Partner Agencies & Programs

Backpack Extravaganza

The Backpack Extravaganza targets children and families from low-income households.  Target age/grades are Kindergarten to 12th grade students who reside in St. John the Baptist Parish. 1000 free backpacks, school supplies and hygiene kits are given to St. John the Baptist Parish (East and West Banks) students each year.

Boy Scouts of America   


Open to boys and young men ages 6-18.  Provides training and oversight to adult volunteers for the delivery of character building and skill development for success in the real world. Includes the areas of leadership, good citizenship, outdoor education, personal fitness, team building, and family involvement.

Cancer Association of GNO


Assists St. John residents with prescriptions, co-pays and supplies for those currently fighting cancer. Also provides preventative and educational services (early detection, stress management, prevention of cancer, and services relating to tobacco and marijuana) and allocates funds for research.

Child Advocacy Services   


Provides advocacy and clinical services to children and families, community education/prevention classes, as well as other services supporting its mission to "...give voice, healing and security to children".

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

St. John United Way partners with Dolly Parton Imagination Library and our generous donors to provide one free age-appropriate book each month, to their home, for all St. John Parish children from age birth to five.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East


Open to girls ages 5-18. Girl Scouts helps prepare girls for future roles as professional women and active citizens. The program model, known as the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, is designed for girls to take the lead and make decisions, steer their own course, and exercise leadership in a variety of arenas (including STEM).

GNO Therapeutic Riding Center


Horse Assisted Therapy for disabled children and adults.

Louisiana Splash and Water Safety


Provides water safety classes, swim lessons, water aerobics and water activities for all ages and abilities. They target special needs, adults, kids, first responders and water safety consulting.

Metropolitan Centers for Community Advocacy 


Metropolitan Centers for Community Advocacy provides wrap-around services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

New Wine Development Corporation/ Kids on the Move STEM 


NWDC works to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families in need in the River Parish region by providing positive youth development through summer camp and before and after school programs.  New Wine also offers emergency and transitional housing. They assist with disaster recovery, as well as health and wellness programs and initiatives. NWDC's Before & Aftercare STEM program is designed to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to students attending St. John the Baptist Parish schools, specifically, those 5 to 13 years of age.

Red Cross   


Emergency disaster services, both natural and manmade. Provides relief to victims of disasters, and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Responds to home fires by assisting families with temporary shelter, food, clothing, and counseling.

River Parish Community Theatre 


Cultivates an appreciation of the performing arts, educates through experience, and fosters a reciprocal commitment to the community to ensure longevity of arts in the area.

Second Harvest of GNO


Second Harvest provides food assistance to over 262,000 individuals in 23 parishes throughout South Louisiana through a network of over 240 community-based organizations.  The mission is to lead the fight against hunger in South Louisiana through food distribution, advocacy, education and disaster response.

Special Olympics Louisiana


Provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

St. John Ministry of Care 


Ministry of Care provides temporary crisis assistance to families living in St. John Parish in the areas of Utility Assistance, Food Assistance, Medicine Assistance, Rental Assistance & Referrals to other agencies.

St. John Theatre


Funds support the St. John Theatre Workshops to expose low-income kids to the performing arts. Through this exposure they become more confident and expressive. These are qualities that will enhance their personal and academic pursuits, causing each child to become a well-rounded member of the community.

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Dial 211
Provides health and human services related information and referrals, crisis intervention and suicide prevention counseling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including help in times of disasters and emergencies. Callers are referred to appropriate community resources to meet their needs.

St. John the Baptist 4-H   

4-H offers opportunities for youth to grow and learn more about themselves and the world around them. 4-H offers youth the opportunity to attend camps and conferences within the parish, as well as, across the state and country. Youth can receive awards, honors, and scholarships for their hard work during their 4-H career.