MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT and CEO:
Thank you for supporting United Way of Salem County. I am both honored and humbled to lead this great organization in my hometown community. For 60 years, United Way of Salem County has been supporting our neighbors by funding and facilitating programs and services that meet the community's needs in health, financial stability, educational, and youth development. As we celebrate 60 years of service, we honor those who have labored before us, while focusing on sustainable community initiatives that will support future generations.
During this special anniversary year, help United Way of Salem County to advance our work by giving $60 per month for one year. We are calling this campaign - GIVE 60!
Your contribution will help us fund other great agencies' programs and UWSC programs:
- UWSC Early Learning Academy - a high quality 9 classroom preschool daily serving 64 little learners between the ages of six weeks and three years old. 85% of brain development occurs by the age of three. United Way is actively working to provide better community-based educational supports to prepare children for school by age 4. United Way provides affordable child care and preschool services to local families. Many families' child care and tuition expenses are fully covered through state subsidies and our partnership with Early Head Start, a federally funded initiative. (in collaboration with QCRR).
- Forman Acton Achievers - building upon the United Way cradle to career continuum, this program offers support to every child living in Salem City or attending a Salem public school. Earlier this year, we opened a fully furnished computer lab filled with state of the art equipment. Additionaly, through funding from the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation and ACORN Fund - we are now registering eligible students and opening college savings accounts that will receive regular deposits from the Foundation during student's time as an eligible resident or attending public school in Salem City. United Way has a coordinator on site to help families open their FREE college savings account.
- Live Healthy Salem County - a community wellness initiative that was awarded a seed grant of $200,000 for 4 years from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Jersey Health Initiative. United Way is the lead agency among more than two dozen community partners from cross-sectors and the community at large. The over arching goals of this initiative are to improve awareness and access to resources for chronic disease and obesity, substance abuse, and mental health support.
- LIVE UNITED Athletics - seasonal youth and adult sports leagues and tournaments hosted at our John B. Campbell community center. Our sports programs provide a healthy outlet for community members.
- UWSC Community Pantry - a free food program that provides groceries and fresh produce to more than 100 families per month. No one should ever have to wonder where their next meal will come from. This is an initiative in partnership with ARC of Salem County and The South Jersey Food Bank.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - a free income tax preparation program averaging 450 individual tax returns per year. This critical program is fully funded by United Way to support low-income families and individuals and bringing more than $400,000 back to our community.
- Holiday Support - United Way coordinates a network of agencies, companies, and private donors to give 1,000 children gifts and more than 250 families food during the holiday season. This initiative is free to the public.
- Bound for Success - an initiative to provide much needed mentoring, coaching, life skills development, alternative education support and career path orientation to our community, targeting teens and young adults.
United Way of Salem County helps families from every corner of our county. A few years ago, five South Jersey counties merged under the Greater Philadelphia Regional United Way – but we have remained independent in order to best serve the people of our local community. We do not receive funding from the national or regional United Way organizations. We receive nominal funding from local municipalities.
Help United Way of Salem County to continue doing good work right here in our local community. Give where you live. Every dollar donated is tracked and put to good use. For more information, to volunteer, or to give a donation online, click here.
Thank you again for your support. Continue to LIVE UNITED!
President and Chief Executive Officer