United Way of Northwest Louisiana awards $76K in grants

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United Way of Northwest Louisiana gave away more than $76,000 in grant funding to nonprofits throughout the Webster, Bienville and Claiborne area.

Recipients this year included the Boys and Girls Clubs of Timber Ridge ($4,000), Career Compass of Louisiana ($2,742), Claiborne Voluntary Council on Aging Inc., ($5,000), the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team ($3,500), Joe LeBlanc Food Pantry ($7,500), Project Reclaim ($18,000), Susan G. Coleman Breast Cancer Foundation ($2,500), United Christian Home ($5,000), Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana ($18,000) and Webster Parish Council on Aging ($10,000).

Lynn Stevens, United Way’s chief operations officer, said this year United Way will invest up to $1.1 million into the community. Over the course of three days, United Way has given away funds to 77 area nonprofits. More than 800 companies, businesses and organizations and more than 15,000 individual donors contributed to the United Way’s Workplace Campaign.

“The funds raised each year help children, families, elderly, the homeless, the sick, the abused and the neglected in the 10-parish area,” she said. “Those in need are helped through various programs that help, which include the areas of tutoring, mentoring, health screenings, literacy, housing, food assistance, after school programs and so many more.”


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