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CLASS LCFF Rally March 18th

Pictured: Donors and advocates gathered to enjoy and exclusive screening of the groundbreaking documentary @home.

Pictured: Donors and advocates gathered to enjoy an exclusive screening of the groundbreaking documentary @home.






Documentary Screening @Home Builds Awareness, Raises Funds

@HomeScreeningPhoto2forWebIt was a first for United Way and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce’s  Home for Good Initiative – The premier of the acclaimed documentary @home at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood. Showcasing the hard truths of living on the streets through the personal stories of people experiencing homelessness across the nation, @home delivered the clear message that ending homelessness can and should be a reality.

Not only did @home deliver a voice for the 58,000 homeless individuals in our county, but its emotional impact helped raise almost $10,000, including a generous match from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation,  that will help support permanent housing solutions for those in need.  Over 100 donors and advocates were in attendance and were able to hear from the film’s once homeless subject, Mark Horvath, and other panel members, including, United Way supporter and volunteer Marti McFall, and Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair, Jerry Neuman.

The event was one of many ongoing programs to support United Way’s goal to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016. Thank you to all of our donors who have contributed to our work. With your continued support, we can get closer to reaching our goal. To donate, please click here.





Advocating for Student Education Needs



As part of our goal to reach a minimum graduation rate of 75% in L.A. County, United Way and seven premiere organizations have founded the Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS).  CLASS is a broad-based coalition of over fifty civil rights, parent, teacher, community-based and education organizations dedicated to ensuring that all students receive an equitable education.

CLASS  launched its first campaign that advocates that California’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will directly benefit LAUSD students who have been at a structural and educational disadvantage for years: low income students, foster youth and English language learners.  United Way with CLASS believes that the additional $1.1 billion that is coming to LAUSD because of the large population of high needs students must go directly to the schools with the highest concentrations of need. When the money intended to support these high needs students goes directly to their schools, we can begin to close the staggering achievement gap across the district and ensure that all children receive an equitable, quality education.

United Way and our community partners have organized a grassroots movement around LCFF. Through a series of  town hall meetings in all seven board districts of LAUSD, we have led a massive outreach effort to almost 1,000 teachers, parents, students, community members, and faith-based leaders. In addition, we are driving a petition that has gained over 3,500 signatures from supporters.

Please Join the Movement!

A press conference and rally will be held on March 18th outside of the LAUSD headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. More than 150 advocates from across the district will demand that the Superintendent and Board prioritize the students that need the most help when making budget decisions!


Email for more information on LCFF  and the upcoming events. You can also check out the new CLASS Facebook page for photos and updates!




Reaching the Unbanked and Underserved Across America 

TriAnnualPhotoforWebIn partnership with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation  (FDIC) and the Los Angeles Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI),  United Way hosted a convening of 60 AEI members, including  major banks, city, county, state agencies,  and United Way partner organizations.  As part of a national initiative to establish broad-based coalitions of financial institutions, community-based organizations and other partners in several markets across the country, the convening helped drive the mission to bring all unbanked and underserved populations into the financial mainstream by expanding basic retail financial services, including savings accounts, affordable remittance products, small-dollar loan programs, targeted financial education programs, and other asset-building programs, for underserved populations.

Currently,  15% of L.A. County’s population lives in poverty, meaning individuals and families often have to choose between paying the rent, buying food or seeking medical care. Helping these individuals overcome economic barriers, such as lack of liquidity to carry account balances and lack of basic banking knowledge, can help maintain the financial viability of low-income populations across the county.  By accessing the mainstream financial system, these households can build savings and improve their credit-risk profiles in order to lower their cost of payment services, eliminate a common source of personal stress, and gain access to basic financial services that promote asset accumulation.

As part of our overall mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors, United Way is a proud participant in the Alliance for Economic Inclusion. We would also like to recognize our corporate partner, Bank of America, for their support of the initiative, helping us achieve a mutual goal to strengthen the financial stability of low-income families and veterans in Los Angeles County.

For more information, please call:  213-808-6282 or email:






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Thank you O’Melveny! With the help of generous corporate leaders, like you, we are building a better Los Angeles!




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Screening Success!

Over 100 supporters and advocates joined United Way and Home For Good at a special screening event last night at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood!

Our kickoff screening of the documentary film, @home, was a great success helping to spread the word about homeless services and the work of Home For Good and our partners to create lasting change in LA. The film spotlights the issue of homelessness through the personal stories of people experiencing homelessness across the nation. After the film, we were honored to have a strong panel, including  the subject of the film Mark Horvath, United Way supporter and volunteer Marti McFall, and Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair Jerry Neuman.

We would like to give a special thank you to the following supporters who helped make this night possible:

  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Kindling Group
  • @home
  • Susanne Suffredin
  • Mark Horvath
  • Marti McFall
  • Jerry Neuman
  • Neil Haltrecht
  • ArcLight Cinemas

Thank you to everyone that attended the screening and for those of you that donated at the event! Check out pictures from the event on our Facebook HERE!

Home For Good Intern Elizabeth Ul Home For Good Director Christine Marge Co-Chair Home For Good Jerry NeumanOn Monday, March 3rd,  our intern Liz Ul joined Director, Christine Marge, and Business Leaders Co-Chair Jerry Neuman the openning of a newly renovated permanent supportive housing project in South LA and brought back this review of the event and the partnerships that brought this project together. 

Monday’s grand opening celebrated the successful renovation of a formerly blighted property in South Los Angeles into a 56 units of permanent supportive housing. The property which opened in August of 2013, is a mixed-use building that houses formerly, chronically homeless individuals and families. During the event, project partners urged the work to continue, highlighting that this type of successful collaboration needs to be replicated if we want to solve our homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County.  

At the event, residents of the building, gave moving testimonies providing great insight into the struggles of their experience living on the streets and  how their dignity, physical and mental health was restored once they had a place to call home. One resident, Sal Tovar, brought guests into his apartment with a big, “Welcome to my home!,” explaining that he hasn’t been able to say those words in many years. As Home For Good Business Leaders Task Force Co-Chair, Jerry Neuman, closed his speech, he acknowledged the struggles of the over 58,000 people, like Sal, living on our streets in LA County, and closed with an heartfelt, “Sal, you are Home For Good.”

This project was made possible by City of LA & HCID, HACLA, Housing Works, West Bay Housing Corp., the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Home For Good Funders Collaborative, Restore Neighborhoods LA and Insite Design Group. It is truly an example of a successful collaboration across sectors. Thanks again to our partners and all those in attendance to celebrate the opening and to those residents that were kind enough to share their stories!

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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.

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It’s no secret that with the right ingredients, your campaign kick-off event will be a huge success!  We would like to recognize our friends at O’Melveny & Myers for being an outstanding United Way and community supporter.  All you need is a little food, great people, a heartfelt message, and a fun theme!  Members of the O’Melveny & Myers Los Angeles office brought their campaign to life by empowering the real ‘Super Heroes’ of our community, our donors.  Thank you O’Melveny, we could not fight poverty without you!

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Dear Leadership Donors: 

The issues of poverty in our community are becoming increasingly visible. You have most likely noticed a homeless neighbor sleeping on the sidewalk, driven by a group of children walking on the street after school with nowhere to go, or seen a veteran asking for help on the side of the road.

Every time I think about individuals experiencing poverty in our community, I think about the impact we are currently making through our important programs and how we are doing more and more every day. This past month, we honored 25 exemplary teachers at our First Annual Inspirational Teacher Awards as part of our goal to increase the graduation rate in L.A. County to a minimum of 75%. It was a momentous evening and the launch of an important campaign to publicize the impact teachers have on student achievement. I invite you to view a short clip highlighting the evening’s inspirational moments here: 

As we continue our work to increase the graduation rate and prepare individuals for success in the workplace, we know that poverty will decrease over time. However, for over 58,000 individuals who have no place to call home, that burden is a current reality. United Way’s partner, Community Solutions, and their 100,000 Homes Campaign, was recently featured on a thought-provoking episode of 60 minutes with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. It is called “Housing the Homeless Can Save Money,” and I hope you will take a moment to view the piece here: Way knows permanent supportive housing solutions work, lessening the cost on public services by 43% and, in the end, lessening the burden on tax payers like you.

The fight against poverty is a crucial one and I am so thankful for donors like you who support the tremendous value United Way delivers in our community. 

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Elise C. Buik
President and CEO
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
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Thank you for being a Leadership Donor. Because of your generous gift, you are an integral part of a unique network of individuals and have access to some very special benefits.

As a leadership donor, you are distinguished amongst thousands of donors as a key community figure in creating pathways out of poverty. Additionally, you have the exclusive opportunity to experience a variety of events and programs connecting you directly to the impactful work your gift supports.

On behalf of the individuals who now have a home because of you, the children who now have the promise of a future, and the families and veterans who can build a life, thank you for being a leadership donor.

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volunteeropportunities Interested in joining the Emerging Leaders? Come volunteer with them and lend a hand to several beautification projects at El Sereno Middle School on Saturday, March 8th, from 9AM to 2PM.  El Sereno MS is a LAUSD school participating in United Way’s Leadership Matters program!

Here is a short video of the mural painting we did in 2012. This year we are embarking on some slightly more creative projects with the help of our partner, L.A. Works.  

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El Sereno Middle School

2839 North Eastern Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90032


Saturday, March 8, 9:00am-2:00pm


Emerging Leaders, friends and family are all welcome

 If you have any questions, please contact Volunteer Services Manager, Jessica Yas at or by calling 213-808-6463



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