VICENTE WITH THUMBS UPJune 18, 2021 (Deer Park) – The Bob Woodruff Foundation has made a generous contribution to United Way of Long Island’s Mission United. This gift will provide nearly 500 local veterans with financial assistance for food.

The need is particularly significant as over 95,000 veterans live in our communities, many who are seniors and especially vulnerable since the COVID-19 outbreak. Approximately 1 in 3 Long Islanders*, including veterans, are struggling to make ends meet or live on fixed incomes. The food assistance from Bob Woodruff Foundation will help veterans maintain good health and provide for themselves and their families.

“We’re all hopeful for a brighter future beyond COVID-19, but right now millions of veterans, their families, and caregivers are still facing challenges that were created or exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “Through these grants, the Bob Woodruff Foundation is helping veterans and their families access high-quality care and resources, eliminating barriers to their success, and empowering them to thrive.”

“The Bob Woodruff Foundation has been a longtime supporter of United Way of Long Island and we are pleased to continue our partnership. Their generous gift will help ease the burden for hundreds of veterans, especially as many are trying to recover from an extremely challenging year. Giving back to our service members is still as important as ever,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President & CEO of United Way of Long Island.  

To learn more about United Way of Long Island’s Mission United, visit www.unitedwayli.org/missionunited.

*ALICE in New York: A Financial Hardship Study, 2020 Report, viewable at www.unitedwayli.org/ALICE2020.

Photo Caption: Thanks to funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, veterans like Vicente were able to receive financial assistance for a bountiful supply of nutritious food.

About United Way of Long Island    
United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, financial stability and health. We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  United Way of Long Island is part of a worldwide network spanning across 41 countries and territories, including more than 1,200 local organizations in the U.S. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit UnitedWayLI.org, or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation:
The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was wounded by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, BWF has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans, including suicide prevention, mental health, caregiver support, and food insecurity. To date, BWF has invested over $80 million to Find, Fund and Shape™ programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members, and their family members, across the nation, reinforcing the message that BWF has ‘Got Your Six’. Stories of success and innovation from BWF’s network of partners can be found at gotyoursix.bobwoodrufffoundation.org. For more information, please visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.