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United Way Day of Action 2019

Every year, United Way of Greater Los Angeles and its supporters participate in a Day of Action, bringing help where it’s needed most. Join us — along with Everyone In and our Young Civic Leaders Program (YCLP) — as we help our YCLP members start their college journey with the supplies and confidence needed to be successful. Your efforts can start early too! All volunteers are encouraged to host a DIY Donation Drive prior to United Way’s 2019 Day of Action using this College Survival Supplies Drive DIY Toolkit. Please bring collected donations on June 22. Items must be new or unopened and include school supplies, dorm room items, store gift cards, luggage, technology, and more. At the event on June 22, you’ll help sort all donated items but you’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about our homeless neighbors. Everyone In community organizers will be on site to teach you about the links between homelessness and the struggles of first-generation college students. Event Details When: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Where: United Way of Greater Los Angeles Address: 1150 S. Olive St., 4th Floor Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA 90015 For more information or how you can get involved, click the button above or contact United Way’s Engagement Manager, Brian Rosenbaum at [email protected]

Los Angeles, CA

6/22/19 10:00 AM

Volunteer Compton 7/20/19

Volunteer with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Compton Initiative, non-profit charitable group that organizes over 1,500 volunteers to do quarterly service projects within Compton in efforts to bring hope and restoration to the city. During "Volunteer Compton," folks will come from across Southern California including colleges, churches and other service groups to work side by side with Compton residents and neighbors. In one day, over 1,500 volunteers are sent to 30 different worksites. The worksites include painting: an Elementary School, murals, nearby homes, block-clean ups, planting community gardens and other similar community beautification efforts. The workday starts with all 2,000 of our expected volunteers arriving at the rally location as early as 6:45am. Volunteers will sign or submit release waivers, receive name tags, then enjoy a light breakfast. The breakfast includes, coffee, muffins, fruit, yogurt and some other small items. After Breakfast, volunteers find their worksite on the poles. Local Compton leadership speakers will start the rally around 7:15am. By 7:45am, all 2,000 volunteers are sent out to 30 different worksites. The worksites include painting, cleaning and building great relationships with other volunteers. Volunteers arrive at their assigned worksite by 8:00am. Volunteers work at their worksite until around noon. Then pizzas for lunch will be delivered. All supplies will be provided for the task on the worksite. Breakfast, lunch and the supplies will be provided for free. We ask that volunteers consider to make a donation to help support future Compton Workdays. Please dress in comfortable clothes that you won't mind getting dirty in. Yellow Compton Initiative shirts are not required, but will be available for purchase of $10 each. Please bring your own bottled water, minimal water bottles will be available.

Compton, CA

7/20/19 7:00 AM

Long term mentoring of a high school student from an under-resourced community

Volunteer with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Fulfillment Fund to help change lives for the better. Fulfillment Fund is a college access organization with a 40 year history of helping disadvantaged students graduate from high school and access college. One of our key services is mentoring. Recognized as one of the best in the state, the Fulfillment Fund’s Mentor Program provides guidance from adult role models to students whose life circumstances challenge their opportunities for success. Fulfillment Fund’s mentor program is community based, which means that mentors and their students decide when and where to meet for their outings. Mentors and their mentees meet 2x/month at the beginning of the match and 1x/month thereafter with a weekly text/phone call in between outings. The students in our program are chosen from several of our partner middle schools in Los Angeles and most live close to Downtown and South LA. Some of our mentors’ favorite outings with their students include: going to the beach, hiking, trying new restaurants, checking out museums, etc. We typically request a 2-year committment from volunteer mentors, although there are occasional opportunities for 1-year commitments. Often these relationships have the opportunity to continue for 6 years or more. Please visit our website for more information on mentor requirements: http://www.fulfillment.org/mentor

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

Be the Change. Host a Youth!

1 in 5 of LA Community College student experiences homelessness but YOU can help change this! If you live in LA County and have a spare bedroom in your home, you can open your home to one of our college students experiencing housing insecurity for up to 6 months. The goal of this short term support program is to give youth the foundation they need to get back on their feet, focus on academic and employment, and most importantly, secure permanent housing! By hosting a youth, you will help homeless youth feel safe, cared for, empowered and give them the opportunity to get their foot in the door. You are first-handedly making an impact on a youth's life! Please click the following link to watch how the Host Home Program impacted the lives of youth: WATCH HERE Host Eligibility: Be 25+ years old Have lived in LA County for over a year Have a spare bedroom a youth can live in Pass a background check Have homeowner/renters insurance Be kind, patient, and caring! Support for Hosts: Hosts will receive ongoing support and training from Host Home Program Staff Hosts will receive up to $500/month to offset any costs!

Through 3/31/22