United Way of Southwest Louisiana announces grant awards to help local ALICE families
June 16, 2016, by admin
Media Contact: Taylor Trahan
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Louisiana
P: 337-433-1088 ext. 226
CALCASIEU PARISH, La. - United Way of Southwest Louisiana will allocate $25,000 each to both the Calcasieu Area Council Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. These funds will help provide opportunities for youth whose families fall under the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Threshold to participate in the traditional scouting program.
Executive Directors with both organizations met with United Way of Southwest Louisiana President & CEO, Denise Durel, on Friday morning. Pictured from left to right are: Mike Beer, Scout Executive, CEO, Boy Scouts Calcasieu Area Council; Shawn Chamblee, District Director, Boy Scouts Calcasieu Area Council; Sharon Bourgeois, Development Director, Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf; and Denise Durel, President & CEO, United Way of Southwest Louisiana.
The funding of these two programs marks the first use of data presented in the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana being used in the local funding decision.
According to the ground breaking report, released January of 2016, 40 percent of Southwest Louisiana families are struggling to provide basic needs for their families despite being employed.
Upon the report’s release, United Way President and CEO, Denise Durel said "One of the first things we’re going to do is work with our partners to create solutions for ALICE.”
Both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts have a mission that aims to build character and promote confident, contributing young people who act ethically to make the world a better place.
By funding programs that strengthen leadership skills and self-awareness, United Way of Southwest Louisiana aims to move the needle, making educational success and high school graduation a reality for our community’s youth.
"When we Live United, we don’t just change lives – we change what is possible,” said Durel.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana hopes this to be the first of many steps in extending services that specifically assist ALICE families.
To learn more about the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, visit www.unitedwayswla.org/alice.