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United Way of Acadiana Receives National and Local Recognition

Things are rocking and rolling in Lafayette, LA with their great work being recognized from both afar and close at home. As part of the Education Mobilization Group, they are really bringing the United Way business model to life.

On a national level, United Way of Acadiana’s 2011 Women’s Leadership Council video recently won top honors in the Literacy Awareness category of the Literacy Powerline and Literacy Funders Network video contest.

Literacy Powerline and Literacy Funders Network conducted a national search for literacy visionaries looking to build a better future. The contest was open to video entries about innovative ways to build a more literate community.

United Way of Acadiana’s short video won the Literacy Awareness category due to its ability to “inspire and motivate the community to join in the literacy effort,” according to the official award letter.  The video captures the importance of early grade literacy in a heart-tugging show of children reading, parent testimonials, and beautiful imagery. It also highlights the Women’s Leadership Council work with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

Watch the Award Winning Video


Local Recognition

On a local level, United Way of Acadiana’s United Way Readers Program was highlighted in the local newspaper, The Advocate.  The article specifically highlights part of the program where 1st and 2nd graders were paired with high school students to read together once a week. Read the Article

Congratulations to the United Way of Acadiana on this recognition of their great work!

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