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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.

 

On Saturday, June 30th, Waterline Auto Spa Express in Glassboro hosted a fundraiser to help the United Way of Gloucester County. Nationally renowned Chef Aaron McCargo, Jr., held a pop-up BBQ and cooked up
some delicious meals for everyone!

$805.00 was raised to help Build Better Lives in Gloucester County! Pictured in the yellow shirts are Jackie and Tyler Harley, owners of the car wash, along
with Mike Gower, Executive Director of UWGC, and Margie Brining,
Director of Donor and Agency Relations. A big Thank You to
Waterline Auto Spa and the Harleys, and Chef Aaron McCargo
for the partnership!

 


 

Click HERE for a printable copy of this flyer that you
can present to your server when you dine.

Thank you!

 


$5,000 in Grants Awarded to the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County

Women United and Solvay Specialty Polymers awarded grants totaling $5,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County. The funds were used to purchase six new computers and software for children to use at the Paulsboro location. These computers will give the students access to information for research, school projects, and more.


Our First Day of Action Was a Big Success!

Individuals and company employees came together to volunteer at agencies to help Build Better Lives in Gloucester County on our first Day of Success!

. In the morning, the volunteers gathered to network at the Girls Scouts of Central and Southern NJ’s Camp Sacajawea in Newfield. At the camp, volunteers first assembled care packages for older adults throughout Robins’ Nest’s programming. Next, they headed over to SHADOW Equestrian and helped clean out the horse stalls and put in fresh hay. In the afternoon, the networking session was held at the Arc Gloucester’s Camp Sun ‘N Fun. Some of the projects were: setting up or weeding a garden, painting or beautifying the center or a camp, working on a playground, assembling care packages, etc.  Due to the rain, some of the outdoor projects had to be cancelled and the volunteers worked inside the agencies.

About 80 volunteers donated their time and skills to 9 agencies. Event sponsors included: Graham Communications, Bellia Print & Design, Now! Financial Network, Speedpro Imaging, Zallie’s, Sam’s Club, Gloucester Premium Outlets, Hoffman Exterminating, South Jersey Federal Credit Union, and Jupiter Embroidery.

Here are some pics from the day's events:

 

 

 

 


 

Calling All Volunteers!

Our Campaign Kickoff will be on Thursday, August 16th at 5 pm at RiverWinds Community Center, and we need YOUR help to make it a success! We need assistance with a variety of tasks, including serving food, putting together games and running them, setting up kids’ games and assisting the children play them, and more.

 

For more information on how you can help, contact Margie Brining at 856-845-4303 ext. 12 or mbrining@uwgcnj.org.

 


 

 


SAVE THE DATE...SEPTEMBER 13th, 2018!


Make plans to be there and learn how to score
the winning touchdown for Gloucester County!


WEAR YOUR EAGLES JERSEY TO THE EVENT!!

 

 


 

 

The United Way of Gloucester County held its first networking event as part of its Live United 365 Small Business Circle, an initiative to engage the small business community in Gloucester County. 13th Child Brewery in Williamstown generously hosted the event. Current members

of the program attended as well as business owners who were interested in learning more.

To learn more about the 365 Small Business Circle, please contact Margie Brining

at 856-845-4303 ext. 12 or mbrining@uwgcnj.org.

 

 

Thanks to the members of our Live United 365 Small Business Circle
for helping to Build Better Lives in Gloucester County!

 

Business
Website
   
Bellia Print and Design
Clear Path by Cindy
Graphics Solutions
HFM Investment Advisors, LLC
Lisa Carney Retail Agency, LLC
Nancy Kowalik Real Estate Group
Telecorp, Inc.
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions
Cepha, Inc.
13th Child Brewery
Berenato Dental Lab
Death of the Fox Brewing
PCH Technologies

 


 

Congrats Are In Order!

 

Congratulations to Gregory Davis of Paulsboro Refining Company for being named Citizen of the Year at the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Community Service Awards!

Greg's a member of UWGC's Founders Society. Thanks, Greg, for your generosity & for Living United!

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Shadow Equestrian Puts UWGC Mini-Grant to Good Use

 

Shadow Equestrian is a therapeutic riding center in Monroeville, specifically geared

toward children suffering from a variety of disabilities. UWGC recently awarded
them a mini-grant to replace worn helmets & game equipment. Scroll down to the
"Live United Mini-Grants" section to read more about this important program.

Shadow Equestrian says "Thanks for helping our children!"

 


You Can’t Miss the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle

 

Michael Gower, Executive Director of the United Way of Gloucester County, stated that “It has been an amazing 18 months since the launch of the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle.” The program started in June 2015 when the United Way of Gloucester County received a grant from the Pascale Sykes Foundation, as part of a collaborative effort with several community-service partners. Since that time, the shuttle has transported more than 33,000 passengers. This program has been helping riders navigate across Gloucester County and South Jersey. The shuttle travels from the Avandale Park & Ride through Williamstown, Glassboro, Mullica Hill, Swedesboro to the Pureland Industrial Complex located in Logan Township. Where there is also a free circulator shuttle within the Pureland Complex, bringing employees to their workplace.  All vehicles have lift service.

However, this Fall the shuttles, operated by South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA), went through a complete visual transformation, and now they can’t be missed. When this service started, plain white shuttle buses navigated the nearly 30-mile route, stopping at the 10 designated pick-up locations. If you weren’t looking for them, you might have thought it was a private shuttle or perhaps another service operated by SJTA. 

But now, there is no way you can miss seeing these shuttle buses. These formerly white buses have been fully wrapped in vivid graphical design. People have commented that the new signage, in the bright turquoise green, “Can’t be missed and grab your attention as they pass by!” Also, the shuttle stop signs were refreshed for better visibility, making them stand out even more. 

The numbers speak for themselves: In the first month of service, 557 riders used the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle; in December 2016, there were 3,053 riders, a 448% increase.  The shuttle is still only $1.00 each way. It is an inexpensive way to make certain that the general transportation needs of our Gloucester County residents of all ages are being met. The shuttle operates from 4:54 am to 7:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. 

When speaking about the impact this shuttle has in our community, Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger stated, “The growth that this program has experienced is phenomenal.  We all knew this was a necessary transportation initiative, and we are pleased that the ridership is hitting record levels.  It is true, if you build it, they will come.” 

The shuttle makes over 120 connections with 11 NJ TRANSIT buses.  Most of the connections can be made within 15 minutes.  A free one-zone ride on a connecting NJ TRANSIT bus is available from the Shuttle at Shuttle stops #1, 5, 8, 9 & 10.  Simply ask the Shuttle driver for a transfer. A free one-way ride on the Shuttle is available from a connecting NJ TRANSIT bus at stops #1, 5, 8, 9, & 10.  Ask the NJ TRANSIT bus driver for a transfer which costs $.70. 

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Department of Economic Development, commented, “The Pureland Shuttle is an essential piece of getting our residents to work and providing our employers with the employees they need.  The fact that unemployment is down in Gloucester County and that there has been a 448% increase in ridership from the start in June 2015 is not a coincidence.”  Simmons added, “We work with our employers to make sure that they have a trained workforce and this is a piece of the puzzle that helps get our employees to work in a safe and convenient manner.” 

The United Way of Gloucester County focuses on local issues that affect the people that live and work in the community. Gower stated that “The number one issue that kept coming up facing Gloucester County residents was the need for additional public transportation. This program not only fills that need and provides increased access across the region, but also through a partnership with the Heart of South Jersey.”  Riders receive additional information on services and programs through a monthly printed newsletter published by this agency, called “On the Route.” 

Freeholder Jim Jefferson, Liaison to the Division of Transportation Services remarked that, “The Pureland East-West Community Shuttle is successful because of the riders and partners who work together to manage it.  This program is very well thought out with external routes and internal loops within Pureland.  And, it is not only for employees at Pureland, people can use this service to get to doctors’ appointments, stores and other stops along the routes.” 

The Pureland East-West Community Shuttle is a partnership between the Pascale Sykes Foundation, United Way of Gloucester County, South Jersey Transportation Authority, Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association, The County of Gloucester, NJ TRANSIT and Heart of South Jersey. 

If you have any questions about the shuttle, the schedule, or need assistance, please contact SJTA, Customer Service 856.614.1072.  To download the schedule, please visit the website www.driveless.com.

 


 

UNITED WAY OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY

2017 “LIVE UNITED” MINI GRANTS
- 3RD YEAR FOR INITIATIVE
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$1,000 Maximum Per Program

 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Gloucester County – Power Hour – Leap for Success

The funds will purchase 10 Leap Reader Reading and Writing Systems and 12 Leap Reader Learn to read Mega Bundle System and Book sets to benefit the members at the agencies’ two clubs located in Glassboro and Paulsboro.  These materials will further encourage the importance of early reading, writing and speech development through their daily Power Hour activities.  It is estimated that approximately 100 club members will benefit each school year, with the potential to reach over 300 members since the system has a life span of approximately 2-3 years.

Clarifi – Financial Empowerment for Women

The funds will support staffing and material costs to provide one-on-one counseling sessions to ten low-to-moderate income women.  In the sessions, all clients will receive an overview of their current financial situation, learn about debt-to-income ratio and suggestions on ways to reduce or eliminate particular expenses and/or increase income.  They will work to create a reasonable monthly budget and develop an action plan, with clearly defined goals and objectives.

Family Promise – Pathway to Housing

The funds will purchase desktop computers and a printer for a family resource room.  Permanent employment is required for parents to be the program.  If they are not employed at the time of entry, they must be willing and able to work full time.  A computer would give them access to the internet to search and apply for employment and housing.  The children will also have access for their homework.  These computers will be a valuable tool to help families gain financial independence.

Greater Woodbury Cooperative Ministries – Family hygiene products

The funds will be used to purchase products that the clients cannot pay for with their SNAP funds.  These personal family hygiene products are very important to the health of the clients, such as diapers, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, toilet paper, and other items.  In 2016, the pantry served 3,394 families, consisting of 4,516 adults, 1,096 seniors and 2,446 children.

Shadow Equestrian – Replace Worn and Outdated Equipment

The funds will be used to replace helmets, with new safety features, and therapeutic game equipment.  The non-profit serves between 35-40 disabled children in their recreation therapeutic riding program.  They have a variety of games that encourage the children to stretch and strengthen muscles, improve their posture and balance, increase their attention span, and stimulate speech patterns.  The program also improves their self-esteem and allows each student to bond not only with their therapeutic riding horse, but to the instructors and volunteers.

South Jersey Dream Center – Food & Clothing Distribution

The funds will be used to purchase a system to use barcode scanners to process guests faster.  Currently, there are long lines to sign in and register.  There are an average of 30-50 people in line for several hours before the doors are open and nearly 100 when they open.  The new scanners would have the capability to print Photo ID cards for each guest with a barcode on a business card size card.  Instead of asking each guest to spell their name, search their name and filter through others with the same last name and misspellings, using the scanners would allow the non-profit to scan the guest’s ID and access their information instantly and correctly.  A photo would be printed onsite and laminated on their card. 

Story Storks – Books for Newborns

All funds will be used to purchase books for new mothers, at Inspira and Kennedy hospitals, for their newborns.  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 840 at Inspira per year and 950 at Kennedy, for a total of 1,790.  There are over 90 volunteers and each book currently costs $2.38.

Student Working Professionals – Pathways to Employment

The grant will help in some of the costs of running the job exploration program for between 10-15 students to provide job skills training for people with autism.  There are various program materials required to ensure that the program is fun yet beneficial for professional development for the students.  The funds will cover the cost of computers, printing, software and any additional technology that is needed.  The students will be connected to job coaches that will teach them about various job skills.

 


Here is the NEW 2018
Thanks For Giving Card!

 


 

 

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