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Sunday, November 27, 2016
United Way ALICE® Report: State’s working poor labor force is growing Families and individuals across New York state, including those living on Long Island, are lacking sufficient income and resources for housing, food, child care, transportation and health care, according to a report released today by United Way of New York State. On Long Island, 31 percent of households in Nassau County and 39 percent of households in Suffolk County fall below this income threshold.* In the last two years, United Ways in 16 states have participated in ALICE, which stands for – Asset Limited, Income...
Saturday, November 12, 2016
  Expanded partnership between United Way of Long Island and Atlantic Auto Group provides veterans with the means to be self-sufficient and successful See Fios1 News Coverage In a week honoring veterans, United Way of Long Island and the Atlantic Auto Group in West Islip continue to develop their partnership in support of the men and woman who have served our country, by expanding its Wheels for Warriors program.  Offering veterans the opportunity to own an affordable and reliable pre-owned vehicle, at no cost, the program will now be available to veterans on a year-round basis. Wheels for...
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
United Way of Long Island is the recipient of a $100,000 grant from Prudential Insurance Company of America, providing veterans on Long Island with an opportunity to build meaningful and prosperous careers. This grant supports veterans’ workforce opportunities including VetsBuild, a cornerstone program of United Way which provides hands-on training in green construction at the E3 SmartBuild Training Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with the latest technology and equipment at no cost to the veteran. Assistance in resume development, interviewing techniques, and career placement is...
Monday, October 31, 2016
United Way of Long Island and the Atlantic Auto Mall in West Islip have provided an inspiring young man with a vehicle through the Switching Gears program, a crucial partnership that provides young people with the opportunity to own an affordable and reliable pre-owned vehicle, at no cost. Switching Gears helps those that are dealing with transportation difficulties gain independence and confidence by having consistent access to a vehicle of their own.   The program could not have come at a better time for Anthony, who is an iron worker on the Verrazano Bridge and travels a long distance...
Monday, October 31, 2016
Local businesses, organizations, friends and families took part in the second annual Paddle Battle Team Challenge on the Peconic River to benefit United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild program.  This year’s event raised over $11,300 in support of helping military veterans train and find careers in the green construction industry. The Paddle Battle Team Challenge invited teams of four to participate in a recreational stand up paddle board and kayak race. Paddle Battle founders, East End Tourism Alliance and Long Island Aquarium, welcomed this expansion in addition to their annual traditional...
Monday, October 24, 2016
GEICO associates are convinced they can make it a repeat.  They want to duplicate or even better last year’s $1 million pledge campaign to benefit United Way of Long Island. To top it off, when GEICO associates reached the $1 million pledge mark last year, they got a 100 percent matching gift through the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, bringing the grand total to $2 million for local area organizations.   Throughout the new campaign, the GEICO Gecko is being referred to as “Super G,” which translates to “Generosity” and “Gratitude.” GEICO associates proved they had both when a look back shows...
Friday, October 7, 2016
On September 28, the Long Island Insurance Company (LIIC) held its annual Gala at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage raising over $200,200 for United Way and other deserving causes on Long Island. More than 300 LIIC members joined together for the cause, participating in raffles and bidding on unique, high-end items in support of Long Islanders in need. The LIIC gala annually honors industry and business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the community that has improved the quality of life for their neighbors.  Alana Downey, U.S. Army veteran, a recipient of a car through United Way'...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Recognizes Nation’s Top Zero Energy Ready Home in Patchogue For the second year in a row, United Way of Long Island has been recognized as one of the nation’s top builders, being named Grand Winner in the Affordable Home category from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Housing Innovation Awards. The Awards, which took place in Dallas, Texas last week recognized forward-thinking builders across the country who lead the evolution in the housing industry toward zero energy ready homes (ZERH). This means they are high performance, energy efficient homes with...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
United Way of Long Island recently elected Richard (Rick) S. Hoagland to its Board of Directors. Hoagland serves as vice president of GEICO’s regional center in Woodbury which services more than 1.9 million New York insurance policies. Hoagland previously served in GEICO’s Buffalo, N.Y., regional center as vice president since 2013.  He joins the United Way board upon John Pham’s move to Virginia Beach to head GEICO operations there. “I am honored to join United Way of Long Island’s board representing GEICO,” said Hoagland.  “The relationship between these two organizations is filled with...
Sunday, September 25, 2016
From the Newsroom of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer --  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild program to help disadvantaged young adults earn degrees and build construction-related job experience. The funding is authorized by the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, aimed to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. “This federal funding will help the United Way of Long Island continue its great work by giving many young adults the opportunity to earn...

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