For over 50 years, Target stores have been empowering and helping the communities they serve through their ongoing partnership with United Way. Locally, Target employees throughout Union County (Clark, Linden, Union, Vauxhall and South Plainfield) recently conducted their “Employee Contribution Campaign” by helping the most vulnerable people in Union County – the homeless. With the help of United Way of Greater Union County, Target donated and collected toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner and other basic essential items to create “First Night” kits for area shelters. A total of 50 kits were provided and distributed to local shelters.
According to an article in the Star-Ledger, Union County has the third highest homeless population with Essex County leading the way, followed by Bergen County. Since the early days Target has remained committed to giving back to the communities they serve. The partnership with United Way of Greater Union County has been significant in helping a specific area of need. This year’s campaign centered on the homeless population. No one anticipates needing a First Night kit, but with the help of Target employees, those people who might, can have access to those basic essentials that no one should be without.
In 2013 Target and individual team members donated more than $15 million on a national level to communities, while team members also volunteered more than 204,000 hours as part of their annual campaign. The team members from the local area Target stores have vowed to continue their community service work and volunteerism throughout the year.
“Volunteers and contributors who participate in these campaigns serve as an example of successful corporate philanthropy. Locally, each employee campaign continues to grow every year,” said James W. Horne Jr., President/CEO of the UWGUC.
Horne continues, “Strengthening families, which is the foundation of strong communities is the mission of UWGUC. This is made possible by the collaborations and partnerships it has established with national corporations like Target, as well as with our local businesses. The impact of this year’s Employee Contribution Campaign was as heartfelt as it was a success.”
For more information about employee contribution campaigns, call United Way at 908-353-7171