United Way Makes The Holidays Brighter With Season Of Caring Initiative

ELIZABETH – Every year, in an effort to make the holidays brighter for Union County children and families in need, United Way of Greater Union County mobilizes the caring power of the community.

To date, hundreds of volunteers have participated in Day of Caring events and donated their time for the greater good; while dozens of Union County companies hold donation drives to help the underserved.


This year United Way will be arranging a Whole and Healthy Food Drive as well as Season for Caring Drive (unwrapped books, games and/or toys) in companies and schools throughout the county. United Way provides publicity, promotional materials, signage, boxes, identify a group in need and arranges pick-ups of the drive results.

If you or your company is interested in holding a drive please contact Community Relations Manager, Jeff Scheckner at 1-908-353-7171 Ext. 112, or via email at jeff.scheckner@uwguc.org.

This year United Way is partnering with retail locations and local organizations to provide public drop-off locations for a non-perishable food item and/or an unwrapped book, game or toy. The public is invited to visit any of the below locations to drop off their donations. Please note Westfield and Cranford High School drop-off’s are only for attending students and school staff.

• Valley National Bank 117 South Avenue West, 1-908-653-1560
• Cranford High School, student drop-offs only

Scotch Plains:
• Congregation Beth Israel 18 Shalom Way & Martine Avenue, 1-908-889-1830

• Banana Republic: 207 East Broad Street, 1-908-301-1553;
• Gap: 137 Central Ave, 1-908-654-8260
• Westfield High School: student drop-offs only.

Additional locations are listed at www.uwguc.org/soc.

United Way of Greater Union County’s Season of Caring was established to encourage businesses and individuals to volunteer their services at local non-profit organizations.  From September to December, volunteers contribute their time, talent and ideas to meaningful community service projects all across Union County.

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