Serena Gray, a senior campaign coordinator with United Way of Northwest Louisiana, spoke to the Natchitoches Lions Club Feb. 13. United Way is an advocate for the health, education and financial stability of everyone in every community, and this includes Natchitoches Parish. In Natchitoches, 49 percent of individuals are at or below the minimum of what is required to make a living. Half of this percentage is living in poverty and the other half is considered “ALICE” (Asset limited, income constrained and employed). The United Way is looking for more partners and more platforms to get word out that it offers resources to help people succeed. “Small steps will lead to a stronger community,” said Gray, who informed club members that one of the resources United Way offers is free tax preparation for anyone with an income of less than $54,000 per year.