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Acts of philanthropy have recently helped a nonprofit organization establish a new $1 million fund that will help fight poverty in the Los Angeles area.

The new Mullin-Miller Match Fund will allow the United Way of Greater Los Angeles (UWGLA) to make a dollar-for-dollar match to any donation made to its Creating Pathways Out of Poverty Plan (CPOPP). The fund was named the two men whose philanthropy helped create it – Peter W. Mullin and Charles D. Miller.

Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles, noted that the donation will help the organization and members of the community to fight poverty in the area.

"In the last 12 months, Los Angeles County has seen a drastic increase of people desperately needing assistance, including families looking toward services to help with housing and healthcare," Buik said. "These generous gifts will help catalyze the critical resources necessary to solve our region’s most pressing problems, and help all residents realize the promise of our community."

CPOPP works by focusing on three different areas, which the group feels are essential to bringing about change in Greater Los Angeles. One of those areas looks to make sure people can provide their families with basic needs, such as shelter and healthcare.

The second area focuses on education and hopes to ensure that children graduate from high school in a way the makes them ready for college or work. Finally, the plan looks to make sure employment opportunities are available to people who live in the area.

The money that helped set up the Mullin-Miller Match Fund will continue a number of programs supported by the plan. For example, it will help the UWGLA to continue to support programs that provide permanent housing for homeless people in the area. It will also help provide after school programs for children who come from low-income families.

According to the UWGLA, with every sunset the county sees, it also finds itself with 73,000 homeless people. Of those thousands, almost 40 percent are women and children, and one-third are chronically homeless.

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