March 2019 Newsletter

The Pulse of the Community: Reading, Hunger & Financial Stability

Mayor Gusciora reading during the ribbon cutting at Parker Elementary School

Nurturing a Love of Reading

A ccess to books should not be a luxury for children. To alleviate the lack of access to books United Way of Greater Mercer County, unveiled two Reading Oases in the Trenton School District (Mott and Parker Elementary Schools). Both spaces include over 500 new & contemporary age appropriate books, child-friendly furniture and literacy-themed artwork. The children visit with their teachers and are enticed to read and discuss stories among their peers. During the unveiling Mayor Reed Gusciora, Jeff Hurley (Trenton Thunder) and Ed Bullock (Trenton Literacy Movement) engaged children from K-3rd grade in fun read aloud.
Special Acknowledgements: 
Reading Oasis at Mott Elementary School was generously supported by Trenton Thunder.  Reading Oasis at Parker Elementary School was generously supported by Eileen Conway, UWGMC Board Member, and Margaret Harper, Community Activist.  Parker Elementary School: chairs were built & painted by Holman Automotive Group and FedEx sorted books by grade level.  Art work was created by Trenton Thunder and The College of New Jersey Student United Way.
5th Annual Strike Out Hunger

Horizon NJ Health employees at Strike Out Hunger 2018

United Way of Greater Mercer County's Strike Out Hunger Initiative has turned into more than a day of action. Last year, in addition to hosting the community meal packing event, grants were awarded to 12 organizations that focus on summer hunger. Including Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Rider University Food Pantry and Capital Area YMCA (Trenton YMCA). Strike Out Hunger is in its fifth year. UWGMC will continue to host the community meal packing event and award grants. This year, fresh produce distribution will be added. The addition of fresh produce is needed to promote nutrition and healthy eating. The community meal packing event will be at The College of New Jersey on June 11, 2019 from 10am-12pm. Thank you to our sponsors: Horizon NJ Health, NJM Insurance Group, Wells Fargo, Investors Bank, M&T Bank and PNC Bank. 
UWGMC would like to thank members of the 2019 Strike Out Hunger Committee who are planning on making the event a success.  View List of Committee Members 

Free Tax Program Turns 50!

IRS Tax Volunteers at The Arc Mercer free tax site.

Since 1969, the Free Tax Program (VITA-Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) has provided individuals and families with high-quality tax preparation across the U.S. In our 
community, United Way of Greater Mercer County and the Mercer CASH Coalition, lead the effort by mobilizing organizations, volunteers and advocates to address financial stability. An IRS Tax Volunteer a ssists households making less than $65,000 get their taxes filed for free . By saving money on tax preparation fees and being eligible for tax credits, individuals and families can use the additional income for rent, transportation, food and debt. This allows households to get one step closer to financial freedom and security. 

Can you or someone you know benefit from this free service? 
  • Make an appointment at United Way of Greater Mercer County's office! Few spots left-Book Now or call 2-1-1
  • Go to MyFreeTaxes and prepare your own taxes for free! Powered by H&R Block and United Way Partnership.

Thanks For Your Support! 

The following companies support 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:

Ancero LLC
Bank of America
BNY Mellon
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Customers Bank
Gap, Inc.
Hibbert Company
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson, Mirmiran &
Keurig Dr. Pepper
Lincoln Financial Group

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
NEC Laboratories
New Jersey Education
NJM Insurance Group
Robert Wood Johnson
Rue Insurance
Travelers Insurance
Verizon Foundation

Thanks to our individual supporters!

The list acknowledges companies that provided support from February 1, 2019 though February 28, 2019. UWGMC has worked carefully to ensure the accuracy of this information. If we have made an error, please accept our apologies and notify us by emailing Courtney Matlock at

A note from our President & CEO

Corporate Engagement Spotlight

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