Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

United Way plans Minden office

Campaign kickoff is Wednesday in Shreveport

United Way, Northwest Louisiana has a reputation of giving to non-profit agencies in communities that care and Webster Parish is no exception.

In fact, in the near future, the national organization that bases regionally out of Shreveport, is planning to open an office in Minden.

"Minden is an extremely caring community to its citizens," said Dr. Bruce Willson, Jr., CFRE, United Way President and CEO in northwest Louisiana. "Our organization wants to support what's local, so we plan to form a committee for a tri-parish area – Webster, Claiborne and Bienville."

That committee, he said, will determine where funds go and how much will go to each agency.

"We want to make sure the money goes to nonprofit agencies that meet needs that change people's lives," he said.

Willson said citizens and business owners in Minden and Webster, Claiborne and Bienville parishes can learn a lot if they will attend a Campaign Kickoff Celebration Wednesday, August 29 at Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

"We will be announcing our Pacesetter totals and showing our campaign video," Willson said. "We will also have clients speak from our Lighthouse Program."

Willson would like to see attendees leave with a good feeling about where the money goes and how United Way determines which programs it will support.

"We mobilize the community for social change and are committed to addressing current problems and reducing future needs," he said. "We work to invest community resources in programs of Partner Agencies and impact initiatives that generate results in education, income, health and basic needs. "

It takes more than money, he pointed out.

"United Way of Northwest Louisiana knows that real and sustained change in community conditions requires more than money," Willson said. "Our goal is to create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Our common focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting strong families and crisis resolution."

Webster Parish programs already supported by United Way include the following:

American Red Cross

Asset Building Coalition of Louisiana

Center for Families

Centerpoint 211

Consortium for Education, Research & Technology

Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

David Raines Community Health Centers

Education's Next Horizon

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

Gingerbread House

Girl Scouts – Pines to the Gulf

Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana

Literacy Partnership of Northwest Louisiana

Legal Services of North Louisiana

Martin Luther King Health Center

Mentoring Partnership of Northwest Louisiana

Minority Supplier Institute

Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy

Norwela Council – Boy Scouts

Philadelphia Center

Project Celebration

Salvation Army

Southern Community Development Corp.

Training, Education & Mediation for Students (TEAMS)

Volunteer Center of Northwest Louisiana

Volunteers of America

Webster Council on Aging

YMCA of Northwest Louisiana.

 

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