Campaign 2021:
Outstanding Campaign Support Continues at Hunt Forest Products, LLC

We were excited to visit with our Corporate Partners at Hunt Forest Products this month! In attendance were Brandon Ewing with Ewing Timber, Jake Slocum with American National Insurance, Candy Gerace, Campaign Coordinator, Richie LeBlanc, CEO, and Michelle Tolar, United Way NELA Director of Development.

Richie and his team have already begun planning their 2021 United Way Campaign for this fall. Their employees look forward to a fun and engaging time to come together and support the community. Last year’s “pirate-themed” campaign included food, games, contests, and prizes, which resulted in their very generous employees almost doubling their giving to United Way! 

This team is excited to get started and proud to support United Way of Northeast Louisiana. Hunt Forest Products, thank you for your commitment to the work that we do!
Campaign 2021:
Excitement Brews as Campaign Cabinet Engages in CEO Calls

Team Fields is unstoppable! United Way Campaign Cabinet Members Dr. Ashanti Jones of ULM, Dr. Valerie Fields of ULM, Brenda Johnson of iBERIABANK, Tommy Barker of Marion State Bank, Kristen Chandler of ULM, and Allyson Sager, Resource Development Manager at United Way, recently gathered as a team to discuss the campaign history of each of their company selections and to develop growth strategies to help businesses further support our community during the 2021 Campaign year.

In the coming weeks, Team Fields will visit with 15+ companies in the Regional market. Their volunteer contribution is a part of 95+ collective visits that will be conducted in the Regional market. These visits are a crucial part of campaign success, serving to update CEOs and company leadership about the work being made possible in our community because of their support and the support of their company.

Team Fields, thank you for your commitment to the work that we do! You are making a difference in Northeast Louisiana.
Are you looking for ways to invest in our local community? United Way of Northeast Louisiana can help! We are committed to creating lasting community change in the areas of Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We offer workplaces and groups a unique opportunity to invest in causes that matter the most to them. Learn more about United Way NELA at!

To run a Workplace Campaign, contact Michelle Tolar, Director of Development, at [email protected]
UWNELA Recognizes Retiring Board Members

We would like to give special recognition to our retiring Board Members. We are grateful for your service to United Way of Northeast Louisiana and the community that we serve. Your commitment to our mission was unwavering and your contribution will be felt for generations to come.
A School Uniform Drive

We're excited to launch Ready4School, a partnership with local libraries across four parishes to gather school uniforms for elementary school children!
Beginning on Monday, June 21st and ending on Friday, July 16th, children’s gently used uniforms, new shoes, socks, belts, and backpacks are requested from the community and can be donated at the following locations:

After drop offs are completed on Friday, July 16th, United Way volunteers will sort the donated items and assist with delivery to area schools for the 2021-22 school year.

For more information, Call 211 or
Text your Zip Code to 898-211
VolunteerUNITED Spotlight:
Nexstar Media Group / KTVE/KARD

Last week, the fabulous team at Nexstar Media Group, Inc / KTVE 10 KARD 14 myarklamiss successfully packed 7.1 TONS of food to be donated to local homeless veterans!

For the last few years, Nexstar Media Group, Inc./KTVE/KARD has celebrated Founder’s Day by having their employees volunteer time to help a local non-profit organization. This year, these employees dedicated their volunteer hours to help local homeless veterans through The Wellspring. Special thanks also goes to Mac's Fresh Market for their partnership.

KTVE/KARD employees, we are inspired by your commitment to serve this community. Thank you for making such a difference in Northeast Louisiana!

Be sure to tune in to Facebook on Fridays for a VolunteerUNITED spotlight!
Is your workplace or group interested in volunteer opportunities?

To build a volunteer project best suited to your group or company's needs, contact Jessica Hughes, VolunteerUNITED Manager, at [email protected].
United Way NELA 211 is an easy to remember telephone number that connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in our community. It's a single access point for everyday needs and needs in times of crisis.
UWNELA 211 Updates:
WMWO Chamber Community Hiring Fair

We were thrilled to partner with the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce to help spread the word about a Community Hiring Fair at the West Monroe Convention Center. Doors were open to the public at 12:00 p.m. and remained open until 5:00 p.m.

The event was completely free for the community, thanks to the City of West Monroe and the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce.
The Hiring Fair encouraged the underemployed, unemployed, and those seeking career change opportunities to be able to match, in person, with our many community businesses that are hiring.

To receive information about the event and a list of job opportunities, job seekers were able to text the keyword NELAOPPORTUNITY to 898-211.

Utilizing technology available through United Way NELA 211 underscores one of United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s goals – to help individuals have the knowledge, skills, and support to make choices that increase their financial stability and advance their economic mobility.
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