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United Way of Greater Mercer County

2008-2009 Report to the Community


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Board Chair Michael J. Conlan, Esq. Blank Rome LLP - Counselors at Law Board Vice Chair & Chair, Latino Vision Council Ana I. Berdecia Thomas Edison State College Treasurer Matthew J. Graglia, CPA Corporate Secretary Tanuja Dehne NRG Energy, Inc. Corporate Counsel Brian Rath Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Immediate Past Chair Eugene Marsh Construction Project Management Services, Inc. Chair, Resource Investment Elaine R. Moorin Community Volunteer Chair, Young Leaders United Elinor Riggs Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals L. Diane Campbell, Ed. D. Mercer County Community College Eileen Conway Community Volunteer Yvette Donado Educational Testing Services Vito Mastro Mastro Associates, LLC Matthew Murphy Ortho-McNeil Janssen Pharmaceuticals Scott Nelson Educational Testing Services Scott L. Puro Backes & Hill- Counselor at Law Steven Rodriguez The Princeton Group at Wells Fargo John Samborski The Bank


LETTER FROM OUR CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND PRESIDENT Dear Friends, For more than 70 years, United Way of Greater Mercer County has been a vital part of our community, providing support to the most vulnerable and helping to create sustainable, positive change. As tough economic conditions continued this past year, we have seen unprecedented levels of demand for the services provided by United Way and its partner organizations. Thanks to continued commitment from you, our valued supporters, stakeholders and friends we have been able to continue helping those most in need in Mercer County. Beyond helping meet immediate needs, our goal is to create widespread and sustainable change that both improves the overall quality of life in our community and helps prevent problems from happening. To do this we focus on three key building blocks for a good life: quality education, income for financial stability, and good health. Through funding arrangements with key agencies in our community, we have created programs targeting these three areas and we see real evidence they are bringing about meaningful change in people’s lives. Children are succeeding in school. Families are finding help securing economic stability. Seniors are receiving the assistance they need to meet the challenges of aging. And none of this would be possible without you. When you give, advocate and volunteer, you show others that creating a vibrant and healthy community can be done right here in the greater Mercer County area. You demonstrate the LIVE UNITED spirit and show that it’s more than just a slogan. It’s an invitation to everyone to be a part of this exciting change. By coming together, united as ONE for change in our community, we are stronger and can achieve more than we ever could alone. We are proud to share this report with you. As you read it, you will see some of what you have made possible. We urge you visit United Way’s website at to learn more and see the ongoing transformation of lives in the communities we serve. Warmest regards,

Michael J. Conlan Chairman of the Board


Craig E. Lafferty President and Chief Executive Officer

CONNECTED. INTERDEPENDENT. UNITED. To Live United is to reach out a hand to one and to influence the condition of all. It is a goal that can be accomplished when we work together. Throughout the fiscal year, United Way provided countless opportunities for individuals and groups to get involved and make a difference in Greater Mercer County.

GIVE. Other ways UWGMC helps people help their community.

• Nearly 15,800 people at their work place and home contributed to UWGMC campaign activities, raising $5,589,059 through the annual campaign in 2008-2009. • Additionally, the community came together to provide donations of back to school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets, holiday gifts, and our Gifts In-kind retail donor partnership totaling $198,870 in donations.

Backpack Drive – 804 donated backpacks were distributed to school aged children in Mercer County.


Thanksgiving Drive - 311 food baskets were provided to low income families in Mercer County. The average basket of food weighed 25 lbs. for a total of 7,775 pounds of food.

• Over 360 campaign coordinators and donors wore their LIVE UNITED shirt to show their support, inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. • 45 volunteers helped UWGMC to be able to speak out for those that do not have a voice and advocate to improve education, income and health.

Holiday Drive - over 2,200 children from more than 500 families received holiday gifts thanks to the partnership between The Salvation Army of Trenton and United Way of Greater Mercer County.

FamilyWize Prescription Program - 14,015 individuals in Mercer County have benefitted from the use of the FamilyWize Prescription Card.

Medi-Cool - provided 162 air conditioning units to seniors and disabled residents of Mercer County.

VOLUNTEER. • Volunteer Board members contributed 306 hours and Finance Committee volunteer members contributed 180 hours to assure that UWGMC had the governance and financial strength needed to meet their mission. • “Vision Councils” for Helping Children Succeed, Fostering SelfSufficiency, Caring for Seniors and People with Disabilities, and the Resource Investment Cabinet spent over 1,160 hours to assure that our projects are performing at their best. • Young Leaders United spent 250 hours educating children about the future, distributing air conditioners for the elderly and disabled, counting and helping the homeless, and collecting supplies for food banks. • Women’s Leadership Council members volunteered over 100 h hours to organize and attend many networking events to bring awareness a to the work of UWGMC, to make new connections for the o organization, help women learn new skills and educate women on t importance of philanthropy. the • Latino Vision Council members volunteered over 230 hours, connecting c Latino leaders throughout Greater Mercer County and h helping to support and strengthen the Latino community.



EDUCATION Education unlocks opportunities and is the key to financial independence in today’s world. UWGMC helps young children get ready for school, teenagers stay in school and parents develop the skills they need to ensure their children make the most of their education.

The Teaming Resources for Innovative Opportunities (TRIO) project provided training and classroom support for teachers; education, counseling and support to 66 families; day care for 99 children; and summer enrichment activities to 73 children The Trenton Leadership and Mentoring Project (TLMP) teamed 76 at risk high school freshmen with upper class student mentors. Only one student in the program dropped out of school. The Family Education Collaborative provided literacy education, training and support to over 100 parents and day care to 63 children.

Three year old Shawn and his mother Amber were homeless and needed a hand. They had been living for several months with Amber’s mother in her one-bedroom apartment, but were evicted when her mother lost her job. Since Shawn was born, he and his mother had lived in six different places, including more than a month spent in a van. Now they were living at the Doorway to Hope shelter and had come to HomeFront for help. Shawn was enrolled in the Cherry Tree Club preschool program and evaluated by Cherry Tree’s psychotherapist and consulting head teacher. The staff and his mother worked together to create a plan for building Sean’s classroom skills in preparation for kindergarten and to address his behavioral problems. Amber made sure that Shawn attended school every day and she told the Cherry Tree Club’s Director that she learned a great deal about being a better parent through her conversations with Shawn’s teacher and the psychotherapist. The lead teacher reports proudly that Shawn has blossomed during his first three months at the Cherry Tree Club. He listens attentively, takes direction and plays appropriately with other children. He loves the reading room, is learning his alphabet, and is the first one on the bus for trips to the Library. Amber attends the Cherry Tree “Cheery Chat” parent education sessions and plans to get her GED. Classes will be easy for her to attend, since they are given at a HomeFront facility and transportation is provided. The GED instructor is provided by FEC partner Mercer County Community College. In January, Amber attended the Kindergarten Transition seminar that Cherry Tree holds for parents whose children will be graduating from preschool. Even though Shawn won’t be starting Kindergarten for another two years, Amber told staff members that she attended because she wanted to know more about what to expect and make sure he’s ready. Thanks to the support we received from the community, the United Way has been there to help Amber create a positive home environment for Shawn and set him on the path to a successful education.

For more information about our work with EDUCATION, please visit our website 4


INCOME United Way of Greater Mercer County funds projects that work to build family stability and help families reach economic self-sufficiency.

Community of Services Collaboration delivered counseling, case management and supportive services to 771 individuals and families. Assistance included mental health counseling; domestic violence intervention, shelter and counseling; and credit counseling. The Mercer County Latino Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative provided crisis intervention, counseling, case management, emergency shelter and education to 753 families and 3,250 individuals. The Nutrition Alliance distributed 535,542 pounds of food to over 31,000 households and educated over 3,200 people about nutrition and healthy eating. The Housing First Initiative permanently housed 40 individuals and 10 families who were chronically homeless and disabled.

Candy is a 23 year old mother of a 6 year old boy and a 3 year old girl. She and her children had been homeless for approximately 3 years, living off and on with her youngest child’s father and at Homefront’s Family Preservation Center. Candy experienced significant trauma in her early life and underwent a two month psychiatric hospitalization while in her teens. Today she copes with several mental health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. Candy also struggles financially, receiving limited support from her family and the father of her youngest child. The team at the Family Preservation Center told Candy about the Housing First Program and she was immediately interested, expressing both a need for housing and a desire to enroll herself and her children in counseling. The Housing First team arranged a temporary home for the family and helped Candy obtain birth certificates, a necessary step in the process of securing a permanent place to live. The team also helped the family cope with the stress of being in a shelter. Thanks to a State Rental Assistance Program Voucher, Candy and her children were able to move into an apartment in March 2009. Since being housed Candy’s 6 year old son has been enrolled in school and has begun to receive counseling of his own. Candy has continued to see the Housing First advanced practice nurse for medication management. The Housing First staff is now working to arrange care for her three year old daughter so Candy can receive treatment at a partial care day program. Candy receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) from the County and has applied for Social Security benefits for her psychiatric illness. Housing First has coordinated these efforts and assisted Candy in both getting the necessary documentation and submitting her applications. Without Housing First, this family would still be homeless and struggling to survive.

For more information about our work with INCOME, please visit our website



HEALTH UWGMC funds two projects that work to keep seniors and people with disabilities healthy and in their own homes. These teams help clients maintain friendships and stay connected to the community which in turn decreases depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation. Their innovative “no wrong door” screening and coordinated care management approach ensure people are getting all of the help they need.

Project Connect assisted 229 total clients in the greater Trenton (southern) area: 146 elderly people received 2,988 care coordination services, and 75 people with disabilities received 821 services

Ann is a wonderful example of how the Partners in Caring program works to support clients who are in need of coordinated services. Ann is a 77 year old Princeton resident who lives alone and has no family. Her involvement in the Princeton Senior Resource Center (PSRC) began many years ago when she started attending the support group, “Let’s Talk,” as well as many of the center’s other activities, programs and events. Due to the worsening of her rheumatoid arthritis during the past year, Ann now needs an electric wheel chair to move around her apartment and has become a shut in.

Partners in Caring helped 228 total clients in the northern part of the county: 181 elderly people and 47 people with disabilities received over 33,000 services

Even though Ann is no longer able to attend activities at the PSRC, she greatly benefits from of its volunteer programs including LINK, Home Friends (which provides her with two library volunteers bringing books and visiting with her) and Meals-on-Wheels. Ann also receives in-home visits from her doctor and a physical therapist that help with strength conditioning and endurance. The nurse from Partners in Caring tends to her wounds and other needs on a periodic basis. Ann is also scheduled to receive a hospital bed for easier and safer access.

Vital services provided by these organizations include counseling, home delivered meals, transportation, home health care, caregiver support, and volunteer assistance.

The Partners in Caring team has been successful in helping Ann cope with her many struggles and has provided her with essential support through her physical struggles and grief over the loss of her daughter. Because of Partners in Caring, she is able to remain safely in her home with as much independence and as few risks as possible.

For more information about our work with HEALTH, please visit our website 6

THANK YOU TO OUR LOYAL CORPORATE PARTNERS A J Wright AAA Mid-Atlantic Abbott Point of Care Acme Alcatel-Lucent AT&T Bank of America- Merrill Lynch Best Buy Company, Inc. Better Beginnings Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Mercer County BJ’s Wholesale Club Blank Rome, LLP Boys & Girls Club of Trenton/Mercer County Bracco Diagnostics, Inc. Bristol-Myers Squibb Buchanan Ingersoll Bucks County Contributionship Catholic Charities Catholic Youth Organization of Mercer County Cenlar FSB Ceridian Corporation The Child Care Connection The Children’s Home Society of NJ Comcast CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ ConvaTec Court Appointed Special Advocates Crisis Ministries of Princeton & Trenton CWA Local 1022 Delaware River Basin Commission Deloitte Educational Testing Service Enable Enterprise Family Guidance Center FedEx Filene’s Basement FirstEnergy Foundation FMC Corporation Fox Rothschild, O’Brien, Frankel, LLP GE Healthcare Gilbane Building Co. Glenmede Trust Company Greater Mercer Ride Provide Greater Trenton Behavorial Health Care Greenwood House

GS1 US Hibbert Group Homasote Company Home Furniture HomeFront HSBC IKON Office Solutions, Inc. Innophos Institute for Defense Analysis Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Trenton ITW Covid J&J Consumer Products J&J GPSG J&J PRD JC Penney Company Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County John O. Wilson Neighborhood Service Center Klatzkin & Company Korn Ferry International Lowe’s Macy’s Marshalls McMaster - Carr Supply Company Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness Mercer Street Friends MetLife Foundation Miele, Inc. Monro Muffler/Brake, Inc Morgan Lewis Morgan Stanley Mount Carmel Guild Navigant Consulting NEC Laboratories America NJ Business & Industry Association NJ Education Association NJ School Boards Association NJM Insurance Group NRG Energy Inc. Ortho-McNeill Janssen Pharmaceutica Services PEI Kids Pepper Hamilton Peter J. Russo Insurance Agency Peterson’s A Nelnet Company Pfizer, Inc. Pitney Bowes Princeton

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Princeton Financial Systems, Inc. Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Princeton Senior Resource Ctr. Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton University Princeton University Press Prior\Nami Business Systems PSE&G Raymond James & Associates, Inc Rhodia Inc. Rider University Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roma Federal Savings Bank Rue Insurance Sam’s Club Sarnoff Corporation Shaw E & I Sovereign Bank State Street Corporation Stop & Shop Structure Tone, Inc. T J Maxx TAH Industries Target Store TD Bank The Bank The Times Third Federal Savings Bank TIAA-CREF Trane Tyco International, Ltd. U.S. 1 Publishing Company United Parcel Service Utica National Insurance Wachovia A Wells Fargo Company Wal-Mart WaWa Wegmans Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Williams Gas Pipeline- Transco Wilmington Trust Womanspace Wyeth










United Way of Greater Mercer County 3131 Princeton Pike Building 4, Suite 113 Lawrenceville, NJ 08648 609.896.1912

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION To see our current IRS Form 990 and audit, please visit our website at

Statements of Activities and Changes in Net Assets. For the year ended June 30, 2009

10.0% $624,129 Fundraising 11.3% $707,012 Management & General

Support and revenue: Campaign results, net of collection Loss In-Kind Gifts Designations Revenue Grants & Contracts Investment Income Unrealized Investment Loss Total Support and Revenue

26.3% $1,646,717 Collaboration Funding

$5,306,321 198,870 169,096 29,092 79,855 (145,433) $5,637,801

8.0% $503,076 Program Expenses 3.6% $227,907 In-Kind Gifts

40.8% $2,559,972 Donor Designation

Uses of Revenue $132,610 $198,870 Other Income In-kind Gifts

Expenses: Collaboration Funding Donor Designations In-Kind Gifts Programs & Initiatives Expenses Management & General Fundraising Total Expenses

$ 1,646,717 2,559,972 227,907 503,076 707,012 624,129 6,268,813

Increase (Decrease) In Net Assets


Health 26%


Education 25%

Income 49%

$5,306,321 Annual Campaign

Where your investment goes

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2008-2009 Report to the Community  

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