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.
2-1-1 LONG ISLAND CALL CENTER
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.
SUPER STORM SANDY, OPERATION RECOVERY & REBUILD
- $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