January 2019 Newsletter

The Pulse of the Community: Gearing Up for 2019 

2018 In Review  
  • Through funding from United Way, NJ 2-1-1 connected 7,043 individuals to financial assistance and other services in Mercer County
  • Partnered with Camp Fire NJ to provide Youth Development Programs to nearly 2,300 students in East Windsor, Hamilton and Trenton Elementary Schools
  • Provided Anti-bullying Kits to nearly 500 students in the Kidsbridge UPstander program from Ewing, Hamilton and Trenton Elementary Schools
  • IRS Tax Volunteers prepared more than 2,500 free tax returns for individuals and families making less than $65,000 a year
  • Partnered with Single Stop to enroll 277 households in Federal Benefits like food assistance and health insurance 
  • Distributed 180,288 meals and gave grants to 12 pantries and meal programs through the Strike Out Hunger Initiative
  • New members joined the Board of Directors with stellar backgrounds and expertise  to help move the organization forward
  • Nearly 1,300 passionate individuals made an impact by volunteering on various projects
The Power of the United Way Network

Getting involved with the United Way, allows you to make an impact wherever life takes you. Alyssa Blochlinger, a past volunteer and an Audit Senior at Deloitte continues to make a difference in her new home, New York City. Read her story: 

"My journey with United Way started with a life-changing alternative spring break trip. I came back passionate about United Way's mission. I started Student United Way at The College of New Jersey and became an IRS tax volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at United Way of Greater Mercer County. It was a fulfilling experience to help members of the community receive their tax refunds which were often used to buy cars to get to work or pay for college. I could see the tangible difference I was making in the community and it prepared me for my career. After I graduated, I moved to New York City, where I wanted to continue my involvement with United Way. I joined the Young Leader's Council and Women United with United Way of New York City. I can't imagine my life without United Way because my involvement has had such a positive and profound impact on my life." 

Preparing for Tax Season

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program assists individuals and families making less than $65,000 get their taxes filed for free by an IRS Tax Volunteer. 

1. New tax site partnerships with, The ARC Mercer and Mercer County Community College! 
2. Can you or someone you know benefit from this free service? 
  • Make an appointment at United Way of Greater Mercer County's office! Book Now
United Way of Greater Mercer County and Mercer CASH Campaign free tax sites open February 1, 2019. 

Thanks For Your Support! 

The following companies supported United Way of Greater Mercer County's mission through workplace giving,  corporate engagement or  have chosen to designate their donations to a partner non-profit:

Barnes & Noble Princeton
Bristol Myers Squibb
Morgan Lewis
New Jersey Education
Princeton University and   Basketball Team
Robert Wood Johnson 
UL Compliance to
United Parcel Service   (UPS)

Thanks to our individual supporters!

A Note from our President & CEO

Corporate Engagement Corner

Volunteer Corner
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