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United Way's Volunteer Recognition Evening Acknowledges a Job Well Done by All


On May 7th, over 200 friends, volunteers, and benefactors gathered at Auletto's Catering in Deptford, NJ, for an evening of food, entertainment, camaraderie, 2014 campaign highlights, and gratitude for great work done by all.

High points of the evening included the awarding of the 2015 Volunteer Leadership Award to longtime United Way volunteer and supporter Scott Kintzing. The Spirit of United Way awards went to Ray Page and Amy Soulliard. You can read more about all of our award winners here.

In addition, Ron Uzdavinis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Gloucester County, took the opportunity to say "Goodbye, we'll miss you!" to longtime employee Tina Grant, who is leaving United Way after 28 years. Presenting her with a bouquet of 28 red roses, representing each of her 28 years of service, as well as a keepsake etched crystal vase, he spoke for all of us as we bid a fond farewell to such an integral and important part of United Way for so many years.

More photos of the evening can be found here.


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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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