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UNITED WAY TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS

The United Way of Gloucester County will honor all of its community volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition Evening, being held on Thursday, May 1st at Auletto’s Catering in Deptford, NJ.  Please click here to read about and see several of this year’s special honorees.

“The United Way of Gloucester County is proud to recognize the contributions of our many volunteers each year,” commented Ron Uzdavinis, United Way volunteer Chairman of the Board. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment,” he added.

For information or tickets to the Volunteer Recognition Event, please contact Tina Grant at the United Way office at 856.845.4303 x12 or tinagrant@uwgcnj.org.


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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.


AARP AND UNITED WAY OFFER
FREE TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE

Starting on February 3, specially trained AARP volunteers will be providing free assistance to taxpayers filing their annual income tax returns at six locations throughout Gloucester County. Thanks to grants secured by the United Way of Gloucester County, each site offers free online filing to reduce processing time, increase confidentiality and expedite payment of any refunds.

This is the fifth year of the AARP/United Way tax help partnership.  Since the inception of the program in 2010, local tax filers have been saved more than $750,000 in filing fees.

Local residents with low, moderate and fixed incomes households are invited to schedule tax assistance appointments at AARP/United Way tax help sites located at the Deptford Public Library (848 9149), the Monroe Township Public Library (728 9841), Glassboro Senior Citizen Center (881 8504), Gloucester County Library, Mullica Hill Branch (223 6033), Deptford Senior Center (848 9149) and the United Way office in Thorofare (845 4303 x13). All sites have different schedules and appointments are mandatory.  No walk-ins will be accepted at any facility. Please click here for a complete list of dates and times these sites have available.

AARP volunteers participate in an extensive training program and are required to pass the Internal Revenue Service’s tax preparer’s certification test.


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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