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Monday, December 3, 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 7, 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...
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Partnership with FamilyWize delivers significant savings on prescription medications through its free, easy to use prescription discount card United Way of Long Island today announced that residents have saved $7,000,000 on their prescription medications, thanks to its partnership with FamilyWize, an organization focused on improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Through this partnership, United Way has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card, which has helped more than 11 million Americans save more than $1 billion on...
Friday, August 31, 2018
Adults and children learn to be ready before, during and after a disaster September is National Preparedness Month, and with Hurricane Lane recently flooding Hawaii with more than 50 inches of rain, we are reminded that an emergency can happen at any moment. Since its launch in 2016, BeReadyLI.org, a collaboration between United Way of Long Island, PSEG Foundation, PSEG Long Island and 2-1-1 Long Island, has worked to help tens of thousands of Long Islanders prepare before, during and after disasters by encouraging families to take simple steps that help ensure their safety. United Way’s 2-1-...
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
United Way of Long Island today earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress United way of Long Island is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios. "In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO at United Way of Long Island, “we are excited to...
Monday, August 20, 2018
On Saturday, August 18, the First Annual Hamptons Hoops Academy Charity Event was held in support of United Way of Long Island. The event drew the interest of kids from all communities thorough Long Island who are basketball enthusiasts.  What made the day so special is that Hamptons Hoops Academy offered 20 children aged 7-16 to have the opportunity to attend the Academy on scholarship. In coordination with United Way partner agencies, youth from Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation, Girls Inc. of Long Island, the Hicksville Boys & Girls Club and the Boys & Girls Club...

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