UCLA is once again asking the Bruin community to show its spirit of caring and generosity and contribute to the annual UCLA/United Way campaign.

The United Way of Greater Los Angeles and UCLA have partnered for more than 50 years to support services and programs that help the most vulnerable people in Los Angeles County. Last year, contributions from UCLA faculty and staff totaled $113,000.

“While our donations have had a positive impact, we can still do more to address our county’s greatest needs,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block wrote in an email to the campus community (PDF).

United Way focuses on housing, education and financial stability. One of its successful programs is Home for Good, which housed more than 30,000 formerly homeless residents in the last two years, reduced veteran homelessness and placed nearly 3,000 veterans in living-wage jobs since 2016.

“United Way’s education initiatives are particularly relevant to our teaching mission at UCLA, as they are working throughout the county to increase the number of high school students who graduate ready for UC and CSU,” Block wrote.

The annual UCLA/United Way campaign, which launched April 1, will also have a presence at this year’s spring football game on April 20 at Drake Stadium. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, which will go to the UCLA Community Programs Office Food Closet to assist food-insecure students at UCLA.

This year’s UCLA/United Way Committee is co-chaired by Michael Beck, UCLA’s administrative vice chancellor, and Johnese Spisso, associate vice chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences.

Those who are interested and able to participate can visit the UCLA/United Way campaign website to make a donation with a one-time gift or through a continuing payroll deduction.

For more information, contact UCLA’s campaign committee coordinator Christine Lee at 310-398-8103 or via email at clee@ha.ucla.edu.