating poverty locally by supporting ALICE households to ensure they are able to afford basic needs – like housing, food, transportation, child care, and health care – and save for an emergency.
And we have a plan to get it done together. Our Blueprint for Prosperity gives us a roadmap today as we lead immediate COVID-19 relief efforts and shift toward long-term recovery to stabilize and strengthen our community.