LIFT Annual Report 2014: What Matters Most - Page 18

18 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIELD 160% More Goals Realized In Chicago, Members were meeting more goals than they were last year. This past year saw an 160% increase of Member-set goals achieved like housing and healthcare. Boston UpLIFTed LIFT-Boston, with the help of Mayor Marty Walsh, honored Michael Brown of City Year, Marie St. Fleur of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, and LIFT Member Anaivis Hernandez at its 2nd annual upLIFTing Awards. The Awards, LIFT-Boston’s premiere fundraising event, brought together 300 of Boston’s citizens for a night of celebration & support for LIFT-Boston’s work in the community. The event raised more than $250,000. Suiting Up Members LIFT-DC, in partnership with Fox 5 News, Zips Dry Cleaning, and College Hunks Hauling Junk, gave hundreds of community members a free personal shopping experience to help them get suited up for work and job interviews. More than 5,000 garments were donated by generous men and women in the community. B O STO N C H I CAG O D C LO SA N G $1.3M in Income & Supports LIFT-Boston staff & volunteers helped Bostonians access nearly $1.3 million in income supports like wages and tax credits. Leveraging Partnerships LIFT-Chicago has invested in building strong referral partnerships with organizations in the community. We are proud to add Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Tenants Rights Law, Manpower Group, and Ladder Up as core community partners. $1.6M in Wages secured for Members 87% Increase in Goals Met As a result of program innovations and key staff investments, LIFT-DC saw a dramatic increase in the number of goals met by Members -- A whopping 87% increase. That’s more people securing housing, jobs, healthcare and other member-defined goals.