Our Impact

Because of you, we raised $12,183,489 in 2021-2022 to support our collective impact model, which generated $93,460,476 generated in community impact in 2022-23 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.

See how, together, we made an impact in your parish.


Jefferson    |  Orleans  |  Plaquemines  |  St. Bernard  |  St. Tammany  |  Tangipahoa  |  Washington


Who We Are


For close to 100 years, United Way of Southeast Louisiana has been working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our region. 

No matter the crisis, we remain committed to taking care of our community in Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. We help the most vulnerable among us, including ALICE households.

Our world looks different than anyone imagined a few years ago. Whether it’s because of Hurricane Ida, COVID-19’s economic impact, or inflation – it’s a challenging time. These crises amplified issues we’re already tackling, like disparities in health, education, and financial stability. That’s why nonprofit partners and government officials turn to United Way for help.

It’s no exaggeration that the most vulnerable – including low-income families, people of color, and anyone who was barely getting by before – are struggling more than ever. 

Because of our donors, United Way is stepping up to respond, as we always do. We’re helping people deal with immediate needs. But we’re also helping communities recover and rebuild.

Together, we can make more impact than any one of us could create alone! 


Who is ALICE?


ALICE is your neighbor, family member, and friend; your server, office manager, cashier, and child care worker. ALICE works hard in low-wage jobs that care for our loved ones and keep our communities running but don’t pay enough to make ends meet.

There are households below the ALICE Threshold across all demographic groups, but disparities exist due to persistent racismageismgender discrimination, and geographic barriers that limit many families’ access to resources and opportunities for financial stability.

The number of households living paycheck to paycheck in Southeast Louisiana grew by nearly 9,000 from 2021 to 2022. As a result, a total of 260,635 households or 49% were unable to afford household basics: health care, housing, food, child care, transportation, taxes, and technology.

Living paycheck to paycheck with little to no savings, ALICE families are one major accident, medical bill, or harsh storm away from poverty.

When ALICE households lack adequate income, reducing expenses is a matter of survival. These short-term tradeoffs, like a skipped doctor’s visit or delayed car repair, have long-term consequences for us all.


Learn more about ALICE.


What We Do


United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.



1 in 2 households in Southeast Louisiana struggles to make ends meet.




Our Blueprint for Prosperity provides a roadmap to tackle poverty - the root cause of many of the social problems in our region. 




By improving the health, education, and financial stability of every person, we help everyone have the best chance to recover from a setback, build a stronger life, and reimagine what’s possible for the future.



Our United Way has embarked on a journey to renew our approach to creating lasting change. Through research and engagement, it became clear that poverty is the fundamental issue in the region and the root cause of many of our social problems. This has led United Way to a bold vision to eradicate poverty. The aim of this plan is to present a compelling path forward toward a stronger, prosperous, and more equitable region. We want businesses and individuals to join us in developing strategies and partnerships. Together, we can educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty to create a stronger, better community.


Learn more about our Blueprint for Prosperity.