Our Focus

Your United Way Contributions are Changing Lives


Your United Way contributions are helping support local programs to help prepare children to succeed in school and beyond.  Click Here to see a list of Funded Education Programs

Your United Way contributions are supporting local programs to provide for people’s most basic needs of food, shelter, health and safety.  Click Here to see a list of Funded Essential Services Programs

Your United Way contributions are supporting local programs to increase individual and family financial stability.  Click Here to see a list of Funded Income Programs

Your United Way contributions are supporting local programs to increase access to healthcare and healthy environments.  Click Here to see a list of Funded Health Programs






These local programs and initiatives are supported by your gifts to the United Way of Northwest Louisiana.


The Arc of Caddo Bossier (Goldman School) 221-8392
351 Jordan Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds are used to provide children with disabilities with quality child care, including providing information and support they need to have the opportunity to make choices in their lives to contribute in their community and can be ready for school.


Career Compass 225-892-4185
17425 Jefferson Highway, Ste. G, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
United Way funds provide support to Caddo and Bossier Parish High Schools to increase college access to 3,000 students, many of whom are first generation college bound.


Heart of Hope Ministries 925-4663
10420 Heart of Hope Way, Keithville, LA 71047
United Way funds provide pregnant youth in the 5th -12th grade with a high-quality enhanced learning environment, providing necessary hands-on equipment to help them remain in school and achieve academic success.


LSU in Shreveport Foundation (LaPREP) 797-5168
One University Place, Shreveport, LA 71115
United Way funds provide high-ability, economically disadvantaged students in 5th -12th grades with summer programs that enrich their education and their lives. The programs prepare these students for success directed in the areas of math, science, and engineering.


Norwela Council (Boy Scouts of America) 868-2274
3508 Beverly Place, P.O. Box 4341, Shreveport, LA 71134
United Way funds assist in a working partnership with the Norwela Council to provide character, values and leadership skills to over 3,000 youth, ages 6-20 years of age.


Plant a Seed in our Youth Foundation 946-2173
1532 Hamilton Road, Bossier City, LA 71111
United Way funds support the free after-school program for 200 low-income youth, ages 5-18, in the Cox Street public housing area of Bossier City, including tutoring, exercise, dance, anger management, and gardening to improve academic achievement.


Volunteers of America of North Louisiana 221-2669
360 Jordan St, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds support two VOA programs: the LightHouse and Communities in Schools. The Lighthouse is an educational and leadership programs for over 600 children and families, including tutoring, health workshops, and wrap around services to improve academic achievement. Communities in Schools provide tailored services to 120 students most at risk of academic failure with the goal of removing all barriers to education.


Youth Enrichment Program 865-0749
4700 Line Avenue, Suite 207, Shreveport, LA 71106
United Way funds provide a free after-school program at Stoner Hill and Queensborough elementary for 60 low-income youth to decrease the negative impacts of environmental risks in order to help them achieve academic success.


Income (Financial Stability/Economic Development)



Catholic Charities 865-0200
331 East 71st Street, Shreveport, LA 71106
United Way funds a program that supports over 450 families, reduces poverty and builds a better community. These families are provided case management, wrap around services including financial literacy skills to improve their quality of life.


Dress For Success 828-2983
520 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA 71104
United Way funds support four programs to approximately 400 low-income women: the Confident Suiting program, the Going Place Network, the Career Center, and the Professional Women’s Group – all aimed at building careers and becoming successful, productive citizens.


Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana 869-2575
800 West 70th Street, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106
United Way funds support two Goodwill programs: Job Placement Program and Youth Employment Services. Both programs are aimed at providing 1000 individuals throughout northwest Louisiana (800 adults and 200 youth) a unique opportunity to receive one-on-one job skill training, job placement, supportive and retention services, including those with disabilities and the disadvantaged.


Co-Habitat Foundation (LA Start Up Prize) 759-7997
500 Clyde Fant Parkway, Suite 200, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds support the Startup Prize and the Breaking Lean programs, both aimed at increasing successful entrepreneurship.


Inner City Entrepreneur Institute 425-4234
820 Jordan Street, Suite 315, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds support the annual Biz Camp which provides a two week program for youth ages 13-17, including business workshops, field trips, and motivational speakers, all aimed at teaching leadership and entrepreneur skills.


Junior Achievement 861-5998
3825 Gilbert Dr. Shreveport, LA 71104
United Way funds support teaching students critical financial literacy skills, work-readiness, strategic thinking, and entrepreneurship to better prepare them for future success.


Sadie Armes 635-1447
4466 Fairway Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
United Way funds support free tax preparation, financial education and referral services to 600 low-income, rural and urban individuals.





Caddo Bossier Cancer Foundation 834-9218
3300 Albert L. Bicknell Dr, Ste. 3, Shreveport, LA 71103
United Way funds support non-cash supplies to 300 cancer patients undergoing treatment, including fuel cards, bus passes, taxi vouchers, lodging assistance, meal cards, wigs, hat, dietary supplements and other personal care items.


Catholic Charities 865-0200
331 East 71st Street, Shreveport, LA 71106
United Way funds support a new initiative called Healthy Eating on a Budget, which provides 200 low-income individuals lessons to incorporate healthier eating into their daily lives on a budget to improve their health and quality of life.


Martin Luther King Health Center 227-2912
827 Margaret Street, #201, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds help support the medical clinic and pharmacy services for 120 individuals monthly, in an efficient “one stop shop” designed to improve patient outcomes for clients who have difficulty navigating multiple service systems.


Muscular Dystrophy Association 742-3632
900 Pierremont Road, Suite 115, Shreveport, LA 71106
United Way fund support medical equipment repairs to 50 muscular dystrophy patients in NWLA.


Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy 425-3553
909 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds assist 400 individuals, who are uninsured or underinsured, with chronic diseases, free prescriptions and a Healthy Living program to motivate clients to make healthier lifestyle changes to stabilize and improve their health.


Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission 227-2868
901 McNeil St, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds provides free medical services and dental services to over 750 low-income men, women and children annually.


St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry, Inc. 424-0156
PO Box 53074, Shreveport, LA 71135
United Way funds address chronic disease through access to preventive healthcare and healthy food to over 400 medically underserved vulnerable individuals annually via mobile vans.


Essential Services



American Red Cross 865-9545
805 Brook Hollow Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105
United Way supports disaster relief assistance, including food, clothing, shelter and health needs, to individuals and families facing the loss of their home and belongings following a small scale disaster – typically house fires.


Caddo Council on Aging 676-7900
1700 Buckner Street, Suite #240, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds assist with providing a hot, nutritious meal to seniors over the age of 60, living in Caddo Parish, Monday through Friday. These meals are vital to the health and well-being of seniors while helping them to remain independent in their homes.


Center for Families, Inc. 222-0759
864 Olive St., Shreveport, LA 71104
United Way funds assist in providing individuals and families with family development programs and family, group, and individual counseling. The Center serves the needs of disintegrated families and responds to those in distress.


Food Bank of Central Louisiana 445-2773
3223 Baldwin Avenue, Alexandria, LA 71301
United Way funds assists with providing nutritious meals and heavy snacks to 50 youth who attend the Natchitoches Boys & Girls Club who might not otherwise receive evening meals.


Gingerbread House 674-2900
1700 Buckner Square, Suite 101, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds help provide a Family Advocate/Forensic Interviewer and counseling services to children in northwest Louisiana who have experienced sexual and severe physical abuse that enables local law enforcement to investigate and prosecute the crimes.


Holy Angels 797-8500
10450 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA 71106
United Way funds support employment opportunities, including vocational training and integrated employment for individuals with disabilities allowing individuals the opportunity to reach their maximum level of achievement and live in a less restrictive environment.


Salvation Army 424-3200
200 East Stoner Avenue, Shreveport,, LA 71161
United Way funds support two Salvation Army programs: the Shreveport Boys & Girls Club and the Merkle Shelter. The Project Learn program, operated at the Shreveport Boys & Girls Club, is an after-school and summer educational program that provides 400 “at-risk” children and teens with the resources needed to achieve priority outcomes in academic success, healthy lifestyles, strong character and good citizenship. The Merkle Shelter provides a temporary home and safe haven for hundreds of homeless men, women and children in our community.


Samaritan Counseling Center 221-6121
1525 Stephen Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds assist in providing individual and group counseling to clergy, first responders, military and their family members, including conflict resolution, suicide prevention, PTSD, domestic violence, and reintegration into society.


Shreveport Bossier Cinco De Mayo (La Cima Bilingual Camps) 210-243-1717
PO Box 5042, Bossier City, LA 71171
United Way funds support a student bi-lingual leadership program that uses unique strategies to reach 100 low-income Latino middle and high school students who are high risk for dropping out of school if not provided proper guidance and mentorship.


Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling 227-0883
324 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds support a toll-free helpline, answered by skilled and trained specialists, every hour of every day for those who are in distress from substance abuse and/or considering suicide.


Natchitoches Council on Aging 357-3250
1016 Keyser Avenue, Natchitoches, LA 71457
United Way funds help to provide hot, nutritious meals to over 200 homebound elderly in Natchitoches Parish, Monday through Friday. These meals are vital to the health and well-being of seniors while helping them to remain independent in their homes.


Northwest Louisiana Food Bank 675-2400
2307 Texas Ave, Shreveport, LA 71103
United Way funds support the Backpack program, which provides 1500 disadvantaged kids a balanced, nutritious, kid-friendly bag of food to take home during weekends and holidays.


Philadelphia Center 222-6633
2020 Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport,, LA 71104
United Way funds will help to expand free HIV/AIDS services, including testing, counseling, referral and prevention, through a Mobile Unit to individuals living in underserved parishes of NWLA.


Project Celebration 426-0219
580 West Main Street, Many, LA 71449
United Way funds support domestic violence services, including safe housing, counseling, safety planning, legal and court advocacy, referral and prevention to protect individuals who have experienced domestic violence.


Providence House 221-7887
814 Cotton St, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds assist in providing a comprehensive housing and supportive services program to improve the family structure of homeless families with children, while moving them into independent living.


Renesting Project 747-5520
1303 Driftwood Drive, Bossier City, LA 71111
United Way funds supports a single, one stop resource to families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness by providing them free furniture and household items.


Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission 227-2868
901 McNeil Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds provide free medical and dental services to homeless and low-income individuals served at the Rescue Mission and through the Hub Ministries and the Pool of Siloam Medical Clinic.


United Christian Home 382-2539
PO Box 110, Minden, LA 71058
United Way funds provide emergency shelter, including lodging and food to 23 homeless individuals in Webster parish daily.


Volunteers for Youth Justice 425-4413
900 Jordan St, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds support two VYJ programs: Youth Conflict Resolution and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Youth Conflict Resolution offers 500 students in Caddo parish, which engage in a fight or are showing signs of a fight, a program that teaches the tools necessary to resolve conflicts and stay in school. CASA is a program that uses specially trained volunteers who serve as officers of the court and advocate on behalf of a child who has been placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect.


YWCA of Northwest Louisiana 550-4417
1513 Line Avenue, Suite 326, Shreveport, LA 71101
United Way funds supports financial empowerment and parenting classes to 300 parents of children in Caddo, Bossier and Desoto parishes.


United Way Sponsored Projects

Back to School Bash:
Annually, United Way teams up with Webster Parish School system to provide a one day event for students to visit with community agencies and receive multiple services including free school supplies, haircuts, sack lunches, and uniforms in preparation for the start of the school year.


Bank on Shreveport:
United Way and the City of Shreveport has partnered to provide a program, to the unbanked or underbanked, to break down the barriers of banking and help create an easier pathway for individuals to enter the financial mainstream and become financially stable. United Way will expand this program to all parishes in NWLA in 2016.


Community Resource Management:
United Way and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana have partnered to provide a web-based clearinghouse for information about nonprofit resources and volunteer opportunities in Northwest Louisiana.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library:
United Way collaborates with the Dolly Parton Foundation to provide a free early childhood literacy program, where children,
living in the 71103, 71106, 71109, 71111, 71064 zip codes and are birth to the age of five, receive an age appropriate book each month to improve reading levels and ensure children are ready to read upon entering kindergarten.


Emergency Food and Shelter Program:
Annually, United Way supports emergency assistance to nonprofit organizations that provides: food in the form of served meals, shelter for the homeless, and rental and utility assistance for those facing homelessness.


Fit For Life:
United Way collaborates with the Fit For Life to provide a free, annual fitness and health community event for children in Caddo and Bossier School systems.


Eyeglass Fund:
Annually, the United Way, the Community Foundation of North Louisiana and the Lions Club team up to provide financial assistance to children in Caddo and Bossier Parish schools who have been identified as needing an eyeglass exam and/or prescription glasses.


My Free Taxes:
Annually, the United Way provides free federal and state tax preparation and filing assistance for individuals earning $60,000 or less through H & R Block through an online website portal: www.myfreetaxes.com.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance:
Annually, the United Way works with the Internal Revenue Service and trained, certified volunteers to provide free tax preparation to taxpayers under $53,000 in strategic locations throughout the ten parishes of NWLA.


Other Agencies Supported Indirectly through Donor Designations and Program Support


Alliance for Education
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American United Cancer Foundation
Ark-La-Tex Crisis Pregnancy Center
Autism Society of Louisiana
Bossier Council on Aging
C. Wright Pink Ribbon Project
Caddo Career & Technology Center Fdn.
Casa Esperanza – House for Hope
Children’s Hospital Inc.
Children’s Miracle Network
Christus Schupert Foundation
Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort
Community Renewal International
Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
David Raises Community Health Center
Desoto Council on Aging
Eagle Creek Recovery Center
Easter Seals of Louisiana
Faith Lutheran Church Food Bank
Feist Weiller Cancer Center


First United Methodist Church Missions Girl Scouts of Louisiana
Hand in Paw
HAP House
Harrison County United Way
HOPE for the Homeless
HUB Urban Ministries
Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana
Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Lifeshare Blood Centers
Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College
Louisiana Association for the Blind
Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home
Louisiana Family Forum
Louisiana Purchase
LSU Health Sciences Foundation
March of Dimes
Med Camp of Louisiana
Mercy Center
New Horizon’s
Northwest Louisiana Lions Bank
Oakwood Home for Women


Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
Pool of Siloam Medical Ministry
Rutherford House
School of Greatness
Showers of Blessing Family Outreach Ctr.
Shreve Island Special Needs Playground
Shreveport Opera
Shriner’s Hospital
Sickle Cell Disease Assoc. of America
Special Olympics, NWLA
St. Jude’s
Summer Grove Baptist Church
Susan G. Komen, NWLA Chapter
Swamp Dawg Youth Organization
Think First of the Ark-La-Tex
United Way of Central Louisiana
United Way of Columbia County
United Way of Northeast Louisiana
Webster Council on Aging
Wounded Warrior Project
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary
YMCA of Northwest Louisiana