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Meet Our Loaned Executives for Campaign 2016!

 Our 2016 Campaign Season isn't the only exciting arrival in United Way of Gloucester County. Our Loaned Executives are off to an amazing start! Here's your chance to get to know some of the faces and names of executives that may be of assistance to you.



(From left to right):
Alexis Ham of Paulsboro Refining Company, Danielle LaPorta of the County of Gloucester, Mike D'Alonzo of Coperion K-Tron, and Barry Hills of
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering.

 "This is a special group," Danielle LaPorta says when talking about this year's Loaned Executives (LE). "It's about people and their stories. Meeting people and seeing how passionate they are about what they do," is a highlight for Danielle in this program. Barry Hills, who is a first time Loaned Executive, has brought his 36 years of experience with Exxonmobil to United Way in order to get those in need help. Further, second time LE Mike D'Alonzo recalled his favorite part of the program so far was going out for a tour of the Eleanor Corbett House founded by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley. Alexis Ham has been a great addition to the group, as a first-time LE. Her fresh view has been cultivated by Paulsboro Refining Company for a little over a year now. We are so pleased to be housing this year's batch of Loaned Executives in United Way of Gloucester County Offices, and we know that when they call on your workplace, you'll be eager to meet them!

Special thanks to our 2016 Campaign Chair, Heather Simmons, all of our wonderful Loaned Executives, and Employee Campaign Managers! Thank you for doing your part in enhancing the lives of others on a daily basis. Collaboration is key in order to LIVE UNITED.



For more information on how you can LIVE UNITED, contact Donna Murphy at or 856-845-4303 ext. 18. 


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 need for this service was real, and our residents and employers are benefitting." Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger is speaking about the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle, which is celebrating its one year anniversary on June 1. The shuttle, led by the United Way of Gloucester County and supported by the South Jersey Transportation Authority, Heart of South Jersey, the County of Gloucester, NJ Transit and Cross County Transportation Management Association, is funded by a grant from the Pascale Sykes Foundation after a Gloucester County study identified transportation as a roadblock to success for residents.

To celebrate the one year anniversary, all riders will receive one free trip on June 1. Those riders will also receive a free one-way coupon to give to a friend so loyal riders can share the experience with others. Michael Gower, Executive Director of the United Way of Gloucester County, is hoping to show even more residents the value of the shuttle. "Since the launch in June 2015, our ridership continues to grow exponentially. Every chance we get to share this service with Gloucester County residents is a chance to highlight the power of the partnerships United Way makes in the community, and the value we bring to residents. We are so grateful to our partners for making this initiative such a success." 

Fran Sykes of the Pascale Sykes Foundation thinks the first year of the shuttle has been a great achievement, stating, "The Pascale Sykes Foundation is proud to partner on the Pureland East-West Shuttle. The shuttle provides transportation for anyone and everyone. It runs from the Avondale Park and Ride through Rowan University to Pureland, making it convenient for anyone going to work, to school, medical appointments, to visit relatives or just to ride and enjoy the scenery." She is proud of the literature provided on the shuttles for riders, containing everything from recipes to information about community services. It's also only one dollar per ride, making it affordable for all. "Try the shuttle. It's a great experience." 

Other shuttle partners shared their positive thoughts on the success of the initiative. 

Stephen F. Dougherty, Executive Director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority said, "We're happy to announce that as we approach our one-year anniversary, the Pureland East-West Community Shuttle continues to grow, with ridership tripling from our first month of operation in June 2015 to more than 2,100 riders in April 2016." 

Paul Blackstock of The Heart of South Jersey makes it a point to find out how the shuttle is impacting the community. "As a member of the collaboration, I make an effort to ride the shuttle on a regular basis to speak with the riders that utilize the service. Those that I spoke with had high praise for the service and the drivers. Many simply use the service to get to their place of employment which several have stated that they would not be able to do without the shuttle." 

Warren Strumpfer, a community volunteer and frequent rider of the shuttle, can't speak highly enough of the service, and particularly of the care of the drivers. "The South Jersey Transportation Authority shuttle management and drivers truly fulfill the slogan "Excellence in Transportation" that's on the side of their vehicles. It's apparent that the drivers frequently communicate with management to continue to improve the quality of service. These drivers really add value to the riders. It's truly a great service." 

About 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.

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Freeholder Heather Simmons to be
United Way's Campaign Chair for 2016

The United Way of Gloucester County is pleased to announce that Heather Simmons will be the 2016 Campaign Chair.

Heather Simmons has lived in Gloucester County since 1994. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and politics from Saint Joseph's University, where she was Valedictorian of the Class of 1991. She also holds a master's degree in public relations from Rowan University and completed several courses toward a Ph.D. in education at Capella University (Minneapolis, MN). Heather is Associate Director of the Rowan University Fossil Park and previously owned her own communications firm. 

Heather was named one of South Jersey Biz Magazine’s “Women to Watch” for 2012. In 2011, she was named Business Advocate of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners-South Jersey Chapter, and was recognized by South Jersey Magazine as a local “Superwoman.” In 2001, she was named Woman of the Year, Women in Communications, by the Gloucester County Commission on Women. She served on the Marketing Committee for the United Way of Gloucester County and on the Board of the Greater Glassboro Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a Commissioner with the Gloucester County Library System. 

As Freeholder, Heather is Liaison to the Department of Economic Development and Public Works, including oversight of Tourism, Community and Economic Development (Business Retention and Attraction, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce), Engineering, Planning, Roads, Highways, Fleet Management, Mosquito Control and the Solid Waste Advisory Council. She also serves as First Vice President for the NJ Association of Counties. Her main focus is on the integral tie between education and job creation, and helped to forge a groundbreaking dual enrollment agreement between Gloucester County College and Rowan University that will save local students about $20,000 in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Gloucester County. 

With Heather’s many skills and her deep passion for Gloucester County, we are thrilled to have her on board to lead the charge for the upcoming campaign season. 

Thank you so much to our outgoing 2015 Campaign Chair, Scott Kintzing. We are grateful for your strong leadership and support.



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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