2020 September/October
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Building resiliency at the heart of 2020-2021 Campaign
United Way of Greater Union County thanks everyone for their contributions during our 2019-2020 fiscal year campaign. Whether you've made a donation, volunteered with us or supported any of our engagement projects, because of you, United Way continues to make great strides towards strengthening families and communities.

As we kick off our 2020-2021 Annual Campaign, we need your support more than ever. Our capacity to quickly pivot our focus to assist struggling families during the Coronavirus pandemic could not have happened without the generous support from our community.
Building Resiliency and Empowering Parents, Families and Individuals is at the heart of the campaign. We need your support to ensure anyone facing educational, health and economic barriers receive the services they need.
As we push forward during these unprecedented times, certainly times that have changed the way we all live, work and interact with each other, support is crucial to our efforts to help strengthen the lives of children and families.

Please STAND UNITED with us and countless others who are supporting the work to improve lives and build strong communities by making a contribution today.
UWGUC modernizes its comprehensive organizational approach to ensure access to programs and services for Union County residents
As part of our on-going transformation to continue providing programs and services, we have modernized our comprehensive approach to our family strengthening model. Collaborating within our community resources network and affiliated initiatives, we are currently providing a series of virtual webinars that will provide families and individuals with continued access to services, leadership and career focused initiatives, and ways they can advocate in their communities.  

Building Resiliency Empowering Parents, Families and Individuals, the themed focus, serves to provide continued support to residents who are facing educational, health and economic barriers, and ensures services are provided in both the traditional and virtual (online) setting. Read more
Virtual webinars and workshops
We are pleased to announce our coordinated collaborative series of virtual content. We invite you to join any of our monthly joint workshops, free and open to the public. Webinars can be found on our website at https://www.uwguc.org/virtualworkshops
Are you an expert in a field and can share your knowledge with others in the community through virtual webinars? We encourage you to connect with us to help change a life.
UWGUC's Women United and African American Leadership Initiatives join Building Resiliency virtual webinar series
In September, Women United hosted its second Women at the Table breakfast webinar: Retooling Your Career when Working Hard is Hardly Working; and in October, the African American Leadership Initiative hosted its first webinar on Managing Stress.
Hosted by Women United's Women at the Table, the latest virtual workshop, Retooling Your Career was presented, Liz Nolley Tillman (left) who provided actionable strategies guests were able to use to practice self advocacy, assembling the right team around them and identifying their purpose. Women United consists of women philanthropists dedicated to improving maternal and child health conditions.
A first for the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI), the Managing Stress webinar was presented by La-Kisa Hines (right), Community Outreach Territory Manager/Certified Health Educator at UnitedHealthcare Community Plan. La-Kisa provided engaging techniques on how to recognize stress in your body, ways to manage stress and more. AALI consists of a network of thought leadership philanthropic volunteers who help create awareness and support that help solve educational, social and financial issues unique to the African American community in Union County.

We invite you to learn more about how you can get involved with our initiatives by visiting our webpages at WOMEN UNITED and AALI.
Up coming workshops
This week
Rental Payments & Executive Orders Session
Time: 10:30 am -12pm
Contact 908-351-7727 X 235 to register
COVID-19: Myths and Facts 
Time: 7pm-8pm
Register here: https://zoom.us/j/4631450916 
Virtual Stuff the Bus serves 400 students
For the first time, during the summer, we hosted a Virtual Stuff the Bus Campaign and thanks to the generous support from the community, we were able to provide over 400 students in grades Pre-kindergarten through eighth with ready-to-learn backpacks filled with school supplies!
Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of Greater Union County was unable to conduct the annual campaign traditionally. However, because of the outpouring of support from individual and our corporate donors, the online campaign proved to be just as successful as it was in previous years.

Right: Amazon Logistics provided 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to 10 nonprofit agencies in Union County and awarded an additional $2500 to support ready-made backpacks!
We thank all our sponsors for helping to make the Virtual Stuff the Bus Campaign a success!
and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano
COVID response resources

Our resources center will help guide you toward services available in Union County. Please visit uwguc.org/resources-and-alerts for details.

What to do if you feel sick
If you think you might be sick, the state of New Jersey has developed a symptom checker on the https://covid19.nj.gov/ website where people can answer questions related to your symptoms.
More About Us
Our mission and vision is at the heart of our work.

VIDEO: To date, we serve on average, 900 families per week in food distributions; donations received from Amazon Logistics and the Community Food Bank of NJ.

GET INVOLVED: Learn about UWGUC's Women United

GET INVOLVED: Learn about UWGUC's African American Leadership Initiative
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This organization helps communities bring high-quality pre-k education to children in New Jersey, interests we strongly advocate.
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Editor: Melanie McLaurin
Director of Marketing & Community Engagement
Tel: 908.353.7171, ext. 104