Thursday, September 15, 2022

Upcoming Events

Mental Matters: Mental Health Fair

Friday, September 16, 2022 | 12am-4pm

Puerto Rican Day Parade

Sunday, September 18, 2022 | 12 noon

Harvest Fest

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | 3pm-5pm

Upcoming Events
If you or someone you know are in need of food, baby items, clothing, shelter, energy assistance, pending eviction, rental or mortgage assistance, at risk of lead exposure at home, are a victim of a crime, need youth development activities and/or young adult vocational training we have a department here to help!

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BBQ for a Cause Carnival Recap

"This is one of my favorite events because it's all about having fun. It is so special to have all of UCC's employees coming together to celebrate our community."

The event has everything that children, teens, and those young-at-heart love, including a bouncy house, a blow-up slide, an obstacle course, a gaming truck, a petting zoo, and much more.

Free food will also be given out at the event, with UCC staff barbecuing and providing meals from the UCC Cafe Mobile Feeding Program food truck.

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Sponsorships and Recognition

Amerigroup has consistently supported United Community Corporation’s food assistance department and youth, family, and senior services department since becoming a sponsor in March 2021 and has played a crucial role in the growth of the UCC Cafe Mobile Feeding program and UCC’s Community Refrigerator initiative.

“One of the things that COVID exposed was how food insecurity impacts communities not only here in Newark, but across Essex County, across New Jersey, and across the country,” said Amerigroup Regional Vice President, State Affairs Patrick Gillespie. “Food insecurity is continuing even though COVID has subsided. Food pantries are facing enormous challenges because of inflation and other major supply-chain issues. The commitment from Amerigroup to combat food insecurity issues will continue.”

While introducing new initiatives such as the UCC Cafe and community refrigerators over the past year, UCC has seen a constant need for food assistance in the City of Newark and Essex County and has served 107,735 through July 2022. During that time, 22,440 people have utilized the community refrigerators - located at 106 Ann Street, 332 South 8th Street, and 219 Avon Avenue - and 8,211 have benefited from the UCC Cafe. 

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"Food banks, pantries under pressure as inflation fuels demand"

At the United Community Corporation Food Pantry in Newark, which is seeing nearly 25,000 families a month, demand is so high a mobile food truck and free community refrigerators are being used to expand outreach.

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Community Refrigerators
“The opportunity to have access to fresh foods, I know, will go a long way in this city.” - UCC Executive Director, Craig Mainor

Take what you need

Ann Street

106 Ann Street, Newark, NJ 07105

The Village (Main Office)

332 S 8th Street, Newark, NJ 07103

Avon Avenue Elementary School

219 Avon Avenue, Newark, NJ 07108

La Casa de don Pedro

39 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104

Leave what you can

***Those willing to donate food can simply drop it off at the refrigerator or order food from Amazon or InstaCart with the items sent to the refrigerator’s address. An online note should be left instructing the delivery driver to remove the items from their bags and place them in the refrigerator or shelves for non-perishable food.

UCC YouthBuild is currently offering the CCNA Certification to YouthBuild participants along with assistance in the search of a job placement site. Participant ages are 16-24. 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.
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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.
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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.

Backpacks and Snack Back to School Giveaway

“When it gets to the end of August, that means helping the youth of our community be in the best possible situation to succeed during the school year. We know the importance of excelling in the classroom and are happy to provide students with the means to do just that.”Jersey Cares donated 80 pre-packed backpacks for the event from its 2022 School Supply Drive. United Community Corporation will be providing 60 backpacks to bring the total to 140 backpacks provided to youth in the community. Peacock-Gladstone Bank will be donating 200 notebooks in support of the event.

“We’re so thankful for all of the generous donations that we received,” UCC Director of Community Engagement Richard Greco. “Jersey Cares went above and beyond to support our cause and we can’t thank our sponsors enough for supporting us in a variety of capacities. It is great to see so many organizations come together to support our community.”

In addition to supplies, United Community Corporation has partnered with Saint James Health to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

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Youth, Family and Senior Services

Summer Program Highlights

UCC closed out Summer Programming supported by amazing organizations. Lynn Hazelman, instructor for the ArmanRoy Foundation joined us providing 12 STEAM sessions and a week long Robotic Workshop for our Summer Enrichment camp.
Arman Roy greatly  impacted the lives of over 80 students and identified 7 highly engaged, super inquisitive students offering them scholarships for additional STEM after-school or 1:1 educational opportunities. 

Community Based Violence Prevention Program (CBVI)

For youth between 16 -28 years old

Our goal is to:

  • Facilitate educational group workshops
  • Refer clients to mentors and programs of interest
  • Connect clients and families to needed services
  • Combat violence using resources, education and career opportunities

Food and Clothing Services
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.

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Grantee is a proud partner with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Monthly Pampers and Pads Service : Stay stocked on the essentials

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.

For further information,
Call 973-642-0181
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.

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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
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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
LIHEAP Application
PAGE Application
Energy Assistance Locations
Ann Street Clothing Boutique
106 Ann St
Newark, NJ 07105

231 N 18th Street
East Orange, NJ 07017

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

31 Fulton Street

Newark, NJ 07102

19th Street

56 19th Avenue

Newark, NJ 07103

Champion House
933 S 17th St
Newark, NJ 07108
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
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).
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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.

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