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Atlantic County Community Emerging Leaders

In an effort to connect with a younger, more diverse audience, United Way has developed a group for local young professionals, under 45, to get involved with our local community. There is a minimum of $500.00 annual contribution. This is a way to cultivate a new, young group of donors and familiarize up and coming leaders with the work of United Way. The mission of ACCEL is to promote and encourage the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism among young professionals. The group doubles as a professional development vehicle by providing networking and learning opportunities throughout the year. There are also opportunities for future leaders to meet other individuals with similar professional and community interests through participation in a variety of social, educational, volunteer and networking opportunities. Ultimately, ACCEL aims to attract and educate young people about the social issues the community is facing and to inspire them to become citizens of their community, not merely residents.


ACCEL members have contributed more than $100,000 to the overall campaign. ACCEL is not only essential for the safety net of today; they are building the foundation for the philanthropic work of tomorrow.

ACCEL offers opportunities to:

  • Learn about community issues through workshops and events.
  • Foster professional development for young professionals by providing opportunities for “Lunch & Learns” and “Cocktails & Conversation” with notable professionals.
  • Participate in community group volunteer activities. Choose from a range of opportunities-when, where, and how often works for your schedule. Bring a family member or a friend.
  • Meet new people who share your values. Attend fun social networking activities at local hot spots.

Past Events

  • Kickoff 2007 at The Pool
  • Lunch & Learn at Atlantic City Country Club with Mark Juliano and Jay Snowden
  • Kostumes for Kids – ACCEL members collected over 200 costumes and distributed to kids in need for Halloween
  • ACCEL volunteers served at Winter Wonderland for children in Atlantic City
  • Cocktails & Conversation at Gourmet with Mac & Kay Seelig and Steven Silverstein
  • Day of Caring- over 40 ACCEL volunteers fixed up the Chelsea Unit of the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City
  • One Year Anniversary of ACCEL Celebration at The Pool
  • Kostumes for Kids in 2008 doubled the number of costumes ACCEL members collected for children
  • Day of Caring 2008 – ACCEL members returned to The Chelsea Unit of the Atlantic City Boys and Girls Club to help with more projects
  • Lunch & Learn at The Knife and Fork with Attorney General Anne Milgram and State Senator Bill Gormley
  • Lunch & Learn with The Press of Atlantic City’s Executive Editor and Content Director Neill Borowski and NBC 40’s news reporter Phaedra Laird
  • Lunch & Learn at Harbor Pines Golf Club with local Leaders in Healthcare
  • 2010 ACCEL kickoff at the Foundation Room in Showboat Atlantic City

Make a difference. Make Friends.


When you get out in the community to volunteer, you see people struggling, you see real problems, and it makes you realize how lucky you are. ACCEL members find volunteering an eye opening experience and a great social activity.


Discover the community. Discover yourself.


“These days, everyone seems to be trying to get ahead, and we’re leaving people behind. We need to help people catch up anyway we can.”


Give back. Get back.


DID YOU KNOW: On any given day in Atlantic County there are 400 people homeless? There are over 8,000 children living in poverty? 42% of families on public assistance are single-mother households? 35,000 people are uninsured? 46% of people spend more than 30% of their income on rent, making the affordability of living unbearable.


It’s easy to get involved.

You will receive updates on upcoming activities and events. If something appeals to you, you can let us know and sign up. Bring a friend or a family member, or come alone. These group activities are a great way to meet others who share your interests.


We want to move people from just giving money to also getting involved. The goal of ACCEL is to help people become more active in their community through United Way.


“ACCEL provides a unique opportunity for future leaders in Atlantic County to meet other individuals with similar professional and community interests through participation in a variety of social, educational, volunteer and networking opportunities. I am very excited to be involved with ACCEL and the over-achieving team of motivated, caring and passionate leaders at United Way” – Jay Snowden, former chair of ACCEL.


“ACCEL aims to support the work of United Way in Atlantic County and foster a spirit of community involvement among the next generation of leaders. It is our goal to inspire advocacy, philanthropy and volunteerism in Atlantic County, while offering an exciting opportunity for professional growth and networking.” – Tony Frabbiele, current chair.


The comminuty needs your financial support.


Your gift of $10 a week or more-the price of a lunch out-can provide:

  • 25 children with screening for medical, behavioral, and developmental needs before entering kindergarten
  • An elderly person with a nutrituous meal a day for one year
  • Referral service to 140 people in need of skills training, housing, health services and more

For more information please contact Amanda Morrison at 609-404-4483 ext. 19 or

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