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Friday, June 10, 2016
June 10 2016 (Deer Park, NY) - United Way of Long Island is giving companies, organizations, families and friends the chance to battle for bragging rights on The Peconic River this summer by entering a four-person team in the annual Paddle Battle Long Island Team Challenge. The Paddle Battle will be held on Saturday, July 30th at the town docks in Riverhead with proceeds from the Team Challenge going to United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild Program, as well the Long Island Aquarium. The Paddle Battle Team Challenge is a recreational Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayak race where groups will...
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
United Way of Long Island recently elected Dix Hills resident Virginia Umbreit to its Board of Directors. Virginia is Vice President of Portfolio Administration at First Long Island Investors, LLC (FLI) in Jericho. She has been with the company for 16 years, where her responsibilities have included all aspects of client service. Prior to her position at FLI, Umbreit served as an Assistant for an international money manager at Schroder’s Investment Management Services, and earned her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island. “I am pleased to have the honor of serving on the board of United Way...
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Deer Park (May 17, 2016) – Combining the resources of a major corporation with dedicated and engaged employees and their union counterparts benefits all of Long Island. Thanks to a new, first-time partnership between PSEG Long Island and its partners from IBEW Local 1049, a noteworthy $225,000 has been raised to assist United Way of Long Island and its community partners. Two United Way of Long Island Board Members, David Daly, PSEG Long Island president & COO, and Don Daley, Jr., business manager of IBEW Local 1049, AFL-CIO, combined their philanthropic knowledge and resources to launch...
Thursday, May 12, 2016
May 11, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) -- United Way of Long Island honored organizations, individuals and Labor Unions at its annual LIVE UNITED Celebration Luncheon today at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.  The fundraising event raised upwards of $600,000 supported by longtime Title Sponsor, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, and was hosted by Long Island native Carol Leifer; Comedian, Writer for Seinfeld and SNL, 4-Time Emmy Award Nominee, and Best Selling Author. This event is one of the largest yearly philanthropic events on Long Island, with more than 800 guests honoring and paying...
Saturday, March 19, 2016
March 19, 2015 (Deer Park, NY) – United Way of Long Island today announced that residents have saved $4,000,000 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, the United Way has helped promote the free, easy to use FamilyWize Prescription Savings Card, which has helped more than 8.4 million Americans save more than $873 million on their prescriptions. “People should never have to choose between putting food on the table or taking...
Thursday, March 10, 2016
March 10, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) ­- United Way of Long Island’s YouthBuild students recently explored D’Addario and Company, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, including guitar strings and drumheads used by musicians around the world.  Students went on a private tour of the Farmingdale, NY headquarters, enjoyed a discussion on how to “Play Fearlessly”, and learned about life lessons and successful career paths with professional bass player and educator, Tom Barney. Students were able to receive a real-life experience at D’Addario. The two-part tour...
Monday, March 7, 2016
March 3, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) -- GEICO has proven that their four decades of giving to United Way of Long Island has been unwavering. John Pham, GEICO Regional Vice President and United Way of Long Island Board Member announced that the company’s Region II associates have pledged more than $1,000,000 through their payroll deduction giving campaign.  This gift is one of the leading employee supported donations in the history of United Way of Long Island’s giving campaigns. The pledges are being supported by a 100% gift match through the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation, bringing the total...
Monday, February 29, 2016
  February 29, 2016 (Deer Park, NY) -- United Way of Long Island will honor organizations, individuals and Labor Unions at its annual LIVE UNITED Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11th at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.  The fundraising event, supported by longtime Title Sponsor, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, will be hosted by Long Island native Carol Leifer; Comedian, Writer for Seinfeld and SNL, 4-Time Emmy Award Nominee, and Best Selling Author.   With an expected fundraising goal of $600,000, this event is one of the largest yearly philanthropic events on Long Island. ...
Friday, February 19, 2016
Deer Park, NY (February 19, 2016) -- In an effort to make residents aware that there is a seamless way to obtain referrals for service, United Way of Long Island joins a nationwide effort by recognizing February 11, 2016 as 2-1-1 Day. Year-round Long Islanders dial 2-1-1 to get reassuring referrals to a myriad of human service and health related resources that can make a critical difference in their lives. A program of United Way of Long Island, in partnership with the Middle County Public Library, highly skilled information specialists, who can communicate in over 170 languages, help callers...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  With wind chills bringing temperatures into the single digits on Long Island, United Way of Long Island activated its emergency fuel fund, "Project Warmth." Project Warmth is Long Island's only non-government, Island-wide emergency fuel fund, serving as a safety net for individuals and families facing energy insecurity and are unable to pay their heating bills. Long Islanders seeking help to keep the heat on in their homes donned winter coats and hats to attend and apply for assistance during United Way of Long Island’s “Project Warmth Day” at the offices of their community partner agency...

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