As 2017 comes to a close, we can’t help but be amazed by the support we received throughout the year. Thousands of Angelenos came together to uplift our community through donations, volunteer hours, and advocacy. Thanks to you, we brought new beginnings to thousands of men, women, children, and veterans in L.A. County. Check out some of the incredible things United Way supporters did this year!
1. 10k strong at HomeWalk
Thousands of Angelenos showed up in force at our 11th annual HomeWalk 5k family run/walk. This year's event raised more than $1 million in funds that will go directly towards finding supportive housing for our homeless neighbors. With the help of over 450 volunteers and supporters from all walks of life, this year’s HomeWalk was one of the most successful efforts since its inception. Check out a recap of the festivities here.
2. You said #YEStoHOUSING!
Nearly one million Angelenos voted to pass Prop HHH and Measure H that collectively secured close to $5 billion in funding for proven solutions to ending homelessness. That’s enough to move 45,000 individuals off the streets over the next five years! The Los Angeles community truly came together to give a voice to the voiceless and showed the nation that we say #YEStoHOUSING. You can be part of the movement! Sign the #YEStoHOUSING pledge here.
3. Mentorship paved the way for students throughout L.A. County
More than 29,000 students received the opportunity to learn real, workplace skills to prepare them for successful careers through our Linked Learning program. Companies throughout L.A. County stepped up to the plate and provided relevant internship experience and first-hand learning opportunities. To learn more about this program, click here.
4. Inspiring change through literacy
On September 16, 2017, the Banning Residence Museum came alive with the sights and sounds of United Way’s annual Fall Into Literacy Book Festival. This family-friendly event mixed fun with education and welcomed almost 4,000 guests to the city of Wilmington. This festive event featured more than 40 exhibitors and family-oriented activities, plus children had the chance to take home more than 5,000 free books! With the help of over 100 volunteers and corporate sponsors such as the Valero Wilmington Refinery and the City of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, this year's Fall Into Literacy festival was a resounding success! Click here to check out the fun.
5. Rapid response for wildfire victims
In late 2017, hundreds of thousands of acres were destroyed and thousands of people were displaced throughout Southern California as a result of wildfires ravaging areas from Santa Barbara County to San Diego. United Way supporters were quick to show their support by donating to our Socal wildfire fund. So far, over $530,000 has been raised through online donations and pledges from companies including 21st Century Fox, SoCal Gas, Southern California Edison, and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. There’s still time to help those affected by the wildfires. Donate today!