Celebrating 60 Years of Helping People and Improving Our Community
- United Givers Fund of Ouachita Parish was officially incorporated.
- Walter W. Kellogg was elected the first president and the organization was first headquartered in the Virginia Hotel.
- Walter W. Kellogg also served as general chairman for the first campaign and Lee Vanderpool chaired the first Quota and Admission Committee.
- The initial campaign raised a total of $207,000 and was allotted to 11 agencies:
American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Colored Community Welfare, Girl Scouts of America, Louisiana Mental Health Association, Monroe Area Guidance Center, Association for Retarded Children, Salvation Army and Red Shield Club, YMCA, YWCA and Carolyn Rose Strauss Rehabilitation Center.
- The second annual fund drive begins with the following divisions: Advance Gifts; Monroe Business Division; West Monroe Business Division; Professional Group; Industrial and Commercial Division; Campaign goal is set at $208,000.
- City buses are painted white and decorated with huge lettering and a comic character (Jiminy Cricket) to keep the United Givers them- “Give Once and For All” before the public eye.
- Meeting is held to discuss the organization of a Community Welfare Planning Committee in Monroe. Some of the activities would be to survey the community, report the needs, and prevent duplications by various organizations.
- Campaign goal for the fall drive is set at $260,673. Over 900 volunteers will help in the fund drive. Funds will be used for the 13 health, welfare, and character building agencies which are American Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Carolyn Rose Strauss Rehabilitation Center, Colored Community Welfare, Girl Scouts, Monroe Area Guidance Center, Northeast Branch of the Louisiana Association for Mental Health, Ouachita Association for Retarded Children, Salvation Army, USO, West Monroe Boys’ Club, Young Men’s Christian Association, and Young Women’s Christian Association.
- Three Phases of United Givers Fund discussed at meeting of the UGF Public Relations Committee: They are 1) Better Knowledge of the 13 members agencies of the UGF and the services they render to the public 2) “Fair Share Giving Guide” which has been developed over the past years and represents a fair and equitable basis for contributing. 3) Knowledge the UGF was established to eliminate the necessity of 13 individual campaigns and combine the entire community voluntary health, welfare, and recreation needs into one drive.
- Thirty Monroe civic leaders of the Advance Gift Group pledge to call on 1190 business firms in one-week time period.
- Pre-campaign publicity stresses that the United Givers Fund is “not just a money raising drive” but operates year-round for the benefit of all. Campaign goal is set at $292,000.
- The Fall Campaign kicks off with 800 participants in a parade thru the Twin Cities. Participants included marching units from all the local high schools and universities as well as floats of each United Givers agency. Among the participants is Miss Dogpatch USA.
- Former United Givers Fund Presidents and Campaign Chairmen who have served during the past 16 years are invited to special luncheon to hear objectives of the Fall Campaign. Campaign total is set at $457,964.
- 16 Loaned Executives are named for the Fall Campaign.
- The 1972 Chairman cited that the United Givers Fund is unique in that local citizens determine local needs. The campaign consists of five divisions – Retail Division; Commercial Division; Pacemaker Division; Government and Municipal Agency Division; and Professional Division.
- During the business meeting at the Annual Awards Banquet, the United Givers Fund name was changed to United Way of Ouachita, Inc., “to capitalize on national promotion under the billing of United Way”.
- 219 completed questionnaires of 912 telephone calls made show that 60% of those surveyed indicate United Way is successful in combining many appeals into an annual fund-raising campaign. Also, 60% show that United Way services are relevant to current social problems. The survey revealed that the biggest reason people give to United Way is they believe it is worth supporting. However, many people did not realize which agencies get local United Way money.
- Board of Directors meetings are held quarterly; Executive Committee meets monthly.
- Current agencies include American Red Cross; Boy Scouts of America; Carolyn Rose Strauss Rehabilitation Center; Co-Op Day Care Center; Girl Scouts of U.S.A.; Louisiana Sheriff’s Boys Club; Mainline; Monroe Regional Mental Health Center; Ouachita Council on Aging; Ouachita Humane Society; Ouachita Pastoral Counseling Organization; Ouachita Parish Association for Retarded Citizens; Salvation Army; Tri-District Boys’ Club; Twin City Athletic Association; Twin City Community Welfare; U.S.O.; West Monroe Boys’ Club; Y.M.C.A; Y.W.C.A.
- Board approves By-Laws to change number of members on the Board of Directors from sixty (60) members to thirty (30) members. This will evolve over a three-year period.
- Donor Option introduced to Board members. This deals with the designation issue, that a donor may contribute through the United Way to an agency outside of the United Way organization and an administrative fee would be charged the receiving agency.
- Idea of a Presidents Council introduced which would consist of the United Way president and the presidents from each agency to meet, preferably, quarterly.
- New concepts in campaign strategies include letters to be written to “wealthy” individuals requesting donations to United Way outside of the regular campaign; also, using key professional people to solicit their own profession.
- Board approves NLU Interns to work at United Way for the purpose of: developing a needs assessment in the community; evaluating the 20 agencies as to their efficiency in meeting the most pressing needs in the parish and developing better program planning; and developing and enhancing the citizens’ review process and admissions process.
- Top Ten Award introduced as new award at the 1984 Awards Banquet. This award recognized the ten top contributors to the annual campaign.
- Results of questionnaires mailed out in community show that 1) people wish to have more money spent on the elderly, and 2) people wish to have child welfare benefits increased.
- Campaign total tops $1million mark of $1,036,660 in pledge donations and was the second highest United Way in the nation in terms of percentage increase over the previous year (29%)
- United Way of Ouachita develops new Community Service Directory which will provide information on a wide-range of subjects including health and human services, civic organizations, community planning and development services, support groups, senior citizens services, youth services and organizations, and volunteerism. More than 175 service agencies and organizations are listed and a special feature is the listing of National Hotlines and Helplines.
- Volunteer Center merges with United Way to centralize volunteer recruitment and placement. The purpose of the Volunteer Center is to recruit, place, train, and recognize volunteers in the area.
- United Way of Ouachita Parish hosts the United Way of America Centennial Celebration on the NLU Campus in conjunction with the United Way Corporate Cup Relay and Wendy’s One-Mile Fun Run co-sponsored by Central Bank and Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers.
- Board of Directors votes to change the name of United Way of Ouachita to United Way of Northeast Louisiana due to the fact that United Way services people in a 14-parish area. At the time of the name change, over 5000 actual recorded services were being provided to residents living outside Ouachita Parish.
- Board approves the establishment of a First Call for Help 24-hour information and referral system which will provide answers to questions and concerns in areas of drug and alcohol abuse, financial aid, legal services, medical care, housing, transportation, and more.
- Board adopts mission statement “to identify and satisfy human service needs in our community’.
- Steamboat Club is established with membership made up of community leaders who are a moving force in the growth and development of the area and who wish to demonstrate their commitment by contributing $1,000 or more to the annual United Way campaign, in support of local human services. By the end of the campaign, a total of 29 members had pledged $1,000 with one pledging $5,000.
- United Way of NELA and the Junior League of Monroe sponsor a national acclaimed training program for non-profit boards known as BoardWALK.
- United Way of NELA and KARD-TV join forces to form a Literacy Council which has established a program to teach adults to read known as Project READ- A second Chance.
- United Way, Ouachita Parish Police Jury, the City of Monroe, The City of West Monroe, Gannett Foundation, and Junior League of Monroe provide joint funding for a first-ever comprehensive community wide Needs Assessment.
- Monroe selected J.C. Penney Golden Rule City with the United Way Volunteer Center coordinating the local program.
- United Way at Work program begins. This program incorporates a broad based employee committee which is involved in selecting projects or programming in three key areas: employee volunteer involvement, information and referral and agency programs, and services in the work place.
- Focus groups are selected from employees of various companies to discuss what their current perception and understanding of United Way is, what kind of information is needed to help give to United Way, and to learn what motivates people to give.
- Steamboat Club members begin receiving a silver engraved cup and are recognized at special party.
- UWNELA wins Second Century Initiative Award for photograph and for the poster series.
- Year-round awareness campaign begins to promote Project READ- A Second Chance, First Call for Help, and United Way Volunteer Center. Literature distributed to companies for enclosing in their billings, payroll, etc.
- As a result of the flood of 1991, United Way develops a disaster relief services poster and brochure to provide a comprehensive list of providers of disaster related services. Over 750 of the brochures were distributed at Red Cross Service Centers and 2000 posters were mailed to area employers.
- Campaign fundraising tops $2 million dollars.
- Results of donor survey show that the No. 1 reason people donate to United Way is “to help people”.
- United Way volunteers make 5000 V’s for distribution during National Volunteer Week.
- United Way of NELA Board gives approval for United Way staff support, clerical support, and facilitation to take advantage of a $3.8 billion program offered by the Federal Government to create Empowerment Zones for impoverished areas.
- First Day of Caring held as Campaign Kick-Off
- United Way of Northeast Louisiana is featured as one of seven local United Way’s in United Way of America’s article United Ways’ Community Capacity Building Stories.
- Board approves United Way of NELA’s application fee to join the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. United Way of Northeast Louisiana has three members of the Tocqueville Society joining at the $10,000 level.
- Monroe, LA receives a Federal Enterprise Community grant.
- United Way Volunteer Center organizes a new volunteer program for teens ages 14-16 called VolunTEENS. During the months of June and July, teens can participate in volunteer projects that involve the elderly, environment, disabled youth, and the homeless.
- New Campaign standard set at 60% participation, 60% one-hour’s pay.
- Board President becomes Chair of the Board. Other Board offers referred to as Chairs. Executive Director title changed to President.
- Campaign Fundraising tops $3 Million.
- United Way of NELA invited to be a participant for the United Way of America Brand Identity Initiative Team.
- United Way of NELA receives CFC national Award due to a 181% increase-highest increase of any CFC campaign in the country.
- First Community Care Day held.
- Board approved signing of Purchase agreement for building at 1201 Hudson Lane.
- United Way of NELA signs contract to participate in a target city on-site analysis by United Way of America on Planned Giving.
- Major Gifts/Planned Giving Program, the Legacy Foundation, established at United Way of Northeast Louisiana
- United Way of NELA selected as United Way of America pilot city in Community Assessment Planning and Visioning.
- 60% Participation/60% one-hours pay campaign giving changed to 60% standard
- Move to new building. Purchase of building made possible thru gifts of seven families and organizations.
- Jean and Saul Mintz named as recipients of first Alexis de Tocqueville Society award.
- Legacy Foundation added as a Division of United Way of NELA.
- Board is introduced to new concept by United Way of America of United Ways changing from fundraising organizations to organizations that look at community social issues and then raise funds to address them.
- Executive Committee gives approval for United Way to move forward with plans for expansion into Lincoln Parish.
- Recommendation made to establish a Community Investment Committee which would determine funding in each of the goal or issues areas.
- Board approves new Community Investment Plan which will focus on donor priorities and measureable impact as the basis for investing United Way Resources in the Community. United Way will begin:
- 1) Funding Program of agencies rather than the agency itself
- 2) Measuring outcomes by reporting on the change in people’s lives rather than the number of people served
- Announcement made of first $100,000 individual gift through the Annual Campaign.
- Campaign history made as final campaign results show that $4,006,059 has been pledged for 2002.
- By-laws change made which will allow for a representative from the Agency Council of Executives to server on the United Way Board of Directors.
- New leadership level of giving ($500) announced that will target donors 40 years of age and under.
- Board gives approval for United Way of Northeast Louisiana to enter into agreement with the Louisiana Association of Information & Referrals Systems to provide 2-1-1 services for the 12-parish area in Northeast Louisiana with First Call for Help being the provider.
- Announcement made of new campaign awards for the fall campaign. These include Cypress Award, Circle of Honor Award, Campaign Leaders Award and the Spirit of Community Awards.
- Board attends training sessions on the culture shift of United Way from a fundraising organization to becoming a community impact organization.
- As part of the plans for Childcare Counts!, a new targeted community initiative, a contract is signed with Enterprise Corporation of the Delta for the purpose of providing loans for childcare centers who wish to improve their programs and facilities. Funds made possible through a $50,000 grant from Chase Foundation.
- Board accepts and approves recommendations from Task Force Committee to change United Way’s Community Investment and accounting reporting from a calendar year (January 1- December 31) to a fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
- Board gives approval for UWNELA to collaborate with New Light Empowerment Corporation and Northern Central Interfaith Foundation for a neighborhood revitalization project for a high risk area on the south side of Monroe. Also, approval was given for $50,000 of UWNELA funds to be used for summer programs for children at Jefferson Upper Elementary—the elementary school in this neighborhood.
- United Way 2-1-1 is formally introduced to the community as an easy way to be connected to community services with one simple phone call.
- Announcement made that UWNELA has been certified for the Standards of Excellence by LANO, the Louisiana Association for Nonprofit Organizations, with only one other United Way in the state having reached the certification status.
- UWNELA wins “Celebrate the Family Outstanding Family Corporate Award” sponsored by The Wellspring.
- Out of 38 applications submitted, UWNELA was one of only six United Ways selected to receive a grant to participate in United Way of America’s Impact Transformation Partnership Program. The $25,000 grant is being underwritten by the SBC Company but is valued at $57,000.
- As a result of Hurricane Katrina, United Way 2-1-1 became a major call center for the 12-parish area around New Orleans in addition to Northeast Louisiana. Also, all cell phone calls throughout the entire state were received here. Phone lines were installed by CenturyTel and computers by Chase to accommodate up to 56 call center specialists all working at the same time. These consisted of local volunteers as well as professional call center volunteers who came from throughout the entire United States. The call center was run 24 hours/day, 7days/week resulting in 111.413 calls in September and October. The highest call volume was reached when Hurricane Rita hit in September with 7,358 calls answered in a single day.
- United Way of Northeast Louisiana celebrates 50 years of outstanding service to the people of Northeast Louisiana.
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