United Way of Greater Union County Kicks Off Campaign Season

ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) is launching its 2011-12 Annual Campaign today. The organization hopes to raise at least $4.7 million. UWGUC raised about $4.4 million during its 2010 campaign.

“We are looking forward to continuing our hard work in 2011-12,” said James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “We work to improve lives and change conditions in our community by strengthening families; because strong families are the foundation of a strong community. We have set ourselves an ambitious goal this year, but with the help of Union County residents I am confident that we will meet it.”


“As a nonprofit organization, we know that sometimes change comes slowly, but can provide great rewards…one family, one neighborhood, one community at a time. Our goal is to make sure that everyone has the cornerstones for success – education, income, and health,” said Debbie-Ann Anderson, VP of Community Resources for United Way. “Our efforts throughout our Campaign season which runs from September to January, will help us continue to build the resources we will use throughout the year to improve people’s lives.”

“As the leader of the 2011-12 Campaign, my intention is to bring United Way and local businesses together to raise critical resources that are capable of achieving meaningful results and addressing crucial needs,” said United Way 2011-12 Campaign Chair and IBM Global Client Director, Paul Dango. “Our dedication and commitment will improve the future of our community and continue to make Union County a great place to live, work and go to school.”

United Way’s greatest strength is the care it takes with each and every donation. UWGUC partners with non-profits throughout the county to help deliver the human services our community needs, providing funds, project management and strict accountability to these organizations to ensure the most impact for every dollar donated. Nonprofit organizations receiving critical funds are selected through United Way’s Community Investment competitive grant process – a strict review process to ensure programs are addressing the greatest needs in our community and are demonstrating positive impact in people’s lives.

Proceeds from the 2011-12 Campaign will serve 50 agencies with 60 programs that provide services to Union County residents such as food, housing and financial assistance, quality child care programs and programs for people with disabilities.

Those wishing to make a donation to United Way may contact Debbie-Ann Anderson at debbieann.anderson@uwguc.org or 1-908-353-7171 ext. 106.

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