Dear Friends,

United Way of New York City (UWNYC) entered fiscal year 2013-2014 rooted in the spirit of critical response and recovery. After aggregating cross-sector resources and administering the Hurricane Sandy Fund to meet immediate City crisis, we believed our City could not only recover from Sandy but come back more resilient.

Our position as a leading convener allowed us to trust in this belief. We saw that keeping partners aligned and growing this network were key to building education, health, financial and nonprofit programming that would give all New Yorkers what they need not only to survive but to thrive.

In 2013-2014, we began to transform our program work into collective impact initiatives that would move New Yorkers from crisis to stability to prosperity. We focused on educating stakeholders about obstacles in our City’s poorest communities and shared our designs for holistic, lasting solutions. Of note, we launched ReadNYC, our campaign for grade-level reading in Mott Haven, Bronx, and we received a $52 million grant from the New York City Department of Education for our attendance improvement and dropout prevention strategy.

Intersecting with our new campaigns, we continued to manage essential programs like Graduate, Prepare, Succeed, Food Support Connections, Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program and Capacity Building. With support from these programs, our community-partners helped over 13,000 households apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and served over 59 million meals to New Yorkers at emergency food program sites. Fundamental to these successes, we trained over 400 existing and potential board members to bolster the infrastructure of fellow nonprofit organizations. And by more fully integrating information about our budding and existing efforts into our signature events and workplace campaigns, we effectively rallied increased resources that would power this work.

Moving forward, we can’t wait to implement the next steps of our designs and activate their solutions. Because of your support, we’re emerging as a key strategic partner across sectors capable of not just strengthening our City but transforming it into a place where all may flourish. For your vital commitment, we are humbled and thankful. With you, we look forward to creating possibility for all New Yorkers.

Robert Kueppers
United Way of New York City Board
Sheena Wright
President & CEO
United Way of New York City

Lives Changed

  • George, Brooklyn

    The turning point came for George when he met a United Way of New York City (UWNYC) volunteer. Before that moment, he was homeless and coming to terms with losing his job, apartment and family, “When the UWNYC volunteer saw me as a real person, I knew I was still here.”

    UWNYC’s Emergency, Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) placed George in established, permanent housing and provided skills training for the job that would help him become financially stable.

    Today, George is a noted advocate for the homeless and, most importantly, has reunited with his family.

  • Shirley, Staten Island

    Recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and failing health, Shirley urgently needed to change her diet off of fast food.

    Through hands-on cooking workshops and food education programs, Shirley did just that through St. Mary’s Food Pantry, a community partner supported by United Way of New York City.

    In partnership with New York State’s Department of Health, United Way of New York City’s Local Produce Link connects NYC food pantries such as St. Mary’s with New York State local farmers to make fresh, high quality, produce available throughout the city.

  • Daniel, Bronx

    East Side House Settlement (ESH) is a community-based organization in the South Bronx that serves approximately 8,000 people annually with a focus on quality education initiatives. By partnering with UWNYC, ESH strengthens their capacity to serve children and young people living in poverty, especially those living in Mott Haven, the poorest congressional district in the United States.

    Daniel Diaz, Assistant Executive Director of Programs at East Side House Settlement, sees UWNYC as “not just a funder who gives you the dollar and then says fly. They will give you the dollar and then they will ask you, ‘how can we help you make sure that dollar turns into three?’”

  • Sade, Manhattan

    Prior to transferring into Murry Bergtraum High School, Sade had missed over 45 days of school and struggled with her grades. Feeling lost and overwhelmed in a her new large NYC high school, Sade enrolled in United Way of New York City’s GPS-NYC (Graduate Prepare Succeed) program. The GPS-NYC staff provided her with individual and group counseling and established a partnership with her mother to maintain support at home. “To me, it’s not just a program but a family and a great support system that helped me to reach success.”

    During the 2013-14 school year, Sade served as a mentor to incoming freshman students enrolled in GPS-NYC before graduating and starting her freshman year at CUNY’s New Community College.