A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO & BOARD CHAIR
In the wake of a pandemic, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) and our community faced many challenges in 2020 – but from hardship comes innovation. No other crisis in modern history has had as great an impact on our daily lives, which influenced the evaluation of our work based on evolving needs. UWMOC is working hard to further our new mission to bridge the gaps to education, financial stability and health for every person in our community.
Over the last year, we refreshed our brand and objectives, increased our digital transformation, assessed our partnerships and fostered new alliances in order to have the greatest impact on Monmouth and Ocean counties. Our dedication to equity and inclusion has never been more important. As a result, United Way is even stronger in its ability to convene partners, providers, volunteers and resources to address the needs of our community.
Despite the challenging environment, UWMOC made a considerable impact on the community in 2020. Our programs and initiatives are meeting the needs of today and setting the foundation for tomorrow. We created the UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund to help individuals and our partner organizations affected by the pandemic. We coordinated donations of items such as paper goods, diapers and winter coats to help alleviate the basic needs of our neighbors. Our Education programs provided reading and math interventions to struggling students, and summer literacy programs were able to be held in-person. Our Financial Success Center Network was expanded to include virtual services to work with participants to meet their immediate needs as well as start planning for their future.
These are just some examples of the amazing impact we’ve had on our community with the help of our volunteers, community partners, Leadership Givers and all of our supporters. Thanks to you, we will continue to move towards our vision of a community where everyone achieves their greatest potential through a quality education, income stability and healthy lives.
To move forward, we must Live United.
To bridge the gaps to education, financial stability and health for every person in our community.
A community where everyone achieves their greatest potential through a quality education, income stability and healthy lives.
When our region began to shut down in March 2020 to help stop the spread of COVID-19, United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) recognized the challenges that our community would be facing in the months and years to come.
In anticipation of these hardships, UWMOC organized a COVID-19 Recovery Fund to address the unmet needs of those economically impacted by this crisis. These funds enabled some nonprofits to safely reopen, and also helped individuals and families financially impacted by COVID-19. The first $20,000 in donations to the UWMOC COVID-19 Recovery Fund were graciously matched dollar for dollar by Grunin Foundation and New Jersey Natural Gas.
In addition to funds raised to support our community, UWMOC also coordinated a variety of donation drives. We listened and responded to the unmet needs of our residents, and provided items such as paper goods and diapers to help ensure they had access to these essentials.
UWMOC is building a better future for our community, one where every person has an equal opportunity to thrive. Our goal is not to “return to normal” – we need to reimagine a new normal that equips our residents to weather inevitable future crises. United Way is unparalleled in our power to connect partners, providers and resources to address the needs of our community. Together, we will overcome this health and economic crisis.
COVID-19 Recovery Fund Grant Recipients
Affordable Housing Alliance
Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
Monmouth Day Care Center
Ocean County YMCA
Social Community Activities Network (SCAN)
St. Francis Community Center
Toms River Regional Schools
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey
YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
Bridging the gap to a quality education for a brighter future.
COVID-19 significantly affected education with the shift to virtual and hybrid learning. The pandemic continues to impact youth, particularly those from low-income households who do not have access to the same resources and supports as their middle and upper-income peers. Our Education programs and partnerships provide much-needed support for youth to help them continue to grow and thrive, especially during these challenging times.
Student engagement is an issue that has been exacerbated by the pandemic. One of the goals of our Youth Vocational Training program is to engage at-risk high school students early on to prevent them from becoming disaffected, which often leads to decreased attendance and dropping out of school altogether.
Youth Vocational Training exposes and connects youth to a diverse array of career options and fields, including hands-on learning opportunities. As part of our work in this initiative, we partnered with Toms River High School South to create Project SPEAR-IT – a pre-apprenticeship program for freshmen and sophomores who may be interested in pursuing vocational and technical careers. The project also helps students become eligible for programs with Ocean County Vocational Technical Schools.
“There’s this notion that every kid has to go to college, but that isn’t the only pathway to having a good life,” said Timothy O’Leary, lead teacher of Project SPEAR-IT. “You can come out of vo-tech with a skill or a trade and make a great living for you and your family.”
Despite school closures and the absence of in-person instruction for most of 2020, students didn’t miss the opportunity to enhance their learning. Mr. O’Leary was able to transition the program to a virtual model, which included how-to instructional videos and Google Meet discussions. Prior to the pandemic, attendance rates were even stronger than expected, and that engagement transitioned to distance learning with a 98-percent attendance rate for the program’s virtual classes.
“There are kids that aren’t really doing well in school, but they’re excited to learn and work on their projects,” adds Mr. O’Leary. “The program is keeping them interested and building their confidence. It’s amazing what United Way has done for our school. It’s like a dream come true, and I’m so proud to be a part of this project.”
Count Basie Center for the Arts
Ocean County YMCA
Toms River Regional Schools
YMCA of Greater Monmouth County
Connecting people to the resources they need to become financially stable.
The economic crisis caused by the pandemic has significantly impacted our community. Unemployment rates have soared, and the number of individuals struggling to make ends meet has increased substantially. Many households are looking for help for the first time and don’t know where to turn.
Our Financial Success Center (FSC) Network is a “one-stop shop” for access to critical financial services and supports. All services are free and include screenings for benefits, assistance with applications and connections to community resources. One of the many great successes of the FSC Network was connecting a participant named Nancy* with a trained financial coach to be able to buy her first home.
Nancy contacted the FSC Network and worked with one of our partners Affordable Housing Alliance to discuss the steps she needed to take to purchase a home for her and her son. She owned a mobile home, but it no longer met her family’s needs. One of Nancy’s biggest obstacles to home ownership was her low credit score, which had been negatively impacted by errors on her credit report and multiple inquiries due to an auto loan application.
“Nancy was a full-time teacher and still couldn’t make ends meet,” said Linda Osborn, Lead Counselor with Affordable Housing Alliance. “I gave her letter templates to send to the creditors and repositories to fix the errors on her credit report, and also worked with her on a budget to save money. After 18 months, Nancy increased her credit score by over 30 points and I was able to refer her to a HUD-certified housing counselor.”
The housing counselor guided Nancy to obtain a pre-approval from a lender and educated her on how to shop for an affordable home. Linda also ensured that Nancy qualified for the Monmouth County First-Time Homebuyer Program, which grants eligible homebuyers $10,000.
The tools and services provided by the FSC Network allowed Nancy to clean up her credit, increase her savings and purchase her first home.
“People are so overwhelmed and need help in so many areas that they don’t know where to start,” added Linda. “Having an FSC Network coach be able to break it down into baby steps and make them feel like they’re not alone is so important.”
*Name has been changed for privacy
Affordable Housing Alliance
Child Care Resources of Monmouth County
Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC)
Monmouth County Workforce Development Board
Senior Citizens Activities Network (SCAN)
St. Francis Community Center (LBICC)
BENEFIT ENROLLMENT CENTERS
Each year, low-income older adults miss out on $20 billion in benefits that help pay for prescriptions, healthcare, food and utilities. 86% of older adults currently receiving one federal benefit are also eligible for, and not receiving, at least one other federal benefit.
In partnership with SCAN, UWMOC and our FSC Network was awarded a $115,000 grant from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to implement Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). BEC services are provided through several FSC Network locations and throughout the community. BECs provide screening for benefits and application assistance focused on five core benefits: Medicare Part D Extra Help (or Low-Income Subsidy, LIS); Medicare Savings Programs (MSP); Medicaid; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP); and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
GIFT OF WARMTH
UWMOC partners with New Jersey Natural Gas for the Gift of Warmth program, which helps income-eligible households – as well as customers experiencing temporary or unanticipated financial hardship – pay their natural gas bills.
EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM (EFSP)
UWMOC manages and provides administrative support for both the Monmouth and Ocean County EFSP Board and program. This national initiative was created to help people with economic emergencies by providing funding to local organizations to address hunger and homelessness. Each year, the local independent boards select community organizations to receive funding for services such as food, shelter, rent/mortgage and utility assistance.
Linking our community to opportunities to build a healthy life.
The past year has demonstrated how critical access to healthcare is for our community. UWMOC is working to enhance and expand health services by providing primary care access to youth and families in underserved communities.
In partnership with VNA Health Group, our School-Based Nurse Practitioner (SBNP) program places a Nurse Practitioner into schools in at-risk communities in order to directly provide students with healthcare. The bi-lingual SBNP works in partnership with the school nurse to provide primary care access to all students, prescribe and administer medications for acute episodic illness, conduct screenings and sports physicals, provide referrals to community resources, conduct health education for students, parents and families and teach management for chronic disease.
One of the students who Nurse Practitioner Catherine Donohue saw in 2020 was an 8th grader named Andres*, a refugee from Guatemala living with his adult brother who supports him.
“Part of what I do is health screenings, and Andres had failed both screenings for hearing and vision,” said Catherine. “Andres and his brother didn’t know much about his history with any issues such as ear infections, so I examined him and he had some abnormalities like fluid behind his ear drums. I was able to give him a course of amoxicillin, and after being treated he passed the hearing exam. I also referred him to an optometrist for a proper eye exam and a program for free eyeglasses or contact lenses.”
This program removes barriers to access healthcare for many students like Andres, and its holistic approach will help him start high school healthy and ready to learn in the fall.
*Name has been changed for privacy
Freehold Borough School District
Keyport Public Schools
Toms River Regional Schools
VNA Health Group
SINGLECARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SAVINGS PROGRAM
UWMOC distributes prescription discount cards to local pharmacies, nonprofits and individuals to assist those who are uninsured or underinsured with medication costs.
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Volunteer Center recruits individuals, families, organizations and corporations and matches them with meaningful volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit agencies. We make volunteering easy, flexible and impactful for the individual while helping agencies meet their goals. A variety of virtual and safe in-person opportunities are available throughout our area.
The Volunteer Center also provides donations to our residents through various community drives. As more families are experiencing financial difficulty during the ongoing pandemic, the need for basic essentials is greater than ever. We partner with local schools and nonprofits that have a pulse on the needs of our community to determine the demand for items and enlist the help of companies to acquire donations. Our Warmest Wishes Coat Drive and partnership with Operation Warm Up Jersey Shore gives local children brand-new coats to keep them warm throughout the winter.
GIVE YOUR TIME. SHARE YOUR TALENT.
Our Volunteer Portal is a free tool that makes it easy to connect volunteers to local organizations. Browse opportunities and register at uwmoc.org/volunteer.
UWMOC funds NJ 211, a statewide help line that connects callers to vital local and governmental services. The program provides a link to resources for food, housing, health care, childcare, job search assistance, financial assistance and more. In 2020, NJ 211 remained open 24/7, services were expanded and staff was ramped-up. The COVID-19 information hotline was launched to support pandemic relief programs and the public's need for answers.
To learn more, dial 2-1-1 or visit nj211.org.
Founded in 1984, the United Way Tocqueville Society is an opportunity for passionate individuals to become more deeply involved in United Way’s mission. The Society is one of the world’s most prestigious institutions for those who are dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities.
TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY GIVING LEVELS
La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars - $1,000,000 or more
Ordre de Prospérité - $750,000 - $999,999
Ordre de Connaissance - $500,000 - $749,999
Ordre d’Indépendance - $250,000 - $499,999
La Société Nationale - $100,000 - $249,999
Ordre de Fraternité - $75,000 - $99,999
Ordre de Egalité - $50,000 - $74,999
Ordre de Liberté - $25,000 - $49,999
Ordre de Consul - $15,000 - $24,999
Membre de la Société - $10,000 - $14,999
2020 TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY MEMBERS
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2019 - JUNE 30, 2020
La Société Nationale
Mrs. Joan Rechnitz
Ordre de Consul
Ms. Susan Whyman
Membre de la Société
Mr. Sean N. Annitto // New Jersey Resources
Boyarin Family Fund
Donald & Janet Cowan // Cg Tax, Audit & Advisory
The D'Onofrio Foundation
Ms. Nancy E Eriksen
Mrs. Sarah T. Fischell
John & Betty Ann Halleran
Stanley & Yvette Harmon
Mr. Mark G. Kahrer // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Carol Kirsimagi
Bob & Phyllis Rosone // Deloitte
Mr. David C. Wintrode // Causeway Family of Dealerships
Members of the Leadership Giving Society inspire others to join them in providing hope and opportunities to individuals in need. Members are made up of community and business leaders who are committed to creating action and bringing together the expertise and resources that produce results.
LEADERSHIP GIVING SOCIETY GIVING LEVELS
Platinum Leaders - $7,500 - $9,999
Gold Leaders - $5,000 - $7,499
Silver Leaders - $2,500 - $4,999
Bronze Leaders - $1,000 - $2,499
2020 LEADERSHIP GIVING SOCIETY MEMBERS
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2019 - JUNE 30, 2020
Donald & Janet Cowan // Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
Ms. JoAnn Calvanico
Mr. Terrence J. Davis // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Kevin M. Dixon // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Peter N. Dolan // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Henry Hong // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Todd J. Laliberte // New Jersey Resources
Mr. John W. Molta
Mr. C. Roberts Mulloy
Ms. Nancy A. Washington // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Joseph L. Arena
Mr. Phil Connelly
Mr. Gary Dorsi
Ms. Sonia S. Grant // TD Bank
Arun Gupta // AT&T
Mr. George Harms // George Harms Construction Company
Tom & Regina Hayes // New Jersey Resources
Mr. James W. Kent // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Christopher Mann // Morgan Stanley
Mr. Thomas J. Massaro // New Jersey Resources
Brian & Mary Massey
Mr. John Mattone // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ms. Lori-Anne McLane // United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Mr. Patrick Migliaccio // New Jersey Resources
The Pignataro Family
Ms. Ginger P. Richman // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Jonathan Rothman // Deloitte
Ms. Irene M. Shannon // AT&T
Ms. Marie L. Tormey // PNC Bank
Mr. Mark Valori // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Valerie Young // New Jersey Resources
Mr. John Zammetti // Wegmans
Mr. James U Albert // AT&T
Mr. Thomas Ando // OceanFirst Bank
Roberto Bel // New Jersey Resources
Joseph Bimonte // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Frederick and Joan Bliss
Mr. Dean L. Bragg // AT&T
John Bremner // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Thomas Brown // UPS
Mr. Scott Cameron // UPS
Mr. Joseph Cammarano // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Steve Carfagno // New Jersey Resources
Jeff & Cindy Carney // UPS
Mr. Steven Carton // UPS
Mr. Paul M Christian // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Vincent Cimijotti // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ms. Laura A. Conover // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Richard B. Covey
Mr. James M. Cracchiolo // Ameriprise Financial
Ms. Anastasia Crespo // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Bernard & Maddalina Destafney
Ms. Susan Devito
Ms. Laura Dobiszewski // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
George & Karen Dome // AT&T
Andrew and Christine Donohue // Principal Financial Group
Mr. Thomas Dougherty // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. George Downey // Stop & Shop
Mr. Gavin P. Emley // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Aimee Fasano // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ms. Kathryn L. Ferreira // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Stuart S. Flamberg
Mr. Jonathan Flood // UPS
Janos & Nancy Fonyo // AT&T
Ms. Kathryn A. Ford // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Nichola Foukarakis // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Brian D. Freeman // AT&T
Mr. Seth J. Freiwald // TD Bank
Mr. Michael Gaglio
Mr. James R. Gault
Mr. Joseph Geary // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. & Mrs. Philip Genovese, Jr. // UPS
Mr. William Glover // Principal Financial Group
Ms. Jennifer D. Godoski // New Jersey Resources
Mr. James F. Greenan // New Jersey Resources
Teresa Gross // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Robert Halpin // UPS
Ms. Lisa Hamilton // New Jersey Resources
Bishoy Hana // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ms. Patricia A. Harvey // United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Timothy & Rosa Hearne
Ms. Allison Hicks // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Ms. Carol Hordichuk // Bil Jim Construction
Mr. Louis Iannuzzelli // UPS
William & Patricia Jaeger // AT&T
Ms. Karen D. Jaffe // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Charles C. Jasperse // New Jersey Resources
Jordan Kaputkin // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Paul Keeler // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Katherine Kennedy // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Robert J. Kudrick // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Brett Labinger // UPS
Mr. Robert Lella // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Michael S Lewis // Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
Mr. Craig D. Lewis // AT&T
Mr. Matthew D. Loughlin // UPS
Mr. James M. Maltese // Merrill Lynch
Mr. James H. Martin // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Deb Mathis // Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
Ms. Charmika McCalla // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. William McClung // Johnson & Johnson
Mr. David Menaker // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Robert W. Merrick
Diana Mora // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Joseph Mulholland // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Kenneth D. Nahum
Mr. David M. Nilsen // TD Bank
Mr. William A. O'Hern // AT&T
Ms. Kathleen O'Keefe
Mr. Jason Olenchak // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Ronald Owens // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mitchell Oxner // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Adam Parker // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Richard Perez // Johnson & Johnson
Ms. Antonina Pitts // United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
Mr. Thomas D. Ragan // Automotive Resources International
Ms. Judy E. Rector // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Stephen Reed // Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
Mr. Foster F. Reed // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Richard Reich // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Scott Reome // UPS
Mr. Christopher Ritter // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Matthew Robbins // UPS
Melissa Roller // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Stephen Scaturro // UPS
Mr. William P. Scharfenberg // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Joseph A. Serino // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Jacqueline K. Shea // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Tim F. Shea // New Jersey Resources
Ms. Kyle Skrzyniarz // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mrs. Rose Ann Slawson // CohnReznick
Mr. William T. Suchodolski // Ocean County Utilities Authority
Mr. Michael Taylor // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. William Tinay // UPS
Ms. Michele Twyman // Chubb
Ms. Kaitlyn Vanderpyl // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Nathan Vario // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mrs. Melissa Vazquez // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Mr. Gregory Wareham // HarborOne Mortgage LLC
Alexander Wasylak // UPS
Mr. Robert J. Webb // New Jersey Resources
Mr. Ronald Weir // UPS
Mr. Thomas H. Wood Sr.
Harvey & Barbara York // Novins, York & Jacobus
Melissa Yuka // Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Corporate philanthropy helps support communities where companies are based and fosters employee engagement. We thank the following organizations for championing employee campaigns and corporate contributions to our Community Impact work.
$100,000 - $1,000,000
New Jersey Resources
$25,000 - $99,999
County of Monmouth
National Council on Aging Inc.
$10,000 - $24,999
Causeway Family of Dealerships
Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign
United Way Worldwide
Wells Fargo Foundation
$1,000 - $9,999
180, Turning Lives Around
American Express Company
American Water Works Company, Inc.
Atlantic Auto Body Point Pleasant LLC
Bank of America
Bank of New York Mellon
Benco Dental Supply Company
Branning Collision Centers
Center for Vocational Rehabilitation
CentraState Healthcare System
Charles G. and Elizabeth A. Mortimer Foundation
Community Medical Center
Crossroads Realty, Inc.
DuPont Global Headquarters
Eli Lilly & Company
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
Hackensack Meridian Health Corp
HarborOne Mortgage LLC
Holman - ARI Group
Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Jersey Central Power & Light
Johnson & Johnson
JWG Fine Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Lincoln Financial Group
Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC
McCormick - Brand Aromatics Inc.
Ocean County College
Ocean County YMCA
Ocean Wine & Spirits, Inc.
PNC Financial Services Group
Principal Financial Group
Prudential Insurance Company
Ron Jon Surf Shop
Stop & Shop
Tata Consulting Services
The Arc of Ocean County
The Brunetti Foundation
The Citta Foundation, Inc.
UMH Sales and Finance, Inc.
United Way of Central Jersey, Inc.
United Way of Essex and West Hudson
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
United Way of Tri-State
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
Williams Gas Pipeline - Transco
Thank you to the 150 organizations that contributed under $1,000 to help bridge the gaps to education, financial stability and health in our community!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Rosone || Chair || Deloitte LLP
Eric Lubin || Vice Chair || Lomurro Law
Sonia Grant || Secretary || TD Bank
Donald Cowan || Treasurer || Cg Tax, Audit and Advisory
Tom Ando || OceanFirst Bank
Luke Bollerman || Bollerman Companies
Sandy Broughton || Investors Bank
Nancy Eriksen || Community Representative
Kelly Fliller || Grunin Foundation
Laura Frank || Hackensack Meridian Health
Thomas Hayes || New Jersey Natural Gas
Henry Hong || Enterprise Holdings
Carol Kirsimagi || Community Representative
Jan Kirsten || Ocean County College
Brian Massey || Community Representative
Shannon McCoy || UPS
John Zammetti || Wegmans
Kenneth Greco || OceanFirst Bank
Gwen Love || Lunch Break
Christopher Lutick || UPS
Carol Stillwell || Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.
Lori-Anne McLane || President & CEO
Jennifer Hakim || Community Impact Manager
Deena Harmon || Chief Financial Officer
Christine Jagerburger || Vice President of Community Impact
Jackie Liguori || Director of Volunteer Engagement
Patti Harvey || Vice President of Development
Toni Pitts || Development Manager
Kaarina Romero || Director of Marketing and Communications
Listing is as of December 31, 2020