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United Way Launches Orange County Safety Net Fund

Collaborative will target the immediate needs of community’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors, veterans, those lacking access to health care and homeless unaccompanied youth

IRVINE, CA (September 24, 2015) – Orange County United Way announced today the formation a powerful community partnership to provide immediate support to key vulnerable populations in Orange County.

The Orange County United Way Safety Net Fund will address the needs of seniors, veterans, those without any means to access health care and homeless unaccompanied youth. This program will be separate from FACE 2024, United Way’s 10-year community-wide action plan focused on addressing the long-term education, income, health and housing needs of Orange County residents.

“The Safety Net Fund offers immediate support for our community’s most vulnerable populations,” explained Orange County United Way CEO Max Gardner. “While we remain steadfastly committed to the long-term goals established through FACE 2024, we look forward to supporting our Safety Net Fund partners in tackling pressing challenges faced by too many in our community.”

Non-profit organizations announced as partners in the Safety Net Fund include, by category:

Seniors:

  • Acacia Adult Day Services, helping meet the health care needs of seniors through the Nurse Navigator program.
  • Age Well Senior Services, ensuring that low to moderate fixed income seniors have access to nutritious meals.
  • Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, providing dementia care and caregiver support services to impacted seniors.
  • Community SeniorServ, offering meals, transportation and other in-home services for frail, older adults in Orange County.
  • Irvine Adult Day Health Services, providing skilled nursing care and health monitoring services for vulnerable and at-risk seniors.
  • OC Aging Services Collaborative, providing advocacy resources to address senior issues with Orange County’s government leaders.

Veterans:

  • OC Veterans “Strong Families, Strong Children” Military Family Collaborative, providing mental health and family support services to returning post-9/11 veterans and their families.

Vulnerable Populations without Access to Health Care:

  • Acacia Adult Day Services, helping meet the health care needs of seniors through the Nurse Navigator program.
  • Age Well Senior Services, ensuring that low to moderate fixed income seniors have access to nutritious meals.
  • Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, providing dementia care and caregiver support services to impacted seniors.
  • Community SeniorServ, offering meals, transportation and other in-home services for frail, older adults in Orange County.
  • Irvine Adult Day Health Services, providing skilled nursing care and health monitoring services for vulnerable and at-risk seniors.
  • OC Aging Services Collaborative, providing advocacy resources to address senior issues with Orange County’s government leaders.

Homeless Unaccompanied Youth:

  • Casa Youth Shelter, supporting motel outreach to hundreds of youth living in motels throughout Anaheim.
  • Community Services Programs Youth Shelter, offering crisis intervention and refuge services for homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth in Huntington Beach.

These organizations were selected for inclusion in the partnership due to their demonstrated success in meeting the needs of at-risk Orange County residents.

For more information about the Orange County Safety Net Fund or other programs and partnerships led by United Way, please visit www.unitedwayoc.org.


NEWS CONTACTS:

Michael Suydam
21Strat 949.981.5008, mike@21strat.com

Katherine Ransom, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Orange County United Way 949.263.6176, katheriner@unitedwayoc.org


ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY UNITED WAY:
Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been working to improve lives and strengthen our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County and focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health and Housing. By investing in Orange County children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient lives. In short, we help people help themselves. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan, “FACE 2024” (an acronym for Fund, Advocate, Collaborate, Educate), we collaborate with local businesses, community organizations, governmental agencies and individuals to make a long-term measurable difference in the lives of local individuals and families. To learn more or to join our movement, visit www.unitedwayoc.org.

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