By the numbers
United Way campaign
The University’s annual campaign in support of the United Way of Greater Mercer County runs through Dec. 8.
All donations will be distributed to United Way programs in Mercer County or employees’ home communities or to other health and human services agencies that are designated by individual donors. United Way funding is based on three focus areas — promoting health and well-being, responding to crises, and strengthening individuals and families.
According to the chapter’s Web site: “We don’t measure results by how much money we raise or distribute. We look at our overall impact in the specific areas that we’ve targeted and the lives and neighborhoods we’ve improved.” Here are some examples:
• Every month, more than 16,000 people are able to maintain their nutritional needs through food they receive at 60 food pantries throughout our area.
• Last year, 222 women were provided shelter from domestic violence, which enabled them to begin to put their families’ lives back together.
• Programs funded by the United Way have helped deliver 31,500 meals to senior citizens, enabling them to remain in their homes and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Working with 317 volunteers, United Way agencies have provided 12,263 hours of in-home assistance and transportation to 309 elderly and disabled residents.
• Six before- and after-school programs and summer-school programs funded by the United Way have served more than 1,500 children. Some 270 adolescents have found a safe haven with caring professionals in youth programs and drop-in centers.
• The United Way, recognizing that there is no single agency to address adequately the physical health care needs of vulnerable populations, awards grants to local programs that deliver health care, medications, health education and referrals for social services. A total of 686 individuals have received basic health care via a mobile medical outreach van. Some 585 cancer patients have received free in-home counseling, education, support and referral services. About 170 people have received free health care.
For more information on the campaign, visit the United Way home page <www.princeton.edu/pr/uw> or contact the main campus coordinator, Pamela Johnson, at 258-2430 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Plasma physics employees should contact the lab’s United Way campaign chair, Rosemarie Fuchs-Smith, at 243-2416 or email@example.com.