Community Resource

United Way of Central Jersey

(732) 247-3727

The United Way of Central Jersey provides leadership to create opportunities for a better life for people living or working in our community who are needy, at risk and vulnerable. 

We achieve this by mobilizing people, organizations and financial resources to create and sustain programs that achieve targeted outcomes and lasting change through volunteerism, partnerships services and advocacy.

Our Work:  

EducationEducation can be the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. However, access to quality education is not always possible for low income and at risk communities.

 “Research tells us that early intervention can make a lifetime of difference by helping students to succeed in school,” says Gloria Aftanski, President of United Way of Central Jersey. “By focusing investments in ways that make the most difference, United Way works to create opportunities for a better life for people living in Central Jersey who are needy or at risk.”

 United Way of Central Jersey works to bridge the gap, with 3 programs that support education and literacy:

 ·        Summer Sprouts

·        Literacy Kits

·        Reading Mentors

Abriendo Puerta/Opening Doorsan evidence-based program created in collaboration with Latino parents for Latino parents with children ages 0-5.  This national parental education model focuses on educating and empowering parents to be not only their child's first teacher but also their education advocates as the child progresses through school.

The comprehensive training program takes place over ten interactive weekly sessions.  The program draws from real-life experiences, includes data about local schools and helps parents to understand their important role in their child's long-term development and academic success.  Using a train-the-trainer model, parents who have completed the program can become trainers themselves.

Parent Child Hope Program - The goal of the program is to train caregivers of young children in Middlesex county to promote early brain development and literacy.

Financial StabilityUnited Way helps families to become stable and financially independent by supporting basic needs like emergency food distribution while increasing financial education, helping hardworking people obtain job training and family-sustaining wages and increasing affordable housing.

United Way of Central Jersey has a direct impact on the Financial Stability of low-income families by working with volunteers and other partners to generate immediate benefits that save money and increase income for our neighbors in the Central Jersey Community.

Health - Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a victim of abuse, or someone struggling with mental illness or an addiction, United Ways are working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care.

We're helping people in our community improve their health.  United Way is working to increase access to critical healthcare services, reduce substance abuse, child abuse and domestic violence and increasing health education and preventative care.

NJ 2-1-1  -  We understand that reaching out to ask for help isn't an easy task for anyone. So you should know it is just a phone call or mouse click away. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Information and Referral Specialists answering your call are trained and dedicated to providing each caller with personal attention and referrals to the most appropriate services.

For free and confidential information and referrals, contact 2-1-1, the United Way of Central Jersey's help line:

CALL : 2-1-1 or 877-NJ2114U (877-652-1148)

EMAIL : [email protected]


Opportunities to Engage - United Way affinity groups provide a way to help support the community while engaging with others who share your philanthropic interests. These donor collaborations allow members opportunities to more deeply engage in volunteering and become more hands-on with United Way of Central Jersey's work.

Age Groups
  • Children
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Seniors
Community Services
Basic Needs / Assistance
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Legal / Advocacy
Payment Options
  • Free
  • Low Cost / Donation
Language / Culture
  • Multi-Cultural
Areas Served
  • Middlesex County

Last Updated: 10/10/18