Undies for Everyone (UFE), the nation’s only nonprofit to exclusively provide new underwear to underserved children, has expanded into Los Angeles to serve local students. Since launching in 2012, UFE has provided more than 2 million pairs of underwear to children in 16 cities across the U.S., with distribution beginning this year in Los Angeles.
Currently, 80 percent of students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (415,668 youth) come from families that struggle financially. When these kids have new underwear to wear to school, it addresses a basic need that improves social and academic outcomes, including increasing regular school attendance. UFE is partnering with the Los Angeles Homeless Department to provide children living in poverty or crisis each with a new pair of underwear for every day of the week, seven pairs total.
Undies for Everyone has two key programs to get local community groups and businesses involved:
- Undies for Change – UFE sends underwear and supplies to volunteers who fold packs of undies and deliver to the LA Homeless Department.
- One Click Undies – Volunteers can host a virtual undies drive. UFE provides volunteers everything needed – linked QR codes, a linked Amazon Wish List, email templates and fillable flyers for printing or sending to other groups.
Underwear insecurity makes everything about the school day harder for students. With the help of volunteers and donors, UFE helps to alleviate the burden of underwear insecurity for children by providing a week’s worth of undies.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Undies for Everyone plans to distribute more than 1.1 million pairs of underwear across the U.S. this year.
With plans to distribute 50,000+ pairs of underwear to kids throughout the LA area this year, UFE’s work is a local story that reinforces what’s possible when communities work together for the greater good.
About Undies for Everyone
Undies for Everyone (UFE) provides underwear to underserved students recognizing the importance of this basic need for a child’s social and academic success leading to graduation. UFE is the only nonprofit to exclusively address this critical gap that’s overlooked by other organizations working in the poverty space. Founded in 2012 by Rabbi Amy Weiss, UFE has donated more than 2 million pairs of underwear to children across the country. Distribution partners include school district homeless departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Child Protective Services, and mobile pediatric clinics in 16 cities across the U.S. UFE is proud to carry a GuideStar Platinum Transparency Seal.
Find UFE at UndiesForEveryone.org. Follow UFE on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.