The United Way of Bloomfield continued to be help many families and individuals in need. There are important partnerships to maintain including Lynnes Automotive Group, CB&I, Brookdale Shop Rite, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Human Needs Pantry of Montclair, and the Mayor Raymond McCarthy’s Bloomfield Charity Organization. We continued to work with local churches including St Johns, St. Valentines, Sacred Heart and the Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green for our People’s Pantry and food distribution to those who may be without the basic staples or a holiday meal.
The UWB was a part of local events – we setup booths, distributed info, answered questions, signed up people for our database and ran small giveaways at the Sunset Classic, Harvest Fest and the Holiday Santa meet and greet at both the Recreation Center and through the Bloomfield Police Department;
We attended special events including graduation of Family Day Nursery pre-school graduation – provided each graduate w/personalized name backpacks filled with coloring books, crayons, sidewalk chalk and bubbles and treats;
With contributions from the local residents, and a special fundraiser with the Bloomfield Center Alliance, and along with our combined purchases from local retailers, we were able to provide back to school supplies for over 40 Bloomfield students;
Assisted with PSE&G, Apartment Security Deposits, eviction prevention and prescriptions for 20 Bloomfield families;
Provided approximately 150 letters of references to the Church on the Green Food Pantry;
Received and disseminated a record amount of contributions in clothing, food, gift cards and household goods (over $10,000);
Assisted four local families who were displaced in home fires with food, clothing, toys, gift cards.