If You Need Help:
You can dial 2-1-1 to find out what the current resources are. This is the largest database available.
How You Can Help Others
Many families have suffered the loss of income while the coronavirus (COVID-19) has shut down many places of business. Older adults and those with weaker immune systems can't risk going out.
You can help provide food and supplies by donating online, using the "DONATE" button in the upper right corner of this screen; type "VIRUS" in the Notes field so we'll know how you want your gift used. Or you can mail a check to the United Way office at 1101 Fourth Street, Suite 202, Alexandria LA 71301; write "VIRUS" in the Memo field of the check. The funds will be distributed to partner agencies and to partner congregations who work directly with the families, in many cases delivering food and supplies that families need to get through this time.
How We're Responding With Your Help
Your United Way of Central Louisiana has recruited dozens of agencies and congregations across ten parishes to identify families in need of food and cleaning supplies due to lost jobs or the inability to leave home. We've so far provided over $128,000 in grants to these partners, who in turn purchase the needed food and supplies and deliver them to the homes in question. We've also worked in tandem with the United Way 211 system to help identify where the needs are, and we've referred hundreds of families to needed resources.
Background Information: The Role of United Way in Disaster Response
Disaster response involves three phases:
- first response: get people to immediate safety
- cleanup: remove debris, clean homes of mud, place tarps on damaged roofs, etc.
- long-term recovery: get people back on their feet
Our tax dollars largely take care of the first phase through police, fire departments, and other government responders, though volunteers like the Cajun Navy often pitch in too. Neighbors and nonprofit partners help with the second phase; organizations such as the United Methodist UMCOR, Southern Baptist disaster response teams, and others appear quickly and help enormously. United Way 211 provides a way that families can call right away for assistance and report damage, even if they need no direct assistance. This gives our community a better idea of the extent of the damage and what is needed, and it helps our parish government with reimbursement from federal disaster sources.
During disaster response, our United Way typically serves as a convener of nonprofits, government agencies, and congregations to help with the third phase of long-term recovery. Once insurance has come and gone, whether private or governmental, many families are left with unmet needs and need a helping hand to get back on their feet. That’s where your donations make a world of difference.
We will continue this work until our help is no longer needed. Thanks for your contribution! We pledge to make it stretch to help as many as possible.
You can follow our ongoing work on our Facebook page or on our website: www.uwcl.org. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on any aspect of our work. Thank you again for your generosity and concern!