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20th annual “Got Gumbo?” Cook-off in Review

We can finally answer the question. Yes, we "Got Gumbo" – at least everyone in attendance at our 20th annual “Got Gumbo?” Cook-off had their fill.

Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, judges, volunteers, and competitors who helped make this year’s event the most successful yet!

As always, the event is in good fun, but it supports a serious cause – United Way’s gumbo of services, which nurtures the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community we serve throughout our seven-parish service area.

6 Things You Can Do to Fight the Corona Crisis


Support hospitality workers struggling in the economic fallout of COVID-19 across Southeast Louisiana community

Sometimes, even when you feel the most helpless, you actually have the power to do the most good.

As we continue social distancing, it’s natural to feel isolated. Staying away from other people, though necessary, doesn’t fulfill our need to take action, help others, and do something in the face of this crisis. 

United Way announces 2019-22 grant recipients, $52M in generated community impact

62 Southeast Louisiana nonprofits to receive funding for health, education, and financial stability programming

NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana announced Tuesday its 2019-22 grantees under the second three-year cycle of Blueprint for Prosperity funding. The 62 nonprofit recipients include 7 more than the previous cycle with 23 new programs, 13 of which are first-time UWSELA grant recipients.


United Way launches disaster fund ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

Website to collect donations for recovery efforts across SE Louisiana

NEW ORLEANSUnited Way of Southeast Louisiana, in partnership with WWL-TV, announces the UWSELA Disaster Fund.  All funds raised will support relief and recovery efforts through grants to community partners and nonprofit organizations providing direct services to impacted individuals and families.


Local Homeless Population Stagnant for First Time in 11 Years: Why, How you can Help?

After over a decade of significant decreases, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Jefferson and Orleans parishes dropped by just nine people from 2018 to 2019. 

This fact is revealed in new point-in-time data from UNITY of Greater New Orleans, a United Way community partner leading a collaborative of over 60 agencies that provide housing and services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

Data Dive: Takeaways from the 2018 ALICE Report

Vanessa Greenslade, PhD, is United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s resident research and data expert. Vanessa works with our Community Impact team to bring a data-driven approach to our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.

The updated United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, released earlier this month, shows nearly 1 in 2 Southeast Louisiana (SELA) households (47 percent) struggled to make ends meet in 2016. 

Williamson’s Notes: Consequences of ALICE

The United Way ALICE Project, a groundbreaking study on financial hardship, revealed in 2016 that more than 50 million U.S. households struggle to afford necessities like health care, housing, food, child care, transportation, taxes, and a smart phone.

ALICE – Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – is a term for households who earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to cover a basic household survival budget.