(Shreveport, LA) – United Way of Northwest Louisiana will host a virtual spirit week to replace the Annual Celebration of Impact, originally scheduled for April 16, 2020. Celebration of Impact typically highlights the philanthropic involvement of local companies and the impact it has made on the northwest Louisiana community.

“We are grateful to our corporate partners and volunteers for all of their generosity and dedication to helping others,” said Dr. Bruce Willson, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of Northwest Louisiana. “Now more than ever, they deserve to be recognized for how their generosity has impacted our community.”

During the week, United Way will highlight those that help to positively affect change in the areas of health, education, financial stability and essential needs throughout ten parishes in Northwest Louisiana. The Spirit Week schedule is as follows:

· Monday – The Live United award will be presented to Regions Bank for displaying their LIVE UNITED culture and spirit from leadership to its employees.

· Tuesday (Ambassador Appreciation Day)– Announce nominees and winner for Outstanding Ambassador

· Wednesday – Highlight the Volunteer Projects of the Year/Life of the Party

· Thursday (Corporate Partners Appreciation Day) – Announce Top 5 Corporate Partners

· Friday – Malcolm Smoak, Clyde E. Fant Memorial Award, Special Announcement

United Way Spirit Week will be a community virtual/social media event. To join the fun, supporters can share images of themselves wearing United Way gear, tag United Way in the photos and use #unitedfromhome. “Most of us are home, looking for ways to stay engaged,” said LaToria W. Thomas, Vice President of Resource Development. “Although, we are separated physically, we are still united in our commitment to our community.” At the end of the week, United Way will use photos shared as part of the special announcement happening on Friday, April 17.

Attendees who would like to support the United for NWLA Fund can purchase “tickets” to attend the nonevent at www.unitedwaynwla.org/unitedfornwla.   The United for NWLA Fund is donation-driven and will be used to serve ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed) community members in Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster, and Winn Parishes.

Contact LaToria Thomas for questions about sponsorship opportunities, spirit photos, and donations.

For nearly 100 years, United Way of Northwest Louisiana has improved lives of individuals in our community. The organization fights for the health, education, financial stability and essential needs for everyone, while helping those in crisis. United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves agencies throughout a ten parish region, and operates a dozen human service programs of their own. Each United Way organization operates independently of each other and makes decisions by local leaders.