Millions of Southern Californians need help to get by, but in these days of lean government they often must look elsewhere for aid. Fortunately, they can look to the United Way.
The Los Angeles chapter, which serves Los Angeles County and parts of San Bernardino and Kern counties, provides help directly or indirectly to one out of three families, using funds from generous contributors.
The United Way helps finance traditional agencies like the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts. It also responds to newer and urgent needs, including those of the homeless, the hungry and of working women with children. It also provides disaster relief, as it did after the recent earthquake.
The current fund-raising campaign has a goal of $85.5 million to help 350 member agencies provide services as diverse as AIDS prevention, treatment of alcohol and drug abuse, day care, delinquency prevention, health care, immigration assistance, legal assistance, rape relief, and shelter for battered women and youth programs.