Dear Community Members,
United Way of Greater Mercer County has been very busy!  We recently wrapped up our third annual Strike Out Hunger event.  This year we expanded our work in the food insecurity area by applying a three prong approach to impact summer hunger in Mercer County {read on to learn more}.  Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) continues to grow as we offer free tax prep to more people every year {stats on that program below}. Every piece of our work involves partners and volunteers. We'd like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers as well as our many partners in the community for working tirelessly to make our community a better place to live, work, play and raise a family. As always I can be reached with any questions or concerns at 609-896-1912

President and CEO
United Way of Greater Mercer County

Strike Out Hunger was such a moving event. I was a bit emotional making breakfast this morning for my children, knowing that others are without!  We look forward to participating every year!
- Tammy Elfort, Director Corporate Relationships, Jersey Flight Football

What you can do to help end Hunger!
  • Donate canned goods to your local food pantry
  • Support United Way's hunger relief campaign
  • Participate or become a sponsor at Strike Out Hunger 2018
  • Host a food drive in your place of business
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen
  • Advocate for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps more and more individuals and families each year.  This year's numbers show a growing number of seniors taking advantage of our free tax help for anyone earning $65,000 or less.
  • Total Free Returns Prepared 2,601
  • Total Number of Volunteers 66 
  • Number of Volunteer hours 2909
  • Total refunds $2,656,548 
  • Average cost of Paid Services $400:
        Saving Tax Payer $1,038,800   
  • Total Earned Income Tax Credit $717,657
  • Total Child Tax Credit & Advanced CTC $605,371
  • Total Education Credit $61,254
  • Average return amount $1,154
  • Number of Individuals over 60 served 761
Income Ranges of People Served
Through VITA

A special thanks to the many volunteers (over 60 individuals!) who prepared returns. We could not do VITA without you!
L.I.V.E. (Lead. Impact. Volunteer. Engage.) Young Society
Our second Young Professionals' event at CoWork Connection Plus in Lawrenceville was a great success!
We had over 30 individuals  from different professional backgrounds network and create personal care kits which were donated to The Rescue Mission of Trenton. Thank you Courtyard Ewing Princeton for the donation of shampoos!
A special thank you to our title sponsor CoWork Connection Plus and supporting sponsor Mercadien! We would also like to thank River Horse Brewing Co., The Cheesecake Factory, Pinot's Palette and AMC Theatres for their in-kind donations.
Stay tuned for a fall event!

UWGMC Names New Board Chairwoman
LAWRENCE - United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC), a nonprofit organization that improves the financial stability, self-sufficiency, and health of Mercer County residents, announced recently that Jennifer Woods of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation became the new chair of the board of directors. 
 Read the full article here.

Free Summer Meals for Kids
Free meals for children are being provided over the summer months in several locations throughout Mercer County.  Anyone under the age of 18 is eligible. For a full list of locations click here or call 2-1-1.

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