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Monday, January 14, 2019
United Way of Long Island recently elected Steven G. Santino to its Board of Directors. Santino is a Senior Vice President, Senior Growth Manager at People’s United Bank, where is responsible for leading a branch network on Long Island of 69 branches and a team of over 350 retail banking employees. Santino joined People's United Bank in 1988 and has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently he led integration efforts for two strategic acquisitions by People’s United Bank, including 27 Suffolk County National Bank branches after being acquired in 2017, and before...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
United Veterans Beacon House is Recipient of Donations  United Way of Long Island’s largest corporate partner, GEICO, recently participated in the Mission United Veterans Day Supply Drive that benefitted United Veterans Beacon House, which provides housing and support services for veterans and their families.     The drive supported hundreds of veterans on Long Island who are homeless, or are transitioning to independent housing, and are without the basic necessities needed to make life manageable, including toiletries, undergarments, and bedding.    The associates from GEICO’s Woodbury...
Thursday, December 06, 2018
On October 1, 2018 the Long Island Insurance Company (LIIC) held its annual Gala at The Heritage Club at Bethpage raising over $230,000 for United Way of Long Island and other deserving causes. Four hundred LIIC members joined together for the cause, participating in the evening’s fundraising efforts in support of neighbors 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. This year’s honoree was Robert M. Zak, President and CEO of Merchants Insurance Group in...
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Helping Families in Need this Holiday Season United Way of Long Island’s community partner agencies are seeking donations of goods and volunteer services to help fulfill the needs of Long Islanders at this time of year. “During the holiday season, we turn to our neighbors to assist families and individuals - especially children and seniors. Encouraging neighbors to participate in donation and volunteer drives is one way we can work together to strengthen our communities,” says Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island.   Requested items should be new unless an...
Monday, December 03, 2018
Long Island’s Only Non-Governmental Fuel Emergency Heating Fund The winter months can be perilous for families and individuals who are struggling to afford their home heating bills. Lowering the temperature inside can pose serious health risks, especially to seniors and children. United Way of Long Island’s Project Warmth provides one-time grant payments made directly to oil and utility companies on behalf of residents facing a heating emergency. Project Warmth opens to the public on December 3, 2018 and will remain open until all funds are depleted.   More than 30% of families on Long...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
$1,100,000 in State Funding Awarded to 9 Projects Today United Way of Long Island and the Incorporated Village of Hempstead named nine projects as recipients of $1.1 million in state funding as part of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative (ESPRI). State funding provided by the Office of Temporary Disability and Assistance (OTDA) and distributed by United Way of Long Island will unite the selected programs in the Village of Hempstead under one goal: to reduce poverty.  The grants awarded range from $98,000 to $200,000. Working with the entire community to identify the root causes of...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Honoring Veterans And Those Who Support Our Heroes Veterans Day reminds us of the profound sacrifices that our service men and women have made to protect our freedom. In honor of our Long Island heroes a celebration was held on November 8, 2018 during a Long Island Nets game at NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for ‘Mission United Night’. United Way of Long Island acknowledged its longstanding partners in support of Long Island veterans; gave accolades to a recent NYC Marathon runner who was inspired to raise over $10,000 for Team Mission United; and honored two...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Despite an overall improvement in employment and gains in median household income, the economic recovery in New York State, including Long Island, has been uneven, according to an updated report released by United Way of New York State. The 2018 ALICE Report released today details how a large number of New Yorkers, 3.2 million households, or 45% of the overall population, cannot afford basic needs and lack sufficient income and resources to pay for housing, food, child care, transportation and health care. The United Way ALICE Report provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and...
Friday, September 28, 2018
United Way of Long Island is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from Nature’s Bounty Foundation, supporting the Healthy Kids – Healthy Families Initiative. This program teaches pre-school and school-age students and their families fundamental nutritional, health and cooking skills over the course of the year. With a goal of reaching 3,000 children from low-income families, Healthy Kids – Healthy Families works with United Way partner agencies YMCA of Long Island and Pronto of Long Island to develop outreach programs that bridge the gap between eating nutritious foods and leading a healthy...
Friday, September 07, 2018
In 10th year, initiative helped 7,000 students start their year primed for success United Way of Long Island’s Stuff-A-Bus program, in partnership with Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc. celebrated 10 years of helping young students succeed by donating 175,000 critical school supplies to 7,000 students across Long Island, surpassing any prior year. On September 7, volunteers along with members of United Way’s Board of Directors loaded buses with 1,000 boxes filled with supplies including pencils, markers, notebooks, rulers and backpacks that were collected over the course of the summer and...

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