United Way of Passaic County Newsletter

July 2023

Live United and Give Today

"Our mission is to improve the lives of people in Passaic County by mobilizing the caring power of our community."

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The United Way of Passaic County hosted the first annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to honor our Reading Buddies and Volunteer Income Assistance volunteers. They give of their time and talent on a regular basis to improve lives of others. We could not achieve our community impact goals without them!


United Way of Passaic County Invests Nearly $300K in Emergency Food and Shelter Providers

The United Way of Passaic County (UWPC) has announced a $295,984 investment in emergency food and shelter providers in the community. The program, funded by FEMA and administered by the United Way of Passaic County, is especially critical given the high rate of inflation and the end of federal emergency SNAP benefits. Read more about it in the news Help us meet the growing need- Volunteer Advocate Donate and Live United


United Way of Passaic County Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Passaic County High School Seniors

United Way of Passaic County has announced four scholarships for Passaic County high school seniors to attend college this Fall. The Future Teacher Scholarship awardees are: Olivia Gray, Passaic County Technical Institute and Fhameda Sultan, John F. Kennedy High School, Paterson. The Vincent D. Pavese Scholarship awardees are: Jose Suarez Gonzalez, Clifton High School and Treyvon Watson, Paterson STEAM High School. Students submitted applications which were reviewed by the selection committee and approved for their outstanding leadership, academic achievement, and commitment to community service. Read more about it in the news

Volunteer Spotlight

Thank you to Christine Westra for being a champion for youth! She received the United Way of Passaic County Community Award. Not only does she give of her time in volunteering with our Reading Buddies program and as a mentor to her volunteer peers, she supports high school students in achieving their dreams of becoming teachers. She has also donated to drives ensuring all students are prepared and ready to start the new school year. Her committment to seeing children shines through in all of the ways she gives back to her community.

Donor Appreciation

Thank you to Columbia Bank Foundation for your generous support of our Healthy Food Access Initiatives including the Passaic County Food Policy Council and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. We love to partner with companies who invest in the community by donating their time and resources!

Thank you to Valley Health System for their generous support of the United Way of Passaic County's health initiatives. Through their generosity they United Way will continue to invest in community gardens including Green Acre Community Garden. We love to work with companies who give back and Live United.

Financial Empowerment

Free Income Tax Assistance

United Way of Passaic County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program supports financial stability by allowing tax payers to keep the full amount of their return. In most cases, tax payers reinvest these dollars back into their community through bill pay and local purchases. We are thankful for the partners who help make the VITA Program a success. Sucesses included:

  • 1,080 Income Tax Returns Prepared
  • $1.5 MillionFederal and State Refunds
  • 62% Increasein Returns Prepared
  • Over 1000 Volunteer Hours 

The United Way of Passaic County connects volunteers to community service opportunities through Volunteer Passaic. Visit our website Volunteer Passaic to learn more about how you can volunteer in your community!

"United Way of Passaic County envisions a world where everyone lives in a healthy community that improves quality of life.