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KIDS WHO STRUGGLE WITH READING AT THE END OF GRADE 3 ARE MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT 4XTOGETHER WE CAN MAKE AN IMPACT Meet Kevin a third-grader. Reading is hard for him and theres no one there to help. Its even hard for his mom. Shes not home much because she works all the time. Kevin says he has nothing to read anyway. That was until United Way and our Impact Partners intervened. After being connected to age-appropriate books and help with daily reading at home and in school Kevin discovered a new love for reading and transitioned from learning to read to reading to learna key indicator of future academic success. KevinrepresentsoneofthousandsoflocalstudentswhoreceivedsupportfromUnitedWaysImpactFund.UnitedWay believesthereisnobetterinvestmentthaneducationandwerecommittedtoensuringourchildrenhavetheresources and support they need to access quality education from cradle to career. When we improve Education Income and Health at a community level we all benefit. Our communities become stronger and our businesses thrive. Together we drive measurable lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. Source Annie E. Casey Foundation PHILLYSJUNITED ISSUE6 4 GREETINGS FROM JIM 6 UW NEWS Sharing the Warmth JOIN Win-Win Challenge Making the Connection to Help Easier Honoring a Legacy of Service on MLK Day Trauma-InformedCareBenefitsYouth United Way Ranked Top Charity Improved Financial Stability Through VITA United Ways Healthy Kids Work Expands United Ways Annual Report to the Community Now Available Celebrating our Impact Champions 20 UNITED WAY WOMEN IMPACT THE FUTURE 24 SPOTLIGHT ON JUSTIN LAND 25 QA W RICHARD STAGLIANO OF CENTER FOR FAMILY SERVICES 26 WHY I LIVE UNITED LAUREN HURTT VALERIE NICOLE BURNS 28 ONE FOR THE BOOKS If you have editorial ideas or questions regarding this publication please get in touch with our Communications and External Affairs department via email at communications 98 12Living United 365 UWGPSNJ welcomes Jim Cawley as president and CEO. Features In This Issue YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2 DESIGN UNTUCK PRINTED WITH PRIDE BY CRW GRAPHICS IN SUPPORT OF UNITED WAY OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA AND SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY SPECIAL THANKS TO CONTRIBUTING EDITORS C. KEENY C. CURTIS A. DOUGLAS-HICKERSON AND CONTRIBUTORS A. FREETH M. GODLESKI-CANTIN E. GRAHAM N. JANIS M. LEWIS-WILBORN E. LOVELIDGE L. MALIZIA J. PATITUCCI B. SAVERINO K. THORNTON LEADERSHIP 10A Targeted Approach A look at UWGPSNJs annual investments from the Impact Fund. IMPACT 14 LITERACY GETTING IT RIGHT EARLY It changes everything for the better. IMPACT 17 ADVOCATING FOR IMPACT An update on UWGPSNJs advocacy efforts. COMMENTARY 30 WORDS TO LIVE UNITED BY Volunteerism is at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED. Casino Closings UWGPSNJ is leading a coalition of local and regional organizations to help those affected by the casino closings. IMPACT IMPACT Leading with Lasting Impact Welcoming Jim Cawley as President and CEO. Hello Its an honor to write to you as the new President and CEO of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. For decades this organization has been at the forefront of leading change for those in greatest need and now I have the privilegeand responsibilityto help lead transformational work that can improve the quality of life for our most vulnerable neighbors from the most rural parts of western Montgomery County to the beautiful shores of Cape May and Atlantic counties. However I cant and wont do this alone. I want to thank you for your support of our 201415 United Way campaign. Your contributions are an investment in the work we make possible through our Impact Fund. Because of you were creating lasting Impact in the areas of Education Income and Health making a positive difference in the lives of children adults seniors and families in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. I also want to acknowledge our dynamic Campaign Cabinet ChairsComcast Corporation Senior Vice President of Administration Karen Dougherty Buchholz and Comcast Corporation Vice President of Community Investment and President of the Comcast Foundation Charisse R. Lillie. They are not just consummate professionals but they also genuinely care about the community and their compassion is going a long way to making this campaignand our worka success. And lastly I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Tony Conti. A longtime friend of United Way Tony stepped in to serve as a bridge between the successes weve had in the past and our bright future. He is a highly-respected businessman but most importantly he is a true gentleman whom I admire. He leaves some big shoes for me to fill as staff here enjoyed the brief time they spent working under his direction. But while he may no longer be our volunteer interim part-time CEO he will always be our partner in helping make lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone. I hope you enjoy this issue and I look forward to connecting with you all in the months to come Thank you for allowing me to join you in Living United Sincerely GREETINGSfrom Jim JIM CAWLEY PRESIDENT CEO UWGPSNJ B T 4 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 The Job Opportunity Investment Network JOIN identified four winning organizationsSouth Kensington Community Partners Community College of Philadelphia University City District and Public Health Management Corporationto receive 50000 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 and opens doors to a brighter future for many individuals looking to begin a stable career path. With thousands of displaced casino workers seeking myriad servicesmany for the first timeaccess to help is critical. In response UWGPSNJ has invested 50000 to enhance the 2-1-1 helpline supporting a dedicated call specialist who will help residents affected by layoffs and casino closings make the right connections to resources in their community. This investment is part of a coordinated response of agencies led by UWGPSNJ working to ensure more residents meet their needs and link to more long-term solutions. In December UWGPSNJ partnered with FOX29 to collect hundreds of new and gently used items such as coats blankets gloves hats scarves and socks for the annual Share the Warmth drive. The items were donated to United Way Impact Partner Ready Willing Able to support children and families in the community during the cold winter months many of whom are living in homeless shelters and emergency housing facilities. To celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. UWGPSNJ participated in the nations largest MLK Day observance. In Philadelphia and Pottstown members of the Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow program and volunteers from Vanguard packed 100 SAT prep and 600 literacy kits for youth at United Ways partner schools. In Delaware County United Way was a proud member of the MLK Commemorative Committee of Chester Vicinity which hosted volunteer projects throughout the Chester Upland School District. JOIN Win-Win Challenge Making the Connection to Help Easier UWGPSNJs Healthy Parenting Initiative is an integrated program focused on improving the social and emotional development of children to ensure school readiness and success. This year United Way and the Institute for Family Professionals provided trauma-informed training and psycho-educational professional development for 102 teachers from 69 Philadelphia schools to raise awareness about the effects of adverse childhood experiences or traumas such as abuse violence or poverty and to promote healthy child development. Sharing the Warmth IN THE COMMUNIT Y IN THE COMMUNIT Y Honoring a Legacy of Service on MLK Day VOLUNTEERISM Trauma- Informed Care Benefits Youth IMPACT IMPACT United Way News 6 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 United Way Worldwide has once again been ranked 1 by The Chronicle of Philanthropy in its Philanthropy 400 list. The Chronicles annual survey lists the 400 charities that raised the most money in private support in the past year. United Way donors around the country contributed more than 3.8 billionincluding 60 million in our region. Thank you to all of our donors UWGPSNJ applauds the following volunteers and supporters for their outstanding support of our mission. Ned Montgomery was presented with the 201314 Haas Medal for his key role in developing stronger relationships with important stakeholders. Independence Blue Cross IBC was awarded the 201314 Vanguard Award of Excellence for its model corporate citizenship. Harriet Weiss CEO of CRW Graphics was named the 201314 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her willingness to share time and resources to help spread United Ways message in the community. Celebrating our Impact Champions Each year through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA Program UWGPSNJ offers free tax preparation assistance to qualifying community members. In 2015 in partnership with the Campaign for Working Families United Way expanded VITA to communities throughout our footprint providing more individuals and families with resources and options to improve their financial stability to reinvest back in our communities. Additionally United Way worked with the Camden Asset Network in Camden County and Pathways PA in Delaware County to provide free tax assistance in these communities. As co-directors of New Jersey Partnership for Healthy KidsCamden NJPHKC UWGPSNJ and the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties were instrumental in launching the Camden City Schools Breakfast in the Classroom programan effort that was recently named among Advocates for Children of New Jerseys School Breakfast Champions. Our Health work in Camden County will expand through a new collaborative that builds on the work of NJPHKC. Camden Healthy Kids Healthy Community CHKHC will build a healthier Camden by lowering childhood obesity rates increasing access to healthy foods investing in opportunities for safe physical play and decreasing food insecurity and hunger. In addition to expanding our obesity-related investments in Camden United Way also supports NJPHK in Vineland. UWGPSNJs annual Report to the Community is available Visit to view the report which includes highlights of the measurable outcomes were able to accomplish as a result of our supporters investments in the Impact Fund. The report also includes financial reports and recognition of the contributions of donors advocates and volunteers in our local communities. United Way Ranked Top Charity Improved Financial Stability Through VITA United Ways Healthy Kids Work Expands United Ways Annual Report to the Community Now Available IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT IMPACT UW HONORED EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS YOUR IMPACT 7 L U I N V I I T N E 3 6 5 G D Jim Cawley took the helm at UWGPSNJ on February 9 but its a role hes been preparing for since he was a student at St. Michael the Archangel Elementary School in Levittown Pa. There and at Bishop Egan High School he learned discipline and to be detail- oriented and the value of being involved in a cause greater than himself was reinforced. Public service was always an important focus at schoolthat we should use our gifts to better our little piece of the world Jim explains. Jim took that focus to Temple University where he studied political science history and lawa context that sharpened his innate desire to help other people and his love of solving problems into a passion for public service. He channeled that passion into helping the residents of Pennsylvanias 6th District as chief of staff for State Senator Tommy Tomlinson supporting the towns and boroughs of Bucks County as a commis- sioner and working to improve Penn- sylvania as the Commonwealths 32nd lieutenant governor. Jimcaresfromthesolesofhisfeettothe crown of his head about the people in his life and in his community shares Linda Prosek who has worked with Jim for 10 years. He serves with his whole heart. LIVING UNITED ThesedaysJimpourshisheartforservice into leading UWGPSNJs work to improve Education Income and Health. Ive seen firsthand the Impact that investments in these areas can have. My sister and I were the first in our family to attend college because my parents worked hard to give us opportunities they didnt have. And when our son Nicky came into our lives he was developmentally behind. But because we had access to the right educational and support services today hes a happy healthy and thriving second grader he says of his adopted son. A forward-looking person the past is never too far behind for Jim an avid reader of historical biographies. Under- standing where we come from helps us know where we are and that can tell us where we need to go he says. One thing Jim is sure of we need to go together. Its going to take all of us to build a region where all children have access to a quality education all families are finan- cially stable and all community members can lead healthy lives he continues. And I look forward to the journey. Jim Cawley joins UWGPSNJ as president and CEO CARLY KEENY 8 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 LEADERSHIP Its going to take all of us to build a region where all children have access to a quality education all families are financially stable and all community members can lead healthy lives. And I look forward to the journey. JIM CAWLEY President and CEO UWGPSNJ YOUR IMPACT 9 10 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 IMPACT When gaps in health and human services arise UWGPSNJ invests its Impact Fund into United Way-directed programs and collaborative initiatives that meet the needs that sometimes go unaddressed in local communities. These investments are in addition to Impact Grants for local nonprofit organizations doing great work in the areas of Education Income Health and Basic Needs. Whether its helping third graders learn to read at grade level matching job seekers with skills to make them more employable or connecting seniors with the resources they need to remain healthy at home these annual investments are tailored to each communitys needs. United Way has a unique vantage point because we really are at the inter- section of the business nonprofit and public sectors said Kevin Dow senior vice president of Impact and Innovation at UWGPSNJ. Our annual investments allow us to convene the right combina- tion of partners to connect our most vulnerable neighbors with the right interventions at the right times to build brighter futures. Local needs assessments community conversations and input from subject matter experts inform the strategies tailored to meet the needs of the local community to ensure children are prepared for and succeed in school fami- liesarefinanciallystableandallcommunity members have resources to lead healthy lives and address their basic needs. Visit Abington and you can meet an older adult enjoying a Zumba class or learning how to send an email to a family member. Travel south to Philadel- phia and you may meet a sixth grader connecting with a tutor or mentor to get back on track to graduate high school. Or down the shore you may meet a mother working to provide for her family by participating in budgeting and financial literacy classes. These investments are just one part of UWGPSNJs more than 60 million annual investment in the region which also includes Impact Grants for general operating support for nonprofit orga- nizations demonstrating strong results in Education Income Health and Basic Needs as well as contributions that strengthen the nonprofit sector through United Ways donor designa- tion program. As part of UWGPSNJs ongoing work to anticipate identify and meet the regions changing health and human services needs Impact Grants and annual investments are evaluated on an annual basis. The faces of these investments may look different across our region but they all serve one unifying purpose to lift up every child and adult to make our region stronger together. For more information on the Impact Fund visit UnitedForImpact.orgImpactFund. EMILY LOVELIDGE A Targeted APPR ACH When gaps in health and human services arise UWGPSNJ invests its Impact Fund into United Way- directed programs and collaborative initiatives that meet the needs that sometimes go unaddressed in local communities. YOUR IMPACT 11 Recent months have dealt an unprec- edented hand for Atlantic City. Four of the citys 12 casinos closed leaving nearly 7000 casino employees out of work according to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. The economic effects have rippled throughout the region as businesses absorb sharp declines and subsequent layoffs which are estimated to affect an additional 2000 workers. Local agencies have stepped in to offer support but are grappling to meet the increased need. These are tough times Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian shared with during a September interview. I dont think any city has ever faced this amount of businesses closing so close to each other so its critical as a community that were all banding together to help the people who lost their jobs. In response to these economic challenges UWGPSNJ is leading a coalition of local and regional organiza- tions committed to working together. Drawing on successes from the Long Term Recovery Groups work following Superstorm Sandy the partnership is coordinating efforts to ensure more residents have access to help. To date the group has enhanced 2-1-1 the state-wide helpline assembled a framework for shared services and activated a common voice for supportive legislation. This is a critical transition point for many community members said John Emge United Ways vice president and regional executive director. Those who previously offered their support now find themselves in need. But through a collec- tive response we can offer our neighbors a hand up as they plan for their futures. When the four casinos shuttered thousands of workers found themselves seeking services for the first time. This made establishing an easy connection to help a top priority and carved out a critical role for New Jerseys non-emergency helpline 2-1-1 which is powered by United Way. To better assist those affected United Way has invested an additional 50000 in the NJ 2-1-1 Partnership to support a dedicated call specialist who can seamlessly connect callers with a case manager. Another piece of the coordinated response is the framework for shared services. United Way has been working with six local agencies to provide residents with a package of services that not only help to meet immediate needs but also make connections to more long-term solutions including job skills training or educational opportunities. As needs evolve the shared network will be able to more easily identify service gaps and advocate for additional resources from the state or other sources to provide a compre- hensive response to community needs. For more information visit UnitedForImpact.orgatlantic. MARY GODLESKI-CANTIN CASINO CLOSINGSASSEMBLING A COORDINATED RESPONSE 12 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 INCOME This is a critical transition point for many community membersbut through a collective response we can offer our neighbors a hand up as they plan for their futures. JOHN EMGE UWGPSNJ Vice President and Regional Executive Director YOUR IMPACT 13 5 CAPE MAY COUNT Y 1 ATL ANTIC COUNT Y 2 CAMDEN COUNT Y 6 DEL AWARE COUNT Y 4 BURLINGTON COUNT Y 3 PHILADELPHIA Literacy Getting It Right Early 14 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 At UWGPSNJ we believe a quality education is the great equalizerthe one experience that can set a child no matter his or her background on the path to a successful life. And by affording children quality early education and ensuring they are reading proficiently by the end of third grade were helping our students take critical steps to future academic success. Simply put when we get it right early in a childs life we can change everything for the better A snapshot of what weve achieved together 1 ATL ANTIC COUNT Y Nearly 600 children received age-appropriate books to start their home libraries and increase early literacy. 4 BURLINGTON COUNT Y 95 of children who partici- pated in United Way-supported pre-k programs showed improvement in literacy. 2 CAMDEN COUNT Y Through our partnership on Born to Read 685 preschoolers were exposed to books and year-round learning opportunities in 42 Headstart classrooms in Camden. 5 CAPE MAY COUNT Y Born Learning Trails in Cape May Court House and Woodbine allow parents to make everyday experiences moments of learning. 3 PHIL ADELPHIA 757 students in targeted elementary schools received support to improve their reading ability. 6 DEL AWARE COUNT Y Through a Born Learning Trail in Chester Park more children are able to boost their language and literacy skills. YOUR IMPACT 15 UWGPSNJ knows that in addition to strengthening Education Income and Health to improve lives we must also raise awareness of and advocate for real long-term solutions to the issues that affect our communities. Thats why United Way advocates for sound public policy in our focus areas that strengthens the nonprofit sector and ensures that basic human needs are met. Here is a snapshot of some recent advocacy on both sides of the Delaware River Advocating for Impact BARBARA SAVERINO ADVOCACY UPDATE Supported the expansion of Grow NJ Kids a quality child care rating system into southern New Jersey Co-launched and served as a lead partner for Pre-K for PA calling for expanded access to high-quality pre-k across Pennsylvania Supported the continuation of the Earned Income Tax Credit EITC and other tax credits the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program SNAP and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA program for working individuals and families Collaborated with partner agencies to ensure seniors have resources and a support structure in place to age with dignity Coordinated a collaborative response to assist those affected by the casino closings in Atlantic City Encouraged the expansion of 2-1-1 a free confidential helpline at the state and federal level Advocated for the preservation of the charitable tax deduction Worked with members of the New Jersey State Senate on proposed legislation to provide nonprofits the opportunity to strengthen their capacity To learn more about our advocacy agenda or to join the effort to create measurable lasting Impact throughout our region visit UnitedForImpact.orgadvocate or email EDUCATION BASIC NEEDS STRENGTHENING THE NONPROFIT SECTOR INCOME HEALTH YOUR IMPACT 17 United Way Women IMPACT FutureMONICA LEWIS-WILBORN Service is in my DNA a humbled Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake said during her acceptance speech at the 2015 Womens Initiative Gala on March 25. Before 700 guests Lorina Marshall-Blake who is president of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation and vice president of Community Affairs for Independence Blue Cross was presented with the Womens Initiative Award during our annual dinner at the Crystal Tea Room. The event is the signature fundraiser for United Ways Womens Initiative a leader- ship network committed to philanthropy and volunteerism by increasing the Impact of women donors and strengthening programs for underserved women and girls. Proceeds from the Gala support Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow GTLTthe Womens Initiatives signature programwhich provides young ladies in grades 7 through 12 with tutoring mentoring and other services that aim to keep them on track academically and help them graduate from high school ready for college and career. Since its inception in 2003 the Womens Initiative has raised more than 3.5 million in support of GTLT and other programming for women and girls. This year more than 419000 was raised including a generous gift from former Knoll President and COO Lynn Utter who donated her 25000 Paradigm Award to United Ways Womens Initia- tive. Attendees also supported GTLT during the Galas appeal which was led by GTLT participants Tatyana Divine and Ashanay Graham. In addition to Presenting Sponsor Independence Blue Cross other Womens Initiative Gala top sponsors included Enterprise Holdings Liberty Property Trust AmerisourceBergen Corporation Comcast NBC10 Telemundo62 Stradley Ronon Stevens Young LLP UPS Chesapeake District AmeriHealth Caritas Blank Rome LLP CRW Graphics Deloitte LLP Diversified Search EisnerAmper LLP ESM Productions Hollister Creative The Leaders EdgeLeaders By Design Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP PNC PwC and RICOH Americas Corporation. The Gala was also the first major event for our new President and CEO Jim Cawley who kicked off the event with remarks following the grand entrance by our GTLT participants. This was a great opportunity for me to see firsthand the dedication of our Womens Initiative volunteers Jim said. Their passion for helping others was evident as was the amazing contribution of our honoree Lorina Marshall-Blake. Were fortunate to have such dynamic professional women in our region who are committed to leadership volunteerism and philanthropy. For more information about United Ways Womens Initiative GTLT and the Gala visit UnitedForImpact.orgWomensInitiative. ServiceisinmyDNA. REV. DR. LORINA MARSHALL-BLAKE President Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Vice President Community Affairs Independence Blue Cross 2015 Womens Initiative Award Honoree United Way Leadership the 20 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 TOP Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake center shares a moment with GTLT participants at the Gala. CENTER L to R GTLT participants Tatyana Divine Ashanay Graham and Grace Bainbridge. BOTTOM Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake center in pink poses for a photo with Tina Tinneny close right 201415 Womens Initiative Chair and GTLT participants. GirlsTodayLeaders Tomorrowprovidesyoung ladiesingrades712with tutoringmentoringand otherservicesthataim tokeepthemontrack academicallyandhelp themgraduatefromhigh schoolreadyforcollege andcareer. YOUR IMPACT 21 United Way Events A Hauntingly Good Time The nearly 400 individuals who participated in United Ways 2014 Halloween Bone Run Walk had one common goalracing for Impact With their support the spook-tacular 5k race netted nearly 30000 for the Impact Fund. Proceeds will benefit targeted Health investments in Cumberland County including New Jersey Partnership for Healthy KidsVineland which tackles childhood obesity through policy and environmental change in Vineland where 40 percent of children are overweight or obese. Leading by Example Since its inception the annual Leaders Lead Speaker Series has featured more than 20 industry leaders including those from the education technology health and entrepreneurship sectors among others. The series is held in appreciation of our Leadership donors whose generosity and support allow us to create lasting Impact in our communities. Our 201415 series ended with a dynamic womens leadership panel Women Rising A Panel Discussion on Women in Leadership. Thank you to our Leaders Lead Speaker Series sponsor Deloitte LLP. LEADERSHIP Coming Together for Impact UWGPSNJ kicked off its annual Burlington County campaign in October at the Riverton Country Club. Speakers included Local Campaign Chair Glen Walton who shared the importance of supporting United Way Local Board Chair Ed OMalley who emphasized United Ways role in strengthening communities and Tim Kerrihard president and CEO of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties whose programs change childrens lives with support from United Ways Impact Fund. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT L to R Michael Munoz senior vice president Marketing Sales AmeriHealth New Jersey Ed OMalley senior managing consultant Gallagher Benefit Services and local board chair Burlington County Tim Kerrihard president CEO YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties Glen Walton partner Not for Profit Group Bowman Company and local campaign chair Burlington County Will May director business development Agile 3 Solutions Justin Cunnane senior business banker PNC Bank and John Emge vice president and regional executive director UWGPSNJ. IN THE COMMUNIT Y A Taste of Excellence With scrumptious selections from an array of popular restaurants all served up by celebrity chefs including United Ways former volunteer interim part-time CEO Tony Conti The Press of Atlantic Citys publisher Mark Blum and Tropicana Casino Resorts General Manager Steve Callender there was something for everyone at the 7th annual Taste of the Quarter. More than 1000 people attended the popular annual event at The Quarter at Tropicana which raised an impressive 29000 for United Ways Impact Fund. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT Celebrity chefs added local flavor to the 2014 Taste of the Quarter. Teachers from Petway Elementary School took top team honors after finishing the Bone Run with the fastest combined time. 22 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS Womens Initiative Improves Education Throughout the year United Ways Womens Initiative has hosted a variety of events including the Power of the Purse the annual Breakfast Panel Discussion Women Making a Difference Day and more. More than 200 women philanthropists attended these events in support of Girls Today Leaders Tomorrow and Success By 6 in Atlantic County programs that help ensure a future where all children experience a quality education from cradle to career. A Heartfelt Thanks UWGPSNJs Tocqueville Society and Visionary Circle members received a red carpet experience at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show during a special reception to thank donors who have contributed 5000 or more. Guests heard remarks from UWGPSNJ President and CEO Jim Cawley and Angel Ortiz who spoke about how investments from the Impact Fund helped him turn his life around. Thank you to all our donors whose generous support allows us to continue to drive measurable lasting Impact. Angel Ortiz center and his family at the special reception for Tocqueville Society and Visionary Circle members at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP Driving Impact Scores of sports aficionados gathered for United Ways 19th Annual Energenic Golf Sporting Clays Invitational. Hosted by Stockton Seaview Hotel Golf Club and Red Wing Sporting Clays this unique event raised more than 89000 for United Ways Impact Fund. The event honored Ed Graham retired chairman and CEO of South Jersey Industries who received the Thomas J. Kuhar Founders Award for his community advocacy. John Emge left vice president and regional executive director of UWGPSNJ joins Atlantic County Freeholder Alex Marino second from left and event founder Tom Kuhar far right to congratulate Ed Graham second from right retired chairman and CEO of South Jersey Industries for his Impact on the local community. LIVE UNITED Sweepstakes UWGPSNJs third regional LIVE UNITED Sweepstakes event took place at the Holman Infiniti dealership in Maple Shade N.J. on March 11 courtesy of Holman Automotive Group Inc. Eight lucky United Way donors participated in a drawing to win great prizes including a 2015 Infiniti Q50 sedan and vacation sports and arts and entertainment packages. Thank you to our generous prize sponsors and congratulations to all the winners. For full details visit UnitedForImpact.orgSweepstakesPrizes. Mindy Holman left chair of Holman Automotive Group Inc. and Jim Cawley right president and CEO of UWGPSNJ pictured with Harvey Zimmerman center of GlaxoSmithKline GSK winner of the 201415 LIVE UNITED Sweepstakes grand prize a 2015 Infiniti Q50 sedan generously donated by Holman Automotive Group Inc. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENTRESOURCE DEVELOPMENT YOUR IMPACT 23 Justin Land A Passion for Impact UW Spotlight Driving long-term change for local communities around us is a key priority for The Dow Chemical Company. And by partnering with UWGPSNJ thats exactly what the company and its employees are doing. ABBY DOUGLAS HICKERSON As a global company with local roots for more than 100 years Dows mission has always been to be a good neighbor and a trusted partner explains Justin Land Dows Northeast public affairs manager. Together with our employees we are creating positive relationships and leaving a lasting Impact on every community where we have operations. Dows commitment to making long- term change a reality is accomplished through a multi-pronged approach that synergizes workplace giving with employee engagement opportunities. Our United Way campaigns are employee-driven and engage Dow sites and departments by bringing them together for the common goal of Living United shares Justin. The number of employees participating and the enthusiasm during the campaign are built on the importance of sharing the Impact of ones contributions every day. Hallmarks of Dows United Way campaigns include creativity excitement and driving Impact. Employees at our Northeast Technology Center in Collegeville organized a ping-pong tournament with the finals taking place on the closing day of the campaign. Hundreds of employees attendednot just to rally around the players but around the Impact their support of United Way is making in the community. Dow also emphasizes the importance of corporate volunteerism as part of its corporate citizenship strategy. Through United Ways Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council we gain best practices from peer companies to strengthen the Impact and culture around our volunteer efforts throughout the year Justin continues. Volunteering gets employees engaged and out in the community where they make a differ- ence and see their full Impact. Examples of our support include Backpack-A-Thon and Days of Caring which allow our employees to both see their donations in action and actively Impact the commu- nity by addressing local needs. In addition to connecting employees to opportunities that strengthen the people and communities in our region the company recognizes that collabora- tion is crucial in creating lasting change. No one group or person can generate lasting Impact alone Justin adds. Through Dows resources the time talent and passion of our employees and collaboration with other partners we can really create change. And thats the value that United Way bringsthe capacity to bring together stakeholders from all walks of life to make a differ- ence right here in our community. SPOTLIGHT Thats the value that United Way brings the capacity to bring together stakeholders from all walks of life to make a difference right here in our community. 24 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 United Way Why is the work of CFS so important for the community Richard Stagliano To foster stronger communities it is important to empower individuals and families to build a better life and achieve self-sufficiency. Thats the work that were doing at CFS. A very important part of this work is supporting the education of our children through efforts such as Born to Read an initia- tive co-directed by CFS and United Way that is working to increase early literacy levels among Camden City and County preschoolers. We also serve individuals and families through a wide range of health and human services to be a force for positive change. UW How does United Way support the work of CFS to improve lives RS United Way has been a tremendous supporterofourorganization.Notonlydoes United Way assist with funding through the Impact Fund but it also connects our organization to local partners for program volunteersresourcesandoutreach.Having the opportunity to join together with other organizations yields results that are invalu- able to the communities we serve. UW What do investments from United WaysImpactFundenableCFStodointhe community RS Investments from the Impact Fund support high-quality early child- hood education initiatives like Born to Read which have an immeasurable Impact in helping children families and communities to succeed. A strong start for our youngest children leads to long- term success both in school and in life. UW What part of CFS and United Ways partnership makes you most proud RS Im particularly proud of the overall Impact that weve had together over many years and the relationships built with supportive individuals and organizations working to make a difference. WITH CENTER FOR FAMILY SERVICES RICHARD STAGLIANO CHARMAINE CURTIS For Richard Stagliano making a difference and giving back are the cornerstones of his approach to creating Impact. It means a tremendous amount to me to work toward improving lives in our community he shares. Its a commitment in my professional and personal life. This commitment is clear in the work that Richard has led for more than 30 years at Center For Family Services CFS a United Way Impact Partner where he is president and CEO. The nonprofit provides services to youth and families ranging from educational programs to housing assistance. A true champion of collaboration Richard shares how CFS and UWGPSNJs partnership helps transform lives throughout southern New Jersey. Having the opportunity to join together with other organizations yields results that are invaluable to the communities we serve. YOUR IMPACT 25 PUBLIC RELATIONS SUPERVISOR SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES 201415 EMPLOYEE CAMPAIGN CHAIR For Lauren Hurtt heading up her companys United Way campaign is more than part of the jobits an oppor- tunity to educate employees and serve the community. Every contribution is valuable says Lauren who is supervisor of Public Rela- tions with South Jersey Industries SJI. Even pledging one dollar a week makes a difference when everyones contribu- tions are combined. Supporting SJIs United Way campaign is made fun with incentives such as theatre tickets an iPad and paid days off. One unique campaign activity is the Cutest Critter Pet Photo contest. Employees contribute a 5 entry fee to place a photo of their pet on SJIs internal website. Votes are then cast for 1 each and the contest which raises an additional 1000 on top of employee pledges certainly sparks some friendly competition. Laurens advice for those looking to help out with the companys campaign Jump in Were all busy but getting involved doesnt have to feel like an extra job Lauren explains. Not only do you feel good about raising awareness and funds but more and more companies are using volunteerism as a way to help identify their future leaders which is a great development tool for employees. INVESTMENT PROFESSIONAL VANGUARD 201415 LOANED EXECUTIVE No stranger to giving back Valerie Nicole Burns was excited to learn she had been accepted into the 201415 Loaned Execu- tive LE Program. Working at Vanguard has afforded me so many new skillsets I was ready to put these new abilities to work in a philanthropic way. Having contributed to United Ways campaign Valerie considered herself familiar with United Way and was surprised to discover the true depth of the organizations work. After an intense week-long training I realized United Way does so much more than what I thought. Once I grasped the complete mission of the organization I wanted to share that with everyone. The LE program allowed Valerie to develop stronger management and lead- ershipabilitiesskillsthatshehasbrought back to her work at Vanguard. Managing my time being organized honing my public speaking skills and being flexible are just some of the takeaways from participating in this program. When asked what advice she would give to the next group of LEs Valerie said To gain the most from the experience you must work collaboratively with your teamtogether we can do more. LAUREN HURTT VALERIE NICOLE BURNS UW Spotlight BY MONICA LEWIS-WILBORN EGYPT GRAHAM 26 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 One for the Books ASHLEY FREETH IMPACT Each year as summer ends thousands of students pack their new backpacks don their new school clothes and head back to class. Unfortunately given the budgetary demands that many schools face children return to classrooms that lack learning essentials such as paper dry erase markers and books to read as well as learning and play environments where maintenance and appearance are not at the top of the priorities list. On September 13 2014 more than 300 corporate and community volunteers joined forces during United Ways Day of Caring Signature Site Event to welcome students and teachers back to revitalized learning environments at three schoolsPrince Hall Elementary John F. Hartranft School and Dr. Ethel Allen Promise Academy. These schools are partners in United Ways Early Grade Literacy Program which helps students read at grade level by the end of third grade. The goals for the day were simple provide each school with a multitude of books at different levels for the students to strengthen their reading skills assist school principals with completing some tasks on their wish lists and ensure students and teachers felt welcome and ready for the new school year. As in previous years the volunteers surpassed all expectations. Working hard throughout the morning and early afternoon the volunteers created 23 classroom reading corners providing more than 2000 new books for the partner schools. Each reading corner came complete with book shelves as well as new rugs and plush pillows for the students to get cozy while enjoying their new books. The volunteers also helped to organize an additional 500 books by grade level in the schools libraries restored outdoor play areas turned green spaces into garden classrooms and prepared 288 kits full of classroom supplies to welcome the teachers back with much-needed resources. This day will go down in Prince Halls books as a tremendous event in the lives of our students and teachers said Donna Ragsdale principal of Prince Hall Elementary in an emotional tribute to 40 United Way Project NEXT volunteers as they wrapped up projects at the school. This sentiment was indeed the tone for the success of the day. The Day of Caring Signature Site Event was one for the books exemplifying the measurable lasting Impact that is created when we unite to ensure more children have access to a quality education. Thank you to our generous Day of Caring Signature Site Event top sponsors Independence Blue Cross The Dow Chemical Company Vanguard GlaxoSmithKline GSK and SAP Americas. Day of Caring Signature Site Event by the Numbers 2000BOOKS 300VOLUNTEERS 288KITS OF CLASSROOM SUPPLIES 44PROJECTS 23READING CORNERS 3SCHOOLS 1DAY 28 YOURIMPACT ISSUE 6 Volunteerism is at the heart of what it means to Live United. Last year alone your United Way harnessed the efforts of 10000 volunteers who committed 40000 hours to support more than 300 nonprofits around the region. Many of those volunteers also give their time to strengthen the work of United Way. They participate in large-scale volunteer events like United2Feed help drive the annual campaign and offer their unique skill sets on committees local boards and the Regional Board of Directors to extend the organizations Impact into all corners of the region. For more than eight months we had the privilege of working with one very special volunteer Tony Conti former managing partner of the PwC Philadelphia office. In June Tony took on the role of volunteer interim part-time CEO to guide the organization while the Board conducted a national search to identify United Ways new president and CEO. Tony likes to refer to himself as the bridge between the organizations past successes and its very bright future but he was so much more. In his short time as CEO Tony led the staff to further clarity around Impact investments advanced the regional integration in critical ways and established a leadership structure that will serve the organization for years to come. He also inspired the staff to strive for excellence and to perform at the highest level in every aspect of their work. In addition he has been continuously generous with his time and expertise to help new President and CEO Jim Cawley hit the ground running. For that and so much more we are grateful. Tony on behalf of everyone at United Way thank you for your leadership generosity and for exemplifying what it means to Live United. 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