There’s still time for UCLA staff and faculty to support the United Way of Greater Los Angeles in its efforts to abolish poverty by addressing homelessness, financial instability and lack of education.
“For 50 years, the Bruin community has generously supported UCLA’s partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles to address critical needs in our region,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block wrote in an address to campus earlier in May. “Our contributions have helped improve the quality of life for individuals throughout Los Angeles County.”
This 2018 UCLA/United Way campaign began May 1 and continues through May 31.
Last year, UCLA faculty and staff contributed $113,000 to the campaign, which supported initiatives to address homelessness in Los Angeles County, support veterans and increase educational equity.
United Way’s Home for Good initiative, for example, has housed more than 40,000 formerly homeless residents since 2011, reduced veteran homelessness by 60 percent in the last five years, and helped place nearly 2,650 veterans in living wage jobs since 2016.
United Way’s education policy work has helped to increase the county’s high school graduation rate, better preparing students for UC and CSU admissions.
“Supporting these causes is a way for our faculty and staff to get engaged and make a difference in the lives of our fellow Angelenos,” Block said. “With your help, UCLA and United Way can continue to help those in need.”
To contribute to the campaign, staff and faculty can visit the 2018 campaign website to make a donation through a continuing payroll deduction or a one-time gift.