In the Community

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Looking for more ways to get involved? Check out this page to see some of the events happening within your Los Angeles community.

Los Angeles Veteran & Family Stand Down

December 20th-22nd @ Los Angeles Convention Center

Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation.  The Vet Stand Down will provide veterans housing assistance, employment assistance, treatment/consulting, support groups, and much more!  Click here to learn more about the Vet Stand Down and how you can contribute (as a donor/volunteer).

Emerging Leaders Regional Mixer

January 20th @ Golden Road Brewing

Sponsored by PCL Construction, the regional mixer calls for all young professionals.  Come out to network and learn about the work United Way is doing within the community.  For more information about the event, please visit our event page and register today!

2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

January 27th-29th

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is completing the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in January 2015 and they need your help!  Join us to make a difference in the lives of our homeless neighbors throughout Los Angeles County.  Click here to register and learn about the available roles!

Donations Provide Grants for Financial Hardship

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3, 2014 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is once again inviting customers and employees to contribute to the company’s Gas Assistance Fund, a bill-assistance program that helps income-qualified customers facing financial hardships with a one-time grant of up to $100 per customer. As in years past, SoCalGas partners with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles to distribute the funds to customers who face hardships.

“The Gas Assistance Fund gives help to some of our customers who are facing emergency situations,” said Gillian Wright, vice president of customer services for SoCalGas. “We’d like to thank our caring customers and employees whose generous donations for 31 years have helped improve the quality of life of our customers who need extra support. We gratefully welcome their support.”

“This year, we can help thousands have the gift of warmth,” said Christine Marge director of housing stability at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “No one in our communities should have to choose between keeping warm or buying groceries. We are grateful to those who have supported the program for the past 31 years and continue to support those in need through the Gas Assistance Fund.”

Anyone interested in making a contribution is asked to mail their voluntary tax-deductible donations to: United Way, Gas Assistance Fund, File 56826, Los Angeles, CA 90074-6826, or donate online at www.unitedwayla.org.

Since the program’s inception in 1983, SoCalGas customers, employees, and shareholders have contributed more than $21 million, with funds distributed annually. The Gas Assistance Fund is administered by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and has so far helped more than 220,000 SoCalGas customers pay their natural gas utility bills in times of need.

SoCalGas collects donations to the Gas Assistance Fund throughout the year and will distribute the funds between February and the end of May 2015, or until they are depleted. Customers can visit socalgas.com (search “GAF”) to learn if they qualify for a grant. SoCalGas and United Way of Greater Los Angeles work with 80 to 100 volunteer, nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout its service territory to help income-qualified customers obtain a grant to pay their natural gas utility bill.

In addition to the Gas Assistance Fund, SoCalGas offers other customer assistance programs and services that can help customers manage home energy costs during the winter months. More information is available at socalgas.com or toll-free at (800) 427-2200 or (800) 342-4545 in Spanish.

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The Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) is a partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) and United Way of Greater Los Angeles to help income-qualified families pay their electric bill, providing partial financial stability during a time of great need.

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TUntitled2he EAF program was started in 1982 as a seasonal winter program lasting only eight to twelve weeks and helping on average 4,000 families. The program has since grown to meet the expanding need of the community, serving approximately 14,000 households over a 12 month period. Since 1982, SCE and its employees have assisted over 200,000 families through investments of approximately $12 million into the program with an additional $4 million contributed from their customers. SCE and United Way of Greater Los Angeles have partnered for over 30 years on the Energy Assistance Fund. “United Way of Greater Los Angeles is pleased to partner with Southern California Edison on their Energy Assistance Fund, also known as EAF.” says UWLA President, Elise Buik. “Here in LA County, one in five children lives in poverty. The United Way is committed to creating pathways out of poverty so that every hard-working family and individual has the tools they need to be financially stable. We know that even the smallest amount of help can make a tremendous difference for someone in need.” “As the fund administrator for the EAF program, we work with over 70 community based organizations to provide payment assistance to customers who are unable to pay their bill.” continued Buik.

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How Can You Help?

Today’s tough economic times have hit Californians hard. Many of our neighbors need help paying their energy bills—especially seniors and families with children. The United Way and SCE work together to provide up to $100 per 12-month period to qualified customers struggling to pay their electricity bills.

 

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United We Can End Poverty. Are You In?

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

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The Los Angeles County Employees Charitable Giving Campaign is off to another exciting start this year!  Thank you to all of our Los Angeles County Employees for helping to improve Los Angeles and in helping those in need.

A very special THANK YOU goes out to the outstanding folks at Goudy Honda!  Goudy Honda has generously donated a beautiful 2014 Honda Civic to be awarded in a drawing for the Los Angeles County Charitable Giving Campaign.  The proceeds from the drawing will help to continue the outstanding work of organizations like the 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.

Art For Good

Join us on September 17th at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood for a night featuring

art reflecting the issue of homelessness in LA!

 

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On August 7, 2014 we celebrated with top HomeWalkers at our HomeWalk Kickoff Breakfast at the Exposition Park Rose Garden.

Click here to register for HomeWalk 2014!


									
								

On Wednesday, July 16, it was a historic moment for veterans across the country when First Lady Michelle Obama and United Way of Greater Los Angeles reaffirmed our commitment to ending veteran homelessness and unemployment in Los Angeles County at our Unite For Veterans Summit.

With the nation watching, the First Lady commended United Way of Greater Los Angeles for our veterans work and called on us to finish the job and create momentum across America.

(Click on the photo to watch the Vets Summit recap video)

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To date, we’ve helped move 14,000 homeless veterans into permanent housing and secured jobs for 9,000 veterans. These vets are people like Marva who ended up homeless, Matthew who suffered from severe trauma, and last but not least, Jim, who had no one to turn to. Fortunately, each of them are now on a stable path and have a safe place to call home.

But our work is just beginning.

Los Angeles will soon be home to an estimated 60,000 post-9/11 veterans in the next few years. Our goal is to ensure these honorable service men and women are able to successfully transition into fulfilling careers and lives.

Join us in making a pledge to be #United4Vets. Publicly share your support with a tweet or email us at veterans@unitedwayla.org to help veterans in need.

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.

United Way and Our Friends in the Antelope Valley

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Christine Beardsley, Ryan Beardsley, Sue Porter, KaBoom, Mike Perkins, Julie Elliott, Jeff Elliott, Ariana

Thank you to the outstanding team at Rio Tinto, who generously provided skybox tickets to a minor league baseball game on Sunday, July 20 for Antelope Valley’s own Lancaster JetHawks!  Thanks to the folks at Rio Tinto, Sue Porter and Stacie Rosane from the United Way were able to share a fun day out at the ballpark with our friends from the Palmdale School District as the JetHawks defeated the Modesto Nuts by a final score of 5 to 2.  

Similar to how the JetHawks represent the town’s long standing association with the aerospace industry, United Way of Greater Los Angeles is thrilled to have partners like Rio Tinto and Palmdale School District that step up to the plate to represent and fight for the members of our community that are living in poverty.  Together, we are making a difference in the lives of so many all throughout our Greater Los Angeles area and together, we will break the cycle of poverty in Los Angeles County!       

 

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JUNE Quarterly Update

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As we come to the end of our campaign year, United Way of Greater Los Angeles would like to thank YOU for your generous support of our mission to break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors. As a leadership donor, you are at the forefront of ending poverty in our local communities.

Your gift is helping thousands of people find a pathway to a home, a graduation and a job. In fact this past year, you helped almost 7,000 people get into a permanent home, helped 25,000 students get into mentorship programs, and helped 1,100 honorable veterans find the jobs they deserve. Your continued support will ensure that united we can end poverty in Los Angeles. Thank you!

CLICK to watch the video below!

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For the the first time ever, Budweiser Made in America Festival is coming to Los Angeles. The Budweiser Made in America is a music festival to benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ work to end poverty. 

Want to see Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Juanes and more at the hottest music festival this summer? Even better – want to go VIP? Recruit 5 friends by July 3, 2014 and you will be entered to win a PAIR OF 2-DAY VIP PASSES (access to the VIP lounge with food concessions, in-and-out privileges, private air-conditioned restroom facilities, etc. valued at $600 each ticket!)

Recruit 5 friends by July 3, 2014 and you will be entered to win a PAIR OF 2-DAY VIP PASSES (access to the VIP lounge with food concessions, in-and-out privileges, private air-conditioned restroom facilities, etc. valued at $600 each ticket!!!)  

Here’s how:

1) Sign-up to our BMIA mailing list: http://bmia.unitedwayla.org/

2) Share your personal link to the world on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Email – wherever you can!

3) Get at least 5 people to sign-up using your personal link by July 3rd.

4) Be entered to win VIP Tickets & be #UnitedForLA!

Once you’ve recruited 5 friends, you’re good to go. So what are you waiting for? This is going to be the event of the summer, and will likely sell out, so don’t miss out! The winner will be announced on America’s Birthday — July 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME MARK LOUCHHEIM

United Way of Greater Los Angeles would like to recognize Mark Louchheim, President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, who will begin his two-year term as Chair, Board of Directors on July 1st, 2014.

Mark Louchheim maintains a strong philanthropic agenda and has been a Tocqueville Society member for thirteen years and is President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment. Bobrick has been holding United Way campaigns for almost 70 years, with almost the entire employee giving going to CPOP, raising over $100,000 this year to help end poverty in Los Angeles. As the new Chair of the Board of Directors, his commitment to create pathways out of poverty for LA County’s most vulnerable neighbors is a top priority in addition to ensuring that United Way’s large network of donors becomes more connected to and engaged with the important community impact their gifts support.

Mark Louchheim serves as President of Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc., a company dedicated to innovating and manufacturing washroom accessories, child accommodation products and toilet partitions used in commercial, institutional and industrial buildings worldwide. Previously, Louchheim was executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company, before being appointed president in 1993. He joined Bobrick in 1981 and began his career at Bobrick’s North Hollywood, California headquarters as a project manager.

Congratulations, Mr. Louchheim! Everyone at United Way looks forward to the next two years of fearless leadership to ensure people get homes, students graduate, and veterans have jobs they deserve!