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
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
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
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.