The Exchange: Helping North Louisiana non-profits and businesses thrive

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE) - From fighting poverty to mentoring kids, North Louisiana has several has several non-profits and small businesses. No matter the force behind the group, a Ruston program is making sure it thrives.

The Exchange: Mobilizing Community Impact.

Watts is the executive director for the Ross Lynn Charitable Foundation. She said, "In general the life of non-profits are growing."

Watts established her foundation in memory of her son, Ross Lynn. She said he had a heart for helping and serving communities.

His desire is the force behind "The Exchange," an organization started to make sure small businesses and non-profits are successful.

Dylan Sander oversees the program. He said, their goal is to "Nurture and create a new generation of philanthropic people, a new generation of giving people."

He says they support the groups with everything from marketing, writing grants to networking. Sanders says some non-profits they support have already helped the area fight vital issues.

"Issues of hunger, transportation, and shelter," he said.

Current Groups:

-Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana
-Jackson Parish Sheriff's Dept
-Louisiana Center for the Blind
-Family Counseling Center
-North Central LA Arts Council
-Rolling Hills Ministries
-Trinity UMC Missions & Outreach
-LongLeaf Farm
-Christian Community Action
-H.E.L.P. Agency
-Louisiana Methodist Children & Family Services
-Medcamps of Louisiana
-Seeds of Light
- Union Museum Of History & Art
-Domestic Abuse Resistance Team
-Lifehouse Ministries
-The Owl Center
-Ruston Community Men's Shed
-Ruston Farmers Market
-Star J Literacy Program, Inc.
-Wesley Foundation at LA Tech

Interested groups can check out The Exchange's website for more information: