A better way to give. Text WAY to 27722.

“What began as a primarily downtown-specific issue has now spread to every part of the city. We’re generous here in New Orleans; we are quick to lend a hand or a dollar to someone who needs it. This campaign will assure donors that their contributions will go to the truly homeless men, women, and children in New Orleans and help move them to self-sufficiency.”  

- Council Member-at-Large Stacy Head

What is Make Change NOLA?

Make Change NOLA is a city-wide initiative.


United Way of Southeast Louisiana 
Make Change NOLA: A Better Way to Give.

The program combines a public awareness campaign with mobile giving to harness the generosity of New Orleanians and tourists to support organizations working to combat homelessness and poverty.


Funds collected through this effort will go to social service providers that address homelessness, poverty, mental health and substance abuse.


The campaign aims to take a sympathetic approach to the growing number of panhandlers in New Orleans with the understanding that not all panhandlers are homeless and not all homeless individuals are panhandlers.


Make Change NOLA was developed in collaboration with the Downtown Development District, UNITY of Greater New Orleans, Council Member-At-Large Stacy Head, Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell and UWSELA.


To contribute to Make Change NOLA, text WAY to 27722. Each text donates $10, through the giver’s cell phone bill, to the initiative.