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Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Last year, United Way of Long Island and Long Island Cares came together to create Students United Against Hunger, a project aimed to engage students in a volunteer effort to provide food to the more than 320,000 Long Islanders impacted by hunger.Students United Against Hunger participants volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge to assist in sorting food, personal care items, household supplies, pet food, and school supplies, which are delivered to Long Island Cares’ network of 560 community-based member agencies that provide food assistance to more than 118,500 children on Long...
Friday, March 9, 2012
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a long-standing partner of United Way of Long Island, recently celebrated the success of their United Way workplace giving campaign in support of Long Islanders in need.As an incentive to engage employee volunteers, Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), which manages BNL, agreed to contribute $10,000 for a 500 hour employee volunteer commitment. BNL staff embraced the opportunity to increase contributions to United Way by volunteering in their own neighborhoods—at hospitals, nursing homes, and soup kitchens; or as scout leaders, firefighters, emergency...
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild Long Island program has been presented the award for 100% Program Completion by YouthBuild USA. The award recognized YouthBuild Long Island for leading the way in program excellence and accomplishing the highest student completion rate in 2011. YouthBuild Long Island Director, Elizabeth Morgan, was additionally presented the national Above and Beyond award for her leadership and commitment to the program. YouthBuild is a youth and community-development program that simultaneously addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing,...
Monday, March 5, 2012
United Way of Long Island’s FamilyWize prescription drug discount initiative has saved Long Islanders more than $833,000 since its inception three years ago.  United Way of Long Island was recently recognized with the 2011 Community Partnership Award from FamilyWize for coordinating distribution of prescription discount cards to health care providers and consumers.FamilyWize is available to Long Islanders with limited or no health insurance or who are in need of medications not covered by their insurance plan. The FamilyWize program and can lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35%. “...
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
United Way of Long Island has awarded six grants to local nonprofit agencies serving Long Island’s military families, totaling $75,000 for the 2012 year. Grant recipients include Clubhouse of Suffolk/SC United Veterans, Family Service League, Hope for the Warriors, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Transitional Services of New York for Long Island and United Veterans Beacon House.The grants are provided through United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project, which supports programs that serve Long Island military, reservist and National Guard personnel active in Operation Enduring...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Attainable LI partners—LIPA, US Green Building Council of LI, United Way of Long Island and the Town of Babylon—recently announced winners of the Attainable LI competition. The event awarded professionals and students who submitted next generation, affordable and environmentally-responsible green home designs.The Attainable LI partnership came together in an effort to transform the way homes are built on Long Island and move towards constructing LEED-certified, environmentally-responsible housing that is financially attainable, durable, energy efficient and healthy to live in. The...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
In an effort to recognize the sentiment of Heart Month and Valentine’s Day in a different way, United Way of Long Island and National Grid Foundation teamed up with members of the Three Village Swim Club, a U.S.A. competitive swim team, for a first of its kind ‘plunge’ into a cold pool to benefit United Way’s Project Warmth Program.  Brief remarks from representatives of the supporting organizations were followed by a ceremonial jump into the pool at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket. Check out all the photos at http://bit.ly/wTASJ1 Young swimmers from the Three Village Swim Club ‘...
Monday, February 13, 2012
Eighty students at United Way of Long Island’s Westbury Community School participated in their first community service project by making more than 560 cheese sandwiches for families in need at the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead. In only thirty minutes, the students made the sandwiches, bagged them, counted them and packaged them for delivery to the soup kitchen. The students additionally donated either a monetary contribution or a loaf of bread to the project.“If we had known it was going to take such a short time, we would have made 1000 sandwiches,” said Joshua Monteforte, a sixth-grade...
Thursday, February 9, 2012
United Way of Long Island’s Community Schools Project, supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, recently opened its Atkinson Community Enrichment Program (ACEP) in the Freeport School District. The program operates three days per week—Tuesday through Thursday—from 2:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m at the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School in Freeport. The program offers unique services designed to improve the educational outcomes of disadvantaged students.  It provides a safe and supervised after-school environment that combines teaching and learning with an array of social, health, child and...
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Continuing to Support Long Island’s Safety Net When Needed Most United Way of Long Island has awarded 109 grants to local nonprofit agencies, totaling $1,390,405 for the 2012 year. United Way also continues to pursue funding that helps its nonprofit partners to provide critical services to Long Islanders in need.Despite a prolonged economic climate which has been particularly challenging to Long Island’s local nonprofit landscape, United Way of Long Island has managed to hold steady the grant amounts made to its member agencies and – in some cases – increase the grant allocation amount....

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