Mission, Vision & Community

Our Vision

United Way of Greater Union County envisions a community where all children and families achieve their potential through education, income stability and health and family strengthening:

  • Where all children receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow
  • Where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends and more productive lives begin
  • Where all children and families have access to affordable health services and healthy activities that improve their quality of life
  • Where all families basic needs of food, shelter, health and safety needs are met

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve lives and build strong communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise, and resources needed to solve problems.


Our Commitment

Our commitment is to change the odds so that all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and in life.


Our Community At A Glance

Greater Union County encompasses Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, South Plainfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, and Winfield Park New Jersey.

A closer look at The Union County Needs Assessment reveals that Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle, Rahway, and Union show increased rates of poverty, unemployment, and poor housing compared to the rest of Union County:

  • The poverty rate in these communities is 11%, compared to 4% of Union County in 2011.
  • 1 in 11 households can’t afford healthy, nutritious meals.
  • In Plainfield, 36.3% of ages 18-24 do not have a high school diploma.
  • Among youth aged 16-19, the unemployment rate is 27%, with 36% of males and 18% of females out of work.
  • 26% of mothers do not receive early prenatal care

As a result, the majority of UWGUC’s focus is on these Communities of Opportunity.


Communities We Serve

Integral to The Union County Family Strengthening Network are Family Success Centers: one-stop community-based gathering places managed by UWGUC. Here, residents can find services like child-care access, development of family success plans, and employment support. Our four Family Success Centers located in Elizabeth, Rahway, Hillside, and Plainfield. 

 Berkeley Heights

 Linden  Scotch Plains


 Mountainside  Springfield


 New Providence  South Plainfield


 North Plainfield  Summit


 Plainfield  Union


 Rahway  Westfield


 Roselle  Winfield Park


 Roselle Park  


Community Councils are the eyes, ears and voice of United Way!

Community Councils are comprised of the business community, residents, senior citizens, educators and the public service sectors. Councils lend their support to United Way's annual campaign, help to organize volunteer community projects, host community friendraisers and work with local non-profits to create opportunities for those in need.

Cranford Community Council

For information on how to get involved with a current United Way Community Council or organize a council in your town, email info@uwguc.org.



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Diversity Policy Statement:

United Way of Greater Union County as stated in our Values and Beliefs, recognizes that our diversity strengthens us and thus pursues participation from all segments of our community.  To that end, United Way of Greater Union County, seeks to ensure that its policies and practices which guide and direct its employment practices as well as recruitment of volunteers does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, marital status, familial status, national origin, ancestry, sex, mental retardation, mental disability, including but not limited to, blindness or deafness, or any other protected class not identified herein.  United Way of Greater Union County is fully committed to assuring equal opportunity and equal consideration to all qualified applicants and employees in personnel matters including recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, salaries, and other compensation, as well to volunteers in recruitment and placement opportunities.