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United Way of Southwest Louisiana believes every individual in a community deserves the building blocks for a successful life: Basic Needs, Education, Economic Mobility, and Health. We are creating long-term positive change and helping everyone rise up and fight against social and economic impacts caused by the unprecedented storms. 


United Way of Southwest Louisiana is focused on meeting the immediate basic needs of community members in need while setting them up on the path for long-term positive changes that will lead to a successful life.

Denise Durel, President & CEO United Way of SWLA

For Residents:

Whether someone is a victim of a disaster or other type of personal crisis, the existence of supportive services helps people’s basic needs to be met. Through United Way of Southwest Louisiana partnerships and initiatives, these services provide a crucial safety net for vulnerable populations to quickly access help and receive the support they need to have a better quality of life, both now and in the future. Learn more

The work that United Way performs provides overarching support to residents in a variety of ways.

  • Economic mobility
  • Grocery distribution
  • Education
  • FEMA Emergency Management
  • Literacy kits
  • And more

Click HERE to learn about programs.

For Businesses:

Learn about the initiatives outlined by the United Way as well as ways to partner with an event or donation of goods/services and campaign with the agency.  

Contact Us

All United Way of Southwest Louisiana resources can be reached through the 211 Helpline. Call 211, text 898-211 or visit online at https://unitedwayswla.org/211

United Way of Southwest Louisiana is assisting community members every day. If you would like to be a part of this important community impact, visit us online or by texting UWSWLA to 41444

United Way of Southwest Louisiana
815 Ryan Street  
Lake Charles, LA 70601 

  • Toll-Free: 888-433-1088 
  • Phone: 337-433-1088 
  • Fax: 337-433-3679 

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