Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Now more than ever we are called to make a difference. Join us in the fight against: Poverty, Food Insecurity, Victimization, Clothing Insecurity, Educational Disparities, Unemployment and Homelessness 

Make a difference: Text UCCCARES to 44-321 
Our Vision

The steps of Newark City Hall will have 100 children, their families and elected officials. The street lined with police cars, fire engines and ambulances blaring their sirens in a caravan of vehicles. But there’s no crisis. The only emergency today is that 100 children experience the joy of the holidays with those who saw value and gave for them and their families. 
As if getting to go on a shopping spree isn’t cool enough, these children will get the VIP treatment with Heroes beside them cheering along the way shopping on Broad Street in Newark.
This event supports the whole family so in addition to the shopping spree children will receive pre-purchased gifts, household essentials, and resources. UCC is geared to cover every avenue of first responders (Police Officers, Firefighters, Special Victims Unit, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Doctors, Educators, and more).
This event creates an environment for a child and a hero to build a lasting bond and mentorship.
United Community Corporation Director of Programs and Operations Steve Nagel was named the 2021 Morty Fields Memorial Man of the Year by the Neve Shalom Men's Club. Steve joined United Community Corporation this year and continues to help everyone from our part time employees all the way to Executive Director Craig Mainor. If you’re around UCC, Steve isn’t hard to find whether he is meeting with program directors or helping out at UCC’s outreach events. Congratulations Steve!
UCC hits COVID-19 outreach goals
United Community Corporation received funding from Partners in Health to conduct COVID-19 outreach from August 2021 - November 2021. During that time period, United Community Corporation’s outreach team has been able to help over 750 people receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
March 2020 to current has been riddled with challenges that have been amplified due to the pandemic. The community has been in need and UCC along with many other organizations and individuals continue to rise to the challenge.
Friendsgiving Turkey Distribution
“UCC’s tradition of helping the community goes back longer than I have been alive, and I’m just grateful to come here and help out
-Senator Cory Booker
Senator Booker
United Community Corporation celebrated Thanksgiving early and provided over 2,000 people with turkeys and chickens on Monday, Nov. 22. Alongside U.S. Senator Cory Booker, UCC staff provided the community with turkeys and chickens on the West Side Park football field and the Champion House food pantry. UCC received turkeys courtesy of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and purchased more from BJ’s and Restaurant Depot.

“UCC’s tradition of helping the community goes back longer than I have been alive, and I’m just grateful to come here and help out,” Booker told TAPinto Newark. “I have been working with this organization even before I was a city councilperson.”
Food and Clothing Services
What Our Pantry Has Been Up To
Food Pantry
United Community Corporation’s food pantry and clothing closet served 10,861 people in October bringing the department’s yearly total to 105,301. Out of that number 563 were served at our Ann Street Clothing Closet and 10,294 were served through our Champion House Food Pantry. UCC continued to be a provider for those forced to quarantine due to COVID-19 and provided four families with 14-day quarantine food packages.
Food Truck
United Community Corporation will be debuting the UCCafe mobile food pantry program in December. This outside-of-the-box approach to food insecurity will feature a food truck purchased by UCC that will deliver meals directly to those within the community. This will operate just like a normal food truck on the street, the only difference is that UCC will be distributing free pre-packaged meals for free. The project will enhance food accessibility by delivering healthy, nutritious food directly to communities, and allows the flexibility for UCC to deliver food where it is needed most in communities, and when it is needed. This project was made possible by funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services - Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) CARES Act Rapid-Cycle Impact Projects and financial support from the Presbyterian Church of Northeast New Jersey. United Community Corporation has partnered with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to plan, refine and get this project rolling.
United Community Corporation recently joined the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s pampers program. As part of the program, UCC will be able to provide both baby, youth and adult diapers to those in-need. The most important part of this program is the quantity of diapers UCC is receiving. After previously having to split up bulk boxes, UCC is now able to provide individuals and families with their own personal boxes. CFBNJ also provides UCC with feminine hygiene products to provide for the community.
Refrigerator Donations
United Community Corporation’s food pantry received a generous donation from Amerigroup to purchase two new refrigerators to aid our battle against food insecurity.
Community Refrigeration Project
United Community Corporation is getting set to debut its Community Refrigerator Project. Thanks to generous funding from the New Jersey Children’s Foundation and the Presbyterian Church of Northeast New Jersey, UCC will be putting up two community refrigerators at 332 South 8th Street and 106 Ann Street in the West and East Wards respectively. The refrigerator will be filled with food and meals courtesy of UCC and based in a wooden protective structure. The structure will have a cabinet for non-perishable groceries and shelves for a lending library of books.
UCC continues to partner with over 40 local non profits to expand the distribution of fresh produce and personal care items through out the community.

Food Packages are available for pick up for those in need of food assistance.

Grantee is a proud partner with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Housing Assistance
Eviction Prevention Program

On September 24, 2021, UCC was awarded the Comprehensive Eviction Prevention (CEP) outreach program by the Department of Community Affairs. This project will support our outreach efforts to provide residents in Essex, Cape May, Ocean and Camden counties with information on eviction prevention and available resources. We will be partnering with O.C.E.A.N. Inc., a fellow Community Action Agency, to provide support outside of Essex County.

The next funding opportunity comes from the federal Administration for Children and Families. UCC received funding beginning October 1, 2021, to support our Mobile Feeding program in Essex County. The goal of this project is to provide free healthy, nutritious meals directly to community residents via food trucks allowing UCC the flexibility to deliver food where and when it is needed.
Under New Jersey's eviction moratorium, landlords can still jump-start the eviction process and be ready to kick out non-paying tenants the day the moratorium ends. As a tenant or home owner you can begin preparing for this process.

For more information on The Rapid Rehousing, Homelessness Prevention and Mortgage Assistance services, visit the link below.
For more details email tabatha.perez@uccnewark.org
Rewrite Your Narrative !
UCC YouthBuild is currently offering the CCNA Certification to YouthBuild participants along with assistance in the search of a job placement site.
Additional programs offered include:

  • High School Equivalency Credential
  • Job Skills Development
  • Life Skills Training
  • Case Management
  • Construction Training
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Dental Technician
  • Dental Assistant
With fluctuating community COVID Cases YouthBuild remains a hybrid schedule. Participants are provided breakfast and lunch.
For More information
Email: youthbuild@uccnewark.org
Our UCC YouthBuild construction participants had the honor of assisting Habitat for Humanity in the process of building a home for a family along with gaining hands on experience.
The total cost of the YouthBuild program is $1,250,000. $1,000,000 (80%) is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration grant. The other $250,000 (20%) is funded through State and Local resources.
Invest In Newark : Purchase A Property
UCC Vacant Lots:
  • 38 Blum Street

  • 42 Blum Street 

  • 44 Blum Street

  • 491 South 10th Street

  • 493 South 10th Street

  • 497 South 10th Street

  • 503 South 10th Street

  • 505-507 South 10th Street

  • 511 South 10th Street

  • 513-515 South 10th Street

Some are being sold at market rate but others are offered at affordable prices.

**All lots are located in Newark, NJ 07103
Youth, Family and Senior Services
The Teen Enrichment Program goal is to inspire and elevate the youth of Newark. Teens are encouraged to find their own path, empowering them to stand in their individuality, while also teaching the strength of unity.

  • Mentoring
  • Health/Wellness
  • Homework Assistance
  • Technology Lab
  • Career Readiness
  • Community Service
  • Achievement Recognition
  • Recreation/Gaming
  • Basketball Clinics
  • Field Trips

All Essex County Teens
Ages 13 to 18
For more information on youth programming email:
Community and Family Empowerment Program
UCC’s Community and Family Empowerment Program aims to effectively engage families about the services available to their children, connect families to a network of community programs, agencies, and services that support and empower parents in advocating for their children, and aid families in maneuvering Juvenile Justice System reform efforts. 
Lead Safe Homes

  • Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health hazards.
  • Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards before selling a house.
  • Real estate sales contracts must include a specific warning statement about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.
Are you at risk of lead-based paint hazards in your home?

Call 973-642-0181 to schedule your FREE at-home Inspection/Risk Assessment
Energy Assistance
UCC’s Energy Assistance Department helps clients receive monetary assistance for electric bills via Universal Service Fund Program (USF), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric Program (PAGE) and the Solar Landscape Program.

If you or someone you know is struggling with energy bills please reach out to our dedicated LIHEAP / USF / PAGE team by calling 973-642-0181
Energy Assistance Locations
Ann Street
106 Ann St
Newark, NJ 07105

NAN Newark Tech World
400 Hawthorne Ave
Newark, NJ 07112
Champion House
933 S 17th St
Newark, NJ 07108

332 S 8th Street
Newark, NJ 07103

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter
31 Fulton Street
Newark, NJ 07102

West Side Park
600 S 17th Street
Newark, NJ 07103
Success Story
Ms. Rivera came to our office to apply for our programs. At the same time she was very concerned because her mother was undergoing brain surgery that day and her electricity bill was very high. I diligently submitted the LIHEAP / USF application of this client in the system and it was quickly approved with a benefit of 529 dollars with the possibility that her entire bill of $ 2,493 will be forgiven either by the fresh start programs or the ARP program. Later Ms. Rivera let me know that she received a phone call from the Hospital letting her know that her mom’s surgery was successful.
Emergency Services
Victims Assistance Program

The Victims Assistance Program offers holistic support from licensed staff and referrals to partners for individuals who have experienced victimization including one or more of these areas Domestic and/Family Abuse, Elder Abuse or Neglect, Robbery / Sexual Assault, or Bullying (Physical, Cyber, Verbal).
VAP Brochures
Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

UCC’s Fulton Street Emergency Shelter has operated since 1964 serving men and women 18 and older. The emergency shelter currently operates 24/7 to house guests due to the impacts of COVID and with expanded bedding during Code Blue. Guests are introduced to all the resources available at UCC with one-on-one case management and services provided through partnerships such as medical aid and rehabilitation programs.
Newark Hope Village

UCC manages one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country. The Village consists of 20 code-compliant modular residences converted from shipping containers with dorm-style rooms and two structures with private shower rooms and a multipurpose area. Rooms are fitted with a heater / air conditioner, a bunk bed with extra storage and a dresser. Rooms were decorated by members of the Essex County community. Newark Hope Village is one of the first homeless container villages in NJ and one of few in the country designed for safe and respectable living. The project primarily houses homeless individuals from the Penn Station corridor.
Individuals Served
January 2021 - October 2021
Food & Clothing Pantry
Youth, Family & Senior Services
Energy Assistance
Emergency Services
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