United Ways Merge To Create A Stronger Organization

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ELIZABETH– This week, representatives from United Way of Greater Union County and United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights announced that they have agreed to consolidate their operations by merging together.

The United Ways of Union County have a strong commitment to the communities in which they serve. UWGUC and United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights desire to continue that commitment by merging and combining their expertise and resources to become more efficient and increase their ability to effect positive change in the Greater Union County Area.

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“We collectively acknowledged that the opportunities afforded by integration would be much greater than the results we each would garner working independently,” said James W. Horne, Jr., president and CEO of UWGUC. “As one, our organizations will develop a stronger United Way for Union County and its residents.

“By working together,” said Hope Cassano, executive director, United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights, “we will be able to deliver the essential resources and services to those who need them in the most effective and efficient way possible.  We also hope to see cost savings, allowing us to direct more funding to address community needs.”

United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights will merge into UWGUC, but their New Providence office will remain open to retain their local presence and ensure that the communities’ needs continue to be met.
“It is important that United Way continues to keep its presence in the community,” said Cassano. “We will continue our work in the communities of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights.”

The current Board of Trustees of United Way of Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights will become the Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights Community Council of United Way of Greater Union County. This council will have representation in the UWGUC Board of Trustees and will continue to play a key role in shaping the activities and priorities of the organization.  The council will also continue its fundraising role, as well as the responsibility for distributing funds raised locally.


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