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United Way of Hunterdon County’s Holiday Hands Program

Brings Holiday Cheer to Neighbors in Need

 

Hunterdon County’s high cost of living makes it increasingly difficult for low-to-moderate income families, elderly residents and others with special needs to make ends meet, which is especially poignant during the holiday season. Did you know it costs almost $90,000 for a family of four to just make ends meet in Hunterdon – the highest survival budget in the state? And that number doesn’t include extras like a night at the movies, or holiday gifts. Thanks to the generous support of our community United Way of Hunterdon County hopes to once again give more than 2,700 of our struggling neighbors a brighter holiday season.

Getting involved in Holiday Hands is easy. United Way will match individuals or organizations with a family and/or individual and provide their wish list. Unwrapped gifts and/or gift cards are brought to the United Way of Hunterdon County’s office by December 10, 2019.  Gift cards are always needed, especially for individuals and family that they aren’t able to match. And if you don’t have time to shop just go to the United Way of Hunterdon County wish list on Amazon.com.

United Way of Hunterdon County also is in need of Spanish-speaking translators to assist with gift distribution and contacting clients; hours are flexible.

If you, your company or your organization are interested in learning more about helping a family or volunteering this holiday season, please contact Amy at (908) 237-1689; email holiday@uwhunterdon.org or visit www.uhwunterdon.org/holiday-hands to download an application.

Your participation in Holiday Hands makes a significant impact to ensure that local families will experience the wonder of the holidays.

Every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive. United Way of Hunterdon County focuses on poverty prevention, financial empowerment and advocacy to create positive change in our community. For more information about United Way of Hunterdon County visit www.uwhunteron.org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. United we all win. #liveunited #holidayhands.

 

United Way of Hunterdon County Seeks Volunteers for Tax Season

Looking for a different kind of volunteer opportunity? Volunteering to assist with tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income Hunterdon County area residents is a great way to help others while learning the ins-and-outs of tax preparation. Last year United Way’s tax preparation volunteers helped bring back over $2.4 million to Hunterdon County residents and employees.

No accounting experience is necessary, but a good comfort level of working with financial documents and patient demeanor when interacting with others is required. Volunteers are trained with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax materials and offered additional support through United Way of Hunterdon County. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), volunteers learn how to prepare simple federal and state tax returns.

Once certified, volunteers are assigned to VITA sites in neighborhood community centers, libraries, and churches in locations convenient to VITA customers. The time commitment is about 8 hours for in-person training and 8 hours per week at a VITA site from the beginning of February through April 15th.  The VITA sites electronically transmit tax returns (e-file). 

Not interested in crunching numbers but still looking to help? United Way is especially in need of volunteers fluent in Spanish who can donate 2-4 hours a week. The VITA Translator works one-on-one with clients that need help interacting with their tax preparer.

You can also sign up to be a Volunteer Greeter. Greeters assist clients as they fill out paperwork, ensure clients have brought in all of the paperwork needed to complete a tax return, make reminder phone calls to clients, and provide clients with additional community resources they can access once their return has been completed.

United Way is especially in need of volunteers that are available in the evening. Orientation will be held in late October. To sign up or learn more, contact Amy Andersen or call (908) 237-1689.

About United Way of Hunterdon County          

Every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive. United Way focuses on poverty prevention, financial empowerment and advocacy to create positive change in our community. United we ALL win. 

 

 

 

United Way Focuses on Opportunity for All at Annual Meeting

Opportunity was the theme at United Way of Hunterdon County’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Community Report Out. The event’s keynote address was given by former NFL player and motivational speaker, Lonnie Allgood, who inspired the audience with his personal journey. Mr. Allgood is Founder & CEO of the nonprofit, Dreams for Kids. He shared heartwarming examples of how opportunities given to him throughout his life coupled with hard work and determination led to his successes as an NFL player on the Cincinnati Bengals and throughout his life. He emphasized the importance of supporting our children in school and beyond so that they can achieve their dreams. 

Board of Trustees President, Brad Muller focused on the why of United Way of Hunterdon County: Because every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive. He also reminded those in attendance of who United Way helps or ALICE – the 27% of Hunterdon Households who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed.

He went on to explain how United Way with the support of its community partners helps ALICE both in the moment and long-term through programs including Holiday Hands, VITA Free Tax Prep and Financial Coaching.

United Way of Hunterdon County held its Annual Meeting at Heron Glen Golf Course on  Thursday, June 6 to recognize program accomplishments and honor volunteer efforts, as well as the ongoing financial support of individual and corporate donors. The event was generously supported by Hunterdon Healthcare System, Fulton Bank, Peapack Gladstone Bank & Wealth Advisors, Cost Builders, Stephen Croghan of Three Bridges Wealth Advisors, SBY&C Investments, Unity Bank, Main Street Communications and Money Mailer.

United Way of Hunterdon County presented two awards to organizations that exemplify what it means to Live United.

Hunterdon Healthcare System received the Spirit of Caring Award for its support of both United Way and the greater community. Hunterdon Healthcare also received the Campaign Pillar Award for their financial support of over $81,000.

ExxonMobil received the Spirit of Hunterdon Award for its outstanding financial support as well as year-round engagement and community leadership. They have donated over $453,000 to UWHC through employee campaigns, corporate support and special events. ExxonMobil received the Highest Corporate, Highest Employee, and Highest Union Per Capita Awards.

 “ExxonMobil and its employees understand the symbiotic relationship that exists between them and the Hunterdon community. They are truly engaged in all the work they do – fundraising, running a diaper drive, leading STEM projects with kids or providing strategic insight as members of our board,” explains Bonnie Duncan, CEO, United Way of Hunterdon County.

“ExxonMobil employees proudly put into action the corporate culture of supporting the communities where we work and live,” adds Tim McMinn, Vice President, Lubricants Technology, ExxonMobil Research & Engineering.

United Way also introduced the new members to the United Way Board of Trustees:

Michael Harper of Hillsborough and Research Associate at ExxonMobil;  Rick Morris of Kingwood Township, an IT Manager at Janssen; Murali Parthasarathy of Whitehouse Station, Managing Partner in Learning Organized; Renee Marinich of Lambertville is retired Assistant VP of Finance for AT&T; Lacy Phelps of Frenchtown, is a financial Planner with Edward Jones; Wendy Reid of Somerset is the HR Manager at 3M Medical Solutions; Brandon Weldon of Annandale, is a Corporate Research Director at ExxonMobil; Michael Wellons of Annandale is retired and formerly a Technology Portfolio Leader for ExxonMobil.

United Way of Hunterdon County introduced the 2019-20 slate of officers: Bradford W. Muller, Esq, President; Rebecca Testa, President-Elect and Vice President CRISP (Community Resource Investment & Strategic Planning); Peter Gakos, Treasurer; Joe Galioto, Secretary; Diana Fredericks, Esq, Chair Governance Committee, Justin Eisenberg, Chair Finance/Audit Committee, and Cindy Barter, Latino Access Coalition Liaison.

United Way of Hunterdon County focuses on poverty prevention programs, financial empowerment and advocacy to create positive change in our community. Visit www.uwhunterdon.org, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or call (908) 782-3414.

 

 

United Way Marks Volunteer Month with Thank You Celebration

United Way of Hunterdon County (UWHC) thanked its volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition and Celebration held at Beaver Brook Country Club on April 17th.

The Sustained Volunteer Award was presented to long-time supporter Steve Croghan for his dedication to the Hunterdon community through his volunteer work at United Way, the North Hunterdon Rotary and High Bridge Youth Soccer and Basketball. Mr. Croghan is CEO of Three Bridges Wealth Advisors and a resident of High Bridge.

In addition, 34 volunteers who dedicated more than 100 hours to United Way in 2018 received The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers. Community members, Kathy Closs, Barbara Piwinski and Ray Somers received the President’s Gold Award for giving more than 500 hours of their time to programs.

 

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration was made possible by support from, The Bank of Princeton; Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Three Bridges Wealth Advisors and SBCY Securities Corp.

United Way Board President Brad Muller and CEO Bonnie Duncan presented Steve Croghan with this year’s Sustained Volunteer Award.

United Way volunteers Barbara Piwinski, Ray Somers and Kathy Closs and received the President’s Gold Award for Volunteerism for the third consecutive year.

 

 

 

 

Lead to Succeed…A Board Development Primer

 

United Way of Hunterdon County is again offering its Board Development Primer for current and future board members. The well-received program is designed to facilitate the recruitment, development and retention of leaders on boards and committees throughout our community.  This 4-session series appeals to volunteers with all levels of experience.

 

This Board Development Primer Program defines board roles, responsibilities and boundaries.  The program focuses on governance roles, while at the same time addressing the fiduciary roles of board members. Participants will learn how to advocate for and support their cause and be well prepared to take on a committee or Board role, or to better meet the expectations of their current role. The program reinforces the value of recruiting culturally diverse volunteers and then training them to be

effective leaders.

 

“The Board Development Primer course reinforces the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful board member, non-profit professional or active volunteer. Even an experienced philanthropic leader will benefit from this program.”  Justin Eisenberg, United Way of Hunterdon County Board of Trustee, Chair Finance/Audit Committee, SHI International Corp.

 

Participation in all 4 sessions is essential in order to fulfill the requirements for United Way Certification.  Cost is $35, pre-registration is required and space is limited. Dinner will be served.  To RSVP, call 908-782-3414.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Bonnie Duncan, CEO, via phone at 908-782-3414, ext. 22 or bonnie@uwhunterdon.org.

 

Dates for next series:

Thursday, February 21, 2019              
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITITES

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
GOVERNANCE

Monday, March 18, 2019                     

FINANCE

Wednesday, April 3, 2019                   

FUNDRAISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

This interactive series of workshops will be held from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at the United Way of Hunterdon County Main Office, 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Suite, 401, Flemington.

Please visit uwhunterdon.org or United Way of Hunterdon County on Facebook for updates on other volunteer opportunities, or call 908-782-3414. United Way of Hunterdon County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, and health because  every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive!