UCLA United Way Campaign

2017 UCLA/United Way Campaign

May 1–31, 2017

Facts and Figures

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ plan, Creating Pathways Out of Poverty, combats poverty at its roots by focusing on housing, education and financial stability — the building blocks for a better life and a stronger community.

We design long-term solutions and work side-by-side with public, private, and nonprofit sectors to tackle root causes in a holistic and sustainable manner.

In furthering our mission, UWGLA uses advocacy and public policy to change the ineffective systems that sustain the cycle of poverty in L.A. County.

Creating Pathways Out of Poverty plan aims to:

  • End homelessness for our veterans and chronically homeless neighbors.
  • Increase the graduation rate to 85%, ensuring that high school students are prepared for college and career.
  • Reduce veteran unemployment by half and improve the financial stability of low-income families.

Ending Homelessness

  • In November 2016, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary for HomeWalk, an annual 5k run/walk to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. The event raised $1.2 million with over 10,000 participants.
  • Through our Home For Good initiative, launched with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and powered by over 200 cross-sector partners, we have housed over 33,000 formerly homeless residents and have reduced veteran homelessness by 60% in the last five years.

Improving Educational Achievement

  • L.A. County has the country’s lowest high school graduation rates. Through our education policy and systems change work, we’ve helped increase the county’s high school graduation rate to 79%.
  • We’ve fought to ensure all students have access to quality A-G Courses. 47% of L.A. County students are now graduating meeting UC and CSU admission requirements, compared to 38% in 2011.
  • Through our Linked Learning program, 57,000 students have received internships and real-life work experiences since 2014.

Building Financial Stability Among Veterans

  • 6,600 veterans have been placed into paid apprenticeships and jobs, exceeding our goal by 123%.
  • Over 2,600 post-9/11 veterans have secured permanent employment through United Way’s programs.
  • Through United Way’s investment in local nonprofits and programs, nearly 5,000 families improved their financial stability.

Selected Facts & Figures

  • UCLA has participated in the United Way Campaign since 1968, when United Way was called the “Community Chest.”
  • UCLA faculty and staff contributed more than $220,000 during the 2015/2016 campaign.

Donate online. Make a difference and donate today or request a pledge kit at unitedway@support.ucla.edu

L.A. County is the Homeless Capital of the Nation 4,700 people are homeless in L.A. County, a region with 88 cities that span over 4,000 square miles Over 88% of people housed through Housing First models stay off the streets; only 47% of those housed through models that require graduation or lengthy stays do not end up on the streets again.