On Long Island, one-in-three families struggle each and every day to afford the basic needs, including: food, housing, transportation and adequate medical coverage.
Together, United Way and its community partners work to respond to people in crisis, create opportunity for individuals and families to access and maintain housing, assist military families in need and ensure financial stability that leads to long-term success.
YouthBuild Long Island
A free program that provides low-income young adults ages 18 to 24 with hands on training for Housing, Education, Job Readiness/Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Training, Career Development, Leadership Development, Counseling and Graduate Services. Students have hands on training with the latest equipment and technology at our E3 Career Training Center in Deer Park. Read More
Long Island’s only non-governmental emergency fuel fund which provides one-time grants to oil and utility companies on behalf of residents facing heating emergencies. Through a network of partner agencies, struggling Long Island families can apply to Project Warmth and receive information on other local resources to help them address greater financial stability. Read More
Military & Veterans Initiatives
Long Island is home to 100,000 veterans, the largest concentration in New York State. When discharged, they return home faced with physical, emotional and financial struggles as they transition back into civilian employment.Learn more about how United Way of Long Island is helping returning veterans and their families. Read More
The federally-funded Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) provides assistance for food, utilities and shelter to individuals and families in emergency situations who meet the federal eligibility guidelines. United Way of Long Island administers the program for the Long Island region. Read More
United Way of Long Island spearheads housing initiatives that address the needs of residential and special needs populations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Read More