Three generous county workers win an extra day off

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County workers and several school district employees donated more than $65,000 to support more than 1,300 charitable organizations throughout the United States.

The Public Employees Charitable Campaign, begun last September with bi-weekly payroll deductions administered by the United Way of Monmouth County, raised $66,114, said Luis A. Navarro, who has served as the county’s Charitable Campaign chairman for the last 20 years.

“Charitable giving by county employees is down slightly, but donations from the Freehold Regional High School District helped push the numbers past last year’s totals,” Navarro said. “Public employees have demonstrated their generosity by making bi-weekly contributions through voluntary payroll deductions. This money is needed now more than ever due to an economy that is impacting the fundraising abilities of many of the nonprofit agencies located in Monmouth County.”

As “Partners in Giving,” government employees throughout New Jersey were asked to contribute donations through payroll deductions.

To encourage participation in the Monmouth County campaign, employees donating more than $3 per paycheck were included in a drawing for an extra day off. This year’s winners are Eileen Allen of the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office, Hattie Brown of the Monmouth County Youth Detention Center, and Shelagh Reilly of the Monmouth County Clerk’s office, division of archives.

Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, Freeholder Amy A. Mallet and Navarro drew the winners. “I want to thank each and every public employee who was involved in this year’s charitable campaign,” Burry said. “Even in a tough economy public employees continue to show their compassion by donating part of their income to charity.”

“Public employees in Monmouth County are amazingly generous people who have opened their hearts and their wallets to help others,” Mallet said. “Many of our nonprofits have been hit with funding reductions and have had difficulty raising money at a time when the need is greatest. I want to thank our public employees for their generosity and encourage even better participation next year.”

In addition to county employees and Freehold Regional, public employees from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and the Monmouth County Vocational School system participated in this year’s fund drive.