On Thursday, July 23rd, we celebrated our Leadership donors creating pathways out of poverty for the past 10 years!

During the event, Julia Vincock, a proud US Army Veteran, shared her story of overcoming homelessness.  In 2012, Julia was evicted from her apartment of 17 years and lost all her belongings.  When she came across Union Station Homeless Services, a United Way of Greater Los Angeles partner, she shared, “On that day, I regained my hope completely. I felt it was possible for me to have a home again.”

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Since then, she obtained a housing voucher, got approved for permanent housing and received the funding to cover her security deposit.

On any given night in LA, 4,362 veterans do not have a safe place to call home.  Our Leadership donors are not only bringing an end to veteran homelessness in LA County, but are also restoring hope for all vets.

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Learn about JC Whitney’s Centennial Sweepstakes! Proceeds will support our work in creating pathways out of poverty for veterans in need.

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On Tuesday, June 23rd, 40 Emerging Leaders of Los Angeles County gathered for a night of networking at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles headquarters to learn how an innovative executive advanced in his career by pursuing his passions.

Caitlin Crosby, Founder and CEO of The Giving Keys, hosted the event and interviewed the 2015 CEO Spotlight headliner, Brad Schwartz, President of Pop TV Network. Brad spoke about his start as Lorne Michael’s assistant on SNL before being asked to start MTV Canada from scratch. By taking risks and always aiming to do the extraordinary, at the age of 43, Brad became President of Pop, his sixth network to re-brand or launch.

“Work hard. Impress your boss. Be nice to people. Learn how to follow before wanting to lead. You can’t Google how to be a CEO.”

— Brad Schwartz

By the end of the night, there were 68 attendees, who learned about bringing passion into their careers and becoming true leaders in Los Angeles County.

Ben Lewis, Area Sales Manager of the Southern CA District of UPS and Chair of the Emerging Leaders Cabinet, acknowledged this young group of professionals who give a minimum of $1,000 annually to United Way’s Creating Pathways out of Poverty fund.

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On Thursday, June 18th, United Way of Greater Los Angeles Student Leader, Miriam Antonio, a senior at Fairfax High School, was featured as a Cool Kid on ABC 7. Hear why and how she is creating change within the community:

Get to know some of our other Student Leaders here!

On June 9, 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board voted unanimously for the Equity on A-G Resolution; a recommitment – co-sponsored by board members Monica Garcia, Steve Zimmer and George McKenna. The A-G college sequence is a series of 15 courses that students must pass in order to receive a high school diploma and meet requirements for the CSU/UC college systems.

Ten years ago, the LAUSD made a promise to provide all students access to courses that would enable them to attend a four-year university or pursue a technical career. Now the District is one step closer to aligning its high school graduation and college entrance requirements, and we celebrate this hard-won victory for students.

The United Way Student Leaders and nearly four hundred coalition members gathered outside the LAUSD headquarters in support of the resolution.

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A new recommitment to A-G coursework means that students will continue to have access to A-G on their high school campus. It also means that the District is now tasked with monitoring student A-G progress and researching which high school A-G programs work. Student success will largely require that the District provide needed student and teacher supports and interventions in order to ensure that student’s successfully complete the coursework. Thanks to the unwavering work of this coalition of more than 51 grassroots organizations, students who are “off track” for A-G, will get the services that they require – such as counselors, credit recovery programs and online courses – in order to pass these classes.

We expect that the LAUSD will soon lift the standards to the “C” grade or better requirement. This will ensure that all students have access to the highest quality education and receive a meaningful diploma.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the results of the 2015 Homeless Count.  This information, together with data from Long Beach, Pasadena, and Glendale, gives us a snapshot of the current homelessness landscape in LA County.

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This data marks a pivotal point in our work to end homelessness in LA County and, more specifically, end veteran homelessness in 2015.

Since launching the Home for Good Action Plan in 2011 we have permanently housed 12,818 veterans. However, the data shows that we simply need to work harder and faster.  In order to meet our goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year, we need to more than double the rate we have been housing veterans so far this year. With your support, we know we can do this.

Our valued donors, partners, and community members are the key to ensuring that we can reach our goal in this homestretch and we thank you for the progress we have made so far. We cannot stop there.

We see bright spots in our county, with cities like Pasadena and Long Beach reducing veteran homelessness by over 50% in the last two years. Let’s rally to work together for our brave service women and men.

Take Action

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.

BoeingFor nearly 100 years, Boeing has been deeply committed to supporting our nation’s military personnel, veterans and their families. The company recognizes that service in defense of our nation is an enduring mission, and something that for many continues well beyond their service in the military.

The unique value that these individuals bring to their jobs and communities is nearly unmatched. So when our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and ‎Marines are finished serving, Boeing, through its Global Corporate Citizenship organization, invests in strong programs that help these individuals and their families transition into civilian life and achieve success.

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United Way of Greater Los Angeles President and CEO Elise Buik accepts a grant from Boeing in support of veteran employment initiatives from board member Troy Dawson, president, Spectrolab, a wholly-owned Boeing subsidiary within Boeing Defense, Space & Security.

 

 

As part of this commitment, with a strong focus on supporting current and veteran military personnel, Boeing invested in United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ mission to reduce veteran unemployment in Los Angeles County by half by 2017. With a shared vision to recognize the value of our service members, Boeing and United Way are working hard to provide pathways for building better lives.

In the past year alone, because of Boeing’s support, United Way and its partner agencies helped almost 1,200 veterans secure permanent employment through services that provide job readiness training and placement by leveraging the unique abilities they bring to civilian careers.

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Single mother of two, Lucille McElroy served in the United States Navy for nine years rising to the rank of Petty Officer, Second Class. Upon her return from service, Lucille had difficulty finding a permanent job. Even with an M.B.A., she managed to hold only temporary or commission-based jobs. Through United Way, she accessed programs where she added IT and other valuable skills to an already impressive resume and secured a permanent job that now offers her family benefits and financial security. Lucille tells us, “I now have a bright future for my family.”

 

This year, with Boeing’s support, another 1,650 veterans, like Lucille, will secure permanent employment in Los Angeles County. Together, we will ensure that all veterans are achieving success, so that not one military service member ends up on the streets.

 

Last night, a special group of our Top #HomeWalk 2014 Fundraisers enjoyed a private Meet & Greet with Kobe Bryant! Kobe signed swag and took photos with fans before they enjoyed the LA Lakers vs. Philadelphia 76ers game. Special shout-out to the Lakers Community for making this magical moment happen!

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Vigil for the man known as “Africa” on the streets of Skid Row.

 

We at United Way of Greater Los Angeles express our deepest sorrow for everyone who has been affected by the recent tragedy on the streets of Skid Row. What happened to the man known as “Africa” is heartbreaking and a stark reminder that it is more important than ever to show compassion for everyone in our communities. Every day, nearly 40,000 people are homeless on our streets. Each one of them is part of our community. Our mission is to serve our most vulnerable neighbors — those who may sometimes feel invisible or forgotten. But we see them. We are more determined than ever in our resolve to end veteran and chronic homelessness and do our part to make sure everyone on our streets feels the support and love of the community that surrounds them.

 

With the help of our generous corporate leaders, we are building a better Los Angeles. We regularly highlight our top corporate leaders and salute them for helping us create pathways out of poverty. United Way of Greater Los Angeles extends a huge thanks to these leaders and corporations working with us to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors: families, children, veterans and the homeless.

Thank You to Our Friends at Goudy Honda and the Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Campaign!

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Last fall, the Los Angeles County Employees Charitable Giving Campaign partnered up with its friends at Goudy Honda to create a drawing where one lucky winner would win a brand new car, courtesy of Goudy Honda.  A few weeks ago, the winner of the drawing was announced and we are thrilled to announce and congratulate Sergeant Steven A. Landers of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as the winner of a new 2014 Honda Civic!

Along with the generous support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, we’d like to thank all the participants of the Los Angeles County CGC – the generous Los Angeles County employees, the charitable partners of the CGC (Asian Pacific Community, Brotherhood Crusade, Community Health Charities, EarthShare of California, United Latino Fund, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, and Variety the Children’s Charity of Southern California), and last but certainly not least, our generous friends at Goudy Honda for making this drawing possible!  Together, with the help of our business, public, and non profit partners, we are fighting to improve the overall quality of life in Los Angeles!