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!

Home For Good Unveils Detailed Action Plan to End Veteran Homelessness; Plan Presented at Press Conference Attended by VA Secretary and Local Officials  

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HFG Ending Veteran Homelessness Press Conference

 

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United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce launched Home For Good in 2010, an initiative to end veteran homelessness in 2015 and chronic homelessness in 2016.  This event brings together national and local government officials, philanthropy, non-profit and the business communities to kick-off the final year of veteran homelessness work.  Since launched in 2010, Home For Good partners have found housing for nearly 12,000 homeless veterans, but significantly more work is needed to reach the goal of eradicating veteran homelessness in the next eleven months. The goal of the press conference is to call on each sector to publicly renew their commitment to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year and lay out the action plan to reach this goal.

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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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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.

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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

Kneeling Left to Right: Jeff Rosane, Stacie Rosane, John Porter, Josh Fullwood Standing Left to Right: Christine Beardsley, Ryan Beardsley, Sue Porter, KaBoom, Mike Perkins, Julie Elliott, Jeff Elliott, Ariana

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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!