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Say Hello to Our Loaned Executives for Campaign 2017!


Left to right: Lillian Cooper (from ExxonMobil Lube Plant), Ade Badru (from Paulsboro Refining Co.), and Christine Moisy (from Coperion K-Tron). Not pictured here: Anthony Wilcox (from Gloucester County).

Our Loaned Executives will soon be fanning out to businesses all over Gloucester County with campaign materials in hand, eager to help you run your 2017 Campaign. Please welcome them and help the United Way of Gloucester County to have the best Campaign ever! Thank you for all that you do.

 


It's Getting Near That Time of Year Again!!

2017 COLLECTION DRIVE FACT SHEET

 

 

WHO:   United Way of Gloucester County and Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders -Human Service Advisory Council

 

WHEN:   Mon., November 6 to Fri., December 1, 2017 (anytime within this period, or earlier)

 

HOW:   Sponsor a toy collection drive at your workplace. Encourage employees to contribute a new, unwrapped toy during the period you select for collection. Donations can be dropped off at the Toys for Tots collection site.  There are a limited number of volunteers to pick up items.

 

RECOMMENDED DONATIONS:   new, unwrapped toys, books and educational toys. There is usually a shortage of items for children between infancy to age 3 and age 10 & older.

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:  DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THE SIGN-UP FORM and email it to Donna Fanticola at the United Way of Gloucester County - donnafanticola@uwgcnj.org  (856-845-4303 x 13 for questions)

 

HOW DONATIONS ARE DISTRIBUTED:  Toys for Tots receives requests from the Board of Social Services, churches, human service agencies and individuals.

 

HOW TO RECOMMEND A FAMILY:  Complete a request form on the national website www.toysfortots.org.  (Click on “request a toy”, state: NJ, location: Gloucester)  Families will be required to show proof of residency and birth certificates for all children that toys are requested for, and will be contacted when to pick up the toys. NO PHONE REQUESTS PLEASE.

 

OTHER INFORMATION:   Limited supplies of cardboard collecting bins are available at United Way (454 Crown Point Road, Thorofare, 08086) for your organization to pick up.  Toys for Tots also welcome checks, made payable to “S F Toys for Tots”; the organization will purchase toys.

 

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR COLLECTION:  You can bring the items to the Toys for Tots collection site, 210 County House Road, Shady Lane Complex, Building E, Clarksboro, 08020, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.  You can also email capmarine2016@yahoo.com to arrange for the items to be picked up or call their office, 856-224-8061 or 8063, fax 8064. 

ALL ITEMS MUST BE AT THE COLLECTION SITE
BY FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2016

 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THIS IMPORTANT PROGRAM

 



ExxonMobil Employees Step Up
for Center for Family Services

Pictured below are employees of ExxonMobil in Paulsboro as they volunteer their time at Center for Family Services, helping to sort and stuff childrens' school backpacks for CFS's Operation Backpack on Monday, August 21st, 2017. Thank you all so much for your help!

 

 


AmerisourceBergen Holds Its Backpack-a-Thon!

Kudos to AmerisourceBergen Corporation! They held a backpack-a-thon amongst their employees, and just at the Thorofare location they collected 118 backpacks full of school supplies!

The backpacks were distributed to the youngsters starting the school year at Glassboro CDC, Woodbury CDC, and Repauno Preschool DCC. Thank you, AmerisourceBergen!


Below: Children at Glassboro Child Development Center love their new backpacks!



Below: Woodbury Child Development Center's children are starting off the school year ready to succeed!


 

The Born Learning Trail Gets Its New, Permanent Home

 

Last year, the United Way of Gloucester County partnered with the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce and the FAF Coalition to purchase and install the 2nd Born Learning Trail in the county. During last summer the trail was displayed at its temporary location, the “Lot 323 pop-up park” in Woodbury. We are pleased to announce that the Born Learning Trail has now been permanently

installed at its new home, Woodbury’s Wing-Dickerson Park.

 

Come check it out today!


 


You Can’t Miss the New 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 CountyPower 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 MinistriesFamily 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 CenterFood & 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 StorksBooks 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 ProfessionalsPathways 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.

 


The 2017 Thanks for Giving Card is Good Until 12/31/17!

 



Here is a list of participating vendors for 2017...
simply present your card to receive the discount stated:

A new Thanks for Giving card is being designed for use during 2018. After this present Campaign is through, they will be sent to participating organizations for distribution to contributors. Thanks for your part in making our community a better place to live, work, and raise families!!


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