Union County Student Training & Enrichment        Program

Support 4 Soldiers

About Support 4 Soldiers 

In December 2013, Union County hosted an event for high school students where they worked in groups to create a community service campaign. This event, known as UC STEP (Union County Student Training and Enrichment Program) challenged students to think outside of their own communities and create a service project to benefit individuals from throughout Union County. The winning campaign, Support 4 Soldiers, was an item collection drive for soldiers, which ran from March 19- May 15, 2014.

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The Union County Support 4 Soldiers campaign engaged high school students throughout the County as they collected items to support soldiers both at home and overseas. During the campaign, students set up collection boxes in their schools and communities, sold Support 4 Soldiers wristbands and dog tags to raise money for shipping costs of care packages, volunteered at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home to support local veterans, and participated in school and community-based activities that encouraged involvement in this unique, county-wide project.

At the conclusion of the campaign, 250 care packages were assembled by students and community members at the Westfield Armory. These care packages were sent to our troops overseas by our Support 4 Soldiers partner, Bonds of Courage.

For more information about Bonds of Courage, please follow the link to their website: http://www.bondsofcourage.org/ They accept donations year round.

The Support 4 Soldiers Packing Day was a huge success! We are thrilled to announce that 250 care packages were assembled at the Westfield Armory for our troops overseas.

The Support 4 Soldiers Packing Day was a huge success! We are thrilled to announce that 250 care packages were assembled at the Westfield Armory for our troops overseas.

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Support 4 Soldiers Kick Off Event! 

 On March 19th we kicked off our Support 4 Soldiers campaign at the Westfield Armory. Students, parents, teachers and community members joined us as we handed out collection boxes to participating students and heard from Lieutenant Colonel Bill Morris about the importance of supporting our troops overseas.

We thank everyone who attended this exciting event and look forward to a successful campaign!

Freeholder Alexander Mirabella speaks to students about the Support 4 Soldiers campaign.

Freeholder Alexander Mirabella speaks to students about the Support 4 Soldiers campaign.

 

Freeholder Linda Carter speaks to Group Lavender, the team responsible for coming up with the Support 4 Soldiers campaign during the 2013 UC STEP summit.

Freeholder Linda Carter speaks to Group Lavender, the team responsible for coming up with the Support 4 Soldiers campaign during the 2013 UC STEP summit.

 

Westfield Armory

Westfield Armory

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Congratulations To UC Teams, the Winner of the $1,000 Start Now Grant, for their Tremendous Work during the Support 4 Soldiers Campaign!

 

Congratulations to the Support 4 Soldiers finalists:

Roselle Park High School

Governor Livingston High School

Union County Vocational Technical High School

Union High School