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Our 2014 Campaign Kickoff was a huge success, with food, fun and friendly competition enjoyed by all!

98889Paulsboro Refining Co. -- 2nd Place Winners!!fllllllllllllll!!!!lAxeon Specialty Products -- 3rd Place Winners!

Abilities Solutions -- 1st Place Winners!

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FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS

UNITED WAY OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY will once again participate in Boscov’s FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS. This event will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at all Boscov’s Department Stores throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Maryland.

Everyone who purchases a $5 Friends Helping Friends pass receives a 25% discount shopping pass for purchases made only on October 21, 2014. In addition, they are eligible to win fabulous door prizes including shopping sprees as well as valuable merchandise items. United Way of Gloucester County is able to keep the $5 from every shopping pass sold.

Please contact Donna Murphy at 856.845.4303 x18 or donnamurphy@uwgcnj.org to purchase your shopping passes!


FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS
NEARLY SIX TONS OF FOOD

The ninth annual Gloucester County Cares About Hunger food drive collected a total of 11,699 pounds of non-perishable food for the Food Bank of South Jersey, including food that will be purchased with the cash donations of $550 also contributed during the drive.

The donated food will be distributed by the Food Bank to the 36 food subsidy programs serving those in need in Gloucester County. Since its inception, the community-wide collection has collected 119,119 pounds of food.

Approximately 400 pounds of pet food was collected for distribution by the Gloucester County Animal Shelter to low and fixed income families to feed their pets.

The United Way of Gloucester County extends its thanks to the Gloucester County Human Service Advisory Council and the People for People Foundation for co-sponsoring the event, and to the seventy-four partner organizations that supported this year’s effort.

Click here for a list of Food Drive Partners.


BOEING GRANT EXPANDS UNITED WAY
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

The United Way of Gloucester County has received a grant from the Boeing Corporation to expand its recently initiated program to assist veterans find and retain meaningful employment. The $22,210 grant will provide the Abilities Solutions in Westville with additional resources needed to add an additional part-time job developer/coach to assist program participants successfully enter the workforce.

The agency was awarded a $50,000 grant from the United Way in September 2013 to launch the program. The grant is funded by proceeds from the annual United Way campaign and its annual 5K Race & Fun Walk in April.

Our United Way is grateful to the Boeing Company for this important support for our veterans’ employment program, which Abilities Solutions has received to help returning members of the armed forces find work. Developing these employment opportunities is critically important to the program’s success.

According to Susan Perron, Abilities Solutions executive director, the program offers participants a skills and work readiness assessment, readiness training, assisting with job hunting and, when indicated, job coaching.

“We want to make a special effort to help newly discharged service personnel,” Perron reported, adding “but the program is available for any former member of the military who is having trouble finding and maintaining employment.”

The program is free to members of the active military and veterans. Participants will be assisted in accessing and applying for any benefits for which they are eligible.

For additional information about the program contact Abilities Solutions at (856) 848-1025 x 139.


United Way Funds
Supportive Services for Local Veterans

Abilities Solutions in Westville, NJ was awarded a $50,000 grant from the United Way of Gloucester County to assist veterans in locating and maintaining gainful employment. The program began in September 2013. The grant was originally funded by donations made to the 2012 United Way Campaign and by proceeds of the United Way's first annual "Spring into Action 5K Family Fun Walk" which was held in April.

“We are grateful to Abilities Solutions for their interest in participating in the request for proposal process,” stated Earle McCloe, chairman of the United Way’s volunteer Community Investment Cabinet. “Our research indicated that many of the newly returning veterans are experiencing difficulty in finding jobs and Abilities Solutions' fifty years of preparing individuals for the workplace, along with their many contacts among area employers, will be great assets to service personnel as they transition back to civilian life," McCloe added.

According to Susan Perron, Abilities Solutions executive director, the program will offer participants a skills and work readiness assessment, readiness training, assisting with job hunting and, when indicated, job coaching.

“We want to make a special effort to help newly discharged service personnel,” Perron reported, adding “but the program is available for any former member of the military who is having trouble finding and maintaining employment.”  

The funding for the program has been extended to June 2015.

Program participants will not be charged for services and will be assisted in accessing and applying for any benefits for which they are eligible. There are many benefits available to veterans but the application process can be complex. Program staff will help program participants obtain the resources available to them, whenever such help is requested.

For additional information about the program, contact Abilities Solutions at (856) 848-1025, extension 139.


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