On Friday, June 19th, the United Way of Greater Los Angeles organized Day of Action where the community, corporate and philanthropic partners came together to mobilize the LA community to help veterans get back on their feet. Over 200 volunteers helped to sort, clean and organize thousands of pounds of donated clothing.
Aside from helping our veterans dress for success, Executive Secretary Treasurer of Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Rusty Hicks, says it best, “We should thank veterans not just with a job, but a career.”
This year, as Los Angeles County strives to end veteran homelessness, we must ensure that all of our veterans are on a path to self-sufficiency. Take action today!
Give: We have a funding gap of $1 million. Vets have rental vouchers, but not the funding they need to pay for a security deposit and other move in costs. Click here to donate.
Advocate: Work with your local communities to advocate for permanent housing in your neighborhoods. Send a letter in support of an Act that will increase affordable housing resources in California. Click here to learn more.
Volunteer: Your time to help spread the word has more of an impact than you think. Share this with your social networks. You may also find local teams working to find homes for those who are eligible. To learn more, please click here.
On June 2nd, we hosted our 2015 Annual Philanthropy Awards. This event pays tribute to our top corporate, civic and community partners as well as our leading affinity group members for their efforts to create pathways out of poverty through fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism. Without them, our work would not be possible.
“Even though we are on the street, you shouldn’t judge us. We’re not all bad – we’re just going through a rough time,” says Tim, a 44 year-old man who has been living on the streets for five years now, and wants get a job and finish school.
Over the span of 100 days, we launched a campaign to shine a light on stories like Tim’s and the 58,000 other homeless individuals in L.A. County who don’t have a place to call home. We asked you to volunteer hours to conduct transformative interviews, to donate in support of someone’s move-in costs and to advocate online for your homeless neighbors through our 100 Days of Homelessness campaign.
Thanks to you, we exceeded our engagement goal. Over 1,000 people participated in our work to end homelessness, and we were able to raise over $68,000 in support of our work to end chronic and veteran homelessness in LA. In fact, everyone’s dollar went twice as far thanks to a generous match.
But this campaign was especially important for people like Le’Vonna, a homeless youth. The journey to permanent supportive housing for people like Le’Vonna becomes real when someone like you believes in their potential.
Our campaign may be over, but it doesn’t mean the work stops. Please check out our #100Days site and consider donating today to bring someone Home For Good. #UnitedForHousing
Motivating Students for Success Through Reading
Last month, in partnership with the National Education Association’s “Read Across America” program, our United Way Success By 6 in the city of Wilmington celebrated literacy, reading and books in a BIG way. By organizing 25 assemblies at six different schools, we took Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham on a book tour and read to 4,688 children in the city of Wilmington!
In addition to the mobilization of this well-known children’s book, we also sponsored 5 author visits at 5 local community based organizations and bussed 500 students from Volunteers of America and local elementary schools to a special theatrical Dr. Seuss Production at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
March 3rd marks the date of this annual reading motivation and awareness program and calls for every child in every community to celebrate literacy on the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in developing student achievement and creating lifelong success. Research has shown that children who are motivated to read succeed in school. #UnitedForEducation
Union Bank Supports Financial Literacy
April is National Financial Literacy Month and United Way of Greater Los Angeles is honoring our corporate partners who support financial education throughout the year. This week we are dedicating a special salute to Union Bank whose employees dedicated nearly 7,300 hours in 2013 to educate families and individuals in low- and moderate- income areas on the importance of financial literacy.
This April, Union Bank will partner with United Way and its agencies to offer financial education programs and help parents, student and communities achieve financial success. The goal is to encourage more than 300 bank volunteers to devote more than a combined total of 4,000 volunteer hours towards the initiative.
“Financial education benefits all involved – students, Union Bank and our employees, the community, the nation and ultimately the world at large,” says Rossina Gallegos, Vice President and Foundation and Community Outreach Officer at Union Bank.
We thank Union Bank for working with United Way to help achieve our goal to increase the financial stability of individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County! #UnitedForJobs #UnitedToEndPoverty
April is National Volunteer Month and United Way of Greater Los Angeles is excited to honor our donors, volunteers and partners who tirelessly share their time and talent to help us permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, children, veterans and the homeless.
Recognizing volunteerism is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to take action and solve problems in our community. It’s about meeting our challenges not as isolated individuals, but as individuals working together to help others and make our city a better place for everyone to thrive.
National Volunteer Month also provides a great opportunity to reflect on how much volunteerism has changed since President Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week in 1974.
Did you know?
• Since 1989, the number of people who volunteer has increased by 60 precent?
• Older Americans from the Baby Boom generation are 40 percent more likely to volunteer than the same age groups were in 1989?
• Scientists have proved that giving and volunteering makes people happy?
Your efforts as a member of our family are deeply appreciated by everyone at United Way. Thank you for being a donor, an advocate and a champion for those in need- but most of all, thank you for United to End Poverty!
UWGLA’s Tocqueville members celebrate the society’s 25th anniversary at the Getty Villa. Guests will enjoy exclusive access to the Sicily Exhibition, a special performance by Tia Carrere and cocktails and dinner in the Getty’s Peristyle Gardens.
For more information on how you can attend this exclusive event, please contact Lisa Kruger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-808-6260.
This June, join us at the Target Terrace at L.A. Live for our Annual Philanthropy Awards. This event will pay tribute to our top corporate, civic and community partners as well as our leading affinity group members for their efforts to Create Pathways Out of Poverty through fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism.
On Monday, January 21, 2013 from 8AM to 1PM, more than 1000 community and corporate volunteers will come together to commemorate MLK Jr. Day in Los Angeles by transforming the campus of Washington Irving Middle School, a Title I school in Los Angeles where 80% of the students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. This school is part of United Way’s Leadership Matters program.
The day’s volunteer projects will include painting math/science murals in the hallways, helping the teachers organize their new curriculum materials, landscaping, painting their new name across the large main entrance wall, and much more!
This is a great group volunteering opportunity for work colleagues, family and congregations. We are also looking for Team Captains to help lead the various activities at the school. Please join us! For more information or to sign up, contact Jessica Yas at 213-808-6463 or email@example.com.