Time is running out to have your membership accredited toward this fiscal year! The Urban League will be wrapping up its programs and services on June 28th, 2012. We provided job training, case management, employment resources, and/or job placement services to nearly 1,300 people this year and we want to make sure your membership contribution will impact them as they become self-sufficient.
Please read this letter from President & CEO, Darnell Williams and take a look at our list of benefits. To become a member now, please fill out this form and mail it to the Urban League at the Development Department's attention.
If you would like to make a general contribution to our Jobs Rebuild Boston campaign, please click here. Any contribution will be accredited toward fiscal year 2012 and you will be listed in our upcoming annual report.
The Need For Your Contribution
Consider these facts about Boston residents substantiated in 2011 from our State of Black Boston report which targets the neighborhoods that we serve in Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury:
Poverty: More than one fifth (22.5%) of all Black families and 25.2% of all Black persons were reported as impoverished; this compares to 7.1% of White families, and 13.8% for White persons. Latino families showed a poverty rate of 30.9% and 30% for all Latino persons, while Asian families were reported at 22.5% impoverished, with a rate of 27.8% for all Asian persons.
Education: More than one fifth (21.5%) of all Blacks over 25 years of age reported not having a high school diploma; the figure for Latino/as is 37% and for Asians it is 26.9%. Only 11.9% of Blacks in this age category and 9.7% of all Latinos have a bachelor’s degree.
Employment: While more than half (51.8%) of all White persons 16 years and over work in “Management, professional, and related occupations,” the figure for Blacks is only 26.9% (and for Latinos at 22%); the figure for Asians is 46.9%.
As of July 2012 the unemployment rate for Black or African Americans is 14.1% and for Latinos it is 10.3% compared to Whites with a 7.4% rate or Asians with only a 6.2% rate. Data source: http://www.deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/demographics/
Who will benefit from my contribution?
Your contribution will make a significant impact addressing the growing challenges facing low-income people of color in the greater Boston region. In fiscal year 2011, ULEM served over 730 people in just our workforce development programs. We had a demographic breakdown of 54% Female and 46% Male; and the ethnic breakdown of: 85% Black; 8% Latino/a; 6% White; and 1% Asian. In fiscal year 2012 we have served 1,259 people and our final demographics will be available after June 30th. This is an increase of over 500 people needing employment. Your gift today will help us fill in this gap!
Why should you contribution to ULEM?
Take action: Donate or Become a ULEM Member Today!
All of our membership levels will increase in our new fiscal year, 2013, beginning July 1st, 2012. We encourage you to become a member now or renew your membership from the previous year. Attached is a list of levels and benefits to choose from. If you are unable to join our organization at this time, we encourage you to consider a one-time gift to support our efforts as we close out another year. Please click here for membership envelope.
For additional inquiries about membership, please contact us at email@example.com or 617-442-4519