EVENT: The University of California, Irvine and Orange County United Way have partnered to form O.C. Working Together, which is hosting a daylong summit to improve and expand collective efforts to help the county’s least fortunate. UCI faculty and graduate students, O.C. United Way leaders, chief executives from O.C. nonprofits, religious leaders and elected officials will participate.

WHEN/WHERE: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Newkirk Alumni Center, 450 Alumni Court (grid B7, bldg. 450 on campus map – PDF)

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

BACKGROUND: UCI and United Way aim to enhance existing programs to increase the quality of life for community members by providing leadership, expertise and resources in the areas of education, family violence prevention, financial stability, health and housing. Summit speakers will include UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman; Max Gardner, president and CEO of O.C. United Way; and Erin Gruwell ’91, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. For a complete schedule, visit http://chancellor.uci.edu/strategic-priorities/initiatives/oc-working-together/index.html.