2018 UCLA/United Way Campaign
May 1–31, 2018
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, United WayWGLA uses advocacy and public policy to change the ineffective systems that sustain the cycle of poverty in L.A. County.
United Way’s plan, Creating Pathways Out of Poverty, 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.
- In November 2017, we celebrated our 11th annual HomeWalk, a 5k family run/walk to raise funds and awareness for homelessness. The event raised $1 million with nearly 10,000 participants.
- United, we have provided housing to 40,000+ of our homeless neighbors since 2011.
- We developed a coordinated system in 2011 to match homeless residents to housing that fits their needs. This system is now used countywide by more than 130 homeless service providers.
- Through cross-sector partnerships, we’ve raised $34 million in private donations since 2011 and leveraged over $1 billion in public resources for homeless services over the last six years.
Improving Educational Achievement
- Through our education policy work, we’ve helped increase the county’s high school graduation rate to 81%.
- Each year in L.A. County, 100,000 students graduate but half aren’t prepared with the grades or courses to get into college. United Way led local district policy changes in L.A. County schools that resulted in 49% of L.A. County students graduating meeting UC/CSU admission requirements, compared to 38% in 2011.
- Through our educational opportunities, students in L.A. County have built confidence and skills through more than 72,000 direct experiences with employers in the last 5 years.
Building Financial Stability Among Veterans
- United Way-supported organizations helped to file more than 9,000 returns and secured nearly $11.5 million for low-income families through free tax assistance since 2016.
- Since 2016, United Way helped place 2,649 veterans in living wage jobs, surpassing our goal of 2,600
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 $113,000 during the 2017 campaign.
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