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KEDM Public Radio began the 2017 “Give the Joy of Learning” campaign with a book drive at Lexington Elementary School.

Students, parents and the community can bring new or “like new” books to Lexington or the United Way by December 8. The books will be distributed in December to students in schools in the City of Monroe as well as Ouachita, Lincoln and Union parishes as part of the year-end “Give the Joy of Learning” fundraising campaign for KEDM.

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United Way is excited to enter into its sixth year of the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program. Launched in 2012, the READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. program has broadened into 13 schools reaching more than 900 students. 

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is a program designed to help get second and third grade students reading at or above their grade level. Over the course of a school year READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. puts anywhere from 5,000 to 6,000 books into the hands of students. 

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If you're looking for a chance to get covered in color and support United Way's mission to improve communities, then September 23rd at 8:00 a.m. join the Vicksburg True Color Run.  The third  annual True Color Run will be held in downtown Vicksburg with registration beginning at 7:00 a.m. at 820 South Street. 

United Way of Northeast Louisiana

Read. Learn. Succeed. from the United Way of Northeast Louisiana is a community outreach in which  volunteers from the community donate thirty minutes a week to read to second and third graders in local school systems.

Now in its third year, the reading campaign has expanded to four school districts.  

"Research shows us a student who does not know how to read by the third grade is four times more likely to fail to graduate. We're confident this program offers a great return on our investment," says Michelle Saucer, program director. 

Monroe Symphony Provides 'Anchor in the Storm'

May 11, 2016
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The receding floodwaters have left many North Louisiana residents with a sincere appreciation of their community. The Monroe Symphony Orchestra is no exception. The symphony closes out its 45th season with a fundraiser called "Anchor in the Storm" benefiting both the orchestra and the United Way.

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The United Way of Northeast Louisiana's 2-1-1 service is helping coordinate volunteers with those who need help. The free call can be made from a mobile or land line phone.

First Baptist Church of West Monroe is taking applications for help, and applications from volunteers online.

Reading Program Seeks Volunteers

Oct 14, 2015
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A number of second, third, and fourth grade students in four school districts benefit from a volunteer reading program.

READ. LEARN. SUCCEED. is seeking volunteers for its fall session.  United Way Community Impact Director Michelle Saucer says the program continues to grow.  "Last year, we had 428 volunteers reading with 213 students in the districts of Monroe City, Ouachita, Lincoln, and Morehouse Parish."

United Way of Northeast Louisiana

United Way of Northeast Louisiana celebrated the end of a record-breaking fundraising campaign with a luncheon on Monday. The organization raised $4,016,000 during the campaign that started in fall of 2014.

Overall giving saw a 6.7 % increase in giving overall, and employee giving was up 7%.

2014 campaign chair Bob Webber, superintendent of Ouachita Parish Schools, thanked campaign volunteers who were instrumental in this year's success.

Awards were presented to leaders in various parts of the campaign, as well as to the top ten campaign leaders in Ouachita Parish.