Fighting Poverty in L.A.
At Loyola Marymount University students learn to embrace the idea of giving back to the community, and many faculty and staff members lead through example by participating in the annual fundraising campaign for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
“Our faith and Catholic heritage calls on us as a university community to be mindful of the needs of those around us and to act to meet those needs,” explained Richard T. Rocheleau, associate vice president for student life. “Providing financial assistance to agencies in the Greater Los Angeles area through the United Way is one way of meeting those needs.”
The United Way of Greater Los Angeles represents more than 150 nonprofit partners whose work is devoted to improving the quality of life for others. Throughout the year, LMU students serve as volunteers at many of those nonprofits. “The great thing about the United Way is that it is tuned into the needs of a variety of local agencies and has the ability to allocate funds to make the greatest difference in our community,” said Rocheleau.
In April 2008, Rocheleau and other members of the LMU community launched an internal campaign to inform faculty and staff about Creating Pathways out of Poverty, the United Way’s 10 year action plan to provide basic needs as well as education and financial stability to people across Los Angeles. Donations raised during the first year of the plan will go toward helping more homeless people get off the streets and ensuring that children have appropriate healthcare coverage.
LMU has actively participated in the United Way’s campaigns for the last five years. In 2007, LMU faculty and staff members donated more than $47,000 to the United Way through payroll deductions and one-time gifts. This year that figure increased to approximately $53,400.
To learn more about the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, visit www.unitedwayla.org.