In the autumn 2017 season, the United Way of Gloucester County and Women United established a scholarship fund to benefit students at Rowan College at Gloucester County on an annual basis. The scholarship fund is one of the ways the United Way of Gloucester County is supporting the educational endeavors of local students.
Congratulations to the 2018 winner, Jacqueline Saraceno, who was the recipient of both scholarships.
Applicants must reside in Gloucester County, maintain a 2.75 GPA, be a full-time student completing a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and actively volunteer. Applicants of the Women United scholarship must be female.
FamilyWize is a national prescription discount program available to uninsured and underinsured individuals and families to assist them with obtaining the lowest possible price on their prescription drugs. The average discount that consumers receive is 45%.
Transportation – Pureland East West Shuttle
United Way of Gloucester County continues to partner with the Pascale Sykes Foundation, the County of Gloucester, Cross County Connection, South Jersey Transportation Authority, NJ TRANSIT, and Heart of South Jersey to provide the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle. The grant of $1.2 million from the Pascale Sykes Foundation, over three years, supports this shuttle that provides low cost and convenient access along the Route 322 corridor to the Pureland Industrial Park, as well as to other locations for access to employment, supportive services, programs, medical needs, shopping, and more. The shuttle connects with 10 NJ TRANSIT bus routes. Gloucester County has public transportation running north and south, but prior to the shuttle, there were no options for residents to travel east and west, unless they took multiple transit routes and transfers.
The cost of the regular shuttle is $1.00 each way, and the internal shuttle offered at the Pureland Industrial Complex is free. The schedule is printed in English and Spanish. In 2018, 46,854 rides were provided, and since the shuttle’s inception, 123,114 rides were provided.
NJ 2-1-1 is a free, confidential, and multilingual statewide information and referral service that operates 24/7. The hotline helps individuals to identify and connect with providers of needed assistance. This service can be accessed by phone by dialing 2-1-1 or through their website, nj211.org. A texting service is also available to receive referral information. In 2018, there were 7,915 inquiries to the NJ 2-1-1 hotline made by Gloucester County residents, with an average of 660 calls per month.
Born Learning Trails
The Born Learning Trail is an interactive trail designed to boost school readiness in preschool children through a series of 10 engaging activities, resulting in increased language, reading and problem-solving skills. On October 16th, the newest Born Learning Trail was installed at the William Wilt Soccer Complex in Harrison Township, thanks to a partnership between Women United and the Mullica Hill Rotary. The other trails are located at Autumn Pasquale Memorial Park in Clayton and the Wing-Dickerson Park in Woodbury. The goal of Women United is to install a trail in every Gloucester County municipality.
AARP Tax Aid Program
This is a tax assistance program for low, moderate and fixed income households. United Way of Gloucester County was instrumental in obtaining multiple grants, which enabled the program to purchase laptops, printers, and additional equipment for all seven of the AARP sites. AARP volunteers staff the UWGC office site two days a week from early February through the deadline of April 15, serving 3,253 clients. Based on an estimated savings of $200 per return, the clients saved over $461,600 in tax filing fees, with refunds totaling almost $2 million.
Day of Action
The United Way of Gloucester County and the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce worked together to unite local volunteers for the annual Day of Action, an event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in the community.
On and around June 21, thousands of people across the globe volunteer with United Way to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. This “Day of Action” serves as a reminder that when people unite for the greater good, every day is a day of action. United Way Day of Action is a snapshot of what United Way does all year long – engaging individuals to work together to build stronger communities.