PHILADELPHIA, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) capped its first year as a new organization by surpassing its campaign goal with a total of more than $61.4 million, just 12 months after seven local United Ways joined together to improve education, income and health throughout the region. The total represents an increase of more than $1.5 million.
"This campaign is a prime example of the whole truly being greater than the sum of its parts," says Jill Michal, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. "Together, we're driving measurable, lasting impact that none of us can achieve alone."
The campaign's success is due in large part to a dedicated group of volunteers who drove awareness of UWGPSNJ's mission and participation in the workplace campaign — which helps employers provide their employees with philanthropic investment opportunities.
"Volunteerism is at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED, and we are extremely grateful to members of our local campaign cabinets for their tireless efforts to help us transform lives from western Montgomery County to the Jersey Shore," says Michal.
Business leaders from around the region chaired campaign efforts locally.
Atlantic County: Vince Maione, president, Atlantic City Electric Region
Burlington County: Mike Munoz, senior vice president of sales and marketing, AmeriHealth New Jersey
Camden County: Rob Curley, South Jersey market president, TD Bank, N.A.
Cape May County: John Armand, financial services representative, MetLife
Cumberland County: Jeff Williamson, plant manager, General Mills
Southeast Delaware County: Michael Brady, general manager, LPL Financial
Southeastern Pennsylvania (including Philadelphia county and parts of Delaware, Chester and Montgomery counties): J. Gordon Cooney, Jr., managing partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Philadelphia office, served as chair, and Christopher L. Bruner, office managing partner, Ernst & Young LLP, served as vice chair.
For more information about UWGPSNJ, its Impact agenda, or the workplace campaign, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org.
About United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, serving communities in Pennsylvania's Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and New Jersey's Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Cumberland counties, is part of a national network of more than 1,300 locally governed organizations that work to create lasting positive changes in communities and in people's lives. United Way engages the community to identify the underlying causes of the most significant local issues, develops strategies and pulls together financial and human resources to address them, and measures the results. United Way is advancing the common good in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey by positively impacting the lives of people throughout the region in the areas of education, income, and health.
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