United Way of Southwest Louisiana announces $2.99 million for Grant Awards

July 7, 2016, by admin

Media Contact: Taylor Trahan
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Louisiana
P: 337-433-1088 ext. 226
E: ttrahan@unitedwayswla.org

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United Way of Southwest Louisiana will allocate $2.99 million in total awards for numerous local agencies and community initiatives for the upcoming funding cycle.

Volunteers have completed the annual review process of evaluation proposals submitted by local agencies seeking funding from United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Upon completion, the Community Invest Councils submitted their recommendation to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana board of directors for final consideration.

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana board of directors is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Grant Award recipients: Abraham’s Tent, ASSIST Agency, Beauregard ARC, Beauregard Community Concerns, Beauregard Council on Aging, BeauCARE, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwest Louisiana, Boys Village, Boy Scouts of America– Louisiana Purchase Council, Boy Scouts of America – Calcasieu Area Council, Calcasieu Community Clinic, Calcasieu Council on Aging, Children’s Museum of Lake Charles, Family & Youth Counseling Agency, Girlie Girls Mentoring Program, Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf, Jeff Davis Council on Aging, Jeff Davis Communities Against Domestic Abuse, Junior Achievement of Southwest Louisiana, Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Merryville Community Health Center, Oasis A Safe Haven, Project Build a Future, St. Nicholas Center for Children, Salvation Army, Second Harvest Food Bank and Southwest Louisiana Law Center.

"This competitive grant process truly ensures that our donors’ dollars are making the most positive impact possible,” said Denise Durel, United Way of Southwest Louisiana President and CEO. "Together, we are setting substantial goals and working to meet our communities’ most pressing needs.”

New to this year’s funded programs list are: Boy Scouts of America – Calcasieu Area Council and Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf’s Traditional Scouting programs for children at a socioeconomic disadvantage; Girlie Girls Mentoring Program which builds academic and social excellence in young ladies ages 12-18 through empowering mentorship; The Southwest Louisiana Law Center’s Expungement Program which provides individuals with the opportunity to expunge a conviction or arrest from there record in hopes of obtaining better or higher paying employment; The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana’s Ready to Work program that targets students ages 16 to 21 to help them prepare for a career; and St. Nicholas Center for Children’s Back to B.A.S.I.C.s Program which provides executive functioning and self-management skills in a group setting for middle school aged students diagnosed with autism and ADHD for a smooth transition into a high school setting.

In addition, United Way of Southwest Louisiana is focused on several Community Impact Initiatives. This year they include: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) – A program that provides free tax preparation by IRS certified volunteers for moderate to low income families and individuals; Disaster Preparedness – United Way of Southwest Louisiana is a member of the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and participates in year round meetings in preparation for a variety of disasters; United Against Child Hunger – A program that provides Weekend Food Packs for children as part of the Summer Feeding Program; Dolly Parton Imagination Library – A resource that provides children ages 0-5 with age appropriate books each month to encourage and foster a love of reading; The Shoe Box Project – An annual drive and donation that provides needed school supplies to struggling families as their children head back to school.

Durel added "United Way of Southwest Louisiana is actively seeking and developing collaborations that will provide the necessary support to help strengthen our community. We are very proud of our partnerships and work and we are looking forward to another year of changing lives.”

For over 75 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has been committed to building strong, successful families and strengthening our community. When you join the United Way team, you're supporting a powerful movement to impact the region's most pressing health and human service needs. For more information on United Way of Southwest Louisiana and the agencies it funds, visit http://unitedwayswla.org/partnerwithus or call 337-433-1088.

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