United Way of Hunterdon County 2022 Annual Meeting

United Way of Hunterdon County had a full agenda at the 2022 annual meeting. In addition to reporting the impact of our work throughout 2021, we bid farewell to Bonnie Duncan, CEO, who is retiring after 25 years of dedicated service. In her honor, the Bonnie Duncan Scholarship was created to help fund the college or trade school of a qualified student each year. Rob Crane, who is succeeding Becky Testa as Board of Trustees President, was sworn in. Four new Board of Trustees members  were inducted. Our Volunteer of the Year, Barbara Piwinski, was honored for her years of tireless service. And incoming CEO, Brenda Esler, was introduced to the stakeholders. 

Scholarship Created in Honor of Retiring CEO Bonnie Duncan

Bonnie Duncan has passionately and selflessly served the needs of Hunterdon County’s low- and moderate-income families for 25 years as the leader of United Way of Hunterdon County (UWHC). Throughout her tenure with United Way, Bonnie has been particularly passionate about reducing education, health, and financial stability disparities within our community. In her honor, United Way of Hunterdon County is establishing the Bonnie Duncan Scholarship Fund to support access to post-secondary education and/or certification among Hunterdon County students demonstrating financial need. 

“This is one small way that we can honor Bonnie’s legacy,” said Becky Testa, UWHC Board of Trustees President. “Our objective is to provide at least one $2500 annual scholarship to a deserving student every year.” she said. Duncan will work with a committee of the board to establish qualification and selection criteria, and it is expected that this same committee will oversee the application, selection, and distribution process on an annual basis. 

“Being the leader of this organization has been my life’s work,” said Duncan, “it is such an honor that this scholarship fund is being created in my name.”  

If you would like to join in honoring Bonnie’s legacy, you can donate at uwhunterdon.org/donations and select the “Bonnie Duncan Scholarship Fund” option. 


2021 Impact Statistics

Tools 4 School

40 + Volunteers

800 + Backpacks Donated

$40,000 in School Supplies saved for our ALICE families

Holiday Hands

90 + Volunteers

315 Donors (individual and Businesses

$179,041 in Goods, Gift Cards and Cash

801 Families Served (2,253 Neighbors)


VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)

1,350 Families' Income Taxes Completed

$405,000 in Tax Preparation Fees Saved

$3.6M in Refunds and Tax Credits

Rob Crane Inducted as Board of Trustees President

Resides in: Hunterdon County, on and off for 12 yearsFamily: Wife, Ann and a daughter and a son

Works for: ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ

UWHC Experience: ExxonMobil Annual Campaign, a Board of Trustees member and a member of the Governance Committee

Superpower: Finding opportunities to work in partnership with the CEO to achieve our mission.

"I care a lot about people and their ability to thrive. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back.  My vision is for UWHC to have the greatest impact possible through programs, partnerships, and advocacy. We are an organization with passion to unite for positive impact."

I look forward to working with the board, our staff, and our partners in the community to make a difference!"

Rob Crane

United Way of Hunterdon County Welcomes Four New Members to the Board of Trustees

Andrew Sinclair

Resides in: Readington Township, 1 year

Family: Fiancé and three children who live nearby

Works for: Exxon Mobil Corporation, Annandale, 5 years

Education: BA Criminal Justice, Political Science – University of Delaware

UWHC Experience: ExxonMobil Annual Day of Giving

Superpower: Leveraging communication and public affairs skills to further UA’s efforts

“UW must continue to be a vital and effective force in helping the ALICE population in our community”.


Andrew Sinclair

Kristy Talorico

Resides in: Ringoes

HC Resident: 7 years

Family: 2 Children

Works for: Enterprise Sales at Apple Inc., 4 years

Education: BA Psychology, Kean University

UWHC Experience: Holiday Hands donor

Superpower: To be a voice that helps prioritize where we can have the greatest impact

“I have several close family members who are or have been ALICE for years. Every story I hear about the clients we help reminds me of someone I love who is in the same position. I’m passionate about the potential to make contributions in my own community to financially secure themselves and their families.”

Kristy Talorico

Jeffrey Moore

Resides in: Clinton

Works for: Hunterdon Central Regional High School District, 5 years

Education: BA in History, Masters and Doctorate in Education – Rutgers University

UWHC Experience: Partnership between UWHC and Hunterdon Central

Superpower: Representing those who need assistance in the schools, systems, planning, and organizational theory

“I see a landscape in which UWHC plays an ever increasing and more important role in bringing more structure and cohesion to the county's work for those under ALICE. There are many doing (or wanting to do) wonderful work, but they do not have common language or even a sense of who everyone else is. They should. We don't all need to be doing it separately.”

Jeff Moore

Don Atkinson

Resides in: Raritan Township, 22 years

Family: Wife, Lisa and three wonderful children

Works for: Pharmaceutical (29 years) and Special Needs Benefits Planning (5 years)

Education: BS in Chemistry

UWHC Experience: VITA Volunteer, RD Committee

Superpower: Advocate and guardian for our county

“The ALICE concept captures our community’s needs. We are lucky to live in such an affluent county but even here there is great opportunity to help make our friends’ and neighbors’ lives better”

Don Atkinson

Barbara Piwinski Honored as Volunteer of the Year

For Barbara Piwinski, volunteering is an integral part of her life. Piwinski, a 28-year resident of Hunterdon County, will be the recipient of the 2022 United Way of Hunterdon County’s (UWHC) Volunteer and Donor of the Year Award.  

This honor is generally awarded to a devoted volunteer, advocate and leader and donor. Piwinski represents all those attributes. 

“Barbara embodies everything that our work is about,” said Bonnie Duncan, CEO of UWHC. “She gives of her time, shares her skills, and annually donates as Tocqueville level donor. Her contribution over the last 10+ years is immeasurable. She has had a hand in nearly every program on some level and has consistently donated over the years.”   

“I came from a middle-class family with five brothers and sisters,” Piwinski said, “I know how hard it is for our ALICE families to make ends meet. United Way is laser focused on families who have fallen through the cracks. It’s so much harder now than it was when we were starting our families.” (Note: ALICE refers to United Way’s acronym: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.) 

Piwinski met Amy Andersen, UWHC’s former Assistant Director of Financial Wellness in 2011. “Amy’s enthusiasm for United Way and its programs was contagious,” Piwinski said. “I decided that I wanted to get involved. I love working with people and getting things organized so that the programs are successful, and the needs of the community are met.”  

From the start, Piwinski dove in to UWHC’s Holiday Hands program, which connects donors with holiday wish lists for its clients. “It was the year that Holiday Hands went from a small program to a larger one and it just exploded,” she said. “Each day we would come and respond to whatever was needed. It was an amazing program. I was just hooked.”  

Over the years, Piwinski has also assisted with the Tools 4 School Program and the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. “VITA and Holiday Hands were almost completely run by volunteers,” she said. “We served 2500 people with volunteer gifts, and 1350 tax returns were all done by volunteers. With strong leadership and a team of volunteers the most amazing things can be accomplished.”  

Piwinski has served on the Board of Trustees and as both the co-chair and chair of the Resource Development Committee.  

“I’m so proud to be a volunteer with this organization. I want to be a support for them. This is a wonderful place to volunteer. And, having served on a committee and the Board, I know they are good stewards of the donations they receive,” she said.   

Piwinski received her award at UWHC’s annual meeting on June 16th. “It felt so good to present this award to Barbara,” Duncan said, “she has given so much and is so deserving.”  

Barbara Piwinski

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