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United Way of Gloucester County
Welcomes 2014 Loaned Executives




(left to right) Mollie Swift, Bob McErlane, Christina Robbins

Fall is in the air again and it's that time of year...time for the annual Employee Campaign to kick into high gear! For the 2014 Campaign, we (and you!) will once again have the skillful help of our Loaned Executives. This year, we are happy to welcome Mollie Swift from ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, Bob McErlane from the County of Gloucester, and Christina Robbins from Paulsboro Refining Company to our group. The Loaned Executives will be working out of the United Way office through November, assisting area businesses in the running of their campaigns.

Last year, we were able to directly assist over 76,000 people in our community, all from the funds we raised, and we have great hopes of meeting and maybe even exceeding our goal this year. If you plan to hold an Employee Campaign in your organization, our "LEs" are available to show you how easy it can be! Please call our office at 856.845.4303, extension 18, to see how you can step up to the plate and help us keep our neighbors in Gloucester County out of crisis, while assisting them to become self-sufficient.

Happy Campaigning!


Our 2014 Campaign Kickoff was a huge success,
with food, fun and friendly competition enjoyed by all!

98889Paulsboro Refining Co. -- 2nd Place Winners!!fllllllllllllll!!!!lAxeon Specialty Products -- 3rd Place Winners!

Abilities Solutions -- 1st Place Winners!

Please click HERE to see more great photos of the event.


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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