On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, United Way of Greater Union County will present Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders Chairman, Sergio Granados, with the 2018 Community Impact-Trailblazer award at its 2018 Annual Celebration event. 

A native of Elizabeth, Freeholder Granados is a community activist and was re-elected to his second term in 2016. In 2013, he became the youngest Freeholder ever elected to the board and youngest Democratic Freeholder elected in NJ.

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving the 2018 Community Impact-Trailblazer award – and I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the United Way of Greater Union County.  Making a difference begins with empowering the community, “said Chairman Sergio Granados.  “When we lift ourselves up, we must bring others with us. I am proud of my work with organizations such as the United Way that put others first. Only in that form and that manner can we have a productive community.”

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Granados founded Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation, a non-profit that works to raise awareness and education efforts on social justice.  As the Chairman of the Board for 2018, Granados announced “Moving UNION COUNTY Forward” initiatives, including first-time programs that promote advocacy and equality, volunteerism, public safety, and the environment, which also assists seniors, families and youth. Granados also served the past year as the Chairman of the Union County Open Space Trust Fund, where he worked to create the Kids Dig In! Community gardens grant program that awarded 32 schools, educating students about gardening and donating produce to local food pantries. He also instrumental to launch for “Level the Playing Field,” for 2018, a new grant program that provides funding for local playgrounds to include inclusive equipment for people with special needs.

Granados has worked with many non-profit organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Portuguese Lions, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, New Leaders Council of NJ, and the Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce.

Granados attended Union County College and graduated from Kean University with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Masters in Public Administration. 

“The Trailblazer award for Community Impact seeks to recognize an individual who has blazed unchartered initiatives in the community to create the most effective positive impact,” said James Horne, President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County “and we believe that Chairman Granados is doing just that, taking a holistic approach to impact crossing many sectors in educational success, financial achievement and wellbeing.

The 2018 Annual Celebration will be held at the Gran Centurions in Clark, NJ, on Wednesday, June 13th from 6-9 p.m.  Sergio Granados will be amongst 16 honorees including, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, of the 20th Legislative District, recipient of the Champion for the Common Good award; Ravenell Williams, President & CEO of Plainfield YMCA, recipient of the Dell Raudelunas award and; Charles and Mary Goodfellow, recipients of the Legacy of Service award. 

Sponsors at the event are C.R. Bard, Lindabury, McCormick Estabrook & Cooper, PC; Merck; Roselle Savings Bank; NuStar Energy; Enterprise; Elizabethtown Gas; Northfield Bank; Infineum; Comcast and PSEG.  Activities to commemorate the event will be a silent auction and Celebration Journal. 

Tickets are now on sale until June 1st and can be purchased at www.uwguc.org/2018-annual-celebration or for more information, please contact Melanie McLaurin, Director of Marketing at 908.353.7171. 



About United Way of Greater Union County

United Way of Greater Union County fights for the education, financial stability, health and family strengthening of residents in Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield.  Since 1969, UWGUC has been working to improve the lives of the residents by collaborating with nonprofit agencies, businesses, government officials, individuals, and volunteers to create positive sustainable change in the community.  Today, United Way is a preeminent community-based leader, partner, and investment choice in these communities, serving 40 non-profit agencies and four Family Success Centers in the county.  For more information, visit www.uwguc.org or call (908) 353-7171.