As the year comes to a close, we’re celebrating everything YOU helped United Way of Greater Los Angeles accomplish this year. Thank you for uplifting our communities through countless volunteer hours, incredible donations, and powerful advocacy efforts that’ll affect our most vulnerable neighbors for years to come. Thanks to you, we were able to bring new beginnings to thousands of men, women, children, and families in L.A. County. Here are just a few things we accomplished together.

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1. WE COMMITTED TO GETTING EVERYONE IN

You rallied around our neighbors experiencing homelessness. With your support, we launched a campaign called Everyone In™ that focuses on ending homelessness across Los Angeles County by educating Angelenos and providing critical services and homes to those who need it most.

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2. WE GOT CLOSER TO CLOSING THE EDUCATION EQUITY GAP

You said YES to giving all students the opportunity to complete college. In June, you joined the United Way-led Communities for Los Angeles Student Success (CLASS) Coalition in rallying the Los Angeles Unified School Board to pass the “Close The Gap” resolution with unanimous approval.

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3. WE RAISED $2.2M+ TO SUPPORT THOSE AFFECTED BY WILDFIRES

You opened your hearts and wallets when disaster struck. With our experience from last year’s fires, we sprung into action to create the Southern California Disaster Relief Fund, knowing many of our most vulnerable residents would be without homes or jobs. In a 12-hour CBS 2 Fire Relief Fundraiser we raised over $1M. United, that number keeps growing, now $2.2+M, to help those affected by the fires start the long process of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.

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4. WE PROVIDED CRUCIAL SUPPORT FOR A SHELTER IN KOREATOWN

You said YES to supporting ALL of your neighbors. Our survey heard you loud and clear, a majority of residents (63% to be exact) support longer-term supportive housing built in their neighborhoods. Together with City Council President Herb Wesson and Koreatown community representatives, we emphasized solutions and negotiated an agreement on a go-forward strategy for a new shelter’s location.

5. WE SHOWED THE WORLD THAT WOMEN ARE UNITED ON ENDING HOMELESSNESS

You showed up and spoke up to create change. Together, we came out in force to support the second-annual United State of Women Summit and proved that when it comes to our values, we’re adding #EveryoneIn alongside #MeToo and #TimesUp.

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6. WE CHALLENGED L.A. COUNTY TO FIND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

You accepted the challenge to end homelessness in Greater L.A.! We received innovative ideas in the first-ever L.A. Homelessness Challenge and awarded two $200,000 prizes to help The Illumination Foundation and Venice Family Clinic turn their ideas into action.