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North Louisiana has recently been hit by floods, tornadoes and other unexpected disasters. Tuesday May 21, 90.3 KEDM Public Radio held Policy and a Pint: Preparing for Disaster.

Our panel of experts fielded your questions and provided tips for preparing and recovering from disaster.  The event was be held at Miro's On The River, at 201 Walnut Street in Monroe. 

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Disaster often strikes when we aren't ready. Sometimes the damage is more than we can handle. The United Way offers the 2-1-1 service to help.  Janet Durden is the Executive Director of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana. She says the United Way offers the 2-1-1 service for non-emergencies. The 2-1-1 operators match the callers needs with available local services.

Local Citizens Gather To Help Area Non-Profits

Jan 31, 2019
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A fairly new organization is gearing up to fund 4 community organizations each year. Lead by Camille Pearce, the organization needs 100 people to donate $100 each in an effort to help a local nonprofit. The quarterly meeting will be held February 4, 6:15 p.m. at the Flying Tiger Brewery, 506 North 2nd Street in Monroe. All in the community are welcome including businesses. The meeting will last around 45 minutes and pizza will be served after. 

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Many homeless people can lose all hope. Captian Jerry Casey with the Salvation Army says the emphasis during the holidays is always enstilling the idea that things will always get better.  

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Sometimes we are not able to find appropriate resources and appropriate solutions to a life problem.  We may not have adequate knowledge about the community resources or we may not know how to search for a particular service.  United Way provides 2-1-1 as a "tool" or a service that connects people to resources.

Jan Wawrzyniak director of 2-1-1, described the service as a "community connection" that "increases access to help for anyone and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." 

Local students read their favorite holiday stories as part of the 90.3 KEDM Give the Joy of Learning reading campaign.  1,700 books were distributed to area 1st and 2nd graders in 13 local schools.   

Layla Calhoun - I Love Christmas by Hans Wihelm

Riley Trappey - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Santa's Big Day! from Bendon Publishing

Cruse Flowers - Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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KEDM Staff and volunteers from the Miss Louisiana Organization delivered 1,700 books to students in thirteen area schools as part of the "Give the Joy of Learning" year-end fundraising campaign.

The campaign was designed to send new books home to each 1st and 2nd grader in the United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s Read. Learn. Succeed. schools to encourage literacy in the home.

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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.

Start a New Chapter with READ. LEARN. SUCCEED.

Sep 27, 2017

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. 

A Colorful Way to Live United

Sep 5, 2017
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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.