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2017 Community Report


Neighbors helping neighbors – this is the core of United Way of Long Island’s work. By living united as one community, we can ensure that we remain a resilient and sustainable Long Island – because there is no place like home. United Way of Long Island was able to achieve the following in collaboration with our more than 100 community partners in 2017. 


  • 33,000 children participated in a United Way-supported early learning program and 95% showed an improvement in school-readiness.
  • 8,000 children participated in a United Way-supported tutoring and homework assistance program.  80% improved their grades and showed advancement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  
  • 6,000+ students received school supplies through the Stuff-A-Bus Campaign. 
  • 105 teens received a United Way DREAMS for Youth scholarship or other monetary award and 100% experienced greater success in school.   


  • $1.96 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) were returned to more than 1,775 low-income earners.
  • 18,000 individuals received workforce training, completed high school equivalency diplomas and made progress toward a college degree.  
  • 9,200 people were provided with services in order to remain housed and 98% remained housed.
  • 330 opportunity youths became “Ready to Work” and upskilled for better jobs.  
  • 1,119 families received emergency utility assistance through Project Warmth.  
  • 790 families on the brink of eviction were enrolled in homelessness prevention programs.
  • 503 low-income families learned how to successfully manage their personal finances and began saving for college, homeownership or retirement.
  • 109 veterans received emergency financial assistance, case management, PTSD counseling, and other services to maintain self-sufficiency. 
  • 77 young adults and veterans acquired career skills and credentials for better jobs by participating in YouthBuild and VetsBuild.  


  • 200,000 healthy meals were served by shelters or home delivery programs. 
  • 125,000 children, families and seniors accessed United Way-supported health related services including those for autism, home health care and pre-natal care.
  • 130,000 clients received assistance from the Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP).
  • 50,000 counseling sessions gave people experiencing mental health challenges and addiction someone to turn to.
  • 27,811 individuals received savings of $3,471,683 through the FamilyWize Discount Prescription Program – an average saving of 39% in the areas of mental health, infections, heart disease, diabetes, asthma and others. 
  • 5,000 children participated in the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative to reduce obesity.  
  • 4,500 activities helped build connections and reduce isolation among people with disabilities.
  • 3,000 families received important information through BeReadyLI to prepare before, during and after a disaster.
  • 3,274 individuals received supportive services through the Ryan White Part A/MAI program, managed by United Way.
  • 6 United Way-supported housing projects were built to address the health needs of families.


  • 11,129 calls for help were answered by the 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center – a 6.4% increase from the previous year. The 2-1-1 Long Island website received 274,530 visits.


  • $1.8 million in support and grants from the Robin Hood Foundation were deployed to community collaborations and impacted lower-income families on Long Island with continuing needs due to Super Storm Sandy.  

* Individuals may participate in more than one program.

Data and statistics are to date as of January 2018