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Congratulations to SAAACheckPresentationteve Cohen of Auto Club!  He  received the “United Way Community Hero” award at our Annual  Philanthropy Awards this past Tuesday evening.

Steve is the Employee Support Supervisor at the Emergency Roadside Service Center in Burbank.  He’s also the handsome man in the back of the photo! Thanks AAA for helping us create pathways out of poverty in Los Angeles!

On Tuesday, June 10th we hosted our Annual Philanthropy Awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown Los Angeles. The event celebrated our top Community Heroes who are Creating Pathways Out of Poverty for the men, women & children of L.A. County.  Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners.


Here’s a fact that might surprise you – there are more homeless veterans in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the nation.   This is unacceptable.

At United Way of Greater Los Angeles, our Home For Good initiative aims to end veteran homelessness by 2016 by enabling permanent supportive housing and services for our service men and women who have fallen into homelessness. On June 3rd, each of us has the chance to take an important action by voting YES on Proposition 41.

Watch Marva's story.

Watch Marva’s story.

Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act, will reallocate $600 million in bonds previously authorized by voters, to fund affordable housing and permanent supportive housing for veterans, with a significant portion supporting housing veterans currently living on our streets. This means that for veterans like Marva, who honorably served in the Navy during the Gulf War and later became homeless here in LA, Prop 41 will help them move off the streets and into housing quicker.

It’s important to note this initiative will enable state officials to use existing bond authority for this effort,  and is likely to save public money in the long run due to the cost savings associated with permanent housing.  Bottom line: Prop 41 does not create new taxes!

United Way supports Proposition 41 because we see the potential impact that these housing resources will have to help end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles. When you vote YES on Proposition 41, you are helping to provide a roof over the head of a veteran like Marva.

California cannot afford to leave these vital housing resources on the table. Join me on June 3 in voting YES on Proposition 41!

Learn more about Proposition 41 at


On Saturday, May 31st United Way Tocqueville Society members and supporters gathered at a private home in the Pacific Palisades for the 26th Annual Tocqueville Society Gala.  Tocqueville Society members contribute at least $10,000 to fighting poverty in Los Angeles County. The celebration took place at a private home  Here’s a gallery from the event:

On Thursday, May 29th, United Way’s Leadership donors hosted our 3rd Annual Career Day. Volunteers lent their support to inspire high school students at Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles.

DayofAction2014GraphicforWebOrganize a supplies drive in your workplace Monday June 2 – Tuesday June 17 (we’ll provide a list of needed items, collection bins, & pick-up for donations). Then, join us on Friday, June 20 to assemble Welcome Home Kits and learn about ways that you can make a difference in your community. Volunteer teams are encouraged to sign-up for this day of community service and fun.  Lunch provided. Contact Jessica Yas to sign-up: or 213-808-6463

AT&T Marketing Center
1150 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Ground Floor Conference Space (Southwest Corner of Olive St. & 12th St.)


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.

Company: East West Bank

Congratulations to East West Bank for a fantastic kick-off week !  Thank you for your continuous support of United Way. Here’s to a successful campaign.

Pictured: Julia Gouw, Dominic Ng, Elise Buik, Robert Lo

Pictured: Julia Gouw, Dominic Ng, Elise Buik, Robert Lo














Emily Wang, Sandra Ko, Agnes Lew, Albert Lau

Pictured: Emily Wang, Sandra Ko, Agnes Lew, Albert Lau














Emily Wang, Agnes Lew, Robert Lau, Robert Lo, Dorothy Chan, Elise Buik, Karen Fukumura, Sandra Ko, Hung Van

Pictured: Emily Wang, Agnes Lew, Robert Lau, Robert Lo, Dorothy Chan, Elise Buik, Karen Fukumura, Sandra Ko, Hung Van


Event Description: A two-fold event collecting furnishing, housewares and move-in kit materials for United Way partners working to move people into permanent housing. 

Dates To Note:

          • June 13-20th- Furnish the Homeless Hosts Drive at UCLA
          • June 15-20th- Furniture and houseware deliveries made to partners, as available
          • June 20th- United Way Day of Action to assemble move-in kits (Location: TBD)
          • After June 20th- Kits available for pick up or delivery


For United Way Day of Action (June 20), corporate partners will collect supplies at their offices and come together to sort and organize supplies that will be distributed to partners who are interested.

Collections will take place at corporate partners’ offices throughout the month, with location of sorting on June 20th to be determined.  Move-in kits can be delivered to or picked up can be arranged with any United Way partner. 

COLLECTIONS: Welcome Home Kit supplies (eg. toiletries, towels, plates, etc)

PARTNER REQUIREMENTS: Notify United Way of the number of kits you would ideally like to have (*actual distributions may depend on supplies and interest). Communicate with United Way staff to arrange delivery or pick up from downtown offices.


UCLA Furnish the Homeless collections, students will be collecting new and like-new furnishings and housewares on and around the UCLA campus on June 13th- June 20th and will be delivering them directly to clients moving into new and turnover units.

Furniture collections will be made at and around UCLA campus by Furnish the Homeless, with deliveries being made to partners located through the County (preference for organizations within 15 miles of campus and/or organizations accepting multiple donations). 

COLLECTING: Gently Used Furnishings; Donated and Like New home goods (* No mattresses will be collected)

PARTNER REQUIREMENTS: Work with United Way to identify client needs and delivery addresses at minimum 1 week prior to the collection week. Communicate with United Way staff leading up to and on the delivery date. Have staff (when applicable) available to accept delivery. All organizations welcome to email interest, preference for organizations within 15-20 miles of campus or accepting multiple donations


If you are interested in this great opportunity for move-in supplies and kits, please email me ( no later than May 23rd

Each year, we celebrate our top corporate and civic partners for their efforts to Create Pathways Out of Poverty through fundraising, advocacy and volunteerism.  This year’s Annual Philanthropy Awards will be hosted at MOCA on Tuesday, June 10th from 5-8PM.  The following companies and individuals will be recognized:


Spirit of Los Angeles Award:

  • Bank of America
  • Edison International
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Target
  • UPS
  • Wells Fargo

Outstanding Executive Champion: David Goodrich – Parsons Corporation

United Way Community Champion: Jonathan Weedman – Wells Fargo

United Way Corporate Hero: Deloitte

Spirit of the Eagle Award: Combined Federal Campaign of Southern California

Miguel Contreras Labor Award: Marvin Kropke – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11

NOMINEES (winners will be announced during the event)

Model Campaign of the Year (Over 1,000 Employees):

  • East West Bank
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Nordstrom
  • PwC
  • U.S. Bank

Model Campaign of the Year (Under 1,000 Employees):

  • Bobrick Washroom Equipment
  • ExxonMobil
  • KPMG
  • Neutrogena
  • TCW

Innovative Campaign of the Year:

  • ACCO Engineered Systems
  • Avery Dennison
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Deloitte
  • Target

Outstanding Public Sector Campaign:

  • City of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Los Angeles County
  • Rowland Unified School District
  • State of California

Outstanding HomeWalk Champion:

  • East West Bank
  • Homeless Heroes – AFL/CIO
  • Jonathan Club
  • Southern California Gas Company
  • TCW

Outstanding Volunteer Team:

  • Bain & Company
  • Bank of America
  • Ernst & Young
  • Tesoro Corporation
  • Valero Energy Corporation

Outstanding Leadership Campaign:

  • City National Bank
  • Comerica
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • ExxonMobil
  • U.S. Bank

Outstanding Campaign Committee:

  • ACCO Engineered Systems
  • Bobrick Washroom Equipment
  • ExxonMobil
  • Neutrogena
  • Phillips 66

United Way Community Hero:

  • Kelly McNamara – Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Michelle Kendig – ExxonMobil/USW 675
  • Ray Sisneros – ExxonMobil/USW 675
  • Shelley Grey – TCW
  • Steve Cohen – Automobile Club Southern California

Outstanding Workplace Ambassador of the Year

  • Andrea Hansen – Bain & Company
  • Barbara Graham – ExxonMobil
  • Eddie Washington – Los Angeles County
  • Reed Harris II & Robert Maullon – Neutrogena
  • Zulema Garcia – KPMG

CSH Lobby Rep. Steve FoxLast month, United Way Program Officer Zahirah Mann and Home For Good intern, Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Ul led a Veterans Group at this year’s CSH Lobby Day. This day of action brought together housing provider leadership, staff and residents, with local and state legislators to advocate for bills focusing on creating affordable housing for California residents. Legislative visits focused on two important pieces of legislation currently under consideration: Senate Bill 391 CA Homes & Jobs Act (D-DeSaulnier) and Assembly Bill 2061 Foster Care Prevention (D-Chau).

Our group educated politicians and advocated for support of SB 391 (CA Homes and Jobs Act), which is estimated to generate upwards of $500 billion dollars towards affordable housing, in addition to 29,000 new jobs in the construction sector. Housing advocates pointed to SB 391 as another piece of the solution, which will reallocate much needed, and currently unutilized, funding to alleviate gaps in housing for our Veterans. Additionally, our group discussed another bill, AB 2061, which focuses on foster care prevention by allocating funding towards housing assistance for Public Child Welfare involved families. According to CSH, “As many as 30% of children in foster care could be reunited with families if the family had access to a safe place to live, demonstrating homelessness is a barrier to family reunification.”  Discussion on the importance of these two bills to provide valuable resources in support of these populations is vital to ending homelessness amongst veterans and foster youth.

All California Assembly Member offices (Salas-D, Brown-D, Muratsuchi-D, Gorrel-R, and Fox-D) that United Way was able to meet with displayed positive interest in the bills and continuing to educate themselves prior to making a decision. These elected officials though rely on their local constituents and community members to inform their ultimate decisions. Californians can take action by contacting their local legislative representatives to support these important bills. Learn how to send your own letter of support to your local representative here.