This Wednesday, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Rams, CBS 2, and KCAL 9 are hosting a multi-platform event to support the region’s most vulnerable neighbors affected by recent wildfires

Los Angeles, CA (November 13, 2018) ―  United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Rams, CBS 2 and KCAL 9 are hosting their Fire Relief Fundraiser, a multi-platform fundraising event on air, websites and social media pages Wednesday, November 14, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to raise money for United Way’s Disaster Relief Fund. The fund provides immediate and longer-term support to help the most vulnerable individuals and families affected by wildfires in Southern California.

Tune in to the Fire Relief Fundraiser on CBS 2 and KCAL 9 or stream it live on www.CBSLA.comor on Facebook. Stay updated by following @launitedway and #cbslahelps on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Four Ways to Donate During the Fire Relief Fundraiser:

  • Call in to the fundraiser at 818-821-1080
  • Visit United Way’s website at www.unitedwayla.org/2018fires
  • Text 2018fires to 41444
  • Donate directly on Facebook @launitedway

In response to the Hill and Woolsey fires, United Way of Great Los Angeles established the Disaster Relief Fund on November 9 specifically designed to support Southern California’s most vulnerable neighbors whose lives and livelihood are affected by the current wildfires. United Way of Greater Los Angeles focuses on longer-term recovery for individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. Disaster relief is a critical component in United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ fight to end poverty.

The fund is developed in partnership with the United Ways of Ventura County and United Ways of California.

While United Way of Greater Los Angeles focuses on longer-term economic recovery for a community’s most vulnerable neighbors, it has partnered with the American Red Cross® in order to facilitate immediate relief efforts, including shelter, meals, health services and comfort to those affected by the wildfires. United Way will give 25 percent of Fire Relief Funds generated during Wednesday’s fundraising event to further their real-time support.

Last year, United Way of Greater Los Angeles worked with United Ways across Southern California to provide relief for California’s most destructive fire season through the Southern California Wildfire and Mudslide Relief Fund.

“In our work to end poverty and homelessness in Los Angeles County and through our Everyone In Campaign we often remark that all of us might just be one disaster away from homelessness or not being able to make ends meet,” says Elise Buik president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “We typically see lower-income families reaching their tipping point during disasters and our team has developed innovative strategies and partnerships to deliver longer-term financial recovery to gardeners, caregivers, nannies, housekeepers and other domestic workers, as well as other vulnerable neighbors experiencing homelessness for the first time, or those who are newly at risk of homelessness.”

The Los Angeles Rams have many team members affected by the fire and their Agoura Hills office has been shut down. The team has an ongoing partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and responded quickly to activating their team and platform to raise awareness and disaster relief funds.

“Since the fires began, we have been concerned not only with the safety and well-being of our neighbors, but also the many players, coaches and staff within our organization who call the affected areas home,” says Los Angeles Rams COO Kevin Demoff. “While these fires are still threatening our neighbors and we continue to thank our first responders for their tireless work, we join our partners United Way and CBS 2 News in helping our community begin the long process of rebuilding and recovering.”

"We, at United Way of Ventura County, are grateful for this partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles," said Eric Harrison, CEO, United Way of Ventura County. "Our County has borne the brunt of unprecedented disasters and tragedies over the past year including the Thomas Fire, the Borderline nightclub mass shooting, and now these current fires," said Harrison.

The fund will be administered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which will allocate and distribute funds to support impacted counties. 

About United Way of Greater Los Angeles:

United Way of Greater Los Angeles is a nonprofit organization fighting to end poverty by preparing students for high school graduation, college, and the workforce, housing our homeless neighbors, and guiding hard-working families towards economic mobility. United Way identifies the root causes of poverty and works strategically to solve them by building alliances across all sectors, funding targeted programs and advocating for change. For more information, visit UnitedWayLA.org and EveryoneInLA.com

About the Los Angeles Rams:

The Los Angeles Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – stand as one of the oldest franchises in the National Football League and since its founding in 1937, have garnered three World Championships and sent 30 of its members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2017, the Los Angeles Rams clinched the NFC West title and hosted the NFL’s first Playoff game in Southern California in 30 years. As a professional sports team, the organization is committed to being a valuable civic partner and serving the greater Los Angeles area 365 days a year. The team currently hosts games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with plans to move to a new world-class stadium at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, currently under construction in Inglewood, California, for the 2020 NFL season. For more information visit www.therams.com and follow the Rams’ social media channels.

About CBS 2 / KCAL 9:

CBS-TV is a CBSowned-and-operatedtelevision station located in Los Angeles, California. CBS 2 is one of 27 stations owned by the CBS Television Stations subsidiary of CBS Corporation as part of a duopoly with independent stationKCAL-TV (channel 9). The two stations share offices and studio facilities inside CBS Studio Center in the Studio City section of Los Angeles, and KCBS-TV's transmitter is located atop Mount Wilson. For more information visit www.losangeles.cbslocal.com

About United Way of Ventura County:

Since 1945, United Way of Ventura County has advanced the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income and health, because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. We support local services and programs that are more than just ‘stop gap’ measures, but rather solutions that help create lasting change. We invite everyone to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. When we work together in common purpose, we LIVE UNITED. For more information about United Way of Ventura County, visit www.vcunitedway.org.

About United Ways of California:

United Ways of California improves health, education and financial stability results for low-income California families by coordinating the statewide community impact and advocacy work of California United Ways. For more information about United Ways of California, visit www.unitedwaysca.org.

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