United Way Invests $50k to Enhance Helpline for Those Impacted by Casino Closings

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GALLOWAY United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ) will invest $50,000 in New Jersey’s non-emergency helpline NJ211 to ensure residents impacted by layoffs and casino closings receive help.
“We are committed to helping our residents navigate this transition in their lives. Many who have supported the community in the past may find themselves in need of help, and managing the nonprofit and government assistance landscape can be difficult if you are unsure where to begin,” said Jim Cawley, UWGPSNJ’s president and CEO. “By enhancing our non-emergency helpline NJ211 and uniting agencies in a coordinated approach to help, we are working to ensure more residents meet their needs and have access to more viable, long-term solutions. Together, we drive measurable, lasting Impact that none of us can achieve alone.”
The $50,000 investment, made through United Way’s Impact Fund ,will fill a critical need as unemployment benefits are exhausted and an estimated 5,500 residents, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, seek alternatives. NJ211 will serve as a way to link residents to local agencies, who are working to coordinate services to help those affected. The call specialists will be available over the next ten months and work exclusively with individuals and families impacted by the casino closures and business layoffs. Additionally, agencies will be focused on serving municipalities surrounding Atlantic City, where approximately 73 percent of laid-off workers reside, as reported by Casino Control Commission, Regulatory Affairs Division.
“We have learned, through several challenges over the past few years, that collaboration really is the key to achieving greater impact,” said Alex Marino, Atlantic County Freeholder, Assistant to the Provost for Atlantic City at Stockton University and chair of UWGPSNJ’s Local Board. “Through a collective response led by United Way, our goal is to connect residents with services that can offer them a hand up as they plan for their futures. NJ211 is that important first step.”
Residents can also access an online resource page at www.nj211.org under recent bulletins.  For more information, visit www.UnitedForImpact.org/Atlantic.

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