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Dear Acadiana,

It has been by sharing responsibility that our community has persevered in recent years. Through tough times, United Way of Acadiana has been a leader in the fight to make life better for every person in our region. The organization’s vision, “to unite people and organizations with passion, expertise and resources,” has been realized in ways that we could not have foreseen, and United Way of Acadiana has been a game changer in times of greatest need. We brought people together to take on the seemingly impossible. In August, we once again faced weather related disaster, this time affecting our neighbors in Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Through our leadership role in Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (A-VOAD), we partnered with several agencies to create the Harvey Resource Center, a hub for Harvey evacuees to receive short and long term support. This was in addition to United Way of Acadiana’s warehouse being utilized and manned for the collection, sorting and distribution of disaster related essentials. The photo on the cover of this year’s annual report was taken at the dedication of a local Little Free Library. Coordinated by United Way of Acadiana, Destiny of Faith Church offered their property across from Alice Boucher Elementary so that students and neighborhood children could easily access it. Van Eaton & Romero purchased and built the library and Connie Smith, one of their employees who is also an artist, painted it beautifully. United Way of Acadiana filled it with books and the children are loving it. This partnership between organizations once again illustrates that to live better, we must live UNITED. Our work in education, earnings and essentials continues to make a positive difference in the lives of many throughout the region. Children in Early Head Start are making great strides — they are 92 percent more likely to enter kindergarten ready to learn. The Leader in Me program is now in 48 schools! Beyond academic improvements, the program’s results continue to impress students, educators, parents and communities at large by creating positive behavioral changes as well — beyond the anecdotal. For example, some local LIM schools indicate a rise in attendance to as much as 96 percent and a decrease in absences by as much as 26 percent. Also, disciplinary referrals were lowered by as much as 49 percent over the course of one school year. All this creates more opportunity for classroom teachers to ensure that learning is taking place and that more children graduate lifeready. Acadiana has a history of not only surviving difficult times — but working hard and eventually thriving despite the odds. Working together, and by sharing responsibility, we can accomplish great things for the people of Acadiana. And United Way of Acadiana is committed to leading that charge, and to continue uniting the people and organizations that can make those great things happen. Behind every strong community is a strong United Way, working alongside caring people like you. Thank you for working with us to make Acadiana a better place. Live better. LIVE UNITED. Sincerely, Ian Macdonald, United Way of Acadiana Board Chair, 2017-2018

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Our Vision

To unite people and organizations with passion, expertise and resources to create more opportunities for a better life.

Our Mission

An educated, prosperous and safe Acadiana where all individuals and families achieve their potential.


We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.

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Maximizing Your Impact: ServinG smart Kenny Maggard, Acadiana Market President for Capital One Bank, has been a volunteer and donor for United Way of Acadiana since he moved to Lafayette in 2009. A board member since 2011, he currently serves on the Executive Committee, chairs the Impact Cabinet and also serves on the Campaign Cabinet. “My father in law told me early in my career that United Way was like investing in a good mutual fund, and it covers great causes.” Maggard continues, “United Way of Acadiana invests resources and collaborates with many other organizations - non-profits, for-profit companies, government, and others - to address the root causes of the most important issues facing our community.”

When asked why United Way of Acadiana is worth his time, Kenny replies,

“United Way of Acadiana provides a significant return on

donors’ investments by leveraging limited resources to make the most impact possible in our community.” In 2016/17, Kenny was a United Way of Acadiana Bucket Brigade Ambassador, the first annual fundraising event where community members raise money for UWA in whatever creative manner they choose. Kenny opted to host a cooking class at The Kitchenary at Heymann’s, and raised twice the amount he’d expected. Kenny has many experiences that he remembers over his eight years of UWA involvement, but one particularly sticks out. “I’ll never forget the annual breakfast a few years ago when a 3rd grader named Pilar spoke to a crowd of 300 plus guests about the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and how she uses these habits in school and at home with her family. Pilar learned about the 7 Habits through the Leader In Me program, which transforms a school and creates a culture where every child can be a leader. It made me really excited about what our community will look like with the skills LIM kids are learning at an early age and will carry throughout their lives.”

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MAKING CONNECTIONS For Breaux Bridge “We wouldn’t have made it without United Way.

That I know for sure.” Sheila Landry, Director of Community Affairs for the city of Breaux Bridge, is adamant as her eyes well with tears. Landry is referring to the aftermath of the 2016 flooding. “The disaster came with so much. So much weight, silent moments, and meetings. When it came to connecting the dots, I’m so thankful to United Way for filling that need.” And it’s not the only time that United Way has worked with the city on projects. From summer camps (see picture, left) to the annual Day of Action, the mark United Way has made on Breaux Bridge has been indelible. Landry says that they’ve learned so much from how United Way works, and how they approach projects. The city is now utilizing approaches to challenging the community to contribute, methods for student engagement and even smaller projects like stuffing shoeboxes with necessities for nursing homes that began as a United Way initiative and continues each holiday season. This fall, as Acadiana marshalled to address the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Landry, the city of Breaux Bridge, and the United Way of Acadiana once again joined forces. “We knew that we’d end up with evacuees, and before I knew it, I got a call saying that UWA was going to work with us to bus our evacuees to Lafayette’s Harvey Resource Center. We had four hotels full of hurting people, and we worked together to get them to Lafayette for hot meals and resources they desperately needed. Once again, United Way made the connection.”

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RESPONDING TO HURRICANE HARVEY As active members of Acadiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (A-VOAD), United Way of Acadiana played a vital role in the response to Hurricane Harvey. Our neighbors in Texas and Southwest Louisiana were in need and, anticipating the influx of evacuees to the Acadiana area, A-VOAD responded. Utilizing the United Way of Acadiana warehouse, a Flood the Love collection and distribution site was immediately activated. In addition, A-VOAD organized themselves and other area organizations to create a hub for evacuees, the Harvey Resource Center. Located at Lafayette’s Bayou Church, the three thousand evacuees in Acadiana parishes had a central location to which they could come to receive immediate essentials such as hot meals, toiletries and cleaning supplies, but also address needs such as school enrollment, FEMA registration and physical and mental health support. A-VOAD’s Chair, Melinda Taylor (also Lafayette Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director) says,

“We are so grateful for United Way’s key partnership, ongoing logistics management, funding and hands on effort. They have definitely played and continue to play a key leadership role.” U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

Living United in TIMES OF NEED One special family from Houston, Darrin and LaToya Phillips and their two daughters, heard about the Harvey Resource Center at the Lafayette hotel where they were staying after evacuating. They came to the Center, were able to receive much needed support, and immediately asked to stay and volunteer. They had been helped and wanted to make sure that they did what they could to help someone else. They understood best that to LIVE BETTER, we must LIVE UNITED.


THE LEADER IN ME: BY THE NUMBERS • 48 schools in the Acadiana area have implemented the Leader in Me, impacting approximately 25,000 students in grades Pre-K through 2nd.

• 1 new school in St. Martin Parish launched in 2017 through a partnership leveraged with the I Am a Leader Foundation

• 4 schools received grant funding directly from United way of Acadiana

• 3 schools in Acadia Parish continued implementation with PACT grants

• 7 new schools implemented the Leader in Me system through partnerships with St. Landry/ Evangeline United Way and United Way of Iberia

• 15 point differential in both ELA and Science scores between LIM and non-LIM students on the 4th grade PARCC assessment

• 49% decrease in disciplinary referrals reported at area schools after program implementation

THE LEADER IN ME: A SKEPTIC’S EXPERIENCE Superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools, Dr. Lottie Beebe, had arranged for a United Way of Acadiana staff member to meet with Sarah Allen, principal of St. Martinville Primary, to introduce the Leader In Me program, and to answer any questions or concerns that she might have. Fifteen minutes deep into the pitch, Ms. Allen and her assistant principal seemed indifferent to the program’s possibilities. “Tell me what we have to do,” Ms. Allen sighed, “I know we’re next.” She was referring to the Leader in Me’s expansion into many of the area’s schools. Ms. Allen was reassured that it wasn’t mandatory and it was an option if and when she felt her school was ready. St. Martinville Primary decided to move forward, and over the course of the next year, all staff members, including custodial and cafeteria staff, went through extensive training. Three weeks into the school year, and one year after the initial pitch meeting, the school was ready for their Leader In Me ribbon cutting. When the United Way of Acadiana staff arrived for the event, they were shocked. The room was packed. A crowd of television and print media were there, and other special guests, including Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr. Ms. Allen and the students had even organized a short program.

When it was time for Ms. Allen to speak, she acknowledged her initial reluctance to implement the program. She invited guests who had been to the school before to take a good look around and notice that in just three short weeks of the Leader In Me, much had already changed. By the end of the first year as a Leader In Me school, St. Martinville Primary had seen the largest gains in school performance in the district, and Sarah Allen had been nominated as a Louisiana Principal of the Year. Sarah Allen is sold. “Since the Leader in Me has been incorporated into our school,

scores have gone up and discipline problems have gone down.

our test

Thank you, United Way!”

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EARLY HEAD START: MAKING A DIFFERENCE United Way of Acadiana EHS provides, at no cost to families, early childhood education and home-based child development services for qualifying families with infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age, as well as prenatal services for expecting women. During 2017, 116 children and/or pregnant women received services. Enrollment priorities include children with special needs, children in foster care, homeless families and teen parents.

Franchesca Buchanan

Gwen Lewis

Andrea Lambert

Dawn Fuqua

Patrick Baptiste

Maya Navarre

Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative


Community Representative Parent Representative

Ann Hardy

Community Representative

Personnel......$962,463 Benefits.........$238,016 Supplies........$51,120 Contractual...$51,737

Non-Federal Share......$376,666 Other.......$101,665 Total........$1,471,001



As a result of a grant received from the Office of Head Start through the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesAdministration for Children and Families, United Way of Acadiana provides EHS services to children in Lafayette Parish’s 70501, 70503, 70506, 70507 zip codes and in Vermilion Parish. Both centers are 4-Star rated by the Louisiana Quality Start Child Care Rating System.

EHS: A Parent AND Teacher’s Point of View “United Way reaches out and helps people.

This isn’t just something I’ve heard…I know it for a fact,” says Shapetra Smith, a teacher at UWA’s Early Head Start (EHS) Center in Lafayette. A recent graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/minor in human services and mother of three boys, Shapetra knows about it firsthand. Two years ago, standing in a Walmart checkout line, she overheard a conversation about the EHS Center and made a mental note to look into it. Soon after, she noticed that a Facebook friend had on an EHS uniform shirt in her profile picture and Shapetra reached out for more information. “It was like it was meant to be,” she says. At the time, her middle child was fourteen months old and she was limited in how much maternity leave she could take. Shapetra and her husband enrolled their son in UWA’s home-based program and then moved on to the Center for the following two years. Shapetra became the chairman of the parent committee, and today, that son is in school and her eleven month old is at the Center in the infant room. Shapetra became a teacher at the Center in September. Shapetra is passionate about the program and about United Way of Acadiana. “We help so many people,” she says. “Early Head Start creates an educational foundation for children who might not get it. From numbers, to colors, to names of things...this is where it all starts.” “I am excited to be a part of a big organization of such nice people. My son is here, and I also get to see the other side of things – the teacher’s point of view. You know, my middle son’s teachers are always asking me how he knows all the things he does. I tell them, United Way’s Early Head Start Program.” U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

STUFF THE BUS: OUTFITTING THE SCHOOL 47,758 School Supplies Generated FOr OUr Local Teachers & Students The United Way of Acadiana Stuff the Bus school supply drive ensures that students enter school with the tools needed to be successful throughout the school year. In August 2017, individuals across Acadiana donated more than 47,758 school supplies, enough to serve 1,750 students. Partners for this project were KATC Tools for Schools, Cargill and Cox Communications. Supplies were distributed to 68 schools across four parishes. Each school received care packages containing school supplies for at least 25 students. Toys“R”Us donated 277 backpacks, which were filled with school supplies and given to several school in Acadiana. UWA also distributed “Kits for Kids” to 25 Acadiana teachers. Fifteen local companies hosted internal school supply drives.

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ONE DAY OF ACTION AND EIGHT DAYS OF HOPE Each June, hundreds of people in Acadiana come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. United Way of Acadiana invited people and organizations to take action on June 8, in partnership with the Eight Days of Hope initiative. The goal was to provide support to individuals and families who were still recovering from the devastating 2016 flood. Additionally, volunteers helped make a difference around the issues of school readiness, helping families meet their basic needs and lending their muscle to beautify local communities. “There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved during Day of Action, either through the workplace or as an individual volunteer,” explained Deidra Lewis, Volunteer Mobilization Manager.

gift of time.”

“Day of Action is an opportunity to maximize your

Cox Communications was the official sponsor for the 2017 Day of Action. Three hundred thirty-five volunteers donated 1,340 volunteer hours to refurbish playgrounds at Acadiana Park, Heymann Park, and J.W. Faulk Elementary. A team of volunteers from Cox Communications also built Little Free Libraries to be placed strategically throughout the community. Pictured on the right is a volunteer painting a large map of the United States on the playground at J.W. Faulk Elementary. The week of June 4th through the 11th also saw a partnership between United Way of Acadiana, Love Acadiana, A-VOAD, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette as they welcomed the Eight Days of Hope for a rebuilding mission focused on those still needing help after the 2016 flood. Eight Days of Hope is a nonprofit, faith-based organization committed to rebuilding the damaged homes of those affected by natural disasters. Bringing together thousands of volunteers from around the country, the partnership was able to rebuild hope and the homes of several hundred local residents across the affected parishes.

FROM STUDENT TO VOLUNTEER When Mr. Paoletti, Reagan Guillory’s junior theology teacher at Teurlings Catholic High School, first mentioned United Way of Acadiana’s Readers program, something seemed familiar. “He described the program, and I was sure that I already knew about it. I was interested in becoming a Reader, but it was more than that… maybe I had participated in it in elementary school?” Reagan went home and confirmed her suspicion with her mom. When she was a first and second grader at Broadmoor Elementary, a Reader had

helped her go from a struggling reader to an avid one.

United Way of Acadiana Readers program has served two thousand first and second graders over the course of nearly a decade. A program unique to UWA, community members are trained and volunteer one hour a week to work with first and second graders like Reagan. Serving three parishes, it’s this kind of boots on the ground programming that United Way of Acadiana is quietly performing in area communities. In addition to adult volunteers, the Readers intiative also coordinates several high school connect programs, where high schoolers are able to take time out of their day to work with elementary students.

While all communities are similar, it’s the people that make the difference, and it’s the people who make Acadiana so special.

Reagan is now a senior with a bedroom full of books, awards for being an accomplished reader and she enthusiastically volunteers as a Reader with United Way of Acadiana. Not surprisingly, her favorite book is the award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a story about being an outsider. Author Mark Haddon — Coach Mark Hudspeth, head football coach, University of Louisiana at Lafayette says, “Reading is a conversation. All books talk.” Reagan Guillory is helping young readers join that conversation.

Photo courtesy of The Acadiana Advocate: photo credit Leslie Westbrook.

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A BIRTHDAY PROMISE On her 53rd birthday, Penny Lambert decided to become a United Way of Acadiana volunteer. The flooding of 2016 had occurred a week prior, and she had roof damage, but was overwhelmed by the many who had lost everything. When Penny heard that United Way was taking donations, she immediately loaded up her car with water and went to the United Way warehouse on East Pinhook Road to drop it off. She was blown away by the operation and came back the next week, ready to get her hands dirty. “I thought, man, I really want to do something,” Penny says. In her usual self effacing way, “My heart went out to the people who were actually hit hard.” She was drawn to the direct impact she could make – the one on one interactions - and she was impressed by how United Way offered the opportunity for her to give back to the community directly. Volunteers are vital to the work of United Way of Acadiana. Since Penny began in August of 2016, she has clocked 625 hours. Since her work in disaster relief, she has gone on to volunteer with UWA on other initiatives such as the Stuff the Bus school supply drive, the annual Day of Action, office administrative help, and (pictured right) Toys R Us student incentives program during the holidays. Penny is one of United Way of Acadiana’s greatest advocates.

helping hand to the community.

“They really give a

The team is great and they are so appreciative. It’s hard when I hear misinformation about United Way and I can’t help but pull those misinformed people to the side and tell them about my experiences.” As someone who has recently experienced health issues, Penny also values the importance of giving back. She’s quick to tell you that she gets as much out of giving as those she serves. “I have to remember to tell Deidra [UWA’s Volunteer Mobilization Manager] when I’m free next week,“ she reminds herself offhandedly. Penny Lambert is a selfless volunteer and embodies the ideal of Living United. U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

SO MUCH LIFE AHEAD...THEY’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Donna Guidry works at a local radio station and was interviewing a United Way staff member when she found out about the United Way of Acadiana’s Incentivized Matched Savings (IMS) program. After hearing about the oneon-one coaching and financial gains it offered, she was sold. The IMS program is a matched savings plan that enables people with low to moderate incomes to save, build assets and explore new opportunities. Donna filed her taxes at the United Way of Acadiana VITA site and encouraged her then boyfriend, Grant, to do the same. Both completed the IMS participant vetting process, qualified, and began their personalized financial coaching sessions. IMS financial coach, Toni Jones, says the commitment of IMS participants to improve their financial behaviors and the financial coaching that IMS participants receive produces a lifestyle change. “Once the program ends, those habits don’t go away,” Jones says. The skills learned and practiced in the 12-month program live on after participants graduate from IMS, improving the financial stability and trajectory of ALICE households. Donna and Grant, a young, hard working couple with plans for a bright and prosperous future have a lot to celebrate. Both participants graduated from the IMS program with the maximum goal of $4,000, earning the incentive match of $2,000 each. Not only did they reach their savings goals, but Grant proposed during this period of personal and financial growth. Their collective savings totaling $12,000 was used for a down payment on their first home. U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE BOTTOM LINE United Way of Acadiana’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Entergy, Capital One and JP Morgan Chase provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families at or below the 250% Federal Poverty Guidelines. VITA also works to ensure clients receive all eligible tax credits and reductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is a refundable tax credit for lower-income working individuals and families that can generate an even higher refund amount than the amount of tax paid through withholding.

By the Numbers: 2,807 returns prepared $3,800,550 refunds 981 EITC prepared $1,647,698 EITC dollars Our Partners: Acadiana High School ASSIST Agency Continuous Links Northside High School Iberia Parish Library Proyectro Hispano de Ayuda a la Comunidad SMILE Community Action Agency Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives

Wendy Carrier is a hardworking teacher residing in Acadia Parish. As a single mother it is important that she make wise financial decisions to support her family. Wendy’s long term goal is to purchase her first home which is now closer than ever thanks to the initiative collaboratively lead though United Way of Acadiana. The money she saved through VITA in the past several years has begun to accumulate into savings for the Carrier family. Wendy invested this year’s savings into the Incentivized Matched Savings program offered through United Way of Acadiana and was able to accumulate over $7,000 that will go toward the down payment on her new home. VITA served as an onboarding tool as she learned about additional opportunities available at the VITA tax site. She was also helped through the home purchasing process, and never left as she gained new financial literacy skills. Thanks to the free tax service and the Incentivized Matched Savings Program, Wendy has the finances and education needed to attain the goals for her family. U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

WOMEN UNITED TAKES ON A NEW PURPOSE The annual Spring Luncheon launched the rebranding of United Way of Acadiana’s Women’s Leadership Council as Women United. Louisiana’s First Lady Donna Edwards was the keynote speaker and her energizing presentation set in motion an active year for the Women United membership. She was the perfect speaker for the event, as she focused primarily on early literacy, a founding focus area for Women United, and on human trafficking, a issue of pressing concern, particularly along the I-10 corridor. A diverse, vibrant group of women committed to tackling the issues that matter most to the community, UWA’s Women United have spent much of the year learning more about how best to position themselves for greatest impact. Monthly Food for Thought lunches have included guest speakers such as Dr. Shanta Proctor, Director of Women’s Policy for the State of Louisiana who discussed pay equity, and 5 Awake, five tenacious women who succeeded in passing domestic violence gun legislation in Louisiana in 2014, as well as talks focusing on human trafficking, the history of women in Louisiana and birth to 5 education. In addition, Women United had the unique opportunity this year to hear from the founding members of the group at the Women United Charter Member Reception. An intimate gathering allowed members to reflect on the group’s initial goals, how much has been accomplished, and develop ideas for the future. Women United is looking forward to leveraging their voices to address the region’s most critical health and human service problems, including human trafficking, early childhood education and pay equity. They have many events planned in 2018, including advocacy training, meeting with legislators and continued conversations with area leaders. U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T Photo courtesy of The Acadiana Advocate: photo credit Leslie Westbrook.

AT HOME: 215 EAST PINHOOK ROAD 215 East Pinhook Road is home to the offices of United Way of Acadiana staff and where everything from community impact data analysis to volunteer mobilization happens. Many in the community are aware of the way United Way of Acadiana mobilizes during times of disaster - turning warehouse space into a local collection and distribution site for immediate supplies, and it is also the collection and distribution site for the annual Stuff the Bus event and Day of Action. Others have called our complex “home” over the years, including Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, the American Red Cross, and LCG has leased warehouse space for the Lafayette Parish Library for many years. A large meeting room at the complex is open for use by any nonprofit and several organizations meet there regularly. Our longest resident, however, is Second Harvest, who has called the complex home since 2006. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita temporarily closed the Second Harvest facility in New Orleans, and consequently, they required a space to address the tremendous need the storms had caused, across coastal Louisiana. Borne out of necessity, Second Harvest’s residency has become permanent, and fortuitously, their location has made it possible for them to respond quickly and efficiently to not only the region’s regular needs, but to subsequent disasters such as Hurricane Ike, the flood of 2016, and Hurricane Harvey.

In September, Second Harvest expanded to offering an open market at the complex on the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. until one.

In addition to food, the market houses information on nearby social services to assist with health, housing and public assistance programs like SNAP. It gives patrons the opportunity to get fresh produce and receive helpful information, learn new recipes, connect with local farmers and interact with their neighbors. As one of the most food insecure states in the country, this expansion is vital to the heath of area communities.

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2015 - 2017 PACT UNITED GRANT AWARD RECIPIENTS 232-HELP/LA 211 Acadia Council on Aging Acadiana Outreach Center Acadiana Symphony Association American Red Cross ASSIST Agency Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Acadiana Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana Catholic Services of Acadiana Central Rayne Kindergarten Empowering the Community for Excellence Evangeline Area Council, Boys Scouts of America Faith House Family Service Division, 16th Judicial District

FoodNet-The Greater Acadiana Food Bank (pictured below) Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf Hearts of Hope Junior Achievement of Acadiana Lafayette Community Healthcare Clinic Martin Petitjean Elementary New Hope Community Development of Acadiana Ross Elementary Second Harvest Food Bank Special Olympics Louisiana St. Martin Council on Aging St. Martin Parish School Board The Family Tree Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults


Corporate Cornerstone Partners







These generous donors direct their resources toward underwriting our cost of doing business.



Atmos Energy Entergy EnVen Energy Corp. Fugro Companies - Lafayette NSI PetroQuest Energy, LLC Schilling Distributing Co. Women's & Children's Hospital


Andre Comeaux Regions Insurance

Robert "Rob" Eddy The Pinnacle Group

Ramesh Kolluru, PhD, Co-Chair

UL Lafayette

Jack Damico UL Lafayette

Jerry Greig Fugro Companies - Lafayette

Zachary Barker Opportunity Machine

R. Hamilton "Hammy" Davis Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate

Edward Hebert, Chair Elect JPMorgan Chase

Troy Cloutier Business First Bank

Foster Marketing Lafayette Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital Liskow & Lewis Samson

United Way of Acadiana Campaign Cabinet members give their time and talent to help raise funds for the annual campaign.

Judi Terzotis, Co-Chair The Daily Advertiser

Anita Begnaud One Acadiana



Isabella delaHoussaye Former Mayor, City of Crowley Scott Domingue The Acadian Companies

William Hendrix Whitney Bank Kevin Hurst EnVen Energy Corp.

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Donna Landry Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Linda Larkan Skylark Services Ian Macdonald Jones Walker Taniecia Mallery, PhD UL Lafayette Kenny Maggard Capital One Bank

Todd LaPorte The Acadian Companies Eric Richard The Daily Advertiser Jan Risher Shift Key



These generous organizations support the impact work of United Way of Acadiana.

Realtors who advance the common good through United Way of Acadiana.

Allstate Insurance Co. AT&T Bell Helicopter Blue Cross Blue Shield of LA Cargill Salt Centerpoint Energy - Crowley Chevron Dentons Dillard's Department Store Domengeaux, Wright, Roy, Edwards & Colomb Entergy FedEx Corp. (Federal Express) First National Bank Foster Marketing, LLC Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Hershey Foods Corp. IBERIABANK JPMorgan Chase Lafayette General Medical Center

Liskow & Lewis Louisiana Companies, Inc. Macy's McDonald's of Acadiana MidSouth Bank Onebane Law Firm

Schilling Distributing Company, Inc.

Schumacher Clinical Partners Shell Oil Company Solitic Club Target #1473 Texas Gas Transmission The Acadian Companies The Daily Advertiser The Lemoine Company, L.L.C. The Pinnacle Group UPS - United Parcel Service Van Eaton & Romero Realty Whitney Bank Women's & Children's Hospital

Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate

Van Eaton & Romero Realty

Cynthia Ahart D. William Braniff Mary Crouchet R. Hamilton Davis Edmond Dugas Sue Dupont Debbie Gill David Gleason Shana Grossie Becky Guidry Nina Harris Thomas Jones Marilyn Keef Chanda Rubin Ken Simeral Kelly Streva Freda Talbot Karen Williams Dawn Wolf

Betsy Arabie Stacey Arceneaux Michelle Badeaux Sheramie Dore' Adrienne Doucet Ginger Doucet Allen Duhe Priscilla Feinberg Connie Gardiner Carol Grindrod Diana Hebert Terry Judice Stephanie Judice Cecile Kent Gene Landry Patricia LeMaire Jackie Lyle Barbara Manuel Lesley Maxwell Jessica McGehee Suzanne Michot Angie Moorman Joan Navarre Kristen Peltier Kim Pham Secious Porche

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Barbara Rogers Gayle Rosenthal Teresa Scarsella Pat Simon Arla Slaughter Reid Smith Sharon Steen Ann Thornton Kathy Welch Judy Young




7% 20% 32% REVENUE = $6,466,417


Contributions $2,644,186 Grants 41% $2,065,263 In Kind Donations $1,304,383 Other Income $452,585


34% REVENUE = $5,828,628

Lafayette Parish School System


Community Impact 8% $4,598,789 20% In Kind Expenses $1,304,383 Resource Development $500,607 Administration $270,357



Donald Aguillard


Grants $2,788,080 Contributions $1,971,650 Other Income $725,384 In Kind Donations $343,514

Community Impact $4,979,984 Resource Development $453,239 In Kind Expenses $343,514 Administration $312,687

Robert Benoit

Lafayette Fire Department

Carolyn Bertrand


Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas

Angela Cole

JPMorgan Chase

EXPENSES = $6,674,136

Andre Comeaux Regions Insurance

Isabella delaHoussaye


EXPENSES = $6,089,424

Katherine D. Hebert

Jan Risher

Sally Herpin

Keith Seilhan

Kevin Hurst

Bently Senegal

University Hospital & Clinics Broussard Poche, L.L.P. EnVen Energy Corp.

Ramesh Kolluru, PhD UL Lafayette

Donna F. Landry

Rader Solutions Shift Key

Stone Energy Corp. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

Judi Terzotis

The Daily Advertiser

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center

Amy Thibodeaux

Buffy Domingue

Gwen Lewis

Blaine Thibodeaux

Ian Macdonald

Jerry Vascocu

Kenny Maggard

Lee White

Scott Domingue

The Acadian Companies

Robert "Rob" Eddy, Jr.


Chris Rader

JPMorgan Chase

Former Mayor, City of Crowley Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital

5% 6%

Edward S. Hebert

The Pinnacle Group

Ann Hardy

Vermilion Parish School System

Retired Educator Jones Walker

Capital One Bank

Crowley Chamber of Commerce Fugro Companies – Lafayette IBERIABANK

Schumacher Clinical Partners

Taniecea Mallery, PhD UL Lafayette

U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

Our Manifesto Problems. The ones most people don’t have the stomach for. The ones nobody talks about at backyard barbeques. The ones that can’t be solved. We go looking for them. In our schools, in our neighborhoods, and behind closed doors. We find every dollar we can to address them. But we are more than the fundraisers. We are the hand raisers. The game changers. The stop-talking-start-doing-band-together-and-take-onthe-impossible task masters. United, we help young families struggling to make ends meet. United, we stand up for children facing hunger and neglect. United, we confront the hard choices from an uncertain economy. United, we face down the devastation brought on by Mother Nature. United, we support teachers and mentors to change young lives. United, we connect volunteers to their passions. No matter the obstacles. No matter the odds. We surround this region’s most critical problems. And we fight. We fight for Acadia. We fight for St. Martin. We fight for Vermilion and we fight for those in Lafayette Parish. We fight for those who need a voice and those whose names we do not know. United Way of Acadiana fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Because change doesn’t happen alone. Hope isn’t a one-man band. We have one life. U N I T E D W AY O F A C A D I A N A | 2 0 1 7 A N N U A L R E P O R T

To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

United Way of Acadiana - Annual Report 2017  
United Way of Acadiana - Annual Report 2017