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Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected, Interdependent, United. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. That is what it means to LIVE UNITED.

A Huge Thank You to Paulsboro Refining!

 

The employees, campaign team, management and contractors of Paulsboro Refining came through mightily once again for UWGC Campaign 2016, raising $385,014...their largest amount ever... with $70,000 of that total contributed by their contractors alone. A thank-you luncheon was held by Paulsboro Refining for all those involved with the campaign, including several staffmembers of United Way. Good food and camaraderie was enjoyed by all. Thanks again to the efforts of Paulsboro Refining...

you all truly know how to LIVE UNITED!


THANK YOU!

This year, through United Way of Gloucester County and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Human Service Advisory Council, we had 55 participating organizations in the Toys For Tots program...some with multiple locations. More than half were open to the public, as well as for their own employees.

Thank you again for helping. You will make the holidays very special for children in our community, as well as for their parents. We appreciate your caring, participation, time and effort.


 

 


Save the Dates!

 

The 12th Annual Countywide Food Drive will take place from Monday, February 27th through Sunday, March 5th, 2017, with the collection drop off or pick up on Monday, March 6th, 2017. As done last year, with a Monday for the drop off/pick up, additional items were donated by staff, as well as organizations that are open to the public, on the weekend. If you have any questions, please contact Donna Fanticola, donnafanticola@uwgnjc.org

or 856.845.4303, extension 13.

 


UWGC Volunteers Make a
Positive Impact in the Community



During yet another Day of Caring, one of many that sees employees of
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering giving back to the community,
volunteers pour concrete at the Glassboro Child Development Center,
ensuring a safe area for the children to ride their bikes.



Empowering Children’s Interest in Reading

 

The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of the United Way of Gloucester County typically raises funds and supplies grants for agencies within Gloucester County. Their primary focus is aimed toward education, engagement, and empowerment. With their most recent initiative, the Council did just that. Participants at fundraising events were asked to bring along with them children’s books. From there, the books piled up.

Containers of books were hand delivered to two local agencies in need of reading material for the children they serve. One of the recipients of the books was Woodbury Child Development Center (WCDC), whose children were delighted to receive them. The center is an independent, non-profit childcare center that serves children ages 4 months to 12 years of age. Books for all age groups were given to the attending children. The assembly was also very happy to receive soft pretzels donated by Denise Racano of the Philly Pretzel Factory in Mullica Hill. Over 100 children in the center received their books and attended story time shortly after.

The other recipient of the WLC donation was Family Promise of Gloucester County’s Family Day Center. The books will benefit children as their families go from the agency to homes of their own. The Family Day Center will now have a large reading selection for children to take advantage of. Accompanying the books was a donation of soft pretzels from council member, Michele Vallone.

The book donation ties back into the WLC’s vision of diverse, committed women coming together to create change in the Gloucester County community. Along with the books comes education for children, engagement for local families, and empowerment for all residents.

The Women’s Leadership Council would like to thank all of the book donors, agency directors, and WLC members in attendance for this supportive delivery.

For additional information about the programs or the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way of Gloucester County, please contact Donna Fanticola at donnafanticola@uwgcnj.org, 856-845-4303 x 13.

For information on how to make a donation to United Way of Gloucester County, please contact Donna Murphy at donnamurphy@uwgcnj.org, or 856-845-4303 x18.

 


Center for Family Services and
United Way of Gloucester County
Thanks All Contributors for the Annual Operation Backpack

 

Over 100 backpacks, each stuffed with school supplies, plus shopping bags and boxes filled with even more school supplies, were generously donated to Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack this year!

The backpacks and supplies were dropped off at a staging point in our United Way office by various companies, organizations, and single contributors, and were picked up by Center for Family Services on August 19th for distribution to students in need, helping them to get off on the right foot this school year!

We’d like to extend our sincerest THANK YOU! to all the participants listed below. Because of you, students who might otherwise lack even a notebook and pencil are beginning the new school year well prepared to learn, grow and excel!

 

Daimler Trucks
Kingsway Regional HS
Delaware Valley Floral Group
Coperion K-Tron 
Solvay Specialty Polymers
Fulton Bank of New Jersey
Paulsboro Refining Company
Franklin Bank
The Walsh Family
Gloucester County Social Services
Gloucester County Division of Human & Disability Services 
Franklin Bank
Aleris Rolled Products
NuStar Energy LP
Tech Data
Patient First
Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office

 

 


AmerisourceBergen Holds Backpack Drive
to Benefit United Way-Funded Child Care Centers

Each year, the employees of AmerisourceBergen Corporation hold their own backpack drive to help underprivileged children at Glassboro Child Development Center, Repauno PreSchool Day Care Center, and Woodbury Child Development Center start the school year ready and eager to learn and grow.

This year as in years past, AmerisouceBergen has stepped up to the plate admirably! Collecting over 118 backpacks full of school supplies, they were distributed as follows:

Woodbury CDC:    40 backpacks

 

Repauno DCC:      42 backpacks

 

Glassboro CDC:    36 backpacks

 

A great big THANK YOU! To AmerisourceBergen for helping these children start the new school year well prepared!

 


The Pureland East-West Shuttle

 

The Pureland East-West Shuttle launched in June 2015. The route takes riders from the Avondale Park and Ride in Sicklerville to the Pureland Complex in Logan Township, with stops in Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill and Swedesboro.  

As part of this initiative an internal shuttle is available for those who are traveling into the Pureland Industrial Complex for work. This circulator bridges the gap from the end of the run to the local businesses.  

The Pureland East-West Shuttle operates Monday thru Friday from 5:00 am to 7:30 pm and connects with 11 NJ Transit Bus Routes to provide more than 125 possible connections. The shuttle’s low fare, $1.00 per trip, and reciprocal transfer agreement with NJ Transit, makes the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle an economical and easy way to travel throughout Gloucester County and southern New Jersey.

For more information, visit http://www.driveless.com/PurelandEastWestShuttle.html



UNITED WAY OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY

2016 “LIVE UNITED” MINI GRANTS
- 2ND YEAR FOR INITIATIVE
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Funding of $1,000 per Program

 

Clarifi Financial Smarts for Seniors

This program will provide two client workshops about the changing realities as people age.  Topics will focus on the needs of older adults which include money management, credit, ID theft, frauds & financial predators, understanding their credit report, reverse mortgages, loan smarts and social security.  Each workshop has a target of 40 attendees.

 

Greater Woodbury Cooperative MinistriesFresh Produce for the Food Pantry

This grant will allow the food pantry to continue to purchase fresh produce, to offer a fresh vegetable, fruit and a choice of either white or sweet potatoes each time their clients visit.  In 2015, the pantry served 3,706 hungry families in the greater Woodbury area; those families were composed of 4,914 adults, 1,054 seniors and 2,676 children.  They were provided with nutritious food items, as well as protein, and a five-dollar certificate to Heritage Dairy Stores to purchase milk, juice, bread, butter or eggs.

Lauren Rose Albert FoundationMothers Matter

The grant will be used to purchase a laptop computer and printer for the Mothers Matter headquarters.  Currently, the organization does not have this capability onsite and it will be used for email communications, printing needs, fundraising efforts, mailings, organizing volunteers and collection drives at schools, businesses, organizations and individuals, track collections and maintain and update a data base.  The computer will increase efficiency, improve community outreach and communications and expand program capabilities.   Mothers Matter began in 2001 as a way to assist, uplift and empower women in need with the simple act of providing a gift or women’s personal care and toiletry items bearing the message that “Mothers Matter”.  Initially, they were given just on Mother’s Day. By 2010, the program has grown into a year-round effort and now reaches close to 4,500 women a year who are burdened with personal or family illness, tragedy or quality-of-life issues, as well as those who are being served by our Partner Agencies, as well as others. 

Partners in LearningScience for All

The school serves 27 students, nearly one third have Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Funds will be applied to the purchase of needed curriculum items for the enhanced Science Center units of instruction, including materials for both parent outreach activities, for training resources for teachers and to enhance the Science Center as a part of the on-going STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).

South Jersey Dream Center Food Distribution Refrigerator

Funds will be used to purchase a commercial size refrigerator.  Throughout the year, the organization receives fresh produce and dairy products from their food partners prior to the day of distribution, which requires refrigeration.  Perishable items are harder to come by and the guests truly prize those items.  Last year, over 800 families were served and this year that number will be surpassed.

Story StorksBooks for Newborns

All funds will be used to purchase books for new mothers at Inspira and Kennedy hospitals.  The sole purpose of the organization is to foster literacy development in the home by teaching mothers how to read to their children.  After each birth, a trained volunteer enters the room of the mother and asks to speak about reading.  The volunteer demonstrates an appropriate oral reading procedure and discusses its benefits on the brain and language development on preschool children.  The mother is presented with a copy of a board book imprinted with the child’s footprint.  The book serves as a family keepsake and a reminder to read at home.  The mothers are told about the program’s website, which has a demonstration video and other information about how to foster literacy development in their home.  The organization serves approximately 800 at Inspira per year and 730 at Kennedy, for a total of 1,530.

Student Working Professionals - #iLeadBiz Business Leadership Camp

The focus is on entrepreneurship to give students, ages 15-18, a sample of various business skills from marketing to finance to professionalism, in a fun and engaging way through games, exercises, workshops and panel discussions from business leaders in the community.  The program is a 5-day camp that has a different theme each day: entrepreneurship 101, marketing & branding, finance, professionalism, on the fifth day, the campers work on group business idea pitches and present them in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.  The campers are exposed to various areas of business and learn the skills necessary to become successful business leaders.  It is projected that 25 students will participate in the camp, with a maximum of 40.


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Watch this space for a list of Thanks for Giving Vendors for 2017


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