United Way of Greater Union County envisions a community where all children and families achieve their potential through education, income stability and health and family strengthening:
- Where all children receive a quality education that offers a pathway to a brighter tomorrow
- Where the cycle of poverty and financial dependence ends, and more productive lives begin
- Where all children and families have access to affordable health services and healthy activities that improve their quality of life
- Where all family’s basic needs of food, shelter, health, and safety needs are met
Greater Union County encompasses Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, North Plainfield, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, South Plainfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, and Winfield Park New Jersey.
A closer look at The Union County Needs Assessment reveals that Elizabeth, Hillside, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle, Rahway, and Union show increased rates of poverty, unemployment, and poor housing compared to the rest of Union County:
- The poverty rate in these communities is 11%, compared to 4% of Union County in 2011.
- 1 in 11 households can’t afford healthy, nutritious meals.
- In Plainfield, 36.3% of ages 18-24 do not have a high school diploma.
- Among youth aged 16-19, the unemployment rate is 27%, with 36% of males and 18% of females out of work.
- 26% of mothers do not receive early prenatal care
As a result, the majority of UWGUC’s focus is on these Communities of Opportunity.
Our mission is to improve lives and build strong communities by uniting individuals and organizations with the will, passion, expertise, and resources needed to solve problems.
Our commitment is to change the odds so that all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school and in life.