The holiday season is upon us...where does the time go?!  Continue reading to learn about the many things our staff has been working on these past few months. 

I'm excited to report that we have started our strategic planning process. The goal is to have a greater sense of how we can have more of an impact on Mercer County residents.

I look forward to sharing information about our new plan in 2018.  In the meantime, I encourage you to make your year-end donation today in order to receive a tax deduction.

Thank you in advance for your financial support!

President and CEO
United Way of Greater Mercer County

UIH Receives United Way Grant to Promote Prostate Cancer Screenings in Local Barbershops


UWGMC recently provided a  $25,000 grant to UIH Family Partners to implement the "Going to the Barbershop to Fight Prostate Cancer" intervention program targeting Latino and African American men in Mercer County. The program will be a partnership of United Way of Greater Mercer County, UIH Family Partners and NJCEED and will focus on the training and reorientation of new and active barbers in the education of underserved men about the importance of prostate screening. United Way is excited to support UIH and continue health initiatives for men in Mercer County!



Anti Bullying Support

To end the cycle of bullying, children need to be taught empathy, kindness, tolerance and ethics. In the time it takes to have lunch, employees can create an Anti-bullying kit.  The kit is comprised of an age-appropriate book with supplemental materials. 

Anti-bullying kits give teachers, child care workers and parents ready-to-use tools to reinforce the important lessons around tolerance and understanding.

Kit creation events can be set up anytime, anywhere. Help children get the tools to end bullying!

UWGMC also supports KidsBridge in elementary schools in Lawrence and Ewing to teach kids how to be "Upstanders" through mindfulness, stress management and diversity appreciation.
Trenton Digital Initiative

The Trenton Digital Initiative (TDI Connect), a collaborative effort with UWGMC, Trenton Public Schools, Comcast, and the Center for Child and Family Achievement, provided free computers and internet access to local families recently.

Seeking Tax Preparer Volunteers!
Get IRS certified for free and volunteer to help low-income families get the tax refunds they have earned. 

New training dates coming in January! Contact Carrie at  carrie.pabreza@uwgmc.org or 609-896-1912


Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Do you need assistance? UWGMC can assist your family in completing your FAFSA for FREE.

The FAFSA opened on October 1, 2017. Don't wait to complete the FAFSA and lose out on aid!  If you need assistance contact carrie.pabreza@uwgmc.org  or 609-896-1912  to schedule an appointment.
L.I.V.E. Young Society
(Lead. Impact. Volunteer. Engage.) 
During our fall young professionals event ,  in partnership with the Grounds For Sculpture Young Professionals ,  we were able to sort 542 art supplies and created a canvas which were donated to Family Guidance Center Children's Day School.
A special thank you to our supporting sponsors Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design, Tito's Vodka and Blue Moon.
Thank you to the following companies for hosting an art supply drive to support the event:  CBSI, Hedgepeth/Wiliams Middle School, Joshua Zinder Architecture & Design, Klatzkin & Co LLP, Princeton Corridor Rotary, Rider University Leadership Development Program, Trenton Kiwanis, Wells Fargo-Princeton Office and WithumSmith+Brown.
Stay tuned for a 2018 winter event!
To learn more about L.I.V.E. Young Society please go to:  

United Way Receives RWJF Grant

United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)  for 2017-2018. The grant marks the 15th consecutive year that UWGMC has received funding from RWJF.  Support from RWJF will provide resources  for  UWGMC to have a greater impact on Mercer County's vulnerable population.The grant will support United Way's expansion of its financial empowerment programs and overall efforts to strengthen the community.

"The continued support from RWJF will allow us to purposefully make a greater impact in our communities," said Sandra Toussaint, President & CEO, United Way of Greater Mercer County. 
The following companies hosted volunteer projects in the last quarter. We thank them and their employees for supporting their

Bai [Dr. Pepper/Snapple]

Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Johnson & Johnson
Northfield Bank
Novo Nordisk

PerformCare NJ
SNI Companies
Special Olympics
Interested in being a good corporate citizen? United Way of Greater Mercer County is happy to work with you!

The following companies ran workplace campaigns in the last quarter. We thank them for their financial support!

Bai/Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Blank Rome
Child Care Connection
Fed Ex
Fulton Bank
Glenmede Trust
High Hotels
ITW Covid
Johnson & Johnson
Morgan Lewis
NEC Labs

New Jersey Education Association [NJEA]
New Jersey Employee Charitable Campaign [NJECC]
Princeton Plasma Physics Lab 
Princeton University
Raymond James
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [RWJF]
Rue Insurance
Wells Fargo

Interested in running a workplace campaign? United Way of Greater Mercer County is happy to work with you!


The ACA is Still Here!

Regardless of what you may have heard and of the political turmoil surrounding it, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still here and open enrollment began on November 1st. The deadline is December 15th, 2017.

We want to hear from you!

Has United Way of Greater Mercer County touched your life either through serving or volunteering? We want to hear your story. Together we are empowering the community through change!



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