Documentary Screening @Home Builds Awareness, Raises Funds
It 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!
Please SIGN THE PETITION.
Reaching the Unbanked and Underserved Across America
In 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: Jstorrs@unitedwayla.org
It’s no secret that with the right ingredients, campaign kick-off events will be a huge success! We would like to recognize our friends at O’Melveny & Myers for being an outstanding United Way community supporter. All you need is a little food, great people, a heartfelt message, and a fun theme to support the important work United Way does to create pathways out of poverty for our most vulnerable neighbors! 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! With the help of generous corporate leaders, like you, we are building a better Los Angeles!