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Background
United Way of Greater Mercer County (UWGMC) was formed in 1994 as a result of a merger between two United Ways- Delaware Valley United Way, which was founded in 1936, and United Way Princeton Area Communities, which was founded in 1938.
Our mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In Mercer County, we have sharpened the purpose to include economic benefits that our community gets from our work. In order to achieve our mission, we galvanize and connect a diverse set of individuals and institutions and mobilize resources to create long-term social change.
Service Area
We service people who live and work in the greater Mercer County area including the following townships:
Cranbury Township East Windsor Township Ewing Township
Hamilton Township Hightstown Borough & Township Hopewell Borough & Township
Kingston Lawrence Township Monmouth Junction
Montgomery Township Pennington Plainsboro Township
Princeton Borough & Township Rocky Hill Borough South Brunswick Township
Robbinsville Township Trenton

West Windsor Township

 

Goals: Education, Income and Health
The three pillars in the community impact agenda at United Way are Education, Income/Financial Stability, and Health- the building blocks for a good quality life. We believe they are the keys to making a difference in people's lives.

Our Investment Strategy
We execute and mobilize efforts through a model centered around "Invite, Connect, and Commit"  which follows the following steps:

1. We engage the community in setting a vision and priorities
2. We work together to build strategies to reach community goals
3. We get commitments in time, money, and expertise to advance those strategies
4. We measure back the effectiveness of the strategies
5. We report back and adjust strategies when needed

United Way has deep roots in the community with volunteer leadership on the ground, but we also have the broad reach that allows us to roll out good ideas across the nation and around the world. This lets us take the most successful strategies to scale and leverage resources for maximum impact.

Community Investment Process
We use a three part process to determine what programs to invest in:

1. Is what we are doing going to result in a positive, sustainable outcome for those we serve?
2. Are we using a previously-proven, evidence-based, verifiable model to deliver the service?
3. Are we delivering an impactful economic benefit to the Greater Mercer County community?

Current Strategy
A few shifts you'll see:

  • Moving from a focus on volunteers to communities
  • Moving from a focus on mission to impact
  • Moving from a focus on LIVE UNITED to the end game: what happens when we LIVE UNITED

Please Note: We still do a limited number of Days of Caring butare gradually moving to a model focused on skill-based volunteering

Why give to UWGMC?
UWGMC is a community partner and problem solver. We galvanize and connect a diverse set of individuals and institutions, and mobiloize resources to create long-term social change.

United Way recognizes that we are all part of something greater, and that a tear anywhere in the system weakens the entire social fabric.

In 2013-2014, for every dollar received, we returned $19.70 in economic impact to the community- 2.5 times more than the average nonprofit.

For every dollar you give, 86 cents is spent on programs in the community. According to the National Bureau of Charities, the cap is 40% for overhead, fundraising and administrative costs. UWGMC does this at a fraction of the cost, with less than half the staff for an organization of its size.

How can I get help from UWGMC?

Call 2-1-1 from any landline telephone
Call 877-NJ2-114U (877-652-1148) from your cell phone
www.nj211.org
Call our main office- 609-896-1912