United Way Touts Successes, $1.6M In Net, New Contribution Revenue

NEW ORLEANS – The United Way has $1.6 million in net, new contribution revenue, Michael L. Williamson, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Southeast Louisiana, said.

         Among other local United Way news, Williamson said agency grants will increase 16.75% in 2015-16, the announcement of their next Million Dollar Donor will take place this year and they will have a new focus on poverty and finding solutions for economic opportunity.

         He said they will also launch a new early grade reading program and initiative, and introduced United Way Club Connect in New Orleans earlier this year.

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         Williamson said a merger is currently underway with HandsOn New Orleans to create the United Way HandsOn Volunteer Center and there has been a $239,000 volunteer labor economic impact with 3,576 hours logged in at schools, neighborhood community gardens and for rebuilding homes.

         He also said public policy and advocacy saw major successes in the areas of domestic violence, education and income during this legislative session.

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