Our Impact

Because of you, we raised $19,744,011 in 2020-2021 to support our collective impact model which generated $122,664,149 generated in community impact in 2021-22 and beyond.


When you invest in your community through United Way, you help more children succeed in school, more families lead healthy lives, and more people grow their incomes to become financially stable. 

Learn more about your dollars at work.


1 and 2 households are sturggling

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.



Our Region - 504,873 Households 

  • 1,328,372 Population 
  • $46, 570 Median Household Income
  • $75, 720 - ALICE Household Survival Budget

(2 Adults, 1 preschooler, 1 infant)


For nearly 100 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 assist people with immediate needs and help communities recover and rebuild. 





United Way of Southeast Louisiana -  Our Stories


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Together, we can make more impact than any one of us could create alone when we work toward a shared goal – eradicating poverty. 


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