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We are no stranger to crisis in Southwest Louisiana and we will certainly prevail over COVID-19’s community effects. The way that we overcome this health crisis, however, is unique in that we can’t attack it with the traditional pull up your bootstraps, roll up your sleeves strength that we are used to exercising.
This time there is no need to clear roadways of debris, empty water damaged homes or gather the masses for a Day of Caring. In fact, such activity could be detrimental to us all.
However, we are not helpless in this crisis. Giving is one way we can all make a meaningful contribution during this time.
United Way of Southwest Louisiana has specifically committed to assisting the 47 percent of our community that are Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. Many of these “working poor” individuals have been hit hardest by layoffs, closures and stay-at-home orders. While these are necessary, short-term decisions, they will likely lead to long-term consequences for our ALICE residents who were already teetering financially before this crisis.
As information on the virus evolves, seemingly, every hour, one thing that will not change is our commitment to individuals who we, under normal circumstances, interact with daily—waiters, day care workers, bartenders and other hourly wage earners. For 80 years, United Way of Southwest Louisiana, has had a pulse on the community during its most cheerful celebrations and its most dreadful disasters.
Today is no different.
As a partner in this work, we know that you care as much as we do about how this pandemic is affecting our friends and neighbors. We must not let unusual circumstances prevent us from working together for the betterment of Southwest Louisiana. We must continue the fight for ALICE’s improvement while remaining committed to the health and safety of all involved.
There is really only one way to do both.
Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today that will immediately support vulnerable ALICE residents during this COVID-19 pandemic—