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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: To help people and improve communities - the united way is focused on creating lasting change in community conditions to improve people's lives through community inititatives.

Programs: Agency services - the purpose of united way of northeast louisiana is helping people and improving community. United way helps people by supporting numerous agency programs that effectively work together to achieve community goals and initiatives.

donor designations - distribution of gifts designated by donors to other 501(c)(3) agencies. Other agency payments are made at the direction of the donor.

united way 2-1-1 - provides easy access to critical information and referral services for people in crisis or needing assistance and for those who would like to volunteer to help.

community impact - is working to create lasting changes by focusing on education, income, health and basic and/or emergency needs. Education - the focus is on helping children and youth achieve their potential. The targeted issue is to increase graduation rates. Our focus is on early grade reading. The goals of early grade reading initiative are to create enthusiastic readers who can read at or above grade level and empower our communities to help our children. During the 2013-2014 school year of the united way of northeast louisiana's volunteer reading initiative, read. Learn. Succeed, the 406 community volunteers read with 193 students in the 2nd and 3rd grade in 13 schools in our community for 1,960 reading hours, which resulted in an increase in reading levels of 94%. Income - united way of northeast louisiana's focus is on helping hardworking individuals and families become more financially stable. Our target issues are increasing income, building savings, and gaining and sustaining assets by focusing on financial education for high school students. During the 2013-2014 school year, 1,631 high school sophomore students attended the dollars and ense reality fair on financial stability in 14 events throughout the community. Health - united way of northeast louisiana's focus is improving people's health. Our target issues are increasing access to care and preventative health, and nutritional services for individuals and families. United way health initiatives target wellness, nutrition, and physical activity. Basic and/or emergency needs- although committed to making lasting changes in the community, the agency is firmly committed to supporting a foundation of services that responds to basic and/or emergency needs such as food, shelter, medicine, and disaster relief. Community investment - volunteers of united way work with the partner agencies to ensure that united way dollars are invested to produce the most effective results. They make site visits, gather information, and evaluate agency programs. Community investment volunteers annually allocate united way dollars to united way partner agencies programs.

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