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Day of Caring

365 DAYS OF CARING SIGNATURE SITE

Students who don’t read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than students who read proficiently. But when we work together to support early grade literacy,we help pave the way for more high school graduates by bridging the gap in academic success that far too many children in our communities face.

As we team up with the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and Philadelphia School District, United Way invites you to take part in our Day of Caring Signature Site event at Vare-Washington School on Saturday, September 24, 2016, to supplement United Way’s work to ensure all children have access to a quality education, from cradle to career. Your dedication through volunteer activities including building reading corners, leveling books, rebuilding playgrounds or creating outdoor educational classrooms will directly support the areas where children learn, play, and grow. As volunteers, you will see first hand the work that United Way and our donors and partners do every day to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.

Get Involved

The Day of Caring Sponsorship deadline is August 19. For more information, please contact Ib Awoyale, Engagement Manager, at iawoyale@uwgpsnj.org.


 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2016 SPONSORS

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

 

million dollar roundtable

Ira M. Lubert (right) Venture Capital Investor and Philanthropist; Founder, United Way’s Lubert Individual Development Account (IDA) Program

Ricknel Rivera (left) Graduate, United Way’s Lubert IDA Program

Million Dollar Roundtable

United Way’s Million Dollar Roundtable honors our most generous philanthropic leaders. Through their consistent and cumulative support, they demonstrate a passionate commitment to building a stronger and healthier community. Nationally, nearly 500 extraordinary leaders have made gifts of $1 million or more to local United Ways, driving Impact and transforming lives one child, one adult and one family at a time.

Million Dollar Roundtable Members

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is especially grateful for the more than 30 members right here in our own community. Their extraordinary generosity and leadership is powerful and inspiring.

    • 1956 Otto Haas Charitable Trust

      The Annenberg Foundation

      Mr. and Mrs. John C. Bogle

      Cathy and Jack Brennan

      Mrs. J. Mahlon Buck, Jr.

      Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Cawthorn

      CHG Charitable Trust

      David and Rhonda Cohen

      The Elmer Roe Deaver Foundation

      John T. Dorrance, Jr.

      Penny and Bob Fox

      Richard C. Goodwin

      Lon and Bonnie Greenberg

      John and Chara Haas

      Mrs. Samuel Hamilton

      Mindy Holman and Frank Beideman

      George and Barbara Karr

      Patricia Kind

      The Lenfest Foundation

      Elaine Levitt and Joel Gershman

      Mr. Ira M. Lubert

      Katherine and F. William McNabb, III

      Estate of Mrs. Walter Morgan

      Mr. Warren V. Musser

      Estate of Pauline T. Pease

      Robert and Lexie Potamkin

      Aileen K. Roberts and Brian L. Roberts

      Suzanne F. and Ralph J. Roberts

      Gus and Karen Sauter

      Leonard and Barbara Sylk

      Harriet and Larry Weiss

      Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr.

      The Wyncote Foundation

       

      Italics in list - Posthumous Recognition

      The full Tocqueville Society roster is available upon request.

  • Tocqueville Society News

    Tocqueville Society News

    “Because of the extraordinary generosity of United Way’s Tocqueville Society, we are able to scale our life-changing work to help as many people as possible, and provide more opportunities for our neighbors to build brighter futures.”

        ~Jim Cawley, UWGPSNJ’s President and CEO

     

    The generosity of our Tocqueville Society members is invaluable to the work of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Tocqueville Society News allows us to stay engaged with members and highlight important pieces of information, such as:

      • upcoming events,
      • member spotlights,
      • stories of Impact; and
      • much, much more!

     

    See our inaugural issue here!

     

    Leaders Lead

    UPCOMING EVENTS

     

    PHS Flower Show Reception

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017

    5:30 PM–7:30 PM Reception

    Flower Show Viewing through 9:30 PM

     

    2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

    Honoring Eileen C. McDonnell, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn Mutual

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    5:00 PM Networking Reception / 6:30 PM Dinner

     

    Success by 6 Impact Tours

    March & April 2017

     

    LEADERS LEAD SERIES

    Government and Philanthropy

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    8:00 AM Breakfast & Registration / 8:30–9:30 AM Discussion

    Panel includes:

    • David L. Cohen, Senior Executive and Vice President, Comcast Corporation
    • Janet Haas, M.D., Board Chair, William Penn Foundation
    • Stacey E. Holland, Executive Director, The Lenfest Foundation
    • Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

    Moderated by:

    • Jim Cawley, President and CEO, UWGPSNJ

     

    LEADERS LEAD SERIES

    Diversity and Leadership

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017

    7:30 AM Breakfast & Registration / 8:00 Discussion

    Panel includes:

    • Maria G. Arias, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Comcast Corporation
    • Reese Blair, Audit Partner, Deloitte LLP
    • Helen L. Fitzpatrick, Director, Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia

    Moderated by:

    • Bobby Keyes,Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Holdings

     

    United2Feed Volunteer Event

    June 1, 2017

     

    Backpack-A-Thon Volunteer Event

    August 2017

    To register or for information, contact us at TocquevilleSociety@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2448.

    Supporting Trauma-Informed Practice

    Funders have a responsibility to understand how trauma and ACEs Impact our community, and to support programs in all sectors to promote healing and resilience.

    Building Philanthropic and Grant-Making Strategies

    Click here to read Trauma-Informed Philanthropy, a funder’s guide for supporting trauma-informed practice.

    The Trauma-Informed Philanthropy funder’s guide was developed as a partnership of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

    Upcoming Events and Trainings

     

    Trauma 101

    Wednesday, December 7, 2016
    2 - 4 p.m.
    United Way, Philadelphia Office
    1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Register here.
    Questions? Contact Rich Crespo at rcrespo@uwgpsnj.org.

    Students and Eagles players wave rally towels

    CREATING A HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE FOR YOUTH

    For more than 40 years, the NFL and United Way have partnered to strengthen communities across America. The Philadelphia Eagles continue that tradition locally by teaming up with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to bring Character Playbook and Hometown Huddle to local students.

    CHARACTER PLAYBOOK

    On October 10, United Way, the Eagles and Everfi will launch Character Playbook at the William Dick School. Character Playbook is a new online course focused on helping students develop character and engage in healthy relationships. By educating students on why character education and positive relationships matter during middle school, Character Playbook helps tough tackle these tough years by teaching them how to cultivate and maintain healthy relationships.

    HOMETOWN HUDDLE

    For 17 years, United Way and the NFL have brought to life Hometown Huddle, a league-wide day to celebrate youth health and wellness.

    In Philadelphia, United Way and the Eagles are partnering to keep local students safe and off the streets by supporting After School Activities Partnership, a nonprofit that develops high quality after school activities and resources to empower youth and strengthen communities in Philadelphia.

    WLI Speaker Series

    WOMEN LEADING IMPACT SPEAKER SERIES

    Through a commitment to leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism, the WLI creates a platform for professional women to connect, enhance their leadership skills and increase their philanthropic engagement with United Way’s mission and work

    WLI events serve as a unique opportunities for United Way Leadership donors to learn about and engage with the important work taking place throughout the region. The events also encourage discussion on important issues that affect us all.

    The Women Leading Impact Speaker Series is a new addition to our event calendar and is meant to inspire connection and provide leadership development for women across our region. Each event will focus on a specific topic and engage speakers who can share diversity in thought and leadership experience.

    To find our more about this series, contact us at 215-665-2417 or email WLI@uwgpsnj.org.

    Women Leading Impact Winter Speaker Series

    February 13, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Maggiano’s Little Italy, Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Rte. 38 #1180, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

      Join us for a conversation about charting a meaningful life with Emily Esfahani Smith, author of the new book The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters!

    RSVP now!

    Women Leading Impact Summer Speaker Series

    June 26, 2017, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    Prime Rib, Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, 1701 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
    Details coming soon!

    Additionally, our Women’s Leadership Initiative Next Generation (WING) will host the Young Leader Speaker Series, click here for details!

     

    WLI 2016 Gala
    2016 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala honorees

    Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

    Eileen McDonnell Join us on March 22 as we present the 2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Award to Eileen C. McDonnell, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn Mutual.

    Eileen joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

    Eileen is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she held the newly endowed chair for Women and Financial Services and was author of “Marketing Financial Services to Women.”

    Eileen serves on the Board of Managers of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn Mutual. In 2013, Eileen was named to the board of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Vision 2020 and Drexel University LeBow College of Business Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board. A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. and was recognized in 2013 for ‘Outstanding Service” to the university.

     

    Additionally, during the event, Miriam Shou, of PwC will receive the 2017 Next Generation Leader Award. Presented for the first time during the 2016 Gala, this award recognizes a woman under 35 who has not only accomplished exemplary professional success but also shares a deep commitment to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.

    2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    5:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

    6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Program

    Crystal Tea Room
    100 E. Penn Square

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Cost:
    $250.00 – Individual Tickets

    Sponsorship Available NOW!

    Please review our sponsorship information and confirm your sponsorship level NOW by contacting us at 215-665-2417 or wli@uwgpsnj.org.

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    GET TO KNOW UNITED WAY

    Everyday, United Way is changing lives and strengthening local communities.

    Here’s how:

    Connect with Us.

    Your United Way team members are ready to help! Staff can assist with campaign needs, answer questions, help track progress and more.

    Feel like you’re well informed? Great! Let’s Plan a Campaign!

    Marion Wyce IBC

    THANK, CELEBRATE AND KEEP IN TOUCH

    The most important part of a successful campaign is a great THANK YOU!

    By thanking employees and sharing campaign successes, you make them feel appreciated and deepen their connection to United Way and the community.

    Some ways to express thanks!

    Keep in Touch

    United Way’s work happens year-round, and just because the campaign has closed doesn’t mean employee engagement is over. Join United Way on social media to help communicate impactful stories and new opportunities to volunteer.

    Thank you for volunteering to be an ECC and for all you do for United Way!

    We have a Quick ECC Resource Guide if you’d like a printable version of this toolkit. Thanks, again!

    Tony Heath UPS

    Engage your team.

    Volunteering connects your employees to the work they support when they give to United Way. Throughout the year, a number of volunteer projects and special events are available to build team rapport and inspire more connection to the work of United Way. Whether you are hosting a Day of Caring or simply encouraging volunteerism, United Way can support your efforts!

    Volunteer

    • Plan a team project
      • Pro-tip: A meaningful volunteer project is a great way to inspire team members and keep momentum during the campaign! Consider aligning your volunteer project for United Way’s campaign with your organization’s corporate social responsibility agenda and goals.
  • Encourage colleagues to find local volunteer opportunities
  • Advocate

    Congratulations on running a great campaign and supporting our local community! Thank you for all of your hard work! The last step is to Thank, Celebrate and Keep In Touch!

    Larry Benjamin Trinseo

    INSPIRE GIVING.

    As an Employee Campaign Chair, you join the ranks of hundreds of employees who are taking a lead role as United Way ambassadors within companies and organizations across the region.  Inspiration is a key ingredient when asking your co-workers to give back to the community.

    Use these tools and resources to help inspire your colleagues to give.

    Kick-off: launch the campaign with excitement!

    Draw attention to the campaign with an event that brings your campaign theme to life. Here are some resources to get you started:

      Pro-tip: Invite leadership donors and potential leadership donors to a special event with your CEO! Thank them for previous support and encourage them to give generously and help set a strong pace for the campaign. Leaders lead!

    Ask, ask and ask again!

    One of the primary reasons that people don’t give, is that they were never asked. Utilize the following resources to invite everyone to participate:

      Pro-Tip:  Recruit and train campaign champions to serve as ambassadors.  They can follow-up with people in their department or work area and help answer questions. 

    Communicate, communicate & communicate more!

    Help people learn about United Way and the Impact of their gifts. Use multiple communication techniques that you know are effective for your workplace. Emails, voicemails, time on agendas in department meetings, or simply just talking up the campaign around the office, can all be effective ways to spread the word! Here are some resources available to you for this purpose:

    So the campaign is in full swing…make sure to Engage Your Team through volunteerism and advocacy!

     

    Lauren Hurtt SJI

    Steps to Planning a Successful Campaign

    An effective campaign starts with a great plan! From gathering a committee to hosting an event to scheduling communications, with the right tools, every campaign chair can achieve success!  Below are some helpful steps and links to guide your planning.

    1. Recruit a Campaign Team

    Invite members with diverse skills from multiple departments to join your committee, including younger and newer employees who may be new to the campaign but want to make a difference.

      Pro-tip: Secure leadership support to establish buy-in and have your executive team recognize committee members for going the extra mile!

    2. Set a Goal

    Analyze giving history, assess current workplace dynamics and set an aggressive, but achievable, goal. Consider a financial goal, a participation target, and an Impact Fund goal. A shared goal is an important way to increase engagement and participation in the campaign.

    3. Create the Plan

    Choose a fun theme that connects back to your organization and United Way’s work in the community. From there, create a simple message, outline a plan and think about what success looks like at your workplace.

      Pro-tip: Consider the Impact your organization can make in the community. Many successful campaigns connect their organization’s corporate social responsibility goals to their United Way campaigns!

    Now that your plan is in place, it’s time to Inspire Giving!

    Join United Way as we Stuff the Bus!

    Education is the foundation of a community that thrives. From providing quality early learning opportunities, to ensuring students read proficiently by the third grade, to positive interventions at critical times that keep youth on track to graduate college and be career-ready, United Way remains committed to investing in Education. And it takes all of us - parents, teachers and caring adults - for children to achieve success.

    This year, our goal is to ensure our local children have the tools they need to succeed, including 1500 backpacks filled with school supplies! Help us drive Impact and start a campaign for supplies to fill backpacks at your workplace today!

    Darwisa Strabuck at 609-568-1181 or dstrabuk@uwgpsnj.org for additional information.

    Help us drive Impact and ensure local children enter school prepared to learn! Drive runs through August 12

    Items Needed:

  • Crayons/ Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Erasers
  • Pocket Folders
  • Construction Paper
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Loose-Leaf Paper
  • (1) 3-ring binder
  • (1-2) Notebooks or Composition Books
  • (1) Ruler
  • (1) Calculator
  • Stuff the Bus is sponsored in part by the Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation and The Press of Atlantic City.

     

    Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council Member Resources

    At the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council, driven by United Way, we strive to be a forum for learning. In addition to hosting educational workshops and sessions and facilitating peer-to-peer communications about best practices in employee volunteerism, we are proud to offer additional online resources to help make your employee volunteerism and corporate social responsibility programs stronger. Visit us frequently for updated resources.

    Mentoring event

    Ready, Set, Mentor

    Join our Women’s Leadership Initiative Next Generation (WING) on May 10, 2017 for the second annual speed mentoring event, featuring more than 20 executive-level and C-suite women providing guidance and tips on how to advance your career, succeed in a male-dominated industry, achieve work-life balance and more. The 2017 list of mentors is coming soon!

    WING Mentorship Event: Ready, Set, Mentor

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    Pyramid Club
    1735 Market Street, 52nd floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    7:30 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
    8:00 a.m. Program and Speed Mentoring

    Cost:
    $35 WLI Members
    $45 General Admission

    2016 Mentors

    FY2016-2017 New Jersey Budget

    Governor Chris Christie delivered his seventh budget message to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, officially kicking off the Fiscal Year 2017 budget process.

    The Governor offered highlights of what he characterized as a fiscally responsible balanced budget that imposed no new taxes on New Jersey taxpayers.  He also thanked the people of New Jersey for allowing him the opportunity to run for President.

    In all, Christie’s new budget calls for a 3%increase in spending over the current $33.8 billion fiscal year budget, relying on a modest 3.1% projection for revenue growth. That’s a shade under the growth forecast for the current budget, and much less than some of Christie’s prior spending plans.

    And though the proposed budget doesn’t factor in a gas-tax hike or new borrowing for a state Transportation Trust Fund that’s on course to run out of money by the end of June, Christie also did not take a firm position against a gas-tax hike, which is the preferred path among Democrats. Afterward, Democrats said that means there’s now room to negotiate. 

    The new budget also recommends a surplus fund of $800 million, leaving enough of a cushion for lawmakers and Christie to absorb some loss of revenue that would come with the kind of tax cut Christie would be seeking in a broader deal on transportation funding.

    The Governor described two key principles of his FY2017 budget recommendation. The first was Fiscal Restraint; the proposed budget calls for $34.8 billion in State appropriations with a decrease in discretionary spending over FY2016.  The second principle was the continued Advancement of the Hard Reforms Christie put into action over the last six years. 

    To support these principles, the Governor:

    • Stated his opposition to the     proposed constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour,    claiming that the increase would cause more businesses to move out of New     Jersey.  Christie cited $18 billion     in lost revenues due to “outmigration;”
    • Acknowledged the need to address     the looming insolvency of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) but stated     that any solution must be based on “tax fairness.”  Christie mentioned the repeal of the     Estate Tax as one example of “tax fairness.”  The Estate Tax has been discussed by key     decision-makers in the Legislature as a possible offset to an increase in     New Jersey’s gas tax, currently second-lowest in the nation.  Christie also denied claims that the TTF     is in crisis and called such claims politically driven     mischaracterizations;
    • Strongly opposed the proposed     constitutional amendment to fund the State Pension saying that it places     government workers ahead of every other citizen of the State.  The Governor said the Pension Amendment     would hurt aid to municipalities, school funding and senior citizens.  He further stated that the $1.9 billion     contribution to the pension system in his FY2017 budget proposal is the     largest of any prior administration.     Christie said that the root cause of the pension crisis is     dysfunction in need of structural reform.     To this end, Christie’s budget calls for $250 million in savings     from active public employee and retiree health costs;
    • Proposed more than $16 billion in     direct and indirect property tax relief, including $13.3 billion in school     aid, $1.5 billion in municipal aid, and $1 billion in direct property     taxpayer relief programs;
    • Recommended more than  $20 million toward support of women’s     services and domestic violence reduction programs;
    • Proposed a $60 million investment     in graduate medical education for New Jersey’s teaching hospitals.

     
    The Governor’s budget also proposed the following spending, which impacts some of United Way’s and our partners’ legislative priorities:

    • Preschool     funding remains at the FY 2016 level of $655.5 million.
    • State Aid     to Schools:  a nearly $94 million     increase, a 1 percent increase in aid for schools from FY 2016.
    • Earned     Income Tax Credit:  The governor’s     budget continues the FY 2016 increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit from     20 to 30 percent of the federal credit.     This helps more than 500,000 of New Jersey’s lowest-income workers.

    Additional 2016-2017 Budget Resources

     

    What’s next?
    Some of the details are still sparse and will emerge in the coming weeks. The budget will be debated in the state Legislature over the next few months. The Legislature must adopt a final budget by June 30.

    The UWGPSNJ Public Policy Committee will be meeting and part of their discussion will be on where UWGPSNJ should be positioned with budget advocacy for the ongoing 2015-2016 and new 2016-2017 budget proposal.

    If you have any questions about the budget proposal, or would like to submit any feedback about our position to the public policy committee, please reach out to me.

    Thank you for your partnership in driving Impact for our friends and neighbors across the region.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Cawley
    President & CEO

     

     

    2016-17 PA Budget

    In his budget address to the General Assembly on February 9th, Governor Tom Wolf outlined his perspective on the fiscal challenges facing the commonwealth, the shortcomings of the budgets passed by the General Assembly and the choices that lay in front of state elected officials. He also called on the House and Senate to make the difficult decisions he believes are required to move Pennsylvania forward.

    Traditionally, budget addresses outline the spending priorities of an Administration, containing new and/or innovative prospects, perhaps a reinvigoration of existing programs or a bold pass with something controversial.  However, we are in unchartered territory, with the Governor proposing a 2016-2017 budget without the 2015-2016 budget complete.

    Governor Wolf offered two possible paths from which to choose. One, he characterized as the right path: to invest in human services and education, to eliminate the structural deficit, and to do so by raising revenue. The other path would result in what he characterized as devastating cuts to services which will hurt Pennsylvanians. He described failure to address the deficit as a failure to meet the core functions of government.

    Background about the 2016-2017 Proposal
      The usual comparisons about the overall spending amount versus the year prior do not apply here, because the 2015-2016 budget is incomplete. Instead, the Governor framed all of his asks around the “framework’s” funding levels.  The “framework” agreement was announced in late fall of 2015 and has since been renounced by Republican leaders. The spending level for his 2016-2017 proposal is generally agreed to be between $32.2 and $33.3 billion. The 2015-2016 budget, which was passed by the House and the Senate and partially vetoed by the Governor, had a spend level of approximately $30.2 billion before the Governor’s line item veto. The tax increases proposed total about $2.72 billion in recurring revenue.

    Gov. Wolf proposed revenue sources including the following:

    • A 6.5% severance tax on natural gas drillers
    • An increase in the personal income tax to 3.4% (from 3.04%), which would be retroactive to January 1, 2016. This tax would also be applied to lottery winnings.
    • The sales and use tax would be expanded to apply to cable television, movie tickets and digital downloads.
    • Tobacco taxes – the cigarette tax would be increased and a tax would be applied on smokeless tobacco.
    • An assortment of other revenue from a surcharge on certain insurances, a new tax on promotional play for gaming, and an increase to the bank shares tax.

    The Governor’s budget also proposed the following spending, which impacts some of United Way and our partners’ legislative priorities:

    • $120 million over two years for increased access to Pre-K and Head Start (this includes the $30 million that was included in the partial budget signed in Dec.)
    • $200 million proposed for basic education building on the proposed $377 million for 2015-2016 year.
    • $11.6 million for Industry Partnerships, nearly doubling the investment from the 2015-2016 budget
    • There is not a specific line item for 2-1-1 in the budget proposal, and we are still working to determine whether support for 2-1-1 has been included in another line item.
    • Restoring another third of the cut to county-funded human services, in addition to his proposal to restore one third last year.

    The administration also presented a narrative about what will happen if the state budget goes down the second path he asked the legislature to avoid. He characterized that path as resulting in $600 million in cuts to human services, and $1 billion in cuts to Education. The scenarios outlined by the administration to begin to work toward $600 million in reductions focused on areas of the DHS budget, which the administration characterizes as discretionary:

    • Reduce funding for the child care subsidy by $40 million.
    • Reducing $200 million in pharmaceutical and prescription assistance for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
    • Reducing $180 million in services to individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.
    • Reduce domestic violence and rape crisis service funding by $11.5 million.

    Additional 2016-2017 Budget Resources

    • If you would like to dig deeper into line item funding amounts, a spreadsheet is available here.
    • The budget in brief, which outlines the major initiatives of the Governor’s budget, is available here.

    What’s next?
    There will be several weeks of Appropriations committee hearings with heads of the state agencies to review the Governor’s spending plan. The UWGPSNJ Public Policy Committee will be meeting and part of their discussion will be on where UWGPSNJ should be positioned with budget advocacy for the ongoing 2015-2016 and new 2016-2017 budget proposal.

    If you have any questions about the budget proposal, or would like to submit any feedback about our position to the public policy committee, please reach out to me.

    Thank you for your partnership in driving Impact for our friends and neighbors across the region.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Cawley
    President & CEO

    Leadership Donor

    LEADERSHIP DONORS

    United Way Leadership donors inspire others to join them in providing hope and opportunities to individuals in need and strengthening our communities. Leadership donors contribute $1,000 or more annually to United Way. Leadership donors are invited to annual events.

    Leadership donors are eligible for the corresponding benefits below: 

    Leadership Giving

    Interested in becoming a Leadership donor in the future?

    Through the Leadership Step-Up program you can incrementally increase your annual gift to United Way and be recognized at the full giving level from year one. All match funds are directed to United Way’s Impact Fund.

    step-up chart

    To sign up or learn more about the Leadership Step-Up program:

    Please visit UnitedForImpact.org/Leadership, call 215-665-2598 or email stepupprogram@uwgpsnj.org

    For more information about being a Leadership donor:

    Please call 215-665-2458

    View photos from one of our recent Leaders Lead events.

    kind society

    KIND SOCIETY

    United Way’s Kind Society is a Leadership recognition society that celebrates donors who have made a significant investment of $1,000 or more in our Impact Fund.

    The Society honors the remarkable generosity of the late Philip and Patricia Kind, who supported our efforts to improve Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs across the region for more than 60 years. Kind Society members are invited to an annual recognition reception.

    During our 2015-16 campaign, more than 2,700 Kind Society members collectively contributed more than $9.4 million to support the work of our Impact Fund across the region.

    United Way’s Kind Society aims to:

      • Change lives through United Way’s Impact Fund and philanthropic leadership
      • Foster charitable action and voluntary community service

    Kind Society members are eligible for benefits at the Leadership giving level or above* in addition to being recognized at our annual reception and invited to attend volunteer projects throughout the year

    Leadership Giving

    * Based on charitable contributions

    For more information about United Way’s Kind Society:

    Please call 215-665-2458

    View photos from our 2015 Kind Society recognition reception.

    visionarycircle

    VISIONARY CIRCLE

    United Way’s Visionary Circle is comprised of generous philanthropists who give $5,000 or more annually to United Way, creating Impact across our region. Visionary Circle members are invited to an annual recognition reception.

    During our 2015-16 campaign, more than 400 Visionary Circle members collectively contributed more than $2.3 million dollars to support the nonprofit sector across our region, with $1 million directly supporting our Impact Fund.

    United Way’s Visionary Circle aims to:

      • Change lives through philanthropic leadership
      • Foster charitable action and voluntary community service

    Visionary Circle community enjoy:


    Leadership Giving

    Interested in becoming a Visionary Circle member in the future?

    Thanks to the generosity of community leader Robert E. Cawthorn, through the Cawthorn Visionary Circle Step-Up program you can incrementally increase your annual gift to United Way and be recognized at the full giving level from year one. Gifts from Cawthorn are directed to United Way’s Impact Fund.

    step-up chart

    To sign up or learn more about the Cawthorn Visionary Circle Step-Up program:

    Please visit UnitedForImpact.org/Leadership, call 215-665-2598 or email stepupprogram@uwgpsnj.org

    To sign up or learn more about the Cawthorn Visionary Circle Step-Up program:

    Please call 215-665-2458

    View photos from our 2015 Tocqueville Society and Visionary Circle recognition reception.

     

     

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    Important Phone Numbers

    • 2-1-1- Available 24 hours a day, this free, confidential easy-to-remember phone number can connect you with important health and human services in your community - for everyday needs and in crisis situations
    • 3-1-1- Philly311 can answer any non-emergency questions you have about information and resources for residents, businesses and visitors, including connecting callers with food, shelter and other services.
    • Project HOME Homeless Outreach Line- This 24-hour call line is available to anyone in Philadelphia experiencing homelessness. Project HOME will send an outreach team and provide assistance connecting you to resources such as food, shelter and other services.

    Other Resources

    • Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative Free Meal Flyer- schedule of free indoor meals available in Philadelphia including times, locations and contact information for meals
    • PhillyFoodFinder.org- searchable map of food-related resources in Philadelphia, such as soup kitchens, food cupboards, farmers’ markets and others, including address, contact information and hours
    • Project HOME Where to Turn Guide- guide of day/drop-in centers and shelters, as well as medical, veteran, domestic violence, youth, human trafficking, LGBTQ, meal and benefits access services
    • DBHIDS Resource Guide- searchable director of services for behavorial health care including services for depression, substance use, PTSD, grief, recovery and other health concerns
    • BenePhilly- in-person or telephonic support for Philadelphia residents to enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Health Insurance (CHIP, Medicaid, Medicare), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and more by visiting http://sharedprosperityphila.org
    • DNC Operation Food Rescue- a collaborative effort of the city’s leading anti-hunger organizations that connects excess food from large events in Philadelphia to area food banks, pantries, and emergency meal providers.
    • Food Connect - an app to help distribute uneaten, leftover meals from the DNC.

     

    Food Access

    Volunteer!

    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

    Volunteering is a great way to connect with fellow Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) members, engage with the work of WLI and make a positive impact in our community by serving others.

    2016-17 Events and Impact Opportunities

    December 1, 2016

    WLI Breakfast and Panel Discussion
    Philadelphia Marriott West, 111 Crawford Ave, West Conshohocken, PA 19428
    Charitable Contribution

      Support the GTLT program by donating:
    • $35 supports a day of art and cultural enrichment for one girl
    • $75 supports a full year’s transportation to GTLT sessions for one girl
    • $100 supports college visit preparation for one girl
    • $500 supports the GTLT career and college readiness program, including the Voices curriculum at LaSalle University for one girl
    • $1000 supports a full year’s participation in the GTLT program for one girl

    December 25, 2016

    The Salvation Army’s Eliza Shirley House Project
    1320 Arch Street, Philadelphia 19107
    Volunteer Opportunity

    • Decorate the shelter for women and their children during the holiday season!

    January 16, 2017

    Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Session         
    Volunteer Opportunity

    • MLK Day of Service

    January 25, 2017

    WING Agency Fair
    Reed Smith, 1717 Arch St, 31st Floor, Philadelphia PA
    Volunteer Opportunity /Charitable Contribution

    • Sign up for volunteer opportunities with women and girl serving agencies
    • Donate a suit for our GTLT participants to wear for our Annual Gala

    Food Access

    Help End Hunger

    Make an Impact and help the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative reach our goal of ensuring every Philadelphian can find a nutritious meal in an environment that respects their dignity.

    Give

    Donate to the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative. For questions about donating to the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, please contact Jennifer Gleason at jgleason@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2572.

    Advocate

    For questions about how to advocate, please contact Barbara Saverino at bsaverino@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2501.

    Volunteer

    For questions about how to volunteer, please contact volunteer@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2501.

    Resources for Meal Providers

    • Winter Food Access Collaborative Training Calendar- calendar of upcoming trainings for emergency meal providers and others working to end hunger that features topics on mental health first aid, nutrition in the soup kitchen, fundraising 101, trauma-informed care CPR/first aid/AED among other topics.
    • Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative Free Meal Flyer- schedule of free indoor meals available in Philadelphia including times, locations and contact information for meals
    • Philly Food Finder- searchable map of food-related resources in Philadelphia, such as soup kitchens, food cupboards, farmers’ markets including address, contact information and hours. Meal Providers can update their information under “Contact us” and submit new information through the online form.
    • Get Healthy Philly Nutrition Standards- nutrition standards and best practices provided by Get Healthy Philly and used by shelters, health care facilities, after school programs and other City programs
    • Cooking Resource Guide- cooking-related information and recipes to encourage healthy and safe cooking practices

     

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    Project NEXT Sponsorship Opportunities

    Premier Project NEXT Sponsor- $10,000

    Partnering with Project NEXT connects young professional staff to networking opportunities, professional development and volunteer events, and customized projects exclusively designed for targeted groups within your company. As the premier sponsor of Project NEXT throughout the year, benefits include:

      • One spot on the Core Team
      • First choice of participation and speaking opportunity in any of the events described on the following page
      • Logo recognition on all of designed materials for each event
      • Logo recognition on UWGPSNJ’s Project NEXT website
      • Social media promotion throughout the year and for each event
      • Mention in all Project NEXT blog posts (minimum of four)
      • Podium recognition by United Way staff at each event
      • Logo recognition in the monthly Project NEXT e-newsletter
      • Inclusion in any media materials

    Education 360 - $2,500

    Throughout 2015-16

    Through United Way’s Middle School Success program, UWGPSNJ partners with targeted schools to identify students at risk of dropping out and wrap customized supports around them to get back on track toward high school graduation. Sponsored companies are matched with one of the schools to host two – five customized activities, such as volunteer projects or collection drives, exclusively for their young professional group throughout the course of the school year. Additionally, sponsorship dollars will be used to support Project NEXT education-related volunteer projects. Sponsors will receive name recognition on United Way’s website, social media channels and marketing materials. Employees will receive invitations to Project NEXT’s monthly events.

    Leadership Happy Hour Series - $1,500

    Quarterly

    An exclusive professional development opportunity for young leaders and executives, this series features leaders from the community sharing their business and philanthropic knowledge. These events spotlight mid-level and top executives, providing recognition for their work and personal and professional development. Sponsoring companies will have the opportunity to nominate speakers for happy hours, receive name recognition on event signage and e-communications and be promoted on UWGPSNJ’s social media channels. Sponsors will also receive priority registration for the happy hour of their choice.

    Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative
    Food Access

    Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. An initiative of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative is a central group designed to meet the needs of the emergency food network, disseminate information on meal availability and help individuals and providers navigate the vast landscape of emergency food assistance in Philadelphia to maximize effectiveness. This network of organizations includes emergency food providers, social services and behavioral health organizations, community members, city government, emergency meal guests and philanthropic organizations working to combat hunger.

    Our goal is to ensure every Philadelphian can find a nutritious meal in an environment that respects their dignity. View a snapshot of what hunger looks like in our region.

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    Enhancing Trauma Awareness in Delaware County

    New research on trauma shows startling statistics and critical information about the devastating effects of both simple and complex trauma. Because of the profound effects and implications of trauma, especially in childhood, and the fact that trauma is often trans-generational, it is essential for all nonprofit professionals to be highly trauma aware and equipped to educate communities about the nature of trauma.

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Delaware County hosts cohorts of Enhancing Trauma Awareness classes provided by the Institute for Family Professionals. The courses make it easy for nonprofit professionals to share vital trauma information, principles and practical applications with parents and caregivers to lessen or eliminate trauma in their families.

    By fostering a trauma-informed community, United Way hopes to promote resilience for all people. With resilience, we can help people who have experienced trauma to develop healthy habits, coping mechanisms and contribute to our community in meaningful ways.

    Learn more about our work enhancing trauma awareness throughout the region. For additional information, please contact Rich Crespo at rcrespo@uwgpsnj.org or 484-482-1950.

    United Way Honors Regional Leaders for Community Commitment

    John C. Haas Regional Champion Medal, Award for Excellence, and Volunteer of the Year in Southeastern Pennsylvania Awarded

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgspnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, September 22, 2015

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has named the Norcross family the recipients of its prestigious John C. Haas Regional Champion Medal, recognized Comcast NBCUniversal with its annual Award for Excellence and named J. Gordon Cooney, Jr. of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Volunteer of the Year in southeastern Pennsylvania.

    “We are honored to recognize the Norcross family, Comcast NBCUniversal, and Gordon for generously giving their time, talent and treasure to support our United Way,” said Jim Cawley, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “With the help of our community and corporate partners, more of our neighbors in need have the opportunity for a brighter future. Together, we’re changing lives and strengthening our communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time.”

    The Haas Medal recognizes UWGPSNJ’s strongest regional volunteer leaders, whose commitment to United Way’s mission embodies the spirit of the late John C. Haas, legendary philanthropist and longtime champion of United Way. The Norcross family’s commitment to service began decades ago with the late George Norcross, Jr., who was chair of the former United Way of Camden County. The family has continued his legacy of volunteerism, including his sons, U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross, former Camden County local board chair and volunteer for 20+ years; George Norcross, III, prominent South Jersey community leader and leading proponent of revitalization efforts in some of Camden’s most impoverished neighborhoods; Phil Norcross, UWGPSNJ regional and local board member; and Corey Norcross, who joined the Camden County local Board to fill the seat of her father Donald when he was elected to Congress.

    Comcast NBCUniversal, recipient of the 2014-15 Award for Excellence, serves as a model of corporate citizenship, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to advancing United Way’s work. Their employees contributed more than $7 million nationwide to the 2014-15 United Way campaign, and local employees contributed $1.7 million, including more than $781,000 to United Way’s Impact Fund. Comcast employees also log thousands of volunteer hours each year to improve local communities around the country. Comcast employees also volunteer their leadership: Karen Dougherty Buchholz, senior vice president, Administration, Comcast Corporation and Charisse R. Lillie, vice president, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and president, Comcast Foundation, co-chaired UWGPSNJ’s 2014-15 regional Campaign Cabinet.

    J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and 2014-15 Volunteer of the Year in southeastern Pennsylvania, serves as an active member of United Way’s regional Board of Directors and chairs its Impact Strategy Committee. He has also served as chair of the annual campaign and on the Resource Development Strategy Committee and has led strategic initiatives designed to help United Way drive continuous Impact throughout the region. He is a longtime member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society and a tireless advocate for its Impact Fund.

    “We are grateful for the support of this dynamic group of United Way champions,” said Mindy Holman, chair of Holman Automotive Group, Inc. and chair of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors. “Their leadership and generosity is what allows us to drive Impact in our communities that really makes a difference.”

    Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ paves the way for more high school graduates, empowers working adults to earn more and save more, creates healthier communities for all, and helps the region’s most vulnerable residents meet their basic needs. For more information, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

     

    GPCVC Annual Meeting

    Thank you for attending the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer (GPCVC) Annual Meeting on October 20! We hope that you enjoyed the event, and learned more about the ways in which we can continue to leverage our collective Impact to make a difference in our communities.  We hope to see you at our next program - Placing Corporate Volunteers on Nonprofit Boards on November 9, 2016 at the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia’s office at the Bellevue. Please save the date!

    For more information on upcoming GPCVC events, visit our website.

    Inspired to continue the conversation? Join our group on LinkedIn!

    Thank you for your continued commitment in joining us in changing lives and strengthening communities - one child, one adult and one family at a time.

    View photos from the 2016 Annual Meeting.

    For more information, please contact Chris Major at cmajor@uwgpsnj.org.

     
    Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of our GPCVC.

     





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    The Future of Philadelphia: A Mayoral Town Hall Debate

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, we work with community members from the nonprofit, public and private sectors to change lives and strengthen communities across our region – one child, one adult, one family at a time.

    Please join us on the evening of Tuesday, September 29, 2015, as we host The Future of Philadelphia: A Mayoral Town Hall Debate. Independent Candidate Jim Foster, Socialist Workers Party Candidate Osborne Hart, Democratic Candidate Jim Kenney, Independent Candidate Boris Kindij, and Republican Candidate Melissa Murray Bailey will participate. Tamala Edwards of WPVI-TV (6ABC) will be moderating the debate, and United Way Impact Partners Urban Affairs Coalition and Economy League of Greater Philadelphia will be joining us that evening as co-sponsors.

    With the mayoral election fast-approaching on November 3, 2015, we invite you to come hear from the candidates themselves as they discuss important issues that will strengthen Philadelphia from their perspectives.

    Whether you live and work within the city limits, or just have an interest in local politics – you won’t want to miss this debate! Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

    Online Registration is Now Closed

    The Mayoral Town Hall Debate is open to the public and walk-ins will be accepted based on availability. Any non-registered attendees are not guaranteed admission.  Admission will be first come, first served.

    Event Details:

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    6:30 p.m. – Doors open to the public
    7:00 p.m. – Debate
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City
    237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Questions? Contact Barbara Saverino at 215.665.2476 or bsaverino@uwgpsnj.org

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    2016 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala honorees

    Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

    Eileen McDonnell Join us on March 22 as we present the 2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Award to Eileen C. McDonnell, chairman and chief executive officer of Penn Mutual.  Eileen joined Penn Mutual in 2008 as its Chief Marketing Officer. Before joining Penn Mutual, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetLife, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

    Eileen is a former member of the Master of Science in Management faculty at The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where she held the newly endowed chair for Women and Financial Services and was author of “Marketing Financial Services to Women.”

    Eileen serves on the Board of Managers of Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Penn Mutual. In 2013, Eileen was named to the board of Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE: UHS) and is a member of the Audit Committee. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Vision 2020 and Drexel University LeBow College of Business Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board. A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor of laws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y. and was recognized in 2013 for “Outstanding Service” to the university.

    Additionally, during the event, Miriam Shou, of PwC will receive the 2017 Next Generation Leader Award. Presented for the first time during the 2016 Gala, this award recognizes a woman under 35 who has not only accomplished exemplary professional success but also shares a deep commitment to GIVE, ADVOCATE and VOLUNTEER.

    2017 Women’s Leadership Initiative Gala

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    5:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception
    6:30 p.m. – Dinner and Awards Program

    Crystal Tea Room
    100 E. Penn Square
    Philadelphia, PA 19107

    Cost:
    $250.00 – Individual Tickets

    Purchase your ticket today!

    Sponsorships Available NOW!

    Please review our sponsorship information and confirm your sponsorship level NOW by contacting us at 215-665-2417 or wli@uwgpsnj.org.

     

    Melinda K. Holman of Holman Automotive Named Regional Board Chair for United Way

    Contact: Emily Lovelidge
    P: 215-665-2517
    elovelidge@uwgspnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, July 13, 2015

    Melinda K. Holman, Chairman of Holman Automotive, has been named chair of the regional Board of Directors for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). Holman will lead the regional board for a two-year term and succeeds Lon Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of UGI Corporation, who served as chair from 2013-2015.

    “We are thrilled to have Mindy at the helm of our Board as we continue our work to change lives and strengthen communities – one child, one adult and one family at a time,” said Jim Cawley, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “She believes in the importance of giving back, and her passion for helping others has become part of Holman Automotive’s culture. Her commitment to improving our region is truly inspirational, and we’re grateful to have her as our partner to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”

    Holman has been an integral United Way volunteer for nearly 20 years, following in the footsteps of her grandfather and father, who supported United Way in its early years. During the 2012 merger of seven local United Ways to form UWGPSNJ, Holman served as the co-chair of the regional design team, having previously served as United Way of Camden County’s chair of the board, vice chair of the board and campaign cabinet chair. Her leadership has also inspired Holman Automotive employees to raise more than $1 million annually in support of United Way.

    “Our company’s philosophy has always been to give back to the communities that support our success, and for many years, United Way has been a true partner in that regard,” said Holman. “Not only does United Way have the unique ability to convene the public, private and nonprofit sectors, but they also identify community challenges and drive solutions and results that can truly change lives for generations to come. I’m honored to serve as board chair, and I look forward to working together to create long-lasting Impact throughout our region.”

    Holman joined Holman Automotive in 1986, representing the third generation of the family-owned and operated business. She rose to the rank of president and CEO in 2004. In addition to her role at Holman Automotive, she serves as the vice chair of the Board of Trustees at the Community Foundation of South Jersey and is a member of the School Committee at the Moorestown Friends School.

    Holman earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University.

    Through its Impact Fund, United Way intervenes at critical transition points in people’s lives to pave the way for more high school graduates by improving education from cradle to career, empowering working adults to earn more and save more by building foundations of financial stability, creating healthier communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles and ensuring our neighbors meet their most basic needs of food, shelter and safety.  For more information, please visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

     

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    PROTECT AND STRENGTHEN THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT & CHILD TAX CREDIT

    Our community benefits when working people can turn their financial tightrope into a stable pathway to success. A key component of success in building financial stability is ensuring that hardworking families can have access to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), two proven tax credits that have been successful in moving Americans from welfare to work.  The EITC and CTC lifted more than 9 million people – including 5 million children – out of poverty in 2013.

    JOIN US IN ADVOCATING FOR THESE IMPORTANT TAX CREDITS

     

    IDA participants must meet all of the following criteria.

    1. Residency: Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware or Chester County resident.
    2. Educational status:
      • For Education: High school seniors and juniors or adults planning to attend, or currently enrolled in, college or vocational school.
      • For Homeownership:  Individuals who have not owned a home in the three years prior to program enrollment.
    3. Income: Total household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guideline, or qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
    4. Earned Income: Applicant must show proof of earned income in the household (for example, pay stubs, tax returns).
    5. Net Worth: An applicant’s household’s net worth must be less than $10,000 (one motor vehicle and the value of the primary dwelling unit are excluded in calculating this figure).
    6. Credit Rating: IDA participants interested in home purchase should have a minimum credit score between 550 – 650.

    Contact one of our IDA agency partners to learn more.

    AchieveAbility (Home Purchase and Education)
    59 N. 60th Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19139
    (215) 748-8819  

    Ceiba (Home Purchase)
    149 West Susquehanna Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19122
    (215) 634-7245

    Clarifi (Home Purchase & Education)
    1608 Walnut St., 10th Fl.
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (267) 546-0303 x 3803

    Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC) (Home Purchase & Education)
    1414 Meetinghouse Road
    Boothwyn, PA 19061
    (610) 874-8461

    Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission (CADCOM)
    (Home Purchase & Education)
    113 East Main Street
    Norristown, PA 19401-4916
    (610) 277-6363

    Open Hearth (Home Purchase & Education)
    101 N. Main Street
    Spring City, Pa 19475
    (610) 792-9282

    PathWays PA (Education)
    310 Amosland Rd
    Holmes, PA 19043
    (610) 543-5022 x258

    Women’s Opportunities Resource Center (WORC) (Home Purchase & Education)
    2010 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    (215) 564-5500

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    Economic & Energy Assistance Resource Expo

    In partnership with the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, UWGPSNJ will present an Economic & Energy Assistance Resource Expo on Tuesday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Hamilton Mall (on the upper level, in front of Sears).

    This free event is an opportunity for community members in need of assistance to connect with a variety of local programs and services that are available in Atlantic County.

    Additionally, Sheriff Frank X. Balles and his team will be on site with the R.E.AL Help program, which stands for Realty Experts Aligned to Help, and focuses on education and outreach about foreclosure prevention programs and options that can help them during these challenging times.

    Meet with representatives from the following organizations:

    • Atlantic City Electric
    • South Jersey Gas
    • Ocean Inc.
    • AtlantiCare Behavioral Health
    • Clarifi
    • Community Foodbank of NJ
    • Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling, Inc.
    • Family Service Association
    • New Jersey American Water Company
    • NJ 2-1-1, and more!

    Residents may be able to complete assistance applications* onsite with the following documents:

    • A lease, property tax or mortgage statement,
    • Proof of current income (last four pay stubs if paid weekly and last two if paid bi-weekly),
    • Award letters for Social Security Insurance (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSD), Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) and General Assistance (GA),
    • Social security cards for all household members, and
    • A current gas, oil and/or electric bill. For those with no income, an affidavit of non-income is required.

    • * Program guidelines and restrictions may apply.

    For information, contact United Way at (609) 404-4483 or the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office at 609-909-7214.

     

    Job Opportunity Investment Network Announces “Win-Win Challenge” Grant Recipients

    Four projects aimed at developing innovative workforce partnerships in Philadelphia awarded $50,000 each from JOIN Collaborative

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, February 3, 2015

    After a highly competitive application process, the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) has identified four finalists to receive $50,000 planning grants through the Win-Win Challenge. To increase the number of Greater Philadelphians earning a family-sustaining wage, the JOIN Win-Win Challenge supports the development of creative new workforce partnerships in our region.

    “We are committed to fueling programs that foster collaboration and develop our talent in the Philadelphia region,” says Jennie Sparandara, director of JOIN.  “This is a tremendous opportunity to experiment with fresh ideas that could potentially jumpstart our economy, benefitting both our regional businesses and workforce. JOIN’s goal is to build more industry-led partnerships so that more Philadelphians can acquire the skills they need to achieve and maintain financial stability.” 

    The Win-Win Challenge provides a unique opportunity for funders, training and development experts, policymakers and employers to explore innovative approaches to connecting Greater Philadelphians with work, and to learn from the challenges and successes experienced by each of the grantees as they launch new job training projects. The four winning organizations are:

    • South Kensington Community Partners – “South Kensington Works” will connect local low-skilled employees from small- to medium-sized food service and production businesses with training services and city-level support.
    • Community College of Philadelphia – “Advanced Manufacturing: Strategic Engagement for Targeted Training” will work with manufacturing employers to build affordable educational pathways for career advancement at the College.
    • University City District – “University City Landscaping Trades Social Enterprise” will develop fee-for-service horticulture contracts with partners in University City, and increase advancement and permanent placement for unemployed West Philadelphians.
    • Public Health Management Corporation – “Building the Early Childhood Education Workforce in the Philadelphia Region” will build a training system along early childhood education career pathways, and improve quality of care for childcare providers.

    In addition to grant funding, selected partners will also receive peer support and technical assistance, access to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions annual meeting, programmatic evaluation and case studies, one-on-one support from JOIN staff and consultants, and opportunities to share learnings and results with media and policy, program, and philanthropic leaders. Win-Win Challenge partners will also be expected to report their outcomes on a regular basis.

    Following the completion of the one-year planning phase beginning this month, JOIN anticipates awarding up to two two-year implementation grants (up to $300,000 each) to the partnerships that demonstrate the greatest potential for innovative program delivery.

    “At United Way, we believe that our region’s future is tied directly to the strength of our workforce, and that everyone deserves to be able to provide for themselves and their families,” says Kevin Dow, senior vice president of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), the managing partner of JOIN and chair of the JOIN Investors Committee. “These projects will open doors to a brighter future for many of our community members looking to begin a stable career path. We congratulate the winning organizations and look forward to the workforce development solutions that emerge from their creativity and collaboration.”

    JOIN seeks partnerships that demonstrate the highest potential to drive the following outcomes:

    • Lower-income, lower-skilled jobseekers advance to economic self-sufficiency through skills progression, credential attainment, wage increase, promotion and sustained employment
    • Employers receive an increased number of qualified, skilled workers to achieve business goals
    • The workforce system better serves lower-income, lower-skilled workers through changes in employer practice, educational institution practice, and policies that increase effectiveness and efficiency

    For more info, visit www.joincollaborative.org/win-win.

    About the Job Opportunity Investment Network:

    JOIN is a public-private partnership between philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers that invests in, evaluates and advocates for best practice efforts that narrow the gap between the region’s low-skilled workforce and the needs of the region’s employers. JOIN is a funders’ collaborative led by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. To learn more about JOIN, visit www.joincollaborative.org.

     

    JIM CAWLEY NAMED PRESIDENT AND CEO OF UNITED WAY OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY

    Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania selected to lead organization that drives measurable, lasting Impact in Education, Income and Health, following national search

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, January 13, 2015 – Jim Cawley has been named president and chief executive officer of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), effective February 9.  The announcement was made by Lon Greenberg, chairman, UGI Corporation/AmeriGas and chair of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors, following a six-month national search.

    Cawley joins UWGPSNJ upon ending his term of office as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  As president and CEO, Cawley will lead the organization’s work to improve Education, Income and Health for the region’s most vulnerable populations, while also strengthening the regional safety net. Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.

    In naming Cawley to this critical role, Greenberg stated that UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors is confident Jim possesses both the leadership skills and public service experience required to guide an organization whose investments support thousands of individuals and families in nine counties across southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

    “The Board was determined to identify a leader who demonstrated a commitment to serving the community and carrying out our mission, and who possessed the ability to build relationships, engender trust in the community and generate results. We considered a wide cross section of candidates, and Jim was the clear choice,” says Greenberg. “He has spent the majority of his career in the service of others, both regionally and nationally, developing productive relationships and leading large groups of constituents to success. As lieutenant governor, he also has a unique understanding of how United Way’s Impact areas connect, and how strategic improvements in Education, Income and Health can lift the entire region.” Mindy Holman, incoming chair of the regional Board of Directors and president and CEO of Holman Automotive Group, echoed Greenberg’s comments.  “I look forward to working alongside Jim; his enthusiasm for the work and his mix of public and private sector experience will allow him to lead our regional team effectively and enhance our ability to drive greater Impact for those in need, from Chester County to Cape May,” says Holman. As lieutenant governor, Cawley brought government and community leaders together through his work with various statewide commissions and partnerships, as well as recovery efforts stemming from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. He previously served on the Bucks County Board of Commissioners, as chief of staff to State Senator Tommy Tomlinson, and as a member of the board of the Bristol School District. In the community, Cawley has served on the board of directors for Lower Bucks Hospital and as trustee of Bucks County Community College. He also served as the Governor’s representative on the Temple University Board of Trustees.

    “I’m thrilled to join an organization whose sole focus is to improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors,” says Cawley. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with community members from the nonprofit, public and private sectors to drive measurable, lasting Impact across the region.  I look forward to continuing to work with local leaders across our region to address pressing challenges and make a positive difference in the lives of those that need us most.”

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter endorsed the Board’s selection.  “Jim Cawley is a great guy and a fantastic public servant. I truly enjoyed working with him when he was a County Commissioner in Bucks County, in part because he always displayed a regional perspective on issues. He understood that we are one Philadelphia region with one common future,” says Mayor Nutter. “As lieutenant governor, Jim Cawley was always available and always listened when my team and I needed to discuss issues related to legislation or economic development projects. He is a great friend to Philadelphia and the Commonwealth and he cares passionately. I know that he will do a terrific job in his new position at the helm of United Way.”

    A native of Levittown, Pa., Cawley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from Temple University. He resides in Wrightstown, Bucks County with his wife Suzanne and their son Nicky. Cawley succeeds Tony Conti, former managing partner of PwC Philadelphia, who served as volunteer interim president and CEO since June. “On behalf of everyone at United Way, I thank Tony for his leadership, which has allowed for a seamless transition, enabled the staff to maintain momentum and laid the groundwork for Jim to hit the ground running,” says Greenberg.

    The six-month national search for new leadership was led by a committee comprised of members of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors co-chaired by Holman and Carl Buchholz, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Philadelphia Office, in partnership with Diversified Search. The opportunity attracted a diverse pool of more than 60 highly qualified applicants from various industries and sectors. 

    UWGPSNJ makes an annual investment of more than $60 million to improve local communities. These investments include Impact Grants for individual nonprofits demonstrating strong outcomes in United Way’s focus areas; annual investments in United Way-led programs and collaborative initiatives to address specific needs in the health and human services sector; and donor contributions to nonprofits working to strengthen communities through United Way’s donor designation program.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of Education, Income and Health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Kicks Off 2014-15 Regional Fundraising Campaign

    Announces new leadership for campaign that drives United Way’s Impact in Education, Income and Health across the region

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, September 2, 2014 – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has kicked off its 2014-15 annual fundraising campaign. Karen Dougherty Buchholz, senior vice president of administration, Comcast Corporation and Charisse R. Lillie, vice president, community investment, Comcast Corporation and president, Comcast Foundation will serve as its new co-chairs.  They will work with a team of nearly 100 volunteers from business, the nonprofit sector and the community from around the region to drive philanthropic investments in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs over the next several months.

    “Karen and Charisse are not only respected business leaders; they care deeply about this community. We are thrilled to have them both at the helm of our first region-wide campaign this year,” says Anthony J. Conti, interim president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “Under their leadership, we’re convening the right people with the right experience and passion across this region to help drive investment in our Impact Fund and deliver results that drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. The generosity of our donors enables us to build brighter futures for thousands of individuals and families facing the challenges of poverty every day.”   

    Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to develop innovative strategies to address our communities’ toughest challenges in the areas of Education, Income and Health and taps the right partners in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to bring those strategies to life and drive Impact to improve lives from Western Montgomery County to the Jersey shore.

    “United Way is my philanthropic partner because their work creates Impact that truly transforms lives,” said Charisse Lillie. “I’ve been involved with this organization for many years, and I am truly honored to take on this new role as campaign co-chair. It is an opportunity to help fully leverage our extended network to open doors for the organization, connect with more companies and donors, and build critical relationships to help grow United Way’s Impact Fund across our footprint.”

    “As individuals we can help others improve their lives, but when we come together, we can have a greater Impact and do significantly more. That’s why I’m so proud to be United Way’s campaign co-chair this year,” added Karen Buchholz. “This is a critical time in our region, and collective action is what will help us create measurable, long-lasting Impact for those in need in our local communities.”

    UWGSNJ would also like to thank the following volunteers from around the region that will lead campaign efforts in local communities:

    • Atlantic/Cape May Counties: Steve Callender, general manager, Tropicana Casino & Resort
    • Burlington County: Glen Walton, partner, Not for Profit Group, Bowman & Company, LLP
    • Camden County: Robert B. Worley, SVP, NJ Market Manager, Republic Bank
    • Cumberland County: Aaron Katzoff, experienced insurance executive, Southern New Jersey Region
    • Delaware County: Michael Brady, general manager, LPL Financial

    UWGPSNJ’s annual campaign helps connect donors with philanthropic investment opportunities. Contributions to the Impact Fund ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met. 

    For more information about UWGPSNJ, its Impact agenda, or the workplace campaign, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    United Way and Philadelphia Education Fund Boost Academic Success for Philadelphia Students

    Early Warning Response System intervenes as early as sixth grade to help youth at risk of dropping out stay on track to high school graduation

    Contact: Natalie Janis
      UWGPSNJ  
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Contact: Jeffrey Adam Baxt
      Philadelphia Education Fund  
    P: 215-665-1400 ext.3351/267-994-3450
    jbaxt@philaedfund.org

    Philadelphia, PA, October 29, 2014 – Through the Early Warning Response System (EWRS), United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) and the Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund) are proving to help thousands of students stay on track to high school graduation by intervening during critical middle school years. 

    Research conducted by the Ed Fund and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) shows that students at risk of dropping out can be identified as early as sixth grade. Students in grades 6 through 8 struggling with one or more of these three Early Warning Indicators (EWIs)– 1) low attendance (less than 80 percent), 2) poor behavior (three or more negative behavior marks), and 3) course failure in math or English – have a 15 percent chance of graduating high school.

    “Students who graduate high school ready for college and career position themselves for work that pays a family-sustaining wage, setting them on the path to success. Unfortunately, the more than 10,000 children in our region who drop out each year are at a significant disadvantage because they earn less money, tap into more government services and face more health problems than those who graduate,” says Kevin Dow, senior vice president, Impact and Innovation, UWGPSNJ.  “Together with the Ed Fund, we’re working to ensure more of our children stay on track to graduation and continue on to a bright and productive future.”

    During the first year of the EWRS partnership, UWGPSNJ and the Ed Fund worked with a cohort of 12 underserved schools in the School District of Philadelphia – home to nearly 2,000 students in grades 6 through 8. Together, they provided training, tools and support for administrators and teachers to help match students at risk of dropping out with the existing school resources they need most –such as tutoring, mentoring and counseling— and worked with local nonprofits to fill any gaps in the available school-based services. Results from the 2013-14 school year showed progress in participating students’ academic success:

    • Attendance: 42 percent of students with attendance issues in the beginning of the school year are now attending school more than 80 percent of the time
    • Behavior: 75 percent of students identified with behavior issues (suspensions) during the 2012-2013 school year ended the 2013-2014 school year no longer exhibiting these behavior issues
    • English: 82 percent of students struggling or failing in English in the beginning of the school year are now becoming academically successful with a C or better
    • Math: 89 percent of students struggling or failing in math in the beginning of the school year are now becoming academically successful with a C or better

    “All young people deserve the opportunity to benefit from a quality education. The research we’ve done with JHU on Early Warning Indicators is a critical step in addressing the issue of students dropping out. Through United Way’s Impact Fund, we are able to expand our reach and improve academic success for thousands more students in our region,” says Darren Spielman, president and CEO, Ed Fund. 

    The EWRS model is flexible enough to fit a diverse set of school needs and will result in the schools reducing the number of off-track students, consequently increasing the number of students that are on-track to graduation. In year two, there are plans to expand this work to six additional schools in the region, bringing the total number of schools served to 18.

    For more information on UWGPSNJ’s cradle-to-career education agenda, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/education. For more information on the Ed Fund’s work to improve the quality of public education in Philadelphia, visit www.philaedfund.org.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    About the Philadelphia Education Fund

    The Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of public education in Philadelphia. For nearly 30 years, the Ed Fund has worked to create opportunities for all young people through education, by developing and supporting great teachers and building the resources students need to succeed through and after high school. The job of educating Philadelphia’s youth is too big for any one institution. As a trusted intermediary, the Ed Fund works with partners across sectors to grow impact for all Philadelphia’s children. The Ed Fund supports more than 16,000 students and 1,000 teachers in schools across Philadelphia, and grants one million dollars per year in last dollar scholarships to low-income students attending college.

     

    PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY KIDS

    Children living in Vineland are more likely than other American youngsters to be overweight or obese. In fact, despite living in an agricultural community, 90 percent of kids do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables, and the majority do not get enough physical activity. As a result 40 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight or obese, compared to just 21 percent nationally.

    But through a targeted investment in the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA for their New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Vineland (NJPHK-V) program, we are working to reverse that trend. Together, we are helping to expand the Safe Routes to School Program, an effort to encourage more children to walk and bike to school – directly increasing physical activity and decreasing obesity rates in students.

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    Legacy Gift Options

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey offers a range of Planned Giving options designed to help you fulfill your philanthropic goals, provide for your family and secure the future of our health and human services community.

    Complete your Declaration of Intent.

    Bequests in Will or Living Trusts

    A Bequest allows you to specify a gift to United Way as part of your estate plan through a will or a trust. Bequests can be given as a percentage of your estate, or a specific dollar amount or asset.

    Charitable Gift Annuities

    Charitable Gift Annuities provide a structured, stable stream of income for yourself and your family. When you transfer property to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, we pay you a fixed income for life, some of which may be tax-free. Charitable Gift Annuities may be established with a gift of cash or appreciated securities.

    Charitable Remainder Trusts

    A Charitable Remainder Trust allows you the flexibility of making a gift and receiving an income stream for yourself or your family over a set period of time. When the gift period concludes, United Way receives the balance of the gift.

    Gifts of Plans and Policies

    Gifts of retirement assets enable you to meet your philanthropic goals while enabling your heirs to avoid income and estate taxes on these assets. United Way may be named a sole, partial or contingent beneficiary of qualified retirement plans and life insurance policies.

    Pooled Income Funds

    Gifts of cash, securities or both are invested in a pooled income fund and stewarded in conjunction with the gifts of other like-minded philanthropists. Each year for the rest of your life, you (or another named beneficiary) receive income from that investment.

    Complete your Declaration of Intent.

    Contact us for more information.


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    Assets to Give

    Planned Gifts to United Way ensure our communities’ education and health and human services needs are met for generations to come.

    On behalf of all of those whose lives your generosity has the power to transform, we thank you for considering leaving a lasting legacy to United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

    Gifts of Cash

    Gifts of cash put your generosity to work in our communities immediately and come with a tax deduction.

    Appreciated Securities

    Appreciated securities allow you to bypass the capital gains tax, receive a tax deduction and in some cases arrange for an additional income stream.

    Retirement Assets

    Retirement assets allow you to make a lasting gift to United Way while bypassing multiple levels of taxation.

    Life Insurance

    Naming United Way as the owner and sole beneficiary of your Life Insurance policy entitles you to an income tax deduction; naming United Way as a beneficiary (but not an owner) of your Life Insurance policy entitles you to an estate tax deduction.

     

    Contact us for more information.

     

    Contact Us

    For more information about the benefits of Planned Giving with United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, please contact:

    Rebecca Forman Image Rebecca Forman
    Associate Vice President, Major & Special Gifts
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-1294
    rforman@uwgpsnj.org
    215-665-2412

     

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    Volunteer, Endowment and Planned Giving
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-1294
    nmontgomery@uwgpsnj.org
    215-665-2642

     

    Important information to know:

    Legal name: United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    Federal Tax Identification Number: 23-1556045

     

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    2015 Women’s Initiative Gala

    We are thrilled to announce that the 2015 Women’s Initiative Award will be presented to Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs for Independence Blue Cross! Each year, more than 700 professionals from across the region come together to celebrate and recognize women in leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism at our Women’s Initiative Gala.

    The award, which is annually presented to a female leader who has given her time, talent and energy to support the work of United Way and the communities we serve, will be given to Lorina during the 2015 Women’s Initiative Gala, presented by Independence Blue Cross, taking place on Wednesday, March 25 at the Crystal Tea Room,

    Lorina’s passion and commitment to our United Way and her driving Impact in this community has been nothing short of outstanding. For many years, she has been a great champion for United Way, using her influence to help advance our work in the areas of Education, Income and Health within Independence Blue Cross and throughout this region. A native of West Philadelphia, she is also a true advocate for empowering women, inspiring change and improving lives. She is a member of more than 30 professional and civic organizations, including the United Negro College Fund, Urban Affairs Coalition and the Governor’s Patient Safety Authority. She is also affiliated with 2000 African American Women, the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation, Albright College, National Coalition of 100 Black Women and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she is basileus of the sorority’s Omega Omega Chapter.  In addition to her corporate and community responsibilities, she serves as an associate minister at the Vine Memorial Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.

    We look forward to you joining us at the 2015 Women’s Initiative Gala and celebrate the contributions of Lorina Marshall-Blake as well as our Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow, the signature program of our Women’s Initiative.

    Become a Sponsor

    Early corporate sponsors will be featured on the event invitation. For more information on our sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tables, please contact Michelle Martinez at mmartinez@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2459.

    Thank You to Our Sponsors

     

     

     

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    Sweet Laughs Fall Fundraiser

    Chocolate and comedy converge for an afternoon of Sweet Laughs — the fall fundraiser of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI).  Proceeds from this event, held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club in Atlantic County, support United Way’s Success by 6® initiative focused on kindergarten readiness for young children.

    “One Funny Mother” Dena Blizzard

    Dena Blizzard

    This year’s event will feature New Jersey’s favorite funny mom Dena Blizzard, presenting “How Did I Get Here?”.

    In this hilarious program, Dena takes you on an autobiographical journey through Miss America, Motherhood and making it Off-Broadway. In a heart-warming and funny way, Dena discusses embracing change, celebrating your flaws and ending up on the path to the true you.

    Dena Blizzard is a married mother of three and former Miss New Jersey who has been featured in the NY Times, co-hosted with Anderson Cooper and performed at Catch a Rising Star, The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana, Gotham Comedy Club and The Laugh Factory. She is the producer/writer/star of her own Off-Broadway one-woman show “One Funny Mother” that also tours nationally. She has also served as the preliminary host and on air correspondent for the Miss America Pageant on ABC. When she’s not working on TV she is writing/producing content for her web series, where she makes inappropriate videos about parenting that are sure to put her kids in therapy.

    Sweet Laughs Fall Fundraiser

    Friday, November 4, 2016
    Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club
    401 New York Ave, Galloway NJ 08205

    3:00 p.m. – Networking and light fare
    4:00 p.m. – Program featuring Dena Blizzard

    Sponsorships Are Available Now

    For details on sponsorship, contact Amanda McGowan at 609-568-1182 or amcgowan@uwgpsnj.org

    RSVP Now!

    All are welcome for an afternoon of sweet laughs, small bites and wine, in addition to a robust pink ticket auction. Purchase your ticket!

     

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    What is the mission of the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council (GPCVC)?

    The mission of the GPCVC is to increase the collective Impact of employee volunteer engagement in the region by fostering greater collaboration within and across the business and nonprofit communities.

    Who can be part of the GPCVC?

    General membership in the GPCVC is open to any business that operates or has offices located in the Greater Philadelphia Area and either supports an existing employee volunteer program or is considering the development of one. The GPCVC is only open to companies and for-profit businesses. Nonprofits can find additional resources through United Way.

    How is the GPCVC structured?

    The GPCVC was formed by United Way in 2011 and is led by a Steering Committee that meets quarterly and composed of officers and corporate representatives with established employee volunteer engagement programs, as well as appointed members from federal, state, and local civic engagement agencies.

    What does it mean to be a part of the GPCVC?

    Throughout the year, GPCVC members will be invited to attend networking events, seminars and roundtable events. Each member company will designate a minimum of one representative to attend the Annual General Membership Meeting each fall. How can I learn more?

    For more detailed information, contact Chris Major at cmajor@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2464.

     

    GPCVC Members

    Membership

    Becoming a member of the GPCVC will provide your company with the resources to build and maintain a successful employee engagement program, as well as opportunities for you to share your successes and lessons learned. In addition, membership in the GPCVC will:

    • Provide an opportunity for employees to volunteer, which improves recruitment and retention especially among Millennials;
    • Enhance employee morale, loyalty and productivity;
    • Give employees a new perspective and stimulate creativity by working with nonprofits under added constraints and with limited resources.

    The GPCVC holds programs throughout the year focusing on best practices as well as issue areas and employee engagement trends that are important to members.  The GPCVC is a great way to learn about community needs and network with colleagues.  View a current membership list.

    If you are interested in becoming a member of the GPCVC, complete the application below or join us at a future meeting.

    *Please note that membership in the Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council is limited to corporate entities that currently have or are interested in having an employee engagement program.*

    Current GPCVC Members

    Members

    • AmeriHealth Caritas
    • AmerisourceBergen
    • Aramark Corporation
    • The Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
    • Bank of America
    • Brown Brothers Harriman & Co
    • Chubb
    • Citizens Bank
    • City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service
    • Comcast Corporation
    • Dechert LLP
    • Deloitte LLP
    • The Dow Chemical Company
    • Drexel University
    • Enterprise Holdings
    • Franklin Square Capital Partners
    • GlaxoSmithKline
    • Here’s My Chance
    • Independence Blue Cross
    • IBM Corporation
    • Lincoln Financial Group
    • Main Line Chamber of Commerce
    • North Highland Consulting
    • PECO
    • Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    • Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
    • Philanthropy Network
    • Progressive Business Publications
    • Quaker Chemical Corporation
    • QVC
    • RevZilla
    • Sunoco Corporation
    • The Philadelphia 76ers
    • UPS Chesapeake District
    • Vanguard
    • Vanguard Charitable Endowment
    • Wells Fargo

     

    GPCVC Steering Committee

    Co-Chairs

    Dave Gloss
    Phenom People

  • Marcia Gelbart
    Comcast
  • Committee Members

    • Alyssa Cherkin
      Deloitte LLP
    • Bernie D’agenais
      Mainline Chamber of Commerce
    • Yasseline Diaz
      Independence Blue Cross
    • Lisa Farnin
    • Ashley Feuer-Edwards
      Philanthropy Network
    • Helen Hammerschmidt
      Amerisource Bergen
    • Tony Heath
      UPS
    • Janeile Johnson
      Drexel University
    • Hillary Kane
      Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)
    • Eden Kratchman
      Chubb
    • Regina Black Lennox
      Progressive Business Publications
    • Debbie O’Brien
      Bank of America
    • Kyra Scalea
      Vanguard
    • Jan Waldauer
      Quaker Chemical
    • Heather Wertz
      United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

     

    Staff

    • Chris Major
      Manager
  • GPCVC Member Networks

    Events

    Family Volunteerism

    February 16, 2017

    Navigating Corporate Challenges

    March 16, 2017

    Story Slam: Volunteering in the Community

    TBD during National Volunteer Week (April 23-29)

    United2Feed Member Volunteer Opportunity

    June 1, 2017

    *Please note: GPCVC events are limited to corporate entities that currently have or are interested in having an employee engagement program.*

    For more information about any of these events or to RSVP, please contact Chris Major at cmajor@uwgpsnj.org.

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Announces One-Year Targeted Investments

    United Way’s Impact Fund invests in collaborative initiatives that drive measurable results in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, September 9, 2014 – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) will invest more than $9 million in one-year targeted investments from its Impact Fund into United Way-led programs and local collaborative initiatives designed to meet needs currently unaddressed by the health and human services sector in local communities.

    “At United Way, our relationships with the business, nonprofit and public sectors not only give us a unique vantage point into our communities’ toughest challenges related to Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs, but they also allow us to see where gaps in critical services for our most vulnerable neighbors exist,” says Kevin Dow, senior vice president of Impact and Innovation at UWGPSNJ. “Targeted investments from our Impact Fund allow us to tap into the right combination of partners to connect our neighbors in need with the right interventions at the right times to help them build brighter futures.”

    These investments will ensure more children start kindergarten ready to learn; more students read at grade level by the end of third grade; more youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; more households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and more individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met.

    Targeted investments from the Impact Fund are one part of UWGPSNJ’s more than $60 million annual investment in the region, which also includes Impact Grants for general operating support for nonprofit organizations demonstrating strong results in the areas of Education, Income, Health, and Basic Needs, as well as contributions to nonprofits working to strengthen communities through United Way’s donor designation program.

    Within each county served by UWGPSNJ, Impact strategies are tailored to meet the needs of local residents based on local needs assessments, community conversations and input from subject matter experts. When gaps in much-needed health and human services arise, targeted investments allow UWGPSNJ to advance collaborative approaches designed to meet those needs. These approaches are informed by volunteers and the Local Operating Boards in each county served by UWGPSNJ before receiving final approval from the organization’s Regional Board of Directors. In addition, these one-year targeted investments are evaluated on an annual basis as part of UWGPSNJ’s ongoing work to anticipate, identify and meet the region’s changing health and human services needs. 

    “Partnership is at the heart of our work at United Way, and these targeted investments will allow us to join together across the health and human services sector in innovative ways to strengthen Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs — the building blocks of long-term quality of life — for our most vulnerable neighbors. Together, we can drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone,” says Anthony J. Conti, interim president and CEO of UWGPSNJ.

    The Impact Fund combines the generous contributions of more than 140,000 individual donors from western Montgomery County to the Jersey Shore, many of whom give through United Way’s workplace campaign, as well as corporate and foundation gifts. Organizations tapped to lead initiatives supported by UWGPSNJ’s targeted investments will be required to report their outcomes and progress against agreed-upon goals at regularly scheduled intervals and comply with semi-annual audits conducted by UWGPSNJ. They also benefit from the unique combination of technical support, volunteer connections and opportunities for collective action that only UWGPSNJ can provide.

    To learn more about the Impact that UWGPSNJ and its partners are achieving in the areas of Education, Income and Health, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/our-impact.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

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    SIEMER INSTITUTE FOR FAMILY STABILITY

    Children who live with housing instability often find themselves behind academically, performing below their peers who live in a stable housing environment.

    That’s why United Way joined forces with North Penn United Way and Creative Health Services to implement the Siemer Institute for Family Stability (SIFS) program to improve stability for families experiencing housing insecurity or homelessness in the Pottstown area and reduce student mobility, helping children to succeed in school. The SIFS program is a national model that targets school districts with high percentages of housing instability to support families so children can stay in school, giving them the best chance of academic success. In the Pottstown School District, 30% of families face housing instability.

    Creative Health Services works with local families facing housing instability in the Pottstown School District, providing intensive care management coaching, financial assistance, and planning to ensure long-term stability. Families’ progress is monitored to ensure targeted interventions are effective and sustainable.

    For additional information, please contact Sara McCullough at smccullough@uwgpsnj.org.

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Uber partner to Provide Safe Rides at Made in America Festival

    Contact: Egypt Graham
    P: 215-665-2457
    egraham@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, August 28, 2014 – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) and Uber have joined forces to ensure Budweiser Made In America Festival attendees arrive home safely this weekend.

    Uber, a mobile technology company that connects riders with drivers at the tap of a button, is offering all new Uber users a free ride of up to $20, using the promotional code BMIAPHL during the festival to promote their “Safe Rides” initiative.  For every person that signs up with the code and takes a ride, Uber will donate $1.00 to United Way’s Impact Fund. Through the Impact Fund, United Way invests in nonprofit organizations and United Way-led programs that deliver measurable results in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs.

    “We value opportunities to partner with organizations and leverage our collective resources to address our region’s toughest Education, Income and Health challenges,” said Chris Murray, vice president of communications and external affairs at UWGPSNJ. “We’re thankful that Uber recognizes the Impact that can be made when the business and nonprofit sectors come together.”

    For the third consecutive year, UWGPSNJ will benefit from the Budweiser Made in America Festival, taking place August 30-31 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. A primary goal of this event is to have a positive impact on the local community and, once again, the concert will enable UWGPSNJ to invest in education and talent development initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education and equip individuals with job skills and training.

    For more information, visit UnitedForImpact.org.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

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    Help Delaware County Children Start School Ready to Learn

    Parents from economically-challenged backgrounds often find it difficult to provide their children with the most basic of school supplies. Regardless of income, all children deserve the chance to come to school ready to do their best.

    That’s why Boscov’s Granite Run in Media, PA will be hosting a Back-to-School Backpack Supply Drive to support United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Delaware County. From August 23 – September 6, donations can be dropped off at Boscov’s Granite Run Courtesy Desk to help children in need in your local community.

    Items needed include: backpacks, pens, pencils, notebooks, binders, folders, markers, erasers, hand sanitizer, calculators, scissors, or any other supply that can help a child succeed in school!

    You can also purchase a bookmark pin up for $1.00 at any register from August 23-September 6 to support United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Delaware County.

    BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT

    Saturday, September 6, 2014
    11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Boscov’s Granite Run on Baltimore Pike

    Join Boscov’s and volunteers from The United Way located in Delaware County for a fun-filled day of FREE crafts and snacks!  United Way volunteers will be giving out free coloring books to all who attend. We hope you will join us to celebrate the beginning of a new school year!

     

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

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    EVENTS

    Join us at one of our upcoming events:

    September 1 – Annual Philadelphia AFL-CIO Tri-State Labor Day Parade & Family Celebration
    Celebrate the thousands of working people in our region with stage performances, children’s activities, food and information tables from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christopher Columbus Blvd.

    December 2014 - Men’s Clothing Drive for Outley House
    AFL-CIO Community Services Committee (CSC) will partner with the Outley House and a local Mason’s lodge to provide homeless men with new socks and underwear for the holiday season. 

    January 16-19, 2015 - MLK Weekend
    Philadelphia AFL-CIO and the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. will host a variety of events throughout the area in honor of Dr. King and his legacy.

    May 2015 - Mother’s Day Shoe Box Decorating
    AFL-CIO CSC in partnership with Philly Rising Collaborative and Women In Transition will collect toiletry items to put decorated shoe boxes for Mother’s Day.

    2015 Summer Crush Clean-Up
    AFL-CIO CSC in partnership with Philly Rising Collaborative and a host of Philadelphia community organizations and area residents will clean and pick up a four-block radius around the Frances Myers Recreation Center.

    For additional information about any of the events, please contact Nicole Fuller at nfuller@uwgpsnj.org or 215-665-2545.

     

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    Made in America is Back!

    For the fifth consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America” music festival over Labor Day weekend. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support United Way’s work to improve education from cradle to career.

    Thanks for participating in our Instagram and Website contests!

    Congratulations to our Instagram winners:

    • Marcel Moore
    • Meadow Sadeh
    • Cali Holber
    • Irma Sandoval
    • Congratulations to our Website winners:

      • Nimsha Thaver
      • Rebecca Heinsen
      • Jennifer Knobs
      • Nikhila Indukuri

      We hope you enjoy the festival! Be sure to visit us in the Cause Village to learn more about our Education initiatives.

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    FOOD PANTRIES

    Each school year, thousands of children in Burlington County participate in programs that provide free or low-cost breakfast and lunch for low-income families. Many of the meals provided through these programs are supplemented through local food pantries. The bulk of donations tends to occur during colder months and around the holidays with help from numerous well-publicized food-drives. Yet when warmer weather arrives, the stock dwindles, and the need for food actually increases.

    The children who benefited from free or low cost breakfast and lunches are now at home without these programs to support them, putting an additional strain on families both financially and nutritionally. As a community, let’s ensure our youngest residents’ most basic needs are met so they are ready to learn and succeed this fall. Donate to a food pantry today!  Here is a list of local Impact Partner food pantries in Burlington County:

    CHRISTIAN CARING CENTER

    PO Box 385, Pemberton, NJ 08068
    (609) 893-0700
    www.christian-caring-center.org

    EMERGENCY & COMMUNITY SERVICES (CATHOLIC CHARITIES)

    801 Burlington Avenue, Delanco, NJ 08075
    (856) 764-6945
    www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org

    JEWISH FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF SNJ

    1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
    (856) 424-1333
    www.jfcssnj.org

    TWIN OAKS COMMUNITY SERVICES

    770 Woodlane Road, Suite 23, Mt. Holly, NJ 08060
    (609) 267-5928
    www.fam-serv.org

     

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    CELEBERATE IMPACT

    Join UWGPSNJ in Cumberland County on Thursday, July 31 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland to celebrate key volunteers, supporters and advocates who helped improve Education, Income and Health in our community.

    Honorees include:

    • Chris Volker of the Boys and Girls Club of Vineland – 2014 Agency Director of the Year
    • Jeff Williamson of General Mills – 2014 LIVE UNITED Award
    • Clare Sapienza-Eck of Inspira Health Network – 2014 John Nichols Volunteer of the Year
    • Veronica Chainey of Cumberland County College – 2014 Employee Campaign Chair of the Year
    • UPS – 2014 Superstar Cup
    • Vineland Police Department – 2014 Public Campaign of the Year Award
      • Tickets are $60 each, and tables of 10 are available.  To purchase or reserve tickets, please contact Jackie at 856-896-2307 or jmartine@uwgpsnj.org.

    Job Opportunity Investment Network Launches “Win-Win Challenge”

    New funding opportunity to develop innovative workforce partnerships in Greater Philadelphia

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    njanis@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, June 25, 2014 -To increase the number of Greater Philadelphians earning a family-sustaining wage and meet the talent needs of regional employers, the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) has launched the “Win-Win Challenge,” a new funding opportunity for nonprofit organizations to develop the next great workforce partnership in Greater Philadelphia.

    “Greater Philadelphia is facing parallel workforce crises. Employers in the region lack strong talent pipelines to fill critical jobs while a majority of adults in the region are participating in the labor force marginally or not at all. The underlying cause of these crises is the mismatch between the level of skill required for high-growth jobs and the much lower skill level of many working age adults,” says Jennie Sparandara, director of JOIN. Through the Win-Win Challenge, JOIN will invest in nonprofit organizations able to build workforce partnerships that develop the region’s human capital with a focus on scaling the results generated over time.

    “The future of our region is tied directly to the strength of our local workforce. We believe no one should have to work two or three jobs to provide for themselves and their families,” says Kevin Dow, senior vice president of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), the managing partner of JOIN. “Our goal is to invest in workforce partnerships that create a ‘win-win’ solution for the region by narrowing the gap between our low-skilled workforce and the needs of employers.”

    A public-private partnership of philanthropy, government, community organizations and local employers, JOIN expects to award up to four unique planning grants (up to $50,000 each) to organizations that demonstrate their strength as a bridge between regional employers and qualified workers. Following the completion of the planning phase, JOIN anticipates awarding up to two two-year implementation grants (up to $300,000 each) to partnerships that demonstrate the greatest potential for innovative program delivery.

    JOIN seeks partnerships that demonstrate the highest potential to drive the following outcomes:

    • Lower-income, lower-skilled jobseekers advance to economic self-sufficiency through skills progression, credential attainment, wage increase, promotion and sustained employment
    • Employers receive an increased number of qualified, skilled workers to achieve business goals
    • The workforce system better serves lower-income, lower-skilled workers through changes in employer practice, educational institution practice, and policy that increase effectiveness and efficiency

    In addition to receiving grant funding, selected partners will also receive peer support and technical assistance, access to the National Fund for Workforce Solutions annual meeting, programmatic evaluation and case studies, one-on-one support from JOIN staff and consultants, and opportunities to share learnings and results with policy, program, media and philanthropic leaders. Win-Win Challenge partners will also be expected to report their outcomes on a regular basis.

    The deadline to apply is September 15, 2014. For more details and information on eligibility, please visit www.joincollaborative.org/win-win.

    About the Job Opportunity Investment Network:

    JOIN is a public private partnership between philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers that invests in, evaluates and advocates for best practice efforts that narrow the gap between the region’s low-skilled workforce and the needs of the region’s employers. JOIN is a funders collaborative led by United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. To learn more about JOIN, visit www.joincollaborative.org.

    Taste of the Quarter 2016

    Tropicana’s Taste of the Quarter

    More than twenty restaurants, bars and eateries will team up for one of the most exciting tasting events of the summer. Tropicana’s hugely successful Taste of The Quarter returns on Monday, August 22 and all proceeds support the Impact Fund!

  • Date: August 22, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.
    Location: The Quarter inside Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City

  • We are thrilled to announce the return of the 9th Annual Taste of the Quarter this year at the Tropicana,” said Steve Callender, General Manager for Tropicana. “Tropicana’s restaurants will come together to contribute a variety of dining options from tasty Angus beef sliders and fries to famous Italian dishes to benefit United Way.  The Taste of the Quarter is a great way to celebrate our community and bring everyone together for this signature event. We encourage guests to enjoy our new and improved free multimedia light and sound show on the boardwalk following the event.

    Families and guests of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event, and are available for purchase at the IMAX Box Office, located on the third floor of The Quarter or online at Ticketmaster.com.

    Tickets are also available through UWGPSNJ’s in Galloway by calling 609-568-1179 or email ppuerto@uwgpsnj.org

     

    Former PwC Managing Partner, Tony Conti, Named Interim President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    Contact: Chris Murray
    P: 215-665-2513
    cmurray@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, June 18, 2014 – Anthony J. Conti, retired managing partner of PwC’s Philadelphia office, has been named interim president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ).  He will serve on a volunteer basis.  The announcement was made by Lon Greenberg, chairman, UGI Corporation/AmeriGas and chair of UWGPSNJ’s regional Board of Directors.

    According to Greenberg, the board’s choice of Conti fulfills two commitments it made when UWGPSNJ President and CEO Jill Michal announced her resignation on May 22.

    “We promised to have an interim president and CEO in place by June 30, and said it would be someone who had impeccable credentials and knew the organization and its mission. Tony Conti fits both descriptions,” said Greenberg. “Tony has long been a supporter of United Way, as a board member, chair of the annual campaign, and chair of the Nonprofit Excellence Council. He knows United Way more intimately than most, giving him an edge in getting up to speed on the needs of the organization, short and long-term.”

    The organization also announced that its search for a permanent successor to Michal is about to begin, although no details have been released and a timetable has not yet been set. 

    “We fully expect that Tony Conti’s acceptance of the interim president and CEO position will ensure a seamless transition, not only from Jill to him, but from him to whomever is named permanent president and CEO. It’s another wonderful example of the business community’s commitment to United Way – one that overtly supports United Way’s critical role in this region as a philanthropic partner and strategic investor in the health and human services sector,” Greenberg added. 

    Conti retired in 2009 after 36 years with PwC, including four years as managing partner of its regional office in Philadelphia.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    Blue Heron Pines Golf Club

    The Energenic Golf & Sporting Clays Invitational returns to Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in celebration of its 20th year driving Impact!

    20th Annual Energenic Golf & Sporting Clays Invitational

    It’s a must play event for sporting enthusiasts throughout our region, and in 20 years, has raised an impressive $1.35 million to support United Way’s work. This year, the event returns to the course where this signature outing began― Ron Jaworski’s prestigious Blue Heron Pines Golf Club. The action will continue during its morning session of sporting clays at the beautifully wooded trails of Red Wing Sporting Clays Range in Pomona. Join us for an event that is truly unique!

    Date:  Wednesday, October 7, 2015

    Location:    Blue Heron Pines Golf

    For details on the event, schedule and participation packages, click here.

    Thomas J. Kuhar Founder’s Award

    Ron JaworskiIn addition, during the event, we will recognize Mr. Ron Jaworski, former NFL player and founder of the childhood health initiative Jaws Youth Playbook, with the Thomas J. Kuhar Founder’s Award. This award is presented annually to honor and recognize an individual or organization that has made a remarkable, positive impact for people in need in our community. Past recipients include Brian Propp, The Glenn Family, AtlantiCare, Ed Kline, Michael Azeez, Bart Speziali, the Men and Women of the U.S. Military – past & present, Nelson Johnson, Frank DiCola, Herman and Dot Saatkamp, and most recently Ed Graham.

    Support this event through sponsorship, click here for details!

    To participate, register here today!

    For more information, contact Ilise James at 609-568-1180 or ijames@uwgpsnj.org

     

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Announces Three-Year Impact Investments

    Regional nonprofits driving Impact in Education, Income and Health receive support from United Way’s Impact Fund

    Contact: Emily Lovelidge
    P: 215-665-2517
    elovelidge@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, May 28, 2014 – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has announced the recipients of the organization’s new three-year Impact Fund investment process – its first as a regional organization – for fiscal years 2015-2017. UWGPSNJ will invest more than $33 million in general operating support Impact Grants over three years into more than 200 nonprofit organizations from western Montgomery County to the Jersey Shore that deliver measurable results in the areas of Education, Income and Health, as well as those that strengthen the social safety net and advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

    “At United Way, we intervene at critical transition points in people’s lives – when a hand up can keep someone from slipping through the cracks – to target the right interventions to the right people at the right times,” says Jill Michal, president and CEO, UWGPSNJ. “Through the Impact Fund, we develop innovative strategies to address our region’s toughest challenges and tap the right combination of partners from the private, public and nonprofit sectors to drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”

    Through the Impact Fund, UWGPSNJ works to ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by the end of third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met. 

    Impact Grants for individual nonprofits demonstrating strong outcomes in United Way’s focus areas are one part of UWGPSNJ’s over $60 million annual investment in the region, which also includes investments in United Way-led programs and initiatives to address specific needs in the health and human services sector, targeted investments for collaborative projects each year, and donor contributions to nonprofits working to strengthen communities through United Way’s donor designation program.

    Within each county served by UWGPSNJ, Impact strategies are tailored to meet the needs of local residents. “As a regional organization, we’re focused on solutions that not only address critical needs in our local communities, but that also lift our region overall,” says Kevin Dow, senior vice president, Impact and Innovation, UWGPSNJ.  “When we improve Education, Income and Health at a community level, we all benefit.”

    All eligible nonprofit agencies that met UWGPSNJ’s strategy guidelines were qualified to apply for Impact Grants. The review process was led by United Way staff and content area experts, and incorporated more than 350 volunteer reviewers from the community as well as academia, finance, and the public and private sectors based upon their experience and extensive knowledge in the field.  Before final decisions were announced, the Local Operating Boards of each county served by UWGPSNJ and the Regional Board of Directors provided their approval.

    “We are pleased to partner with these outstanding organizations as we pursue actionable strategies to achieve real Impact in our region’s communities,” said Lon Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of UGI Corporation/AmeriGas, and Chair of the Regional Board of Directors for UWGPSNJ. “United Way remains focused on improving the lives of those in need in our communities, and we are confident that these investments will help us drive lasting, meaningful change that none of us can achieve alone.” 

    The Impact Fund combines the generous contributions of more than 140,000 individual donors from western Montgomery County to the Jersey Shore, many of whom give through United Way’s workplace campaign, as well as corporate and foundation gifts. Organizations that receive Impact Grants will be required to report their outcomes and progress against agreed-upon goals at regularly scheduled intervals and comply with semi-annual audits conducted by UWGPSNJ. They also benefit from the unique combination of technical support, volunteer connections and opportunities for collective action that only UWGPSNJ can provide.

    For a complete list of Impact partners or for more information on UWGPSNJ’s funding process, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/agencies. To learn more about the Impact UWGPSNJ and its partners are achieving in the areas of Education, Income and Health, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/our-impact.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    Jill Michal Resigns as President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    Contact: Chris Murray
    P: 215-665-2513
    cmurray@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2014 – Jill Michal, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), has resigned, effective June 30, it was announced today.

    Lon Greenberg, chairman of UGI Corporation/Amerigas and chairman of the UWGPSNJ regional board of directors, said the board had reluctantly accepted Michal’s resignation, citing her accomplishments over the past six years.

    “Under Jill’s leadership, this United Way has thrived, evolving to meet the challenges facing the region as a whole, along with the demands of the philanthropic community committed to making real, measurable change,” said Greenberg. “Jill guided this organization through a severe economic downturn and helped United Way evolve into a strategic investor in the health and human services sector, making even more meaningful Impact in this community. Her contributions cannot be overstated.”

    Michal became president and CEO in August 2008, after spending seven years as executive vice president, operations and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the United Way organization, she spent eight years at Arthur Andersen LLP in several management positions.

    In announcing her decision to the staff today, Michal said, “I am extremely proud of all of the accomplishments we’ve achieved during my tenure, and while there is more to do for this community, leaders know when it’s time to leave and give someone else an opportunity. Now is that time for me, and I am looking forward to a whole new set of challenges and opportunities.” She thanked the staff for their unwavering commitment to the mission of United Way and told them to continue making an Impact in our community. “This is an important pivot point for this organization, but there is no better team ready to address the challenges our region faces. This community can count on the individuals in this organization to continue making the kind of measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”

    Michal’s June 30 departure also coincides with the organization’s fiscal year-end and the start of a new, three-year funding cycle. Greenberg said the board will be deliberate in conducting a national search for a new president and CEO.

    “As you can imagine, these are challenging times for all nonprofit organizations, yet United Way remains well-positioned to make a meaningful Impact in people’s lives, tackling education, income and health challenges throughout our region. We will find the right leader, and that is more important than meeting any deadline; however, we will be naming an interim leader prior to June 30 to help with the transition.”

    During her tenure at United Way, Michal was honored as a Woman of Distinction and “40 under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal. In addition, she received the 2012 “Strong, Smart and Bold” award from Girls Inc. and was named a 2014 Drum Major Honoree for Community Empowerment by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence.

    About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively Impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health. For more information about United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

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    The Impact Fund

    Gifts to the Impact Fund support the work of United Way and our Impact partners — select nonprofit organizations delivering measurable results in the areas of Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs — to help our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycle of poverty.

    At United Way, our relationships with the local business, nonprofit, government and labor communities give us a unique perspective into the needs of our local communities — and how they connect across the region. We’re also able to take stock of the gaps in service available to those in need.

    To drive Impact:

       
    • We develop innovative strategies to intervene at critical transitions points in people’s lives.
    • We tear down silos to tap the right partners from the for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors.
    • We advance a common agenda to deliver long-term solutions to our region’s Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs challenges.

    This Collective Impact is made possible only through the generous support of our Impact Fund donors. Together, we can drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.

    Your support of the Impact Fund:

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    Power of the Purse 2015 honoring Lori Herndon

    From left: Amanda McGowan, Lori Herndon, Jessica Kowal, John Emge

    The Power of the Purse

    What does it take to become a philanthropist? How much time do I have to devote? Could my talents really make a difference? 

    Too often, questions like these challenge our ability to truly drive change. However, despite busy schedules and limited budgets, women possess extraordinary power to act as change makers in their own communities or within causes they truly feel passionate about.

    Join us on Friday, June 24, 2016 for the seventh annual Power of the Purse luncheon and workshop, featuring a dynamic panel discussion on inspiring ways to give of your time, talent and treasure. The event will take place at a new location this year – The Smithville Inn in Galloway.

    2016 “Power of the Purse” Honoree

    Fran Coppola Additionally, the WLI will recognize Smithville business owner and community leader Fran Coppola, as the 2016 “Power of the Purse” Honoree. This award, established to celebrate a local woman who is an outstanding leader, advocate and philanthropist, will highlight Fran’s personal commitment to advancing the work of the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City and other community organizations throughout Atlantic County.

    Power of the Purse Luncheon & Workshop

    Power of the Purse was developed by United Way’s WLI as a way to educate and empower women on philanthropic matters. Topics have ranged from financial literacy and planned giving, children’s money matters and women’s wealth, to more recently, charitable giving in a challenging economy.

    This year, a panel discussion will explore the theme “Dare to Be #Giving:” a dynamic conversation on giving.

    Tracy Davidson NBC10 Moderator: Tracy Davidson, anchor NBC10 and Emmy Award-winning journalist

    Johnson Panelist: Johanna R. Johnson, Ed. D., Stockton University Foundation

    Bailey Panelist: Ellen Bailey, Esq., Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott

    Barrera Panelist: Alexa D’Amato Barrera, Esq., D’Amato Law Firm

    Zalkind Panelist: Cecilia Zalkind, Advocates for Children of New Jersey

    Friday, June 24, 2016
    10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.  Registration & Healthy Bites
    11:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion, Lunch and Award Presentation

    The Smithville Inn
    One North New York Road, Galloway, N.J.

    Cost:

    $40.00 – Women’s Leadership Initiative Member
    $45.00 – General Admission

    RSVP today!

    For more informaiton contact Pam Puerto at 609-568-1179 or ppuerto@uwgpsnj.org

     

     


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    Savoy's Got Talent

    SAVOY’S GOT TALENT

    Join us on Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at Merighi’s Savoy Inn for our 2nd Annual Savoy’s Got Talent fundraiser as more than 11 of Cumberland County’s most talented residents will show that singing and dancing are two ways to LIVE UNITED!

    Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved by calling 856-896-2307. All proceeds benefit United Way’s Impact Fund and will be invested locally to improve Education, Income and Health in Cumberland County.

    Miss auditions but still want to compete? No problem! Email Jackie at jmartine@uwgpsnj.org for information on how you can get in on the action.

    Proceeds from Savoy’s Got Talent will benefit United Way’s Impact Fund.

    GIRLS TODAY, LEADERS TOMORROW IMPACT PARTNERS

    Over the last six years, United Way has been proud to partner with a number of local agencies that share our commitment to improving the lives of children throughout our region.

    In addition to quality learning opportunities in a school environment, young girls also need a safe place to go after the bell rings. Through agencies that provide gender-specific girls programming, Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow participants are exposed to positive and caring adults, and receive useful information and services to help them succeed, setting a path for success in college and the work world, all while dreaming big and staying focused. GTLT is a wise investment in our future, connecting young girls with academic and social supports to help them avoid risky behaviors that can jeopardize their futures.

    Together with our Impact Partners, we use the “ABC’s” to identify girls in 7th grade who may be at risk to drop out of high school. The “ABC’s,” also referred to as Early Warning Indicators, include:  Attendance below 80%, Poor Behavior marks, and/or Course grades in math or reading below a “C.” Not only does GTLT reverse early warning indicators, but it also helps to:

    • Increase awareness of educational and career opportunities
    • Promote the importance of goal-setting
    • Demonstrate the importance of a college education and how to plan courses of study and extracurricular activities to support career goals
    • Assist with academic tutoring, career exploration, work readiness skills, and college application, preparation and exposure
    • Provide in-service learning opportunities

    Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow Impact Partners

    In this work, we partner with a number of organizations in the region to help identify girls from low performing schools in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Delaware counties who would benefit from GTLT.

    Our Partners

    • Congreso
    • Excell Community Development Corporation
    • Foundation for Pottstown Education, Pottstown Middle School
    • Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    • Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Girls Track Program
    • United Communities Southeast Philadelphia
    • Youth Services, Inc.
    • YWCA Tri-County Area

     

    Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow provides girls with an opportunity to connect and create positive and meaningful relationships with peers and adults, alike. GTLT girls have an opportunity to discover themselves, which in turn leads to improvement in school. Building confidence and self-esteem and establishing stronger interpersonal skills empowers these girls and allows them to recognize that they can make a difference, whether in school, with friends or with their families. They realize their potential to develop personal power, and are empowered to improve their own lives and share in ways to help others.

    Kelly Grosser – YWCA Tri-County Area and Foundation for Pottstown Education

    Consider making a donation!

    • $35 supports a day of art and cultural enrichment for one girl
    • $75 supports a full year’s transportation to GTLT sessions for one girl
    • $100 supports college visit preparation for one girl
    • $500 supports the GTLT career and college readiness program, including the Voices curriculum at LaSalle University for one girl
    • $1000 supports a full year’s participation in the GTLT program for one girl

    Support GTLT today!

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CABINET

    in Delaware County

    Regional Campaign Cabinet Liaison: James E. Turner, Chester Water Authority

     

  • Delaware County Local Board list

    *As of July 2015

  • UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CABINET

    in Cumberland County

     

  • Campaign Chair:

    Tom Merighi, Jr.

    Merighi’s Savoy Inn

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  • Regional Campaign Cabinet Liaison:

    Aaron Katzoff

    President & CEO

    Spavia Moorestown

  •  

    *As of November 2015

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CABINET

    in Burlington County

    Scott Zauber, Esq., chair
    Sabranni Zauber, LLC

    Karl Eckstrom, chair
    Fulton Bank of New Jersey

    Members

      Albert Afonso, Esq.
      Alfonso Baker Archie Foley & Lodge PC

      Pamela Collins
      Twin Oaks Community Services

      Mark D’Agostino
      Foundation Title

      Jennifer Hutchinson
      Holman - ARI Group

      Ryan Kastner
      Innovative Benefit Planning

      Joseph F. Kelly
      IBM Corporation

      William Mackin
      Sherman Silverstein, Attorneys at Law

      William H. May
      RICOH USA

      Mark Nicastro
      Friedman, LLP

      Terrell Ratliff, Esq.
      Afonso Baker Archie Foley & Lodge PC

      John Semple
      M & T Bank

      *updated October, 2016

     

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CABINET

    in Camden County

    Joseph Tredinnick, chair
    TD Bank

    John Connell, chair
    Archer & Greiner, P.C.

    Members

      David Evans, CPA
      Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co.

      Mark Godofsky
      Surety Title

      Mike Jaconelli
      Evesham Mortgage

      Sandy Kelly
      Camden County Chamber of Commerce

      David Rucci
      Susquehanna Bank

      Brian C. Saggiomo
      CBRE, Inc. Brokerage Agency Services

      Scott Tourtellotte
      Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

      Robert B. Worely
      Republic Bank

      *updated October, 2016

     

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CABINET

    in Atlantic County

    Mark Blum, chair
    The Press of Atlantic City

    Rick S. Mazer, chair
    Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

    Members

      Wendy Bartlett
      Fulton Bank of New Jersey

      Dr. Evelyn Brown
      Folsom School District

      Jerry DelRosso
      County of Atlantic

      Debra Fox
      AtlanticCare

      Lauren Hurtt
      South Jersey Industries

      Ken LeFevre
      Pathfinder Resources, LLC

      Vincent Majone
      Atlantic City Electric

      Timothy Miller
      Kramer Beverage

      Chris Moschella
      South Jersey Industries

      Jose Diaz
      Caesars Atlantic City

      Joseph Domenico
      JD Shore Financial, LLC

      Angela Waters
      CASA of Atlantic & Cape may Counties

      *updated October, 2016

    PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY KIDS

    In Camden City, a staggering 40 percent of youth are obese or overweight, and only 42 percent meet national physical activity guidelines.

    In response, UWGPSNJ in Camden County, the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties and other local stakeholders, have joined together to lead the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden, a collaborative program working to combat obesity in children through policy reform and environmental change. 

    Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NJPHK-C work includes:

    • Reconstruction of Northgate Park: providing children and families with a fun, safe environment for play
    • Implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom: helping students start the day with an energy-sustaining meal
    • Adoption of a comprehensive wellness policy: changing the way schools feed and keep students active

    Find out more.

    Camden Breakfast Infographic

    Kevin Dow Named Senior Vice President, Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    $Former COO and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department to Lead United Way’s Impact Agenda and Innovation Strategy

    Contact: Natalie Janis
    P: 215-665-2509
    ngiuliante@uwgpsnj.org

    Philadelphia, PA, January 16, 2014 – Kevin Dow has been named Senior Vice President of Impact and Innovation at United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ).  In this role, he will lead United Way’s regional Impact agenda, developing and executing strategies that address critical needs in local communities, improving education, income, and health in nine counties across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

    Under Dow’s leadership, UWGPSNJ will invest its Impact Fund in organizations and United Way-led programs and initiatives that ensure children start kindergarten ready to learn; students read at grade level by third grade; youth graduate from high school ready for college and career; households have the income and assets necessary to be financially stable and economically independent; and that individuals and families have access to resources they need to lead healthy lives and have their basic needs met. 

    “Kevin has a proven track record of leading high-performing, results-oriented initiatives to help boost our region overall,” said Jill Michal, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “He is a strategic thinker and leader with a solid foundation in business, finance, government and nonprofit leadership, and we are thrilled to have him lead our Impact work. With a strong relationship management skillset and a passion for philanthropy, Kevin’s expertise will help us be an effective leader and partner in this region, driving measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”

    Prior to joining United Way, Dow served for five years as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Deputy Commerce Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, where he led strategic efforts to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive, ultimately increasing economic development in the city. In this role, Kevin cultivated relationships with key stakeholders throughout the Philadelphia business community including the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Business Alliance (Greater Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce), the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, elected officials and labor union leaders. Previously, Dow worked for more than 19 years in both financial services and community investment at Wachovia Corporation. In addition, Dow has 24 years of experience serving on nonprofit boards of diverse organizations within the economic development, workforce, education, religious and cultural sectors including Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia (formerly Delaware Valley Grantmakers.)

    ““It has been my privilege to be a United Way partner for decades, as a contributor, corporate partner, and volunteer; I am thrilled to now be joining United Way as the leader of the Impact team,” said Dow.  “My time with the City, making Philadelphia a better place and creating opportunities for communities to thrive - improving education, commerce and quality of life - has been the beacon of my career; it is a true blessing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue improving lives in this region with United Way, an organization that is so closely aligned with my values.” 

    “Kevin’s leadership will help United Way translate its aspirations for the region into actionable strategies that achieve desired outcomes in the areas of education, income and health,” added Lon Greenberg, Chairman of the Board of UGI Corporation, and Chair of the regional Board of Directors for UWGPSNJ. “We are pleased to have Kevin’s wealth of knowledge and experience to help us improve lives from Western Montgomery County to the Jersey Shore.” 

    As a native Philadelphian and a proud graduate of Central High School, Dow received his B.A. in Finance in 1991 from Morehouse College in Atlanta.  He later earned his M.B.A. in Management in 2002 from Saint Joseph’s University.

    For more information about UWGPSNJ, its Impact agenda, or the workplace campaign, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.

    ### About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey

    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania’s Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey’s Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties , is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people’s lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health.

    United Way’s Born Learning Trail in Delaware County

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we work to improve education from cradle to career for all children, setting them on the path to future success. With that goal in mind, UWGPSNJ in Delaware County partnered with Jaws Youth Playbook, Chester City, CR Meyer, East Gateway Triangle and many local artists, volunteers, carpenters and cement masons to install a new Born Learning Trail this fall in Chester Park. 

    • United Way’s Born Learning Trail is an interactive, playful and visible community engagement tool capturing 10 fun outdoor games and tips on engaging signs to help parents, caregivers and the community create early learning opportunities outside the home and classroom for young children in Delaware County.

    Through the Born Learning Trail, more children in Delaware County will be able to boost their language and literacy skills critical to school readiness. We are excited to have them enjoy this fun and interactive space for many years to come! United Way is your local partner to drive measurable lasting impact that none of us can achieve alone. That statement truly came to life with the opening of the Born Learning Trail in Chester Park. This is the meaning of LIVING UNITED!

    2015 Bone Run

    Get Spooky With Us at the 2016 Bone Run!

    Join us Saturday, October 29 for the return of United Way’s Halloween Bone Run and Walk! Proceeds from our “spooktacular” 5K run and fun walk benefit our Impact Fund and health initiatives in Cumberland County through programs like New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Vineland.

    Location and Event Schedule

    Parvin State Park 701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, N.J. *Course is USA Track & Field Certified

    • 7 a.m. – registration opens
    • 9 a.m. – 5K race and fun walk begin at Parvin Lake beach area
    • 8 – 11 a.m. – Family-friendly health fair

    Registration and Fees

    REGISTER ONLINE NOW

    • $25 early registration for runners ($35 day of event)
    • $20 per participant early registration for Team Challenge. (There is a mandatory minimum of 10 participants for the first team; additional teams may be registered but MUST have 10 runners. Teams must be registered and paid for by September 26.)
    • $20 Walker Donation

    • $10 Kid’s Dash

    Runners’ packets may be picked up in advance on October 28th at Inspira Health Network Fitness Connection from 9am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm.

    Kid’s Dash New this year!

    400 Meter Kid’s Dash fun run to take place after the 5k adult race. T-shirts guaranteed to all participants that register by 9/26/16

    Prizes and Awards

    Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers ($300, $200, $100). Age group awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age categories: 14&U, 15-16, 17-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+.

    Team Challenge

    Teams of 10 runners may complete as part of the Team Challenge. (Companies and organizations may enter more than one team, but each team MUST include 10 participants.) Early registration is $20 per runner ($200 per team). Each member of the winning Team Challenge team will receive a prize. For more information, contact Tina Heath

    Race Amenities

    Race amenities include:

    • Long-sleeved technical shirt for runners (sized guaranteed only if registered by September 26)
    • Costume contest with prizes
    • Post-race refreshments
    • Family-friendly health fair with bounce house, wellness exhibits and more
    • Free gear check

    Our 2015 Halloween Bone Run & Walk was a great success, boasting nearly 700 participants and netting more than $30,000. View photos from the event.


    Rubber Ducky Regatta 2015!

    United Way’s Rubber Ducky Regatta

    Thanks for joining us at Morey’s Piers on August 14!

    View the Official Winner’s List!

    United Way has, for more than 20 years, hosted the most colorful and celebrated community event in Cape May County. It’s the Rubber Ducky Regatta, and during this summertime affair, thousands of rubber duckies take to the water for a race around Morey’s Piers Beachfront Waterpark to support our work in Cape May County.

    Building Community through Education

    This year, with support from this event, we are expanding Success By 6®, our early childhood development initiative, in Cape May County. Our focus is on early literacy, and our goal is to ensure all kindergarteners in Cape May County have access to quality, age-appropriate books in their homes. Throughout the school year, local children enrolled in public kindergarten will build their very own libraries through the First Book® program. Additionally, teachers will have the opportunity to incorporate these books into their curriculum or classroom reading sessions!

    It is the county’s largest and longest-running community focused special event, which draws both support and spectators from throughout region.  Its success is due in large part to a number of area businesses who sponsor the event, including longtime partner and host, Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks and title sponsor South Jersey Industries.

    Additionally, a host of prizes are donated by local vendors to accompany the winning ducks. Top prizes include golf greens fees, a ShopRite gift card, season passes to Morey’s Piers, a flat screen television and more!

    Last year, United Way’s Rubber Ducky Regatta drew more than 300 spectators and featured a summer-long marketing campaign including local advertisements, promotional banners, social media and more! Contact us to learn more at 609-568-1178 or email ppuerto@uwgpsnj.org.

    Special thanks to our sponsors!

    2016 Rubber Ducky Regatta Sponsors

    CAMDEN’S EDUCATION INITIATIVES

    In today’s world, a solid education is nothing short of essential. But only one in five children across our region attends a high-quality early education program. And by third grade, children who don’t read at grade level are four times more likely to drop out of school – a fate that befalls 7,000 students in our community each year. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in programs and partnerships that ensure kids enter Kindergarten ready to learn, read proficiently at grade level, and stay on track to graduate from high school college- and career- ready.

    Our Education initiatives in Camden County include:

       
    • Born to Read is a grade-level reading initiative that is working to increase early literacy levels among Camden City preschoolers. The program introduces children and their caretakers to the value of reading together consistently to ensure more Camden children read proficiently at grade level by the end of third grade. Other goals of the program include increased Kindergarten readiness, parental involvement and school attendance, while minimizing summer learning loss.
    • In2Books is an after-school academic support program that matches at-risk children with mentor pen pals who share books and feedback online. The goal is to advance the student’s reading skills by at least one grade level. And during the summer months, when school is out of session, In2Books steps in to keep students reading all summer long.

     

    CODE BLUE IN BURLINGTON COUNTY

    Frigid temperatures can be deadly when adequate shelter is hard to find. So to ensure Burlington County’s most vulnerable residents have a warm place to stay when the temperature dips below freezing, the county, along with support from United Way, has established the “Code Blue” winter emergency program.

    This collaborative county-wide program alerts social service providers when temperatures are dangerously low and provides vulnerable residents and families with access to temporary shelters throughout the county. When it started in 2005, the Code Blue program utilized vacant motel rooms for emergency lodging. But now, with help from faith-based and other community organizations who graciously opened their doors and recruited volunteers, the program has expanded to provide important on-site services such as health screenings, flu shots and case management to help people get back on their feet again. Since 2010, nearly 4,000 nights of shelter have been provided through the Code Blue winter emergency program. United Way remains committed to ensuring our residents have access to the services they need when they need them the most.

    For information on the Code Blue Program, call CONTACT at (856) 234-8888 or (866) 234-5006. 

     

    RECOVERING FROM SUPERSTORM SANDY

    On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy ripped through eleven states along the East Coast, making landfall just outside of Atlantic City, New Jersey. During this devastating storm, more than 2 million households lost power and over 300,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, in New Jersey alone.  A record 90,000 calls for help were made to New Jersey’s 211 helpline in the four weeks following the storm. And 37 New Jersey residents lost their lives. It has been called the second costliest storm in our nation’s history.

    Almost immediately, relief services were established and donations began to arrive. However, thousands of residents were unable to return to their damaged homes and remained in temporary housing situations. In response, a national fund was established by United Way Worldwide ─ the United Way Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund ─ to support long-term recovery and rebuilding, a process they estimated would take upwards of 2 years or more.

    In early 2013, REVIVE, Atlantic County’s Long-term Recovery Group, was assembled to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery process; increase efficiencies by avoiding duplication of efforts and provide additional assistance for residents with limited resources. The group is made up of nearly 40 organizations from the public, private, nonprofit and faith based communities ─ including United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey as the fiscal agent and key partner. To date, REVIVE has secured more than $1.2 million in grants to support recovery efforts in Atlantic County, coordinated nearly $2.1 million in man hours for volunteer projects, and managed a 33,000 square-foot warehouse space donated by Atlantic County Utilities Authority for construction supplies and donations. United Way continues to be a committed partner in this collective process for complete recovery. We believe that together, we can achieve what none of us can do alone.

    To get involved or find out more, contact Volunteer Coordinator Brian Valeria at bvaleria@uwgpsnj.org.

    HEALTH RESOURCES

    The FamilyWize Partnership

    We know that good health is a building block of a strong community. Our health underpins our ability to thrive at home, at school and at work. That’s why United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) has partnered with FamilyWize to provide free prescription discount cards across the region.

    FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of prescriptions for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Discounts vary, but on average, card holders receive significant savings. UWGPSNJ is part of 1,000 United Ways across the country that have already helped residents nationwide save more than $600 million in direct savings on prescriptions since 2005.

    FamilyWize cards are available to everyone in the community, regardless of location, current health benefits like Medicaid or Medicare or lack of insurance. No paperwork is needed; just print the card and present it at your local pharmacy!

    Obtaining a card is easy and can be done in a number of ways:

      • Visit www.FamilyWize.org to print a card, look up drug prices and find a list of participating pharmacies.
      • Download the FamilyWize app to have all the features of the website at your fingertips.
      • Text the word “Family” to 700700. An electronic free prescription card will be sent to your phone to show your pharmacist.

    PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY KIDS

    In Camden City, a staggering 40 percent of youth are obese or overweight, and only 42 percent meet national physical activity guidelines.

    In response, UWGPSNJ in Camden County, the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties and other local stakeholders, have joined together to lead the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden (NJPHK-C)─ a collaborative program working to combat obesity in children through policy reform and environmental change.

    Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NJPHK-C work includes:

    • Reconstruction of Northgate Park: providing children and families with a fun, safe environment for play
    • Implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom: helping students start the day with an energy-sustaining meal
    • Adoption of a comprehensive wellness policy: changing the way schools feed and keep students active

    Find out more.

    Camden Breakfast Infographic

    LOCAL BOARD - DELAWARE COUNTY

    Thomas E. Brooks, chair
    Kimberly Clark

    James E. Turner, vice-chair and regional campaign cabinet liaison
    Chester Water Authority

    Stephen Gamble, secretary
    Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging

    Ryan Grace, Impact chair
    Delaware County District Attorney’s Office

    Members

      Ralph H. Brown, Jr.
      PECO

      George Hassel
      Widener University

      Adriene M. Irving
      Delaware County Intermediate Unit

      Cythia Jetter
      Swarthmore College

      Lolita E. Johnson
      Community Volunteer

      Terri M. Lannon
      Sun East Federal Credit Union

      Nicholas Martino
      ITW

      Nafis J. Nichols
      City of Chester Council

      Antoinette C. Truehart
      Entrepreneur Works of Delaware County

    *As of August 2016

    LOCAL BOARD - CUMBERLAND COUNTY

    Tracy A. Swan-Grova, MPA, MCJ, chair
    Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs

    Michelle Marshall, vice-chair, Impact
    Inspira Health Network

    Tom Merighi vice-chair, Resource Development
    Merighi’s Savoy Inn

    Members

      Shirley Bertacchi
      Dynamic Fitness

      Joel Cruz
      Merrill Lynch

      Dr. Jacqueline Galbiati
      Cumberland County College

      Dr. Mary Gruccio
      Vineland City School District

      Tony Heath
      UPS

      Aaron Katzoff
      Spavia Moorestown

      Albert Kelly
      Gateway Community Action Program

      Greg Potter
      Inspira Health Network

      Ken Pustizzi
      SNJ Today

      Matthew Rudd
      The Southwest Council, Inc.

      Clare Sapienza-Eck
      Inspira Health Network

      Lakesha Walker
      TD Bank

       

    *As of August 2016

    BURLINGTON CAMDEN LOCAL BOARD

    Mike Munoz, chair
    AmeriHealth

    Frank Odri, chair
    Fulton Bank of New Jersey

    Members

      Douglas H. Allen
      Community Volunteer

      Jay Appleton
      Greyhawk

      Emily Capella
      Community Volunteer

      John C. Connell, Esq.
      Archer & Greiner, PC

      Anthony Covington
      Rebcor Construction, Inc.

      Robert E. Curley, III
      TD Bank

      Roger Dennis
      Drexel University – Thomas R. Kline School of Law

      Mike Dinneen
      Sun National Bank

      Karl Eckstrom
      Fulton Bank of New Jersey

      Peter A. Eschbach
      American Water, NE Division

      Gerald Faber, Esq.
      Delaware River Port Authority

      Tracey Gaffney
      Line Systems, Inc

      Michael I. Gilman
      AECOM-URS

      Jodina Hicks
      UrbanPromise

      Jennifer Hutchinson
      ARI Global Headquarters

      Barbara Irwin
      Community Volunteer

      Mike Jaconelli
      Evesham Mortgage

      Leon Jones Jr.
      Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers #5

      Karen Koenig
      Beneficial Bank

      Kevin Kutcher
      Salem Community College

      Bryan E. Leib
      Campus Apartments

      Karen Lewis
      Campbell Soup Company

      Constance Martin
      Dateline Travel

      William May
      Agile 3 Solutions

      Dennis Moore
      J&J Snack Foods Corporation

      Richard M. Muhlberg
      Metis Advisors, Inc.

      Dorothy Muir, Esq.
      Maiden RE Corporation

      Michael Munoz
      AmeriHealth

      Kevin Nesbitt
      Bank of America

      Mark Nicastro, CPA, MST
      Friedman, LLP

      Corey S. D. Norcross, Esq.
      Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

      Philip Norcross, Esq.
      Parker McCay P.A.

      Mary Ann O’Brien, Esq.
      Crammer, Bishop & O’Brien, P.C.


      Mario Pinardo
      Achieveopedia.Com

      Mary P. Ross
      Merrill Lynch

      Brian C. Saggiomo
      CBRE, Inc. Brokerage Agency Services

      Jeremy Shackleford
      BB&T Bank

      Robert Speaker
      Pitt Ohio Express

      Reverend Carl Styles
      Local 77

      Dr. Dolores Szymanski
      Cinnaminson Twp. Schools

      Scott Tourtellotte
      Bank of America

      Joseph Tredinnick
      TD Bank, N.A.

      Kelly Trimble
      Royal Bank America

      Glen Walton
      Bowman & Company, LLP

      Steven Weinstein, Esq.
      Rowan University

      Robert B. Worley
      Republic Bank

      Scott Zauber, Esq.
      Subranni Zauber, LLC

    *updated August, 2016

    ATLANTIC CAPE LOCAL BOARD

    Alex Marino, chair
    Stockton University

    Joseph Scheufele, chair
    South Jersey Industries

    Members

      Ann Arena
      Spencer Spirit Holdings

      John Armand
      MetLife

      Wendy Bartlett
      Fulton Bank of New Jersey

      Alan Beatty
      Shore Medical Center

      Mark Blum
      The Press of Atlantic City

      Cindy Boyd
      AtlantiCare

      Steven Callender
      Tropicana Casino & Resort

      Margo Carr
      Energenic

      Donna DeCaprio
      UNITEHERE! Local 54

      Jose Diaz
      Caesars Atlantic City

      Joseph Domenico
      JD Shore Financial, LLC

      J. Forrest Gilmore
      Atlantic County Dept. of Family & Community Development

      Dean Hedelt
      TD Bank

      Rev. Milton Hendricks
      Faith Baptist Church

      Javier Hurtado
      Sun National Bank

      Brian K. Jackson, MBA
      Stockton University

      Rebecca Lafferty, Esq.
      Cooper Levenson, Attorneys at Law

      Marc Lambert
      Senior Excursions, Inc.

      Rick Mazer
      Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

      Maria Mento
      ACUA, retired

      Timothy Miller
      Kramer Beverage

      Dominic Moffa
      AtlantiCare

      Christopher Moschella
      South Jersey Industries

      Marifrances O’Neill
      Cape Bank

      Cydnee Phoenix
      Philadelphia OIC

      Patrick Pruitt
      Ernst & Young

      Dr. Zubeda Rajput, MD
      MedCom Health Services

      Mark Sachais
      Resorts Casino Hotel

      Jeffery Wilson, CPA
      Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi, PA

      Charles Wimberg
      Atlantic City Electric

      Henry Wimberg
      Glenn Insurance

      John Worley
      Community Volunteer

      Elaine Zamansky
      CRDA/Atlantic City Tourism District

      Benjamin Zeltner, Esq.
      Levine, Staller, Sklar, Chan, Brown & Donnelly

      James Ziereis
      Tropicana Casino & Resort

      *updated January 20, 2016

    ATLANTIC COUNTY COMMUNITY EMERGING LEADERS (ACCEL)

    Atlantic County Community Emerging Leaders is a young leaders network whose members are dedicated to getting involved.  Whether teaming up for a Day of Action or coordinating a special event to raise funds for UWGPSNJ, ACCEL’s mission is to promote and encourage the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among young professionals who work or reside in Atlantic County.

    With ACCEL, there are several opportunities for future leaders to meet other individuals with similar professional and community interests through participating in a wide variety of social, educational, volunteer and networking opportunities. Ultimately, ACCEL aims to attract and educate young people about the social issues the community is facing and to inspire them to become engaged citizens of their local community.

    Sound interesting? Contact Amanda McGowan, Director of Community Initiatives in Atlantic and Cape May Counties, at 609-404-4483 ext. 1182 or amcgowan@uwgpsnj.org

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    WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

    For more than a decade, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Initiative has served as a network of women committed to leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism. Our mission is simple — to mobilize the power of women to give, advocate and volunteer in support of underserved individuals throughout the region. We are committed to supporting United Way’s Impact work; building a generation of youth who are adequately prepared for college and career and improving early education by empowering children to reach their greatest potential.

    Join Today

    Together, we engage and inspire women to make a difference by giving their time, talent and treasure. Consider making an even greater Impact by volunteering your time with the youth in our program(s), steering the direction of our community-based work, or helping a young woman reach her potential through mentoring.

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    Atlantic County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    At United Way, we’re committed to ensuring our youngest residents have the support and resources they need to enter school ready to learn and achieve. Through funding from the Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Impact Fund, the programs of Success by 6® in Atlantic County─ First Book, Raising A Reader, and Ready, Set, READ! ─ are focused on helping young children prepare for kindergarten. In addition, United Way produces an annual kindergarten readiness calendar that helps to engage caretakers in the learning process and guides them with 365 engaging, everyday activities geared towards preparing young children for school. 

    Income

    For those Atlantic County residents struggling to make ends meet, a few extra dollars back in their pocket can make all the difference. That’s where the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program comes in. Through VITA, trained volunteers assist individuals with tax preparation to ensure they obtain the full refund available and also help to educate them on important tax credits they may qualify for. In fact, during the 2013 tax season, local VITA volunteers completed more than 400 tax returns, directing nearly $500,000 in refunds back into the local community.

    Health

    We know that a solid foundation in health is the cornerstone of a strong community. Whether individuals are seeking support in times of crisis, education and treatment options for substance abuse, or help in addressing chronic conditions for the un- or underinsured,  United Way is working to ensure residents have access to the services they need to grow up healthy and age with dignity in Atlantic County.

     

    Burlington County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    Investing in high-quality education opportunities is key to equipping students with the skills to achieve both inside and out of the classroom. That’s why UWGPSNJ works to provide Burlington County’s youngest residents with quality early learning experiences; ensures that students can read at proficiently by third grade; prepares them to transition successfully from middle to high school; and arms them with the skill sets and confidence they need for a lifetime of success. By investing in partnerships that provide mentors and increase access to important resources for academic and social success, we help more of Burlington County’s young people graduate from high school college- and career-ready.

    Income

    Buying a home. Investing in a college education. Becoming financially literate. Saving for the future. Each of these is a proven strategy to help local families build assets and develop self-sufficiency. And to help our community members achieve these goals, Our Impact Fund invests in financial education, asset development and housing assistance, enabling residents to build a better future. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, United Way educates clients about tax credits and provides free financial advice to help qualifying residents get the most out of their tax return. Last tax season alone, the VITA program in Burlington County completed nearly 2,000 returns and claimed almost $300,000 for local families, providing the financial boost many needed to build their savings and pay down debt. 

    Health

    We believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and options they need to lead healthy lives, at any age. We also believe that all women have the right to be safe in their homes and communities with their families. That’s why, UWGPSNJ in Burlington County is working to not only prevent domestic violence from happening in the first place, but to make certain services are there in times of need—all by ensuring that women and their children have access to services and to resources that keep them safe.We believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and options they need to lead healthy lives, at any age. We also believe that all family members have the right to be safe in their homes and communities. That’s why, UWGPSNJ in Burlington County is working to not only prevent domestic violence from happening in the first place, but to ensure vital services and resources are there when residents need them most.

    Camden County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    For many children, a quality education is the single greatest economic equalizer they will ever know. When kids start Kindergarten ready to learn, they are put on the path to academic success. That’s why UWGPSNJ in Camden County invests in programs like Born to Read, which introduces children and their caretakers to the value of reading together, and In2Books, which matches e-mentors to academically at-risk students. We also partner with agencies that help adolescents successfully navigate their school years and graduate from high school college- and career-ready, and support those who have already dropped out in their pursuit of their high school diplomas.

    Income

    At UWGPSNJ in Camden County, we think it’s unacceptable that more than 60,000 Camden County residents live in poverty. That’s why investments from our Impact Fund help local community members achieve financially stability by providing increased accesses to financial literacy education, asset development opportunities and job training programs. Additionally, through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, we are helping individuals and families claim valuable tax credits so they can access their full tax refunds – and in 2013 alone, our efforts helped returned nearly $2.8 million to local residents at no cost to them.

    Health

    With limited access to fresh, healthy food and few safe places to play, Camden City residents face a health crisis, where nearly 40 percent of youth ages 3 to 18 are overweight or obese. As co-directors of the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids—Camden, UWGPSNJ in Camden County is combating the childhood obesity epidemic and creating a healthier, more vibrant community by increasing access to fresh food, partnering with local schools to provide healthier food selections to students and providing children with opportunities for increased physical activity in safe, engaging environments.

     

    Cape May County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    Research suggests that if you change the first five years of a child’s life, you change everything. For UWGPSNJ in Cape May County, this means ensuring our children and their caregivers have the guidance and positive support they need to build a strong foundation for proper child development right from the start. Success By 6®—a national United Way early childhood development initiative—is one way we are working to make sure our youngest students enter kindergarten ready to learn. We know that the greatest asset for a brighter future from cradle to career is a quality education right from the start.

    Income

    For those Cape May County residents struggling to make ends meet, a few extra dollars back in their pocket can make all the difference. That’s where the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program comes in. Through VITA, trained volunteers assist individuals with tax preparation to ensure they obtain the full refund available and also help to educate them on important tax credits they may qualify for. In fact, during the 2013 tax season, VITA volunteers ─ in partnership with the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)  and the U.S. Coast Guard base,  completed more than 600 tax returns, directing nearly $600,000 in refunds back into the local community.

    Health

    At UWGPSNJ in Cape May County, we believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and options they need to lead healthy lives. Whether finding options to manage chronic conditions or building awareness of healthier lifestyles and food options, we are working to ensure our residents have access to the services and resources they need to build a strong foundation for good health— which is the cornerstone to a stronger community.

    Cumberland County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    Research shows that one of the greatest markers of academically “at-risk” students is the number of days they spend in school. In fact, by middle school, chronic absenteeism is one of the leading indicators of students who will likely drop out of high school – and by ninth grade, it’s a better predictor than test scores. That’s why, through investments from our Impact Fund, we’re partnering with local agencies and programs that address key early warning indicators – Attendance, Behavior and Course Completion. By focusing on these “ABCs” of academic success, we help our community’s youth thrive in middle school, transition successfully to high school, and achieve academically,  putting them on track to graduate from high school college- and career-ready.

    Income

    For those Cumberland County residents struggling to make ends meet, a few extra dollars back in their pockets can make all the difference. That’s where our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program comes in. Through VITA, volunteers provide free tax prep services to qualifying families, enabling local community members to access their full tax refunds and avoid paying costly fees at commercial preparation sites. During the 2012 tax season alone, our volunteers completed nearly 1,000 tax returns, directing more than $1 million in refunds back to local residents.

     

    Delaware County Local Initiatives

    At United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), we believe that everyone deserves a quality education from cradle to career, a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and good health. That’s why, through our Impact Fund, we invest in the building blocks of a good life - education, income and health – and provide community members with opportunities for better lives.

    Education

    For many children in our area, their education is the greatest economic equalizer they will ever know. At United Way, we improve the quality of early childhood education centers to prepare children to enter kindergarten ready to learn through our Success By 6® program. We ensure students can read at grade level by third grade and help them transition successfully from middle to high school. We’re also focused on equipping high school graduates with the 21st century skills they need to graduate college- and career-ready.

    Income

    United Way helps working adults gain financial stability through education, asset development and job training. Through the Lubert Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, individuals save for home ownership or higher education with the help of matched funds to secure a more stable financial future. In addition, our work through the Job Opportunity Investment Network (JOIN) addresses the gap between the un- and under-employed and the needs of employers. JOIN equips low-wage workers with skills for employment that pays a family-sustaining wage, while also meeting the needs of local businesses.

    Health

    At United Way, we believe that everyone deserves access to the resources and options they need to lead healthy lives at any age. We also believe that our growing senior population has the right to age in good health, with dignity in their homes and communities. That’s why we work to improve the quality of senior centers and launched Aging at Home – A Community Network in Delaware County –all to ensure that older adults have access to services and resources that allow them to do just that.