As the pandemic shocked our support systems, United Way of Greater Los Angeles sprung into action, immediately establishing the Pandemic Relief Fund to provide emergency relief to our most vulnerable neighbors disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and the organizations that serve them.
Initial funding met urgent needs of unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low income individuals, students and families at imminent risk of homelessness due to health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
As we look toward an equitable recovery, we will invest in capacity building for our partners, provide grants to ensure trusted community organizations are stable, and prioritize grantmaking to organizations that are led by and serve Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
This is a pivotal moment in Los Angeles County to recover and rebuild, and we want to prioritize our most vulnerable. Rather than maintaining ineffective models that deepen racial and economic inequities, we have an opportunity to transform. We want to continue making bold investments in education, homeless services, and stability for our working families.
WE HAVE PURCHASED AND DISTRIBUTED CRITICAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SUPPLIES INCLUDING MASKS, SANITIZER, FOOD AND MORE TO HELP AND PROTECT OUR UNSHELTERED NEIGHBORS AND OVER 100 HOUSING AND HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS.
We provided mini-grants throughout the county to 44 trusted community organizations that serve our most vulnerable including faith-based organizations, housing and homeless services, food pantries and youth services.
Helped 196 organizations in the greater Los Angeles area weather the crisis, build capacity, provide protective supplies, and most importantly, serve our most vulnerable neighbors. Partnered with the Los Angeles Rams and KABC for a virtual telethon, providing direct support to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, helping to provide 5 million meals to families. Partnered with EveryTable and Dignity Health to support 16,000 meals for individuals coming inside to newly opened emergency shelter sites.
Because of you, United Way of Greater Los Angeles has been able to help bring immediate assistance and daily essential supplies to people living on the streets, people at risk of homelessness, students, individuals, and families.