2015 UCLA/United Way Campaign
May 26 – June 5, 2015
Facts and Figures
United Way has an aggressive 10-year plan to combat poverty at its roots—homelessness, lack of education and financial instability.
We focus on long-term solutions and work side by side with public, private and non-profit sectors to tackle root causes in a holistic and sustainable manner.
We build on programs and strategies that work, affecting a greater number of our neighbors and communities.
We use advocacy and public policy to change the ineffective systems that sustain the cycle of poverty.
United Way finished year 7 of its 10-year Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan which focuses on providing long-term solutions that address the root causes of poverty and aim to:
- End homelessness through housing stability
- Improve educational achievement by increasing the high school graduation rate
- Build financial stability by offering job training and financial education
- In 2014, United Way’s Home For Good Plan helped place 6,856 homeless individuals into permanent supportive housing, including over 5,000 Veterans.
- Each month, 438 homeless veterans and 125 chronic homeless are being housed in LA County.
- United Way engaged 13,300 Los Angeles County residents through HomeWalk, its eighth annual 5K walk/run.
Improving Educational Achievement
- 12,078 parents received training to advocate for improvements at their child’s school.
- 78% graduation rate for Los Angeles County's 1.5 million students.
- Over 8,900 students have benefitted from academic tutoring and enrichment programs – that’s almost 10 hours of extended learning time per child.
Building Financial Stability Among Veterans
- With almost 330,000 veterans living here in Los Angeles County, and many more to come as the downsizing of the military begins, the need for a coordinated response is urgent.
- United Way launched a veterans initiative seeking to prevent further veteran homelessness through employment and financial stability supports.
- Our goal is to cut post-9/11 veteran unemployment in half by 2017, and ensure their long-term financial stability.
Selected Facts & Figures
- UCLA has participated in the United Way Campaign since 1968, then called the "Community Chest."
- UCLA faculty and staff contributed more than $100,000 during the 2013/14 campaign.
- United Way of Greater Los Angeles raised $67.9 million in 2013/14, of which .86 of every dollar goes directly to programs.
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