October Proclaimed "United Way Month" in Union County!

United Way of Greater Union County’s vision and “Caring Power” mobilizing communities
On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the Union County Board of Freeholders joined the “Live United” movement as they designated the month of October as ‘United Way Month’ in Union County. The proclamation is the final link in a chain of public events in many Union County communities ranging from the County seat of Elizabeth to Cranford, Linden, Borough of Roselle, New Providence and Berkeley Heights.  All were in recognition of the start of United Way of Greater Union County’s new 2014 Annual Fundraising Campaign. Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Sergio Granados sponsored the countywide resolution at the Freeholders regular meeting.  The proclamation commends the vision and work of United Way, which mobilizes the “caring power” of the 21 county communities to successfully unite residents to Live United, and be a part of the change, finding solutions to meet the needs of citizens in need.

This year’s goal is to surpass the $3.5 million dollars raised during its 2013 campaign to support the human service needs of families—vital to the strength and prosperity of Union County communities. This year’s challenge is to change the odds in the community and increase the spirit of optimism that gives citizens the opportunity to prosper and grow. 

According to United Way of Greater Union County President James W. Horne, Jr. “funds are currently provided to over 30 community partners whose work had a positive and direct impact on the success of children and families in the county”.  Based in Elizabeth, United Way has a 90-year history of providing a better quality of life for the people it serves. Through annual fundraising drives, United Way is able to invest in programs and services to help address their communities' most critical issues—education, healthcare, employment and affordable childcare. 

“With measurable improvements made in the area of education, income and health, United Way’s commitment and vision to build stronger and healthier communities is being realized. Our agenda is to be of service to others,” commented Board Chair Alison G. Yablonowitz, who accepted the proclamation from Board of Freeholders Chairman Chris Hudak.  “We’re honored to receive this proclamation but, more importantly, we hope that it serves as an inspiration for us to do more and as encouragement for others to get involved and Live United. I invite everyone who works, lives or plays in Union County to be a part of the change.”

United Way of Greater Union County takes tremendous pride in being a beacon of hope, by helping children and youth succeed, strengthening families, promoting self-sufficiency, building safe neighborhoods and supporting vulnerable and aging populations. 
 
Indeed, community caring power has its just rewards and Mr. Horne and Ms. Yablonowitz urge everyone to become involved. To receive more information about 2014-2015 campaign, talk to any United Way Board or staff member, or contact our Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Debbie-Ann Anderson, who can be reached at the United Way offices 908.353.7171 ext. 106.

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