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Monday, October 31, 2016
United Way of Long Island and the Atlantic Auto Mall in West Islip have provided an inspiring young man with a vehicle through the Switching Gears program, a crucial partnership that provides young people with the opportunity to own an affordable and reliable pre-owned vehicle, at no cost. Switching Gears helps those that are dealing with transportation difficulties gain independence and confidence by having consistent access to a vehicle of their own.   The program could not have come at a better time for Anthony, who is an iron worker on the Verrazano Bridge and travels a long distance...
Monday, October 31, 2016
Local businesses, organizations, friends and families took part in the second annual Paddle Battle Team Challenge on the Peconic River to benefit United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild program.  This year’s event raised over $11,300 in support of helping military veterans train and find careers in the green construction industry. The Paddle Battle Team Challenge invited teams of four to participate in a recreational stand up paddle board and kayak race. Paddle Battle founders, East End Tourism Alliance and Long Island Aquarium, welcomed this expansion in addition to their annual traditional...
Monday, October 24, 2016
GEICO associates are convinced they can make it a repeat.  They want to duplicate or even better last year’s $1 million pledge campaign to benefit United Way of Long Island. To top it off, when GEICO associates reached the $1 million pledge mark last year, they got a 100 percent matching gift through the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, bringing the grand total to $2 million for local area organizations.   Throughout the new campaign, the GEICO Gecko is being referred to as “Super G,” which translates to “Generosity” and “Gratitude.” GEICO associates proved they had both when a look back shows...
Friday, October 7, 2016
On September 28, the Long Island Insurance Company (LIIC) held its annual Gala at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage raising over $200,200 for United Way and other deserving causes on Long Island. More than 300 LIIC members joined together for the cause, participating in raffles and bidding on unique, high-end items in support of Long Islanders in need. The LIIC gala annually honors industry and business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the community that has improved the quality of life for their neighbors.  Alana Downey, U.S. Army veteran, a recipient of a car through United Way'...
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Recognizes Nation’s Top Zero Energy Ready Home in Patchogue For the second year in a row, United Way of Long Island has been recognized as one of the nation’s top builders, being named Grand Winner in the Affordable Home category from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Housing Innovation Awards. The Awards, which took place in Dallas, Texas last week recognized forward-thinking builders across the country who lead the evolution in the housing industry toward zero energy ready homes (ZERH). This means they are high performance, energy efficient homes with...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
United Way of Long Island recently elected Richard (Rick) S. Hoagland to its Board of Directors. Hoagland serves as vice president of GEICO’s regional center in Woodbury which services more than 1.9 million New York insurance policies. Hoagland previously served in GEICO’s Buffalo, N.Y., regional center as vice president since 2013.  He joins the United Way board upon John Pham’s move to Virginia Beach to head GEICO operations there. “I am honored to join United Way of Long Island’s board representing GEICO,” said Hoagland.  “The relationship between these two organizations is filled with...
Sunday, September 25, 2016
From the Newsroom of U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer --  U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild program to help disadvantaged young adults earn degrees and build construction-related job experience. The funding is authorized by the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program, aimed to support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. “This federal funding will help the United Way of Long Island continue its great work by giving many young adults the opportunity to earn...
Monday, September 19, 2016
United Way of Long Island and FamilyWize announced that local community members have saved $4,239,680 on prescription medications through the organizations’ partnership. The results were revealed in the annual Health Impact Report, a compendium of data reflecting the health and financial support offered by United Way and FamilyWize in its joint community initiatives across the country. Over 1,000 United Ways have collaborated with FamilyWize to help 9.6 million Americans save more than $1 billion, with an average savings of 40 percent since the partnership began. Key community highlights from...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
September 1, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) – September is National Preparedness Month and United Way, 2-1-1 Long Island and PSEG Long Island are recognizing the importance of being prepared and staying safe with the launch of BeReadyLI.org, a new online resource aimed at helping Long Island residents prepare before, during, and after disasters. Long Island has experienced a variety of disasters throughout the years – the Pine Barrens Blaze, the Blizzard of ’96, Hurricane Irene and most recently, Superstorm Sandy. The tragic aftermath of Superstorm Sandy highlighted the need for greater community...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The US Department of Energy has announced that United Way of Long Island has been awarded a 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the Affordable Category. Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 27th at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas. “Housing Innovation Award winners such as United Way of Long Island are leading a major housing industry transformation to zero energy ready homes.  This level of performance is the home of the future because it improves the way Americans live by substantially...

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