United Way After School Program In Plainfield Receives $40,000 Grant

PLAINFIELD – PSE&G recently awarded United Way of Greater Union County $40,000 to support Neighborhood House Association After School Program in Plainfield. The grant will help support 50 children between ages 6-12 at the Washington Community School.

The program aims to increase student’s literacy and language skills, improve study habits, and provides opportunities for positive recreational involvement. In addition to assisting students with their homework, Neighborhood House’s after school program will dedicate one day a week to creating environmental change. The weekly programs will include: Adopt a Tree, Increasing Vegetation, and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle to name a few.


The after school program will work in collaboration with the “Greening Plainfield” initiative under the NJ First Green Organization and the Plainfield Flower Club. This group will connect the after school program with the other energy conservation and environmental programs and agents of the change so that together the schools can unite and work towards a more eco-friendly city.

PSE&G proudly supports this program because it will make the children more aware of the change that they can make and the impact that their own community can have on global climate change.

“We are proud to support the United Way and their after school partners,” said Eileen Leahey, PSEG regional public affairs manager. “This award represents PSEG’s continuing commitment to and recognition of the impact of after school programs in Union county.”

“The broad objectives of this program will be to help increase student literacy and language skills, improve study habits and provide opportunities for recreational involvement,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President & CEO of UWGUC. “Through this program students will be able to work in a safe environment where they can interact and develop a sense of community, while learning skills to enhance our need to create lifelong learners.”

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