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November 9, 2013 Deer Park, NY – The United Way of Long Island has long been a supporter of services for Long Island’s Veterans and Military, who have risked and continue to risk their lives to defend our freedom, national security and way of life.

United Way’s Military Family Assistance Project offers critical support services to Long Island military, reservist and National Guard personnel active in Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom/ New Dawn.   In partnership with five local agencies, this project provides case management for military personnel and their families to secure needed services, financial assistance for emergencies, and employment/job training for returning military personnel.  Our 2013 project partners are Clubhouse of Suffolk/Suffolk Country United Veterans, Family Service League, Hope for the Warriors, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, and United Veteran’s Beacon House.  For more information, please contact Elizabeth Eberhardt, United Way of Long Island, 819 Grand Blvd, Deer Park, NY 11729, 631-940-3712.

United Way’s VetsBuild project provides job training and placement to veterans in the emerging weatherization and energy efficiency field.  This 5-week program is offered at no cost to the veteran and includes training in a state-of-the-art facility outfitted with the latest technology and equipment.  Vet students are offered hands-on instruction, an entry-level OSHA training, one-on-one counseling and job placement assistance, including interviews with green energy businesses.  Graduates interested in developing a career in weatherization are connected to advanced training options.   The program is offered collaboratively by United Way and United Veterans Beacon House.  For more information or to enroll in an upcoming VetsBuild class, please contact the United Veterans Beacon House, 1717 Union Blvd, Bay Shore, NY 11706, Tim Scherer, 631-665-1571.


To support United Way’s programs for veterans and military, visit the Operation LIVE UNITED site  In exchange for a $15 to $20 contribution, participants receive an Operation LIVE UNITED shirt to show their support of the men and women who fight for our freedom and their loved ones who encourage their journey.  Other financial supporters of this project include the Bethpage Federal Credit Union and Allstate.

About United Way of Long Island 

For more than 49 years, The United Way of Long Island (UWLI) has improved the lives of children, youth and struggling families by creating solutions for education, housing, healthcare, financial stability, stable employment and more.  UWLI develops programs and provides funding to over 120 community partner agencies. Together with our community partner agencies, UWLI invests in education to ensure children succeed in school and achieve their potential.  UWLI also helps families become financially stable and independent.  In addition UWLI ensures that our communities have access to healthcare, food, and positive lifestyle choices.  The UWLI expert staff, supported by a high profile Board of Directors, brings together partners and volunteers from across Long Island to discuss issues, raise funds and develop programs for the building blocks of a good life to support:

  • A quality education that leads to a stable job
  • Enough income to support a family
  • Workforce readiness
  • Good health

The United Way has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, for sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency.  United Way offers high impact solutions at very low cost by being efficient, effective and transparent.  85 cents of every dollar collected, goes directly to support programs.

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