Tyco International has renewed its support for the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, granting the young organization another $135,000 for 2006. To date, Tyco has committed $405,000 to the Mercer Alliance, which was founded in 2004 as a consortium of leaders from Mercer County’s business, nonprofit, and government sectors who are committed to developing strategies to end homelessness in Mercer County by remedying its root causes rather than only treating its consequences.

In its two years of existence, the Mercer Alliance has achieved results by developing programs that decrease the gap between low incomes and growing housing costs. It is estimated that one program alone launched last year — the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign — could generate up to $9 million for low-wage earners in Mercer County this year.

In 2005 the Mercer Alliance partnered with local banks, nonprofit organizations, the county government and the City of Trenton to expand what was then a one-year-old campaign to increase the number of Mercer County households to file for the significant EITC tax refunds they are due under federal and state laws.

The Mercer Alliance launched a media relations campaign to increase public awareness of the EITC and coordinated training for case workers on helping their clients file for the refund. The campaign utilized community centers and nonprofits agencies to offer free tax preparation.

The result — households filing for EITC through partner sites increased nearly 2000 percent, and for the first three months of this tax credit season, total EITC dollars returned to Mercer County households increased 53 percent, with nearly $4 million more in returns for Mercer families. It is anticipated this figure reflects only one-third of the total EITC dollars to be returned to Mercer households this year.

Tyco is joined in its support of the Mercer Alliance by the Princeton Area Community Foundation, which recently renewed a $15,000 grant, $5,000 of which came from the Harbourton Foundation, to specifically support the EITC Campaign.

For more information on the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, or to become a member, write to the Alliance at 3131 Princeton Pike, Building 4, Suite 113, Lawrenceville, 08648, call 609-844-1006, E-mail to info@merceralliance.org, or visit the organization’s website at www.merceralliance.org.

Wal-Mart has made a contribution to the Child Care Connection in support of its 18th annual Early Care and Education Conference being held on Saturday, September 30, at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton. The contribution will help subsidize the costs of the training workshops for professionals in the early child care field. The workshops are specifically designed to enhance the quality of child care in the community. This year’s conference celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Child Care Connection.

Through a multi-pronged approach of parent information, child care resource development, child care provider training, and advocacy, Child Care Connection seeks to provide for the health, safety, and development of area children. Child Care Connection is located at 1001 Spruce Street, Suite 201, Trenton, 08638, and can be reached at 609-989-7770 or www.childcareconnection-nj.org

A-1 Limousine is lending its services to the Babe Ruth 13 Year Old World Series as the tournament heads home to Hamilton, the birthplace of Babe Ruth Baseball, through August 25.

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