F.R.E.E Hidden Treasure Recipient

Over $1.1M reinvested into health, education, financial stability and essential needs

Shreveport – Through hard work, faithful donors and passionate volunteers, United Way of Northwest Louisiana will reinvest more than $1.1 million in local communities. The competitive process awarded grants to programs at 47 nonprofit agencies (some agencies were awarded multiple program grants). All agencies are located within United Way NWLA’s ten parish coverage area.

At an announcement today, company and nonprofit representatives saw their contributions at work. Fifty-eight programs were funded through the grant allocation process for programs in the areas of education, financial stability, health and essential needs. In 2017, more than 800 companies and organizations plus more than 15,000 individual donors participated in United Way’sWorkplace Campaign. Through the community’s donations, more than $1.1 million will be reinvested into our communities. This investment is expected to reach more than 100,000 residents living in northwest Louisiana.

The funds raised each year help children, families, elderly, the homeless, the sick, the abused and the neglected. Those in need are helped through various programs including financial counseling, free children’s books, tutoring, mentoring, health screenings, literacy, housing, food assistance, after school programs, and so much more.

One of the newest programs to be funded is United Way’s 2-1-1 help line. The easy-to-remember phone number links people in need to relevant community resources. The confidential line is available 24/7 and connects callers to a live operator. The most common referrals tracked in northwest Louisiana have been for utility, rental and food assistance.

United Way NWLA also presented an outstanding nonprofit with their “Hidden Treasure Award.”Each year the award is given to a nonprofit making an impact that the general public may not be aware of. The 2018 award was received by Family Resources for Education and Empowerment, Inc. also known as F.R.E.E. The nonprofits most popular program is known as School of Greatness where they aim to reach at-risk youth before their high school graduation. The 2017 award was given to Training, Education, and Mediation for Students, otherwise known as T.E.A.M.S.

The following list makes up the 47 nonprofit agencies to receive a United Way NWLA grant for the 2018-2019 grant cycle:

American Red Cross of North Louisiana
Bossier Arts Council
Caddo Council on Aging, Inc.
Campti Community Development Center
Career Compass of Louisiana
Catholic Charities of North Louisiana
Christian Service Program Institute
City of Natchitoches – Community Programs
Claiborne Voluntary Council On The Aging, Inc.
D.A.R.T. (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team)
Desoto Council on Aging, Inc.
DeSoto Habilitation Services
Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc.,
dba Evergreen Life Services
Family Resources For Education and Empowerment
Gingerbread House Bossier/Caddo
Children’s Advocacy Center
Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf
Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, Inc.
Heart of Hope Ministries, Inc.
HOPE Connections, Inc.
Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry, INC.
Junior Achievement of North Louisiana, Inc.
Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH)
Martin Luther King Health Center & Pharmacy
Natchitoches Parish Council on Aging, Inc.
Northwest Louisiana Food Bank
Norwela Council, Boy Scouts of America
Plant A Seed In Our Youth Foundation Inc.
Project Reclaim of Minden, Inc.
Providence House
Renesting Project, Inc.
Sabine Council on Aging, Inc.
Shreveport Bossier Rescue Mission
St. Luke’s Episcopal Mobile Medical
Ministry, Inc.
The Arc Caddo-Bossier
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana
The LSU in Shreveport Foundation, Inc.
The Philadelphia Center
The Salvation Army Shreveport Corps
The Shreveport Bar Foundation
Training, Education and Mediation for
Students (T.E.A.M.S.)
United Christian Home, Inc.
United Way of Northwest Louisiana
Volunteers for Youth Justice
Volunteers of America of North Louisiana
Women’s Resource Center
Youth Enrichment Program (YEP)

Group photo of grant recipients



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