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GEICO Participates in 2018 United Way of Long Island Initiative

GEICO collected 2000 lbs. of toiletries for the veterans we serve…. Thanks a ton GEICO!

GEICO participated in the 2018 United Way of Long Island initiative Mission United Veterans Supply Drive in support of veterans in crisis on Long Island. Their efforts resulted in a ton of support for our veterans.. literally!  They collected so much that we needed a box truck to transport it to our headquarters

Some of the GEICO team, along with our good friends at United Way of Long Island stopped by to deliver some of the donations and meet with the men and women who will benefit from their efforts. Thank you GEICO!

 

Holiday Gift Drive

UVBH Holiday Drive

Holiday Gift Drive 12/1 – 12/22

Support veterans and veteran families in crisis this holiday season.

UVBH Holiday Drive

We are accepting donations of new & unwrapped:
cold weather hats, gloves & scarves (ladies & men’s)
men’s undershirts (L, XL & XXL) & socks
twin size sheets & comforters
Department & food store gift cards

For more information, contact Tina@uvbh.com to learn more.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

UVBH Thanksgiving Food Drive

UVBH Thanksgiving Food Drive
Help make this Thanksgiving Special for veterans and families in crisis.

United Veterans Beacon House is accepting non-perishable donations Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm @ our HQ Food Pantry located at 1715 Union Blvd, Bay Shore.

Canned veggies, coffee, corn bread mix, canned fruits, stuffing, pudding and non-perishable pie crusts, jello, paper plates, tin foil, roasting pans.

Corporate involvement:  host an in office food drive and we will come and pick up your donations.

Reach out to Tina@uvbh.com to coordinate.

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event
Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event

On Thursday October 18th, 445 Long Islanders gathered at the Heritage Club in Bethpage for the United Veterans Beacon House Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala Event. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters – we raised $280,000 to help support our housing and community-based programs, thereby serving even more homeless veterans and veteran families. The evening was truly amazing!

The event began with a welcome performance by James Graseck strolling violinist, followed by the cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and basket auctions.

Outstanding entertainment included opera singer Gary Lorentzen, who opened our dinner program with an acapella performance of the National Anthem. He was followed by patriotic tunes performed by the American Bombshells, which lasted through the evening.

The 2018 honoree, Mr. Edward J. Blaskey, EVP of Sterling National Bank, spoke about the importance of community engagement, and protecting and empowering the men and women who bravely served our nation. Ed brought the crowd to its feet when he announced the bank’s long-term commitment to Beacon House – and veterans in crisis – with an additional donation of $20,000!  This donation will be used to form a joint partnership with Beacon House for the creation of a Fiscal Literacy Education Program.  This generous donation brings Sterling National Bank’s support for 2018 to $30,000.

The 2018 Community Partnership of the Year Award was presented to Northwell Health. Northwell Health has been a strong supporter and partner of Beacon House for the past six years. They offer a wide range of vital health, wellness and workforce resources.  Accepting the award on the company’s behalf was Mr. Vincent Cunningham, Regional Director.

The silent and basket auctions had our guests bidding on a Private Yacht Cruise for four to Fire Island, private box seats to “Hamilton” in NYC , Chopard sunglasses, $500 in NYS Lottery scratch off’s, and more.

All in all, the Sixth Annual Veterans Salute Gala was the best yet. We not only exceeding our fundraising goal, but we added new members to the Beacon House family. Onward to next year!

Built by Veterans for Veterans

UVBH - United Veterans Beacon House

U.S. Department of Energy Award-Winning High Performance, Zero Energy Home

Zero Energy Home

The partnership of United Veterans Beacon House and United Way of Long Island has resulted in the construction of a U.S. Department of Energy award-winning, high performance Zero Energy Home

The Unique Feature

The unique feature of this two-story, five-bedroom home is that is was built by veterans for veterans… the builders who constructed this home include Beacon House veterans enrolled in the United Way’s VetsBuild program.  The program provided the training for our veterans, leading to their participation in building the high-performance home so they can enter the building industry as skilled workers.

A Model Showcase

The home is a model showcase with zero-energy features. These energy efficient and solar features have resulted in the saving of utility costs because the home is designed to replace the energy it uses.

Independent Living

Our veterans deserve to live in a safe, comfortable and healthy home. Our homeless veterans moved into this home in the summer of 2017. They are on the pathway to living independently with sustainable employment.

Heroes of the Night

UVBH Heroes of the Night

UVBH Heroes of the NightAs part of a promotion with New York Community Bank, Jim Smith, Army Veteran, author & Beacon House Board VP and United Veterans Beacon House founder/president Frank Amalfitano, Air Force Veteran were honored as “Heroes of the Night” during the fourth inning of a minor-league baseball game at Bethpage Park in Central Islip.

The Long Island Ducks are honoring two military veterans at each home game this season in connection with the bank and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency. The two were asked to stand and while their brief bios. were read by an in-house announcer, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 3,000 attending the Ducks’ game against the Somerset Patriots.

Jim Smith’s mother Dorothy, 94, of Albertson, his wife, Lynn, and two friends from Williston Park, Scott and Linda Fairgrieve, attended, as did several Beacon House staffers.

​It Was a Wonderful Event

UVBH Event 5-18-2016

UVBH Event 5-18-2016It was a wonderful event. Mr. Phillip Moschitta, the Director of the Northport VA said the opening remarks. Frank Amalfitano, Ed Olsen, BHNVR Program Director and Greg Curran, Social Work Service Section Chief & Homeless Veterans Program Manager at the VA also addressed the attendees.We are thrilled to report that there were elected officials in attendance including Senator Flannigan, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy and his wife Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy. There were several aides in attendance representing those officials who could not be there. Carol Rocco, Coordinator of Veterans Affairs for the Town of Huntington and Tom Roynane , Director of the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency were also in attendance.

Our community partners and corporate sponsors took the time to celebrate with us as well. We spent time with Theresa Regnante, UWLI CEO; Ralph Fasano, Executive Director of Concern for Independent Living and Greta Guarton, Executive Director of the LI Coalition for the Homeless. Andrew Cameron, Senior Relationship Manager at Astoria Bank; Vincent Cunningham, Regional Manager at Northwell Health and Laura Rittenberg the President of Coldwell Banker Residential LI/Queens were all there in support of our mission. There were veterans, UVBH board members, volunteers and both VA & UVBH staff on site. In total we had approximately 85 people in attendance. There were refreshments served and tours of the building after the ceremony. The event was a tremendous success.