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7/17/2014 9:44:02 AM

Before students can even begin to think about reading, writing and arithmetic, they need the proper supplies. Pencils, paper and pens ... all of those things help children have a successful learning experience.

By helping "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies during the first week in August, you're providing local students with the necessary tools required for a successful learning experience, putting them in a better position for achievement. When they have the supplies they need, they can focus on learning.


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7/7/2014 8:50:28 AM

In a pep talk, Kid President told his fellow students, "It's time to get our learn on, and we've got a lot to learn, too."

Literacy skills play such an important role in learning. They lead to academic excellence, improved speech skills, better communication skills, more logical thinking skills, and enhanced concentration and discipline - all of which increase a child's chances of graduating on time.

That's why we're providing extra reading practice to children who need it through United Way Readers.

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6/26/2014 8:40:18 AM

There was a ton of ACTION across Acadiana on June 20.

On that one day, nearly 600 people came together to make our communities better. Stronger. Educated. More prosperous.


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6/2/2014 8:09:03 AM

The final plans are under way for Day of Action! But if you can't join us on June 20, there are still a few ways you can get involved ...


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5/19/2014 8:52:11 AM

We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves - something that helps our friends and neighbors. And on June 20, you have that opportunity.


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5/5/2014 3:08:54 PM
Since it's Teacher Appreciation Week, we thought we'd take a moment to say "thank you" to our Early Head Start teachers. These teachers give their all to make sure children from birth to age 3 have a head start in life, and we appreciate all they do!

4/15/2014 8:22:44 AM

For children across Acadiana, there are so many stories to be told. That's why members of United Way of Acadiana's Women's Leadership Council are off to the races for childhood literacy!

We want to see children win the race and graduate on time. And to do that, we invest our donations to increase early learning opportunities, such as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, and other important issues affecting the quality of family life.

Our annual Luncheon for a Cause is just one event that supports those opportunities.


4/1/2014 9:12:29 AM

For many students, summer breaks are all about taking vacations, playing outside and (sometimes) goofing off.

But the summer break doesn't have to mean they stop learning. It's a great time to practice their literacy skills and get them ready for the next grade.

To help do that, United Way of Acadiana will be distributing books to local students in the coming weeks to help encourage them to read while they're out of school.


3/17/2014 9:12:37 AM

Tax season can be a stressful time - filing paper work, checking boxes, and adding up line items. But everyone knows that the stress is worth it in the end when you receive your refund.

But did you know that you could take part of your refund and reinvest it back into your community?


2/28/2014 11:45:07 AM

When Pilar Morris taught us how to synergize at our recent Annual Awards Breakfast (which you can see here), we saw first-hand the impact The Leader in Me program is making in our local schools.

And that same week, educators gathered to sharpen the saw at The Leader in Me Symposium.


2/18/2014 8:51:23 AM

The best part about sinking into a good book is the imagination it sparks.

As you turn the pages, you become whatever you want to be, set out on fascinating adventures or travel to faraway lands. What better way to foster creativity than getting lost in a good book?!

And that's especially true for children.



2/3/2014 9:28:05 AM

Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind

That's exactly what people in our area with an interest in education will be doing when FranklinCovey's The Leader in Me Symposium Series makes a stop in Lafayette on February 20-21, in partnership with United Way of Acadiana.



1/15/2014 9:58:26 AM

The start of a new year is a great time to put things in order.

Many of us made resolutions to organize our homes. Others resolved to clear the clutter. And even more of us are tightening our financial belts after purchasing all those holiday gifts.

One way to get on the right economic track is to see if you qualify to have your taxes prepared for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at one of the designated sites.


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1/3/2014 8:15:19 AM

Soon, many students in our area are returning to school after winter break.

It marks the beginning of the second half of their academic year - and it's an opportunity for struggling students to make strides toward finishing the school year successfully.

You can help make sure that happens by becoming a United Way Reader.


12/16/2013 8:52:54 AM

$36 doesn't always buy much these days.

Dinner for the family at a fast-food restaurant. A new school uniform. Maybe a tank of gas.

And this holiday season, we want our dollar to stretch a little further.



12/2/2013 10:34:06 AM

As much as we love giving gifts during the holiday season, it's also important to give back.

And there's no better way to give back than spending time volunteering. Just a few minutes of your time can have a truly lasting impact on someone's life.


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11/11/2013 11:23:57 AM

A BIG THANKS goes out to the United Way of Acadiana volunteers and supporters for going the extra mile to help create an educated, prosperous and safe Acadiana where all individuals and families achieve their potential.


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11/1/2013 8:26:43 AM

The end of 2013 will be here before you know it.

In fact, it's already time to start thinking about holiday gifts.

This year, why not give the youngest members of your gift list something that lasts much longer than the batteries needed to power this year's hot toy?



10/21/2013 11:14:37 AM

As many of us know, simply having a bank account can create a wealth of opportunities to gain financial independence - including paying down debt, building savings and becoming a homeowner.

Unfortunately, many in our community don't have those opportunities, because roughly 30% - about 47,000 households - are either unbanked or under-banked. By working together, we can reduce this number and create community-wide opportunities to build assets.


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10/15/2013 2:21:42 PM
Note from UWA: This is a guest blog by Pastor John Newman with New Hope Lafayette

Not too long ago, club soccer was a very big part of our family's life. Picking up kids from practice, traveling to tournaments, and occasionally pointing out overlooked fouls to the referees. We did all the usual things that soccer families do.

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10/1/2013 9:37:50 AM

A little over a year ago, we opened two Early Head Start Learning Centers. Now, we celebrate all these centers do during National Head Start Awareness Month.

So why is United Way of Acadiana opening early head start centers?

The answer is simple. We want to see more children in our service area graduate on time. And what better way to assist in reaching that goal than by ensuring we are laying a solid foundation to school readiness through the Early Head Start Program?!


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9/19/2013 8:33:59 AM

Behind every strong community is a strong United Way. And the strength of United Way of Acadiana depends on YOU!

So, we're counting down the top 5 reasons you should consider giving to United Way of Acadiana ...


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9/3/2013 9:49:42 AM

Summer may have (unofficially) ended, but we're looking forward to what's to come in the fall!

It's a season full of family fun, football ... and food.

On Sept. 26, join us for great gumbo for a great cause at the second annual Stone Energy Gumbo Cook-off benefiting United Way of Acadiana.


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8/20/2013 10:07:50 AM
Being a part of United Way of Acadiana - even though I was just an intern - has been everything and more than I thought it would be.
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8/15/2013 10:47:19 AM

Teaching children to read is critical.

It leads to academic excellence, basic speech skills, better communication skills, more logical thinking skills, and enhanced concentration and discipline - all of which increase a child's chances of graduating on time. That's why we're providing extra reading practice to children who need it through United Way Readers.

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8/13/2013 8:10:53 AM
A few months ago, I had the car in front of me pay for my coffee while in the drive-through at a local coffee shop. It was so unexpected, and it reminded me of how generous people can be.
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8/1/2013 9:44:49 AM

Crayons ... binders ... glue sticks ... So much is needed at the beginning of a new school year!

By helping "Stuff the Bus," you're providing local students with the necessary tools required for a successful learning experience, putting them in a better position for achievement.


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7/11/2013 10:00:28 AM

We came together on one day.

We gathered hundreds of volunteers.

We made an impact.


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7/8/2013 9:19:04 AM

NOTE: Kate Eddy is interning with UWA's marketing and communications team this summer. Here are her some of her thoughts on being a part of UWA ...

Being an intern, I expected to be doing what I named "The Three F's": fetching coffee, filing papers and feeding the staff. But that is not the case here at United Way of Acadiana. I am learning new things every day that will be extremely beneficial not only for a career, but also as a person.


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6/26/2013 8:19:29 AM

NOTE: UWA's marking and communications intern Kate Eddy joined more than 500 volunteers June 21 for her first Day of Action. Here are her some of her thoughts ...

I'm not going to lie - waking up to my 6 a.m. alarm for United Way of Acadiana's Day of Action last Friday was not easy. But I would easily do again if I could relive the experience I had that day.


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6/17/2013 3:48:53 PM
The final plans are under way for Day of Action! But if you can't join us on June 21, there are still a few ways you can get involved ...
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6/10/2013 9:45:28 AM

As a dad, I know that my children's education is about more than ABCs and 123s. It's also about teaching them how to be good people - the kind of people who make a difference in the world.


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5/20/2013 9:43:09 AM
We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves - something that helps our friends and neighbors. And on June 21, you have that opportunity.
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5/9/2013 11:28:07 AM
Before we even start school, our moms are our first teachers. They are the ones who guide our first steps and show us the way. Not only do they teach us ABCs and 123s, but they also teach us right from wrong.
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5/2/2013 10:02:54 AM

The goal for Day of Literacy was simple - get more books in the hands of more students.

And thanks to your support, we made that happen!

Just look at what we can accomplish when our communities come together ...


4/15/2013 10:09:00 AM

For children across Acadiana, there are so many stories to be told.

And members of United Way of Acadiana's Women's Leadership Council want to see those stories have happy endings.


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3/28/2013 9:48:50 AM

There are so many things to think about when it comes to taxes.

Do I have all the necessary documents?

Do I qualify for an Earned Income Tax Credit?

Am I filling everything out correctly?

At Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites, we're hoping to make the process just a bit easier.


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3/15/2013 8:20:06 AM

It's a beautiful spring day.

Your child is clamoring to go outside to play, but you want to make sure playtime is productive.

Learning happens all the time - and all around you - and Born Learning Trails help you make the most of your child's playtime.



3/4/2013 11:34:43 AM

Oh, the places you will go ...

Children's stories spark creativity. They build imagination. And most important, they engage a child's mind.

You can help share those stories by donating new or gently-used books during Day of Literacy on March 7.



2/21/2013 8:03:19 AM

A ruler of a far-away kingdom.

An adventurer riding the waves of the high seas.

An explorer examining an exciting new world.

When a child reads, their imagination blooms, instantly turning them into whatever they want to be. What better way to foster creativity than getting lost in a good book?!



2/5/2013 10:23:49 AM

We know there are lots of little details to remember when you file your taxes each year. Receipts, W-2s, IDs ... it's important to have these things ready.

To make the process easier, here are a few tax tips ...


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1/9/2013 8:31:05 AM

Thank you for everything you do!

We thought you'd enjoy a bit of good news ...


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1/3/2013 11:17:19 AM
One of the best parts about starting a new year is that it's a clean slate.

It's a chance to spend the next 12 months creating a better life for you, your family and your community.

It's also a chance to make a fresh financial start.


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12/14/2012 9:59:44 AM

The holiday season isn't just about giving ... it's also about giving back.

And there's no better way to give back than spending time volunteering. Just a few minutes of your time can have a truly lasting impact on someone's life.

Here are three local opportunities for you to give back and help make Acadiana a little brighter this holiday season ...

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12/5/2012 9:38:58 AM
Maybe we all could learn something from young children.

No matter what their holiday gifts are ... they only want to play with the box and wrapping paper.

So what's the lesson all of us adults should take from their youthful enthusiasm? It doesn't take much to brighten someone's day.


11/19/2012 1:25:46 PM

This community has come together in so many ways in the past year to make Acadiana better.

THANK YOU!


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11/13/2012 1:12:35 PM

You don't have to be a superhero (or even a tax expert!) to help the community.

Giving back can be as simple as volunteering to help at a Super Tax Day.


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10/23/2012 3:07:05 PM
Celebrating Head Start Awareness Month!

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10/10/2012 8:47:32 AM
Guest post by Emma Guillory

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10/5/2012 8:29:47 AM
Guest blog by Nick Pugh
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9/26/2012 10:35:35 AM
At United Way of Acadiana, we believe that being a community partner means standing behind those in need and standing up for all that's good.

We know that when one person suffers, our community suffers. And when one person grows stronger, our community grows stronger.

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9/7/2012 8:29:03 AM

Isaac made its presence known in Louisiana just one week ago.

For most of us in Acadiana, we are resting much easier because we were spared the worst of it. The sun is shining and we are back to normal, whatever that is to you!

But for 232-HELP/211, they are busier than ever answering calls from bewildered and besieged Louisiana residents whose homes were flooded and lives turned upside down.


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8/1/2012 9:54:17 AM

United Way Readers truly do make a difference!

But you don't have to take our word for it ...


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7/18/2012 11:39:16 AM

United Way of Acadiana was founded in 1949, but we're a part of movement that is celebrating 125 years of improving lives.


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7/9/2012 3:50:53 PM
Did you know that 40% of adults don't buy the medicine they need, have difficulty affording it or reduce the required dosage because of the high cost?

The high cost of prescriptions can be prohibitive. But there is something that can help.


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6/26/2012 10:46:14 AM

Acadiana certainly united to TAKE ACTION on June 21!

This year, more than 550 volunteers helped advance the common good by participating in Day of Action.



6/1/2012 11:00:07 AM
It's so important for children to get an EARLY HEAD START to a good life.

By promoting healthy pregnancies, enhancing the development of young children and encouraging family involvement, our two new Early Learning Centers are doing just that!

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5/22/2012 10:35:27 AM

Individually we can all do something, but collectively we are able to create a movement.

Last year, more than 600 volunteers were inspired and mobilized throughout Acadiana on our Day of Action to complete hands-on projects supporting Education, Earnings and Essentials. These volunteers were connected by their passion to make a difference in their local communities!

You, too, can make a difference by taking part in this year's Day of Action on June 21.


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5/1/2012 2:24:11 PM
Ready ... Set ... Learn!

Every day is a learning experience for children. Children are born learning, and grow and develop through experiences that they have each and every day.

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4/10/2012 1:28:38 PM
Why I Became a United Way Reader ...

Being of service and helping others succeed are two of my greatest passions. As a United Way Reader, I am able to fulfill both of my passions at one time. I decided to become a United Way Reader because I admire what the organization stands for and how it endeavors to help others through education and support programs. I especially love their focus on literacy and reading.

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4/4/2012 11:02:21 AM
When is the right time to volunteer?

Anytime - not just during National Volunteer Month.  

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3/19/2012 3:45:02 PM
Once Upon A Time ...

It's the phrase that launches countless stories and fuels the imagination of every child who flips through the pages of a book. And the members of the Women's Leadership Council of United Way of Acadiana know that's where the magic really happens.


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3/6/2012 8:16:04 AM
Acadiana Speaks Out on Education

It's amazing what we can accomplish when we all come together to advance the common good.

The people of Acadiana have shown just how passionate they are about the education of our youth at two recent events, and the strides they've made toward positive changes undoubtedly will leave a lasting impact on local children.

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2/15/2012 1:38:47 PM
Have your say about education in our community

What are your aspirations for education in your community?

It's an important question - and one that we'll be discussing (along with others) at the Education Summit beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 28.




2/1/2012 9:20:06 AM
Day of Literacy opens doors ...

Reading opens many doors. It opens the door to imagine and explore possibilities. It opens the door to new dreams and new ways of thinking. In turn, it opens the door to a strong foundation for future success in school and in life.

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1/17/2012 12:50:42 PM
Resolving to make a difference in 2012!

I will be the first to admit that I'm not the best at keeping New Year's resolutions.

How are you doing so far at keeping yours?



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1/3/2012 3:53:24 PM
Super Tax Days!

Wouldn't it be great (and helpful!) if you could have your taxes prepared for free?

For qualifying families, it's easy! United Way of Acadiana, in partnership with the Acadiana Asset Building Coalition, has a way for families who earn $49,000 or less a year to have their taxes prepared - at no cost!



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12/15/2011 12:14:07 PM
Celebrate the holidays by giving a gift!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

The holidays mean many things. It's a time to reconnect with loved ones. It's a time to count the blessings of the quickly ending year. And it's a time to give gifts.



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12/1/2011 8:24:15 AM
Become a VITA Volunteer!

Did you know that United Way of Acadiana helped almost 3,000 people get their taxes prepared for free and more than 1,000 people receive almost $2 million dollars total in their tax returns last year? How was this done? Through a network of free tax preparation sites in Acadiana called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

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11/15/2011 12:05:55 PM

Giving Thanks ...

In just a few days, we'll gather with our friends and family to indulge in a delicious Thanksgiving feast ... and maybe watch a little football. But it's also an opportunity to reflect on the things we're thankful for in our lives. Those things can be big or small. What's important is that you take a moment to give thanks.


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11/1/2011 8:30:44 AM
How do you LIVE UNITED?

I write this with only a few days left serving as the Workforce Engagement and Campaign Director for United Way. I am departing to embark on a new chapter in my life in south Mississippi; a new chapter that I will be able to succeed in, having had the opportunity to work with such extraordinary people - the United Way staff, Board of Directors and volunteers.

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10/13/2011 4:15:52 PM
Changing lives, one book at a time ...

With the recent launch of United Way Readers, I was quickly reminded that we are all able to be part of the change we wish to see in the world. Children who are struggling with reading now have an opportunity to obtain extra one-on-one reading practice because ordinary people decided to do something extraordinary. They decided to share their time by volunteering to read one hour per week with a child. The impact of that decision has the potential to change the lives of many children, one book at a time.

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10/4/2011 9:19:37 AM
Are you Money Smart?

Let's face it; we could all learn to be a little smarter with our money.

Many people live paycheck-to-paycheck. Debt continues to rise. Is there a way out of this situation?



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9/12/2011 12:01:04 PM
The Selection of a Superintendent ...

"Visionary ... a proven leader ... inspirational ... open ... courageous ... energetic ... engaged with the larger community ... focused ... thick-skinned ... goal-oriented ... adept at change management ... a true believer in our kids ..."

These are the words and ideas that have been offered by recent participants in the LPSS forums regarding the desired traits in the next superintendent of schools for Lafayette Parish.



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9/1/2011 9:54:00 AM
Here is a little more about our new blog ...

Welcome to United Way of Acadiana's blog!

This space is where you'll find additional information and updates about what's going on here at United Way of Acadiana. Not only will you see regular news about our efforts in this blog, but you also have the opportunity to give us feedback by leaving comments.



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