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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.