Here at the United Way of Central Jersey, health and safety are a top priority. We are taking seriously the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our state and in response to CDC recommendations to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we are taking action to responsibly and proactively deal with the situation.
The United Way of Central Jersey (UWCJ) is closely monitoring the developments surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Jersey and in Middlesex County. We understand the concern and we are dedicated to supporting our communities in any way that we can. The UWCJ office is closed with staff continuing to work remotely. We have cancelled in-person meetings and will be using other methods such as telecommuting to conduct regularly scheduled meetings. We are staying in touch with our community partners and will work alongside them to address concerns within the communities we serve.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control site for recommendations on how to keep yourself, your family, and community safe. The NJ211 website is another good source of up to date information and FAQs. Childcare Aware has guidance regarding center-based and family care. Click on this link for a listing of local food pantries.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
As of March 20th the tax filing deadline has been extended to July 15, 2020.
Due to concerns regarding the current health emergency, the UWCJ will continue to provide tax return preparation services, but only on an ‘ONLINE/VIRTUAL’ basis. All in-person tax-preparation appointments will be RESCHEDULED to ‘ONLINE/VIRTUAL’ appointments. The United Way of Central Jersey UWCJ will work to limit VITA volunteer and staff interaction with VITA taxpayer clients. Most of the remaining one-day VITA events scheduled for this 2019-2020 Tax Season will be CANCELLED.\
Individuals tax filers can prepare their own returns at www.myfreetaxes.com, our user-friendly software in partnership with HR Block. UWCJ will work to limit VITA volunteer and staff interaction with VITA taxpayer clients.
Most of the remaining one-day VITA events scheduled for this 2019-2020 Tax Season will be CANCELLED.
ParentChild+ Family Child Care
Weekly visits from the Early Learning Specialist will be suspended until further notice. We are maintaining constant contact with the Family Child Care Providers in our program. We are providing adjusted resources and services to the family child care providers. If you are or know of a Family Child Care Provider that may be interested in learning more about the program, please register by calling 732-247-3727, ext. 217.
Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)
Nurse Family Partnership will continue services for clients. Visits will be completed via virtual methods such as Video Conferencing and/or Telehealth. If you are or know a first-time low-income mom who would benefit by participating in NFP, please call 732-247-3728.
COVID-19 response is crucial- and so is responding to the 2020 Census Survey. The survey is still going on throughout the coming months. It has NEVER been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. The United Way of Central Jersey is also continuing to conduct online Census outreach as planned, sharing a TON of social media posts on the 2020 Census and its role in young children’s lives, in addition to being available to print and electronically deliver flyers, curriculum materials, and other requests.