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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.

The holidays will soon be upon us, and the annual Toys for Tots toy drive is now in full swing!


  1. To sponsor a toy collection at your workplace, anytime from November 2 to December 4, please contact Donna Fanticola -, 856-845-4303 x 13

     2.  Drop off new, unwrapped toys, books and educational items at United Way of Gloucester
          County, 454 Crown Point Road, Thorofare, 08086.  There is usually a shortage of items for
          children between infancy to age 3 and age 10 and older.



Toys for Tots in Gloucester County receives requests from the
Board of Social Services, churches, human service agencies and individuals.



Complete a request form on the national website  (Click on “request a toy”, state: NJ, location: Gloucester)  Families will be contacted when to pick up the toys for their children.

Thank you for helping with this important program. You will certainly put smiles on the faces of children (and their parents) in our community!

To see a list of Toys for Tots participating organizations for 2015,
please click HERE




Clarifi Financial Smarts – Financial Literacy Workshops

The Financial Smarts initiative includes educational workshops targeted to adults who are seeking a stronger understanding of the basics of personal finance.  The program covers a wide range of topics, including budgeting and money management; credit and credit report; banking basics; debt and consumer protections; and keys to homeownership.   

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation
Pediatric Cancer Family Services Program

The Family Services Program is offered free-of-charge to children with cancer and their families.  The program includes some or all of the following services: in-home counseling by a professional caseworker; advocacy with outside agencies; when needed, provisions of material goods such as food, clothing, household items, and toys; emergency financial aid.  The children and families are helped with their day-to-day needs at home where they might be isolated and missing support. 

Gloucester County Habitat for HumanityVeteran Build Home

Habitat for Humanity partners with a family, volunteers and others to build homes for low-to-moderate income families.  This home is being built for a Veteran and his family in Clayton.  There are financial responsibilities to become a partner family, such as they pay for the down payment, closing costs and require 6 months proof of steady employment.  The family contributes 350 “sweat equity” hours in the building of their home. 

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries
Summer Lunch Box Program

The GWCM recognizes that the summer months place an extra burden on families when school-aged children, who normally receive free/reduced breakfasts and lunches at school, are at home during the summer break.  For the past ten years, the organization has conducted a Summer Lunchbox Program for qualifying children.  Each week, the family is provided with five nutritionally complete “boxes” of food per child.  Each box contains shelf-stable milk, low-sugar breakfast cereal, a box of 100% juice, a microwavable lunch item, a snack and a piece of fresh fruit.  Also provided is a new or gently used donated book for each child once per week and donated age-appropriate school supplies for when they return to school.

Kings Things
Laptop and software for clients’ use

The agency assists local families to a path to financial stability, fostering life skills that will promote personal responsibility and increase financial stability, which leads to greater independence from formal support services and utilize personal assets.  The use of the computer, and purchased software, will help in resume writing, job searches, budget development, services and in other areas.  Utilizing the computer at the agency, with the assistance of staff and volunteers, will give the client privacy, confidentiality, assistance, build confidence and with more time than is available at local libraries. 

SHADOW Equestrian
– Special saddles and equipment for children with disabilities

The agency provides recreational therapeutic riding instruction to disabled children and their instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.  The children have physical disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy and other muscular diagnoses, focusing on balance, stability, core strength and stamina.  Also served are children on the Autism spectrum, focusing on accepting new environments and situations, and those with Down Syndrome, where the focus is on core strength, weight control and behavior issues.  The agency has eight different horses and ponies, based on personality, body type, gait movement and ability to work in unusual situations with disabled children.  The saddles and tack need to be modified to fit a variety of needs of the riders.  The funding will be used for a special saddle and equipment which would stay more balanced, making it easier for the rider to stay centered, especially when turning the horse around poles and cones.

For the breakdown of funding for each of the above programs, please click here.

United Way of Gloucester County
Introduces Our Loaned Executives
for Campaign 2015

Now that summer really went by fast, didn't it? But we're excited because autumn means it's CAMPAIGN TIME once again, and this year, as every year, four area businesses and organizations were kind enough to "loan" us some of their top talent for a couple of months to help us run our campaign.

So without further ado, we are very happy to announce our lineup of Loaned Executives, or "LEs", for Campaign 2015...

From left to right: Vicki Trimbach from Coperion K-Tron, Lillian Cooper from ExxonMobil Lube Plant, Danielle LaPorta from the County of Gloucester, and Sebastian Orillac from PBF Energy.


I'm sure you will join with us in wishing our Loaned Executives every success as they contact companies and organizations within Gloucester County to help them run their campaigns. Please make them feel welcome and let's all keep in mind:  we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give.


United Way is the vehicle necessary so that Neighbor can help Neighbor, but we need you to drive that vehicle if we are going to keep continuing to fund these vital services in Gloucester County.

Thank you for all you've already done in the past, and for all that we hope you continue to do in the future.

Happy Campaigning!

United Way Announces Campaign Chair for 2015

The United Way of Gloucester County is proud to announce that Scott Kintzing will serve as the 2015 Campaign Chair for the organization's annual fundraising campaign.

Scott has been an esteemed member of the United Way of Gloucester County’s Board of Directors for nearly a decade.  A seasoned campaigner, he also is the Founders Society Co-Chair, and serves on the Campaign Cabinet and the Operating Committee. He and his wife Maryann co-chaired the 2006 campaign. 

Scott received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Gettysburg College and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. A South Jersey native his entire life, Kintzing's banking career began at Lenape Bank nearly 40 years ago where he was introduced to United Way.

Currently a Vice President with Investors Bank, Scott continues to offer a wealth of leadership and vision to United Way. He was recently selected as the recipient of the 2015 Volunteer Leadership Award, the United Way of Gloucester County highest individual honor.


“As United Way’s Board Chair, I am gratified that Scott Kintzing has agreed to serve as Campaign Chair in this year’s effort to increase awareness of the needs of the people of Gloucester County and to raise the funds which are so critical in meeting those needs. I am confident that his energy and dedication to this effort will again prove to be beneficial to the people we strive to serve,” remarked Ronald J. Uzdavinis, Chair of the United Way of Gloucester County’s Board. 

It is through the annual fundraising campaign, that the United Way of Gloucester County is able to improve the quality of life for the people that live and work in our community. Please join Scott and the United Way of Gloucester County as they spearhead this year’s efforts to raise the funds needed to support local agencies, programs and initiatives in our community.

For more information on how to help or make a donation please contact Donna Murphy, Campaign Director at or at (856) 845-4303 ext. 18.


We are pleased to announce that the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday, May 28th, at the Veterans Memorial in Glassboro. This shuttle began on June 1st, 2015, and originates at the Avandale Park & Ride. It will have stops in Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro, and end in the Pureland Industrial Complex in Logan Township. The shuttle will be used to travel to places of employment, as well as social service and County agencies, health facilities, shopping and more. The service hours are Monday through Friday, 5:00 am to 11:00 am, and 1:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The fare is only $1.00 each way.

The shuttle is a collaboration of seven partners: the Pascale Sykes Foundation, United Way of Gloucester County (lead agency), the County of Gloucester, Cross County Connection, South Jersey Transit Authority, Heart of Gloucester County, and NJ Transit.

Pictured at the ribbon cutting ceremony are Frances Sykes, President of the Pascale Sykes Foundation; Robert Damminger, Freeholder Director on the Board of Chosen Freeholders; and Michael Gower, emcee of the event and Executive Director of United Way of Gloucester County. Also pictured in the ribbon cutting ceremony are Heather Simmons (Freeholder), Ronda Urkowitz (Cross County Connection), Bernadette Blackstock (Heart of Gloucester County), Steven Fittante (NJ Transit), Mayor Lou Manzo (Harrison Township), and Logan Township Councilman Stephen Dougherty. Colleen Maguire (Pascale Sykes Foundation) is also pictured on the shuttle in more photos from the event that can be found HERE.

In addition, a Joint Legislative Commendation was presented by Mr. Damminger to Ms. Sykes and Mr. Gower.

Don't Forget to Present Your
Thanks for Giving Card at Area Businesses!


Please click here for the latest list of Thanks for Giving Vendors for 2015

NEW Thanks for Giving Cards for 2016,
offering great deals for cardmembers from
various area businesses, will be given out
after Campaign 2015 has ended.


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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