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St. Landry-Evangeline United Way raising money for non-profits

Posted at 1:57 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 14:57:29-04

The St. Landry-Evangeline United Way is asking for donations to create a community relief fund for local non-profits.

“We're all in this together,” says Ginger LeCompte, Executive Director of the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way. “That may be comforting, but it doesn't change the fact that there are those among us who are in great need.”

Rapid response operating grants will help fund human services organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with vulnerable populations. While funds will not be given directly to individuals, by supporting these organizations we will help ensure neighbors receive the help they need whenever possible.

If you are a 501(c)3 organization operating in St. Landry or Evangeline Parish, working in the health and human services area and would like to apply for a grant, contact St. Landry-Evangeline United Way at 337-942-7815, or through the United Way website

According to the latest United Way ALICE Report, when the working poor - ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constraint, and Employed) is, in normal times, one emergency away from a financial crisis, it is certain that during the COVID-19 crisis, the situation is even worse, a release states.

The COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is United Way’s response for a rapid deployment of resources to community-based organizations tackling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak in our community. The fund will provide flexible resources to nonprofits working with local communities that are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

To contribute to the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund online, go to To contribute by check, make check out to: St. Landry-Evangeline United Way 5367 I 49 S. Service Rd. Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 Write in the memo: COVID-19 Community Relief Fund