Urban League of Louisiana During COVID-19: We Don’t Pause, We PIVOT!

Urban League of Louisiana

The Urban League of Louisiana has diligently and continuously asked the question “What’s the MOST we can do?” as the pandemic continues to sweep through every aspect of our lives. As we have worked to quickly pivot and meet people where they are in the midst of these unprecedented events, we wanted to share with you how the Urban League of Louisiana has taken action since the shutdown of the state.

Advocacy and Social Justice

ULLA’s 2020 Census Campaign strategy quickly adjusted canvassing and face-to-face events, pivoting to virtual efforts. Beginning with a Digital Census Day activation, ULLA worked with over 100 partners in New Orleans and Baton Rouge by providing a digital toolkit promoting awareness through social media, emails, newsletters, phone calls, and text messaging. In addition, ULLA reached over 25,000 families at each of the New Orleans Citywide Feeding Program locations on Census Day, providing flyers about how and why to be counted. If you have not been counted yet, please visit Census 2020

Census 2020

In addition, the Urban League of Louisiana released Reform, Recover, Re-Open: Essential Strategies for an Equitable COVID-19 Response in Louisiana to help guide efforts to increase the health and safety of the most vulnerable citizens and workers as leaders contemplate re-opening local economies. To read the complete plan, visit https://urbanleaguela.org/2020/04/22/urban-league-releases-reform-recover-reopen/

COVID-19 Updates Website
On Thursday, March 12 we created our “one-stop resource site” that includes a wealth of information and resources for the people that we serve and the general public. You may access it via this link: www.urbanleaguela.org/covid-19-updates

Workforce and Economic Development
ULLA’s Office of Workforce Development is hosting Virtual Job Fairs to connect job seekers to current job openings in positions in essential industries including retail (pharmacies/grocers), food service (restaurants), transportation, healthcare, hospitality (food service) and construction. Visit www.urbanleaguela.org/virtual-job/ to sign up for the next virtual job fair.

ULLA’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is providing its core services and scheduled trainings through online platforms. The CEI is hosting regular webinars directly related to the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses. These online sessions are accessible to the Center’s existing clients and other small business owners across Louisiana. For more information, visit www.urbanleaguela.org and click on the Events tab at the top.

Education & Youth Development
ULLA’s Center for Education & Youth Development is providing a wealth of resources to parents and students via our website and through email and person-to-person telephone updates from the Parent Information Center. Visit www.urbanleaguela.org/covid-19-updates/ to view how our Parent Information Center has pivoted.

To those that have experienced this virus first-hand, know that our hearts and prayers are with you. Please visit our website and reach out to us if you are in need of our help.

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