Campaign 2021: Introducing This Year's Community Report

Working with our volunteers and community partners, United Way of Northeast Louisiana's response in the community is constantly shifting to meet new and pressing needs. Our 2021 Community Report was released this month and our 2021 Campaign Cabinet is currently sharing its content with our existing workplace campaign CEOs.

Today, we are excited to share the 2021 Community Report with all of YOU. Click the button below to download!
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. Get involved today at!
Local Seniors Receive Tax Assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

United Way NELA strongly believes in providing supportive services to ensure adults can live independently to the fullest extent possible. Thanks to a collaboration with the Ouachita Council on Aging, University of Louisiana Monroe’s Delta Alpha Psi students, and Jay Lewis, ULM Accounting Instructor, this year’s Virtual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) focused on providing an important, supportive service to many of our local senior citizens. 
Senior tax filers with annual incomes of $57,000 or less were able to drop off their tax documents at the Ouachita Council on Aging, returning later to review and sign their completed tax returns. In total, we were able to coordinate the completion of 45 tax returns for these seniors! This collaboration wouldn't have been possible without the help of 15 volunteers and over 200 hours of time so generously given by the Ouachita Council on Aging, ULM’s Jay Lewis, and the ULM Delta Alpha Psi students.

Thank you for joining with us to fight for economic opportunity for every person in Northeast Louisiana!
Do You or Someone You Know Need Help Saving Money on Prescriptions?

United Way of Northeast Louisiana partners with SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) to provide community members with access to affordable prescription medications, ensuring greater health and financial stability. Individuals in Northeast Louisiana were assisted with $124,316 of prescription savings in 2019-20! Download the full report below.
The SingleCare prescription savings card:
  • Always free to use by everyone—just show it to the pharmacist
  • No registration or eligibility requirements. Use it right away!
  • Save up to 80% on 10,000+ prescription medications 
  • Accepted at major pharmacy chains nationwide
  • Sign up on for additional member savings (earn $1 per eligible script!)
  • Works whether you’re insured or underinsured 
  • Unlimited uses

SingleCare negotiates fair drug prices directly with major pharmacies like CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. We pass the savings onto our members, free of charge.

To start saving with SingleCare, a member just needs to show the savings card to their pharmacist every time they fill a prescription at a participating pharmacy. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Members can use their card as often as they want. Cards do not expire. Cards may also be used for family members’ prescriptions and shared with friends.
Ready4K Updates:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and United Way NELA and Ready4K want those who need support to know that You Are Not Alone.

The last year has seen a 93% increase in the number of people taking anxiety screeners and a 62% increase in the number of people taking depression screeners.* Many of us could use a little more support right now.

Fortunately, there are many resources available and Ready4K put together a curated set in this week's blog post.

Drawn from the library of resources gathered for the Ready4K trauma-informed program, they've included both immediate support services and information to learn more. 

Whether these are resources you could use or something to share with others in your life, we invite you to bookmark this page so it's ready whenever you need it.

Through Ready4K, one of our evidence-based engagement programs, United Way of Northeast Louisiana are empowering and equipping families with the knowledge and skills to support child development. Find out more about this enrichment program here:
VolunteerUNITED Spotlight:
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. Partners with Mac's Fresh Market to Distribute Food to Homeless Veterans

For the last few years, Nexstar Media Group, Inc./KARD/KTVE 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.

In partnership with Mac’s Fresh Market, Nexstar Media Group, Inc. employees collected pre-packaged bags of food. To date, this collaboration resulted in a collection of over 15 tons of food.
KARD/KTVE employees, we are inspired by your commitment to serve this community. Thank you for making such a difference!

Be sure to tune in to Facebook on June 4th for the next 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
UWNELA 211 Updates:
Emergency Broadband Benefit

Did you know that 1.6 million Louisianans do not have access to high speed internet? A new program from the Federal Communications Commission, launched this month, will help increase access for eligible families. See flyer HERE.

For details about this benefit and eligibility requirements, CALL 211 or click the button below.

If you know someone who would benefit from this Federal Communications Commission program, please share!
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