Who We Are

Our Mission


United Way of Central Jersey’s leadership brings together resources for local disadvantaged families to ensure that all young children in our community attain better educational outcomes and a healthier, brighter and more successful future. We accomplish our mission in collaboration with our partners, volunteers, and the generosity of our donors.


Presidents Message

Welcome to United Way of Central Jersey's public website.

At the United Way of Central Jersey, we spend a great deal of time assessing and monitoring the most pressing human service needs in our region. Perhaps as no other nonprofit organization in the area, the United Way takes a broad, objective view of the community as a whole. Informed by volumes of research and first- hand case studies, this global perspective ultimately leads us to some impartial and educated conclusions about what matters - about the area's most critical issues.

Guided by the volunteers on our Board of Trustees, we address underlying causes - the reasons why problems exist. Volunteers give their time, talent and treasure to build a stronger, healthier Central Jersey community. The goal is to create lasting change by preventing problems from happening in the first place. With a focus on child development and well-being, we are committeed to the three pillars of a good life:

  • Education
  • Financial Stability
  • Health

The issues we face are complex and inter-connected.  They cannot be addressed by a single group or organization. That is why working with the United Way of Central Jersey helps to ensure an integrated approach to solving community needs.

You can choose how to help.

You can improve lives by giving to United Way of Central Jersey Community Impact Fund or choose an Impact Area for focused giving.

When you give to the United Way of Central Jersey, you are helping to change the character of our community. What matters most are the lives we change and the communities we strengthen by working together.

Be a leader in your community. Join us today to help bring about lasting changes in people's lives. Please tell us what you think about the most important challenges and what can be done about them. I look forward to hearing from you.

Gloria Aftanski
Chief Professional Officer