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Inland Empire United Way is a community impact organization working to shape a stronger, healthier and safer community.

By partnering with local corporations, foundations, non-profit organizations and government agencies, United Way is making measurable changes in the lives of children, families and the community.

With budget cuts, the schools just don’t have the supplies they used to have—even basics like glue, paper, paint and scissors. It is frustrating to be monitored so closely that the entire class has to share one glue stick. I can see that School Tools will help students be able to do class projects that incorporate fun and creativity into learning.

I am a single parent and at the beginning of each school year, I am overwhelmed with the stress of trying to come up with enough money to pay for school supplies for both of my children. We usually can’t afford everything on the teacher’s list. My kids are embarrassed because they have to borrow supplies from their friends. This year will be different. I don’t know who is more grateful—me or my kids!

Those of us who are concerned about finding assistance for people who need help will no longer be led down an endless trail of phone numbers and bad information. With 2-1-1, we will find the referrals we need with just one call.

“Sometimes my mom sends a lunch for me, but sometimes we just don’t have the money. We are hungry and just have to wait to eat.” (This child is now benefiting from the Kids Pack program.)

Students are excited about the Kids Pack program. I am able to see positive differences in student performance throughout the day.

Wow! You really spent a lot of money on me!

I tried my best to keep food in the house everyday and I just couldn’t do it. Now, I don’t have to worry that my daughter is hungry. Thank you so much.

Live United: Marisela Manzo

Live United: Marisela Manzo

At 211 San Bernardino County’s Rancho Cucamonga office, Marisela Manzo’s screen constantly flashes with incoming emails and meeting reminders. Her work as 211’s Coordinated Entry System (CES) Manager, allows her…

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An Evening Of Gratitude

An Evening of Gratitude

The Evening of Gratitude Event held this past week was simply moving and heartwarming. It was such an honor to recognize the dedication and commitment of those that generously support…

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Live United: Kathleen Thornton

Live United: Kathleen Thornton

Over six years ago, Kathleen Thornton had just retired from a 47 year career in both the public and private sectors and was searching for an opportunity to give back.…

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Live United: Chris Darbee

Live United: Chris Darbee

Live United: Chris Darbee For most of Chris Darbee’s childhood, poverty was an everyday reality. Chris grew up in San Bernardino, a stark city with one of the lowest educational…

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Living United: Maria Torres

Living United: Maria Torres

Live United: Maria Torres Maria Torres’s connection to Inland Empire United Way was formed during her time working with San Bernardino County 211 as a Quality Assurance and Special Projects…

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Corona Elementary School Makeover

Corona Elementary School Makeover

Over 300 IEUW Volunteers Transform Corona Elementary School School Makeover Promotes Positivity & Beautification to Inspire Students Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Thanks to Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) and the…

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Living United: Carmen Mejico

Living United: Carmen Mejico

Live United: Carmen Mejico Carmen has worked as an educator for many years including a school administrator for thirteen years, serving as assistant principal for two years and in her…

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Living United: Lynda Will

Living United: Lynda Will

Live United: Lynda Will Lynda Will is a familiar face at Inland Empire United Way. She stops in several times each month, bringing dozens of UPS employees to volunteer for…

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Gary Madden

Gary Madden

Live United: Gary Madden For some, a life in the non-profit world is a straight path. For others, like Gary Madden, it takes years and clear indications that a change…

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