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Restore HOPE with Your Actions

LIVE UNITED Orange County United Way

Health setbacks. Job loss. Poor credit. Many people in our community are facing layered, difficult issues like these that require access to many health and human services to help get them back on their feet. When you give to United Way you help support the practice of collective impact: nonprofits across our great county working together to truly improve people’s lives and create a stronger Orange County.

Meet OUR neighbor, Christine. Christine Bennett seemed to have it all in high school. The popular blonde served as class president during her junior and senior years and competed on the swim team. Yet, classmates and teachers had no idea that Christine struggled daily with a haunting secret that greatly affected her self-esteem. She had an undiagnosed learning disability, making it difficult for her to learn math. Unexpected challenges continued into adulthood. At age 29, Christine suffered a stroke and had to relearn how to walk, tie shoelaces, and use scissors. She and her husband, the father of her three children, later divorced, and Christine eventually found herself homeless.

empowerment center, SparkPoint OC, is assisting with tax preparations and budgeting. “I could lay my head down at night knowing that I have a place to call home. I have someone who will listen to me. I have somebody who cares,” says Christine of the support she received. Today, Christine works full time as an occupational therapist assistant, lives on her own in Seal Beach, and has been accepted into Cal State Long Beach, where she plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree. She recently joined us for WALK UNITED 2012 and also ran nonstop in a 10-mile run in Huntington Beach. “I’m a whole new person,” says the 51-yearold. “I believe in myself; I didn’t before.”

“I felt like I’d gotten into a ‘perfect storm,’” she says. “But I was determined not to sink, because of my children.” This determination, coupled with the guidance and support of several United Way– funded organizations, changed Christine’s life. Women Helping Women provided business attire and helped polish her résumé. Colette’s Children’s Home provided a temporary place to stay. And United Way’s financial stability

We are proud of the success stories we create TOGETHER. Help us create more by continuing to LIVE and GIVE UNITED. Your contribution to Orange County United Way helps improve the lives of people—people like Christine.

OUR Mission

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County to strengthen OUR community.


WITH A GIFT TO ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY We are all connected. When you touch someone’s life through your support of Orange County United Way’s Community Impact Fund, you create a ripple effect that strengthens OUR whole community. Your donation may help an at-risk student graduate high school. Or give a family the tools and resources needed to get back on the pathway to financial self-sufficiency. Or help individuals with their most basic needs so they don’t have to worry where they will sleep or get their next meal. We invite you to join our movement. Restore HOPE with your actions and help United Way create opportunities for a better life for all.


HERE’S HOW: It all starts with



You helped Elizabeth

By funding the Building Blocks for a self-sufficient life

“I have learned a new skill, which has made me employable again. THANK YOU!”

Instead of focusing on one single issue, United Way supports more than 95 programs and three initiatives throughout our community that are dedicated to providing the Building Blocks for a selfsufficient life—Education, Income, and Health—to those who need it the most. This way, hope and help are available whether it’s needed to provide a head start to a preschool-age student, teach new job skills to someone out of work, or make sure someone has access to basic medical care. (See page 9 for a list of our partner agencies.)

YOU HELP LOCAL PEOPLE 1 out of 18 people helped This is the key: When you give to Orange County United Way, you help people. In fact, your gift helped 1 out of 18 people in our community last year. That’s 164,000 of OUR neighbors, coworkers, and friends whose lives were improved through your gifts to Orange County United Way. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of OUR entire community.

Laid off and battling health problems, Elizabeth was having a hard time finding her way back on the path to self-sufficiency, but your support got her access to the tools she needed to get back on her feet.

PLEASE, KEEP HELPING Your support really matters. It matters to ELIZABETH and so many others in our community. To them, your gift made the difference. It restored their hope. It was life-altering. It gave them the courage to overcome obstacles that once seemed unbeatable.

YOU HELP OUR COMMUNITY Your gift to Orange County United Way remains the most effective and efficient way to help strengthen the entire community. When you make a donation, your money stays in our community to help meet the needs as varied as the people who have them. This means that from northern Brea to the heart of Santa Ana, to the shores of San Clemente, and everywhere in between, your generosity helps make OUR community a better place for all of us to live and work.

Scan this QR Code with your Smartphone to watch this year’s video and see how you can help United WAY turn things AROUND.

Your gift to Orange County United Way will improve someone’s life. TOGETHER, our gifts transform our community.

LIVE UNITED is an invitation to become part of the change we want to see in our community. It is knowing that together, UNITED, we can accomplish more than any single group or individual can on their own. When you give to Orange County United Way, we invest your dollars in:



HelpING children and youth reach their potential

PromotING financial stability and independence

GivING more children a chance at a brighter future

Helping more children, families, and individuals break the cycle of poverty

We know that parents want their children to be safe, healthy, educated, and successful. We also know that a child’s success today is an investment in OUR community’s future. That’s why United Way develops and invests in programs and initiatives that support children from the time they are born through the time they graduate high school.

When given the opportunity, people want to provide for their families and secure their financial future. With United Way, you can help low-income individuals and families and those hit by the economic downturn gain the knowledge and tools needed to get back on their feet and onto the path of financial self-sufficiency.

In 2011, through your generosity:

In 2011, through your generosity:

9,000 students were inspired to pursue STEM-related careers through hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math learning opportunities.

3,800 at-risk children ages 0-5 got a head start in life, receiving the cognitive and social development building blocks needed to succeed in kindergarten.

1,600 at-risk students received the educational support needed to motivate them to obtain their high school diplomas and continue on to college with a clear career path, through Orange County United Way’s Education Initiative, Destination Graduation.

3,600 OC residents received valuable lessons in financial literacy, so they could earn more, keep more, and save more.

1,200 job seekers benefited from skills training so they were able to compete and re-enter the workforce.

13,000+ residents gained access to skills and services that put them on the path to financial stability, including free tax filing and eligible tax credits (Earn It. Keep It. Save It.), comprehensive financial literacy education, and access to low-cost mainstream banking services (Bank on Orange County), through Orange County United Way’s Income Initiative, Banking on the Future.

Health Supporting healthy lives

Making sure people have access to basic needS services, which are essential to remaining self-sufficient We know that people don’t want to rely on emergency food or be homeless or sick. However, each day tens of thousands of people in Orange County lack the basic needs that many of us take for granted, including a place to call home or enough food to eat. In 2011, through your generosity:

50,000 people received healthy and nutritious meals through our partnerships with food banks and pantries, helping them to remain fortified, focused, and full of hope.

7,000 of our displaced neighbors received emergency/transitional shelter, allowing families to remain together and individuals to recover from unexpected life crisis.

8,000+ children received quality dental care, putting a smile on everyone’s face.

United Way is working to strengthen access to quality education for youth in our community, like Matthew.

Your gift can do so much. Make yours today. When you support Orange County United Way at any level, you ensure that your dollars improve lives and help our community thrive. See what a UNITED Community can do. Visit to learn more about our work. /UnitedWayOC Like us on Facebook /UnitedWayOC To follow our President and CEO, Max Gardner

Enrollment in Destination Graduation kept Matthew in school and is putting him on the path to college. Scan the QR Code to read his story.

Building Agency Capacity, Building a Better Orange County

UNITED WAY Partner Agencies

United to Bring Positive Change to OUR community We agree that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to strengthen a community … to make sure everyone has equal access to the Building Blocks for self-sufficiency: Education, Income, and Health. To do this we recruit the people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. When you give to Orange County United Way, you make it possible for our following 90 partner agencies, as well as our Banking on the Future, Destination Graduation, and Building United initiatives, to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all, which in turn means a stronger Orange County.

“As a funded partner agency of United Way, Casa Youth Shelter is directly impacted by OCUW’s financial support, enabling our shelter to continue providing a safe haven for homeless and abused youth. Being a part of the United Way network also provides us access to a myriad of resources such as essential capacitybuilding workshops. For example, United Way’s 3-part Social Media Workshop Series provided targeted, practical advice from industry experts in online marketing that were easy to implement and maintain. Thanks to United Way, we know we’re reaching more youth in crisis and sharing more information with our social media savvy supporters in the community. Thank you, United Way!”

Sarah Joung Fund Development Director Casa Youth Shelter

In addition to supporting these programs with three-year grants (2011-2013), United Way also provides: CAPACITY BUILDING training and resources designed to develop the business and leadership capacity of our partners, and the nonprofit sector as a whole, by building:

Program Capacity

Technical Capacity

Leadership Capacity


Funding Resources

United Way’s Community Investment Team members also support, monitor, and identify additional resources available to our partner agencies so they can concentrate on delivering outstanding programs. United Way staff members conduct annual agency site visits and biannual reviews. This careful monitoring of program results allows us to provide proactive support to our agency partners, identifying obstacles and providing solutions to ensure strong program results and services to the community.

How we strengthen our community Placentia

Brea La Habra

(ALL) Orange County 2-1-1 Orange County

Yorba Linda


Free Tax Days


Buena Park Stanton


La Palma

Destination Graduation



Los Alamitos Villa Park Seal Beach

SparkPoint OC



Garden Grove




Midway City


Mission Viejo

Huntington Beach Rancho Santa Margarita

Fountain Valley Santa Ana Costa Mesa

Coto de Caza

Newport Beach Laguna Woods

Las Flores

Laguna Beach Aliso Viejo

Ladera Ranch

Laguna Hills

From northern Brea to the heart of Santa Ana, to the shores of San Clemente, and everywhere in between, United Way’s Community Impact work is improving lives and strengthening OUR community.

Laguna Niguel Dana Point Capistrano Beach San Juan Capistrano

San Clemente

Your gift will be invested in 95 nonprofit programs and three United Way initiatives* that are providing hope, help, and access to the Building Blocks for a self-sufficient life. (ALL) Orange County 2-1-1 Orange County


Destination Graduation Schools Capistrano Valley High School Century High School Cypress High School Godinez Fundamental High School Huntington Beach High School Katella High School Middle College High School Savanna High School Segerstrom High School Westminster High School

Anaheim Anaheim Family YMCA

Garden Grove Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove

Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach

Orange Friendly Center, Inc. Help Me Grow Orange County Orange Children & Parents Together, Inc. Providence Speech and Hearing Center Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California

Placentia Family Support Network

San Juan Capistrano Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal School

Santa Ana Cambodian Family El Sol Science and Arts Academy Hands Together: A Center for Children Intervention Center for Early Childhood KidWorks Community Development Corporation Nova Academy Science@OC THINK Together Think Together Early Literacy Program



Boys & Girls Club of Westminster

Straight Talk, Inc.



Orange County (ALL) Earn It. Keep It. Save It.—Free Tax Days SparkPoint OC Anaheim Grandma’s House of Hope Orange County Adult Achievement Center

Costa mesa Girls Incorporated of Orange County

Fountain Valley Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley

Irvine Girl Scout Council of Orange County Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County

Mission Viejo Vocational Visions

Santa Ana Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County Girl Scout Council of Orange County Instituto Para La Mujer de Hoy Legal Aid Society of Orange County Taller San Jose Women Helping Women, Inc.

Westminster Abrazar, Inc.

Health Anaheim

Pathways of Hope YWCA of North Orange County

Garden Grove Acacia Adult Day Services Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove Community Action Partnership of Orange County Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic Thomas House Temporary Shelter United Labor Agency of Orange County

Huntington Beach Alzheimer’s Family Services Center Colette’s Children’s Home

Irvine AIDS Services Foundation Orange County Families Forward Human Options, Inc. Illumination Foundation Irvine Adult Day Health Services United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County

La Habra Gary Center

Ladera Ranch Laura’s House

Laguna Beach Laguna Hills Access OC Western Youth Services

Laguna Woods Age Well Senior Services, Inc.

Lake Forest

Buena Park

Midway City

Serving People in Need, Inc. Share Our Selves

Family Assistance Ministries

San Juan Capistrano Camino Health Center

Santa Ana Child Guidance Center, Inc. Community Service Programs, Inc. Mercy House Living Centers MOMS Orange County Olive Crest Treatment Centers, Inc. Orange County Bar Foundation Raise Foundation Southwest Minority Economic Development Association The Center Orange County Villa Center, Inc. WISEPlace

Tustin Hurtt Family Health Clinic Miracles for Kids Orange County Rescue Mission Salvation Army

Westminster Abrazar, Inc.

Scan this QR code with your smartphone to learn more about how you can Give, Advocate, and Volunteer.

South County Outreach

Los Alamitos

Costa Mesa

San Clemente

Friendship Shelter, Inc. Laguna Beach Community Clinic

Community SeniorServ, Inc. Grandma’s House of Hope Giving Children Hope

Friendly Center, Inc. Lestonnac Free Clinic Mariposa Women & Family Center Mental Health Association of Orange County Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center Providence Speech and Hearing Center

Casa Youth Shelter Interval House

Orange Canyon Acres Children and Family Services Casa Teresa

*List and map do not include Building United, a unique partnership between United Way and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.

A Year of Giving through Payroll Deductions* Can Have a BIG IMPACT in the Areas of EDUCATION, INCOME, AND HEALTH. $5 per pay period:

17 hours of academically enriched homework assistance or 192 hot breakfasts to homeless and hungry people

$10 per pay period:

48 trips to work for our neighbors in need of job transportation or one month of meal delivery, including 3 meals, to a homebound older adult at risk of malnutrition

$20 per pay period:

15 visits for specialty medical care or 30 days of career exploration for an unemployed individual

$50 per pay period:

248 days of school readiness services for a child in need or 23 hours of job training for individuals with disabilities *Based on 24 pay periods

LEAD UNITED. You know you’re a leader. Act on it. Show it. Share it.

Join us and LEAD UNITED. When you give at the leadership level of $1,000 ($20 a week) or more annually, you have the opportunity to be a part of something greater than any one of us can achieve alone. By joining one of these donor circles, you will have the opportunity to network with likeminded individuals who share a commitment to improving lives and strengthening our community by LEADING UNITED.

Leaders’ Society

Donors who contribute $1,000-$9,999 annually Women Looking Forward (Women Philanthropists)

Tocqueville Society

Donors who contribute $10,000 or more annually Women’s Philanthropy Fund (Women Philanthropists)

Bench & Bar (Attorneys and Judges)

Real Estate Community Builders

(Real Estate and Building Professionals)

Emerging Tocqueville Leaders

Donors under 40 who contribute $5,000 or more annually, who commit to growing their gift to the Tocqueville level by the time they reach 40.

Loyal Contributors

Scan this QR code with your smartphone to receive more information on joining one of these donor circles.

If you’ve given to United Way for 10 years or more, we want to recognize you! You’re invited to become a United Way Loyal Contributor, joining the supporters who have given to United Way—in any city—for 10 years or more (does not need to be consecutive).




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2012-13 Orange County United Way Campaign Brochure (English)  
2012-13 Orange County United Way Campaign Brochure (English)  

Restore Hope With Your Actions is the theme of Orange County United Way's 2012-13 Campaign Brochure. The brochure gives supporters a 360 vie...