Our Mission

Guided by service, compassion and fairness, UCC's mission is to assist low-income, disadvantaged and at risk individuals and families, including seniors and youth, to become self-sufficient and self supporting; while enhancing their quality of life and standard of living.

Service Update

2023 Year End Service Numbers

Food and Clothing Assistance (Times Accessed)
Youth, Family and Senior Services
Emergency Services
Utility Assistance
Youth Education & Employment Services
Housing Assistance
Home Improvement Services
Mobile Outreach (Times Accessed)


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As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing services for over five decades, your financial support of our services helps to bring about positive change in the lives of the people we serve and in the health of our community. Donations can be earmarked for a specific program or it can be used to offset overhead costs.

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June 2024 Recap


United Community Corporation (UCC), in partnership with Hear My Cries, celebrated Juneteenth this year by fostering efforts to empower young men across greater Newark through a basketball tournament. The “2024 Juneteenth Youth Basketball Tournament! Juneteenth Youth Unity Day” tournament, which was held at West Side Park Community Center in Newark, was coordinated by UCC's Community-based Violence Intervention (CBVI) program and Hear My Cries, a Newark-based nonprofit which assists women impacted by gun violence. The event aimed to provide a supportive, fun environment for the tournament participants and their families. Throughout the day’s basketball competitions, the young men got to hear from motivational speakers and were treated to a live music performance by local artist Trece7ev. The event served as an opportunity to encourage positive behavior and community unity.

Read Full Article: UCC, Hear My Cries Host Empowering Juneteenth Youth Basketball Tourney

United Community Corporation helps empower all members of our community to achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing a range of supportive services. We continue to expand and improve our services, which include; an emergency shelter with case management, a program for seniors, low-income housing, and a range of high-quality after school and summer camp programs for youth.

We are always open to new partnerships and collaborations to aid in fulfilling our mission to help lift low-income residents out of poverty and to improve the quality of their lives in every way we can.

You can also contact us if you are interested in volunteering - we welcome your help in better serving the community !

Monthly Groceries
Every 3rd Wednesday | 10am-2pm
Champion House, S 18th Street, Newark, NJ 07103
Emotional Intelligence
Thursday, July 18, 2024 | 2pm-3:30pm
West Side Park Community Center, 600 S 17th Street, Newark, NJ 07103
We Are Better Together Community Day
Wednesday, July 31, 2024 | 11am-2pm
Congregation Ahavas Sholom, 145 Broadway, Newark, NJ 07104
For more information, contact
info@uccnewark.org | 973-642-0181

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

Department Success Stories

In the past two years, more than five guests were able to attain permanent housing, and some were provided housing vouchers/and or rental assistance. During this time, another guest attained employment at UCC and was also able to find permanent housing. Additionally, one guest was able to obtain senior housing and various resources.

Fulton Street Emergency Shelter

One HPRP client came to UCC with a warrant of removal and was dealing with an abusive situation and was suicidal. This client had no income as she received her last unemployment check. Housing Assistance staff were able to provide case management and walk her through many goals after which she became gainfully employed after moving into her new apartment. She was phased out of the program as her income was above the guidelines. The client was referred to another DCA program; however, she decided she was not going to apply for it as she felt accomplished; she felt secure and happy to be in a better head space.

Housing Assistance

Making homes safer for residents has had a positive impact on our clients, including Linda Alemar. Linda was happy and thankful with everything that was done inside and outside her home, especially with Mr. Cifuentes and Joanna who went above and beyond helping her and her tenants applying for the lead program, especially since there were four children living in the residence. The contractor did a fantastic job, and now all three units in her home are free of lead.

Lead Abatement
One client, Althea Haynes,  came to the Energy Assistance department in May with a $27,000 PSE&G bill. The client did not respond for a while but then came back to the department in December with her bill now being $34,000. The client stated that she was not sure why the bill was so high and only purchased the home in 2019. An email was then sent to the Supervisor of Operation at PSE&G to investigate this case.
The investigation found an issue at the client's home, and PSE&G lowered the client's bill to $16,000. Vallejo also processed her application, and she received more benefits from the energy program. With the outstanding balance after receiving her benefits, the client was able to make a payment agreement which was quite affordable for her. The client had no words to express her deep gratitude for receiving help from UCC.
Utility Assistance
One YouthBuild student, Kitana, enrolled in the program in September 2021 after recently graduating high school. At the time of enrollment, Kitana did not believe that college was the right choice for her. Fast forward, Kitana completed UCC’s YouthBuild program by obtaining both her Chair Side Dental Assistant Certification and her Dental Technician Certification. 
Since completing UCC YouthBuild, Kitana has also earned her Dental Radiology Certification and enrolled at Essex County Community College to receive her associate degree in computer science. She began her internship at Lotus Smiles in Jersey City while enrolled at YouthBuild and became employed with the company full-time.

UCC’s YouthBuild Students Kick It At ‘Sneaker Ball’ Prom

UCC’s YouthBuild Students Kick It At ‘Sneaker Ball’ Prom Students in UCC’s YouthBuild program celebrated a night of style and fun while highlighting the strides in their individual journeys at a recent “Sneaker Ball” prom. Held on April 25 in partnership with Leaders for Life, the celebration not only showcased fashion-forward attire but also highlighted the journey of resilience and determination undertaken by the students. YouthBuild, a national […]

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UCC, PSE&G Help Empower Community at Energy Assistance Day Resource Fair 

UCC, PSE&G Help Empower Community at Energy Assistance Day Resource Fair An Energy Assistance Day resource fair recently hosted by UCC, in partnership with PSE&G,  helped make an impact in providing resources and assistance to more than 130 greater Newark households. The event, which was held April 19 at the West Side Park Community Center in Newark, aimed to provide essential support to community members by offering a […]

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Spring Into Action Series 2024

April 2024 Event Recap Youngsters across greater Newark got an opportunity this week to participate in prevention activities aimed at engaging youth and fostering positive community interactions during our CBVI program’s “Spring Into Action to Conquer Violence” spring break series. The events, which were hosted at the West Side Park Community Center in Newark, took a proactive approach to addressing community needs while promoting youth engagement and […]

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UCC, Integrity House Team Up to Assist Hope Village II Guests

UCC, Integrity House Team Up to Assist Hope Village II Guests UCC recently teamed up with Integrity House, one of New Jersey’s largest nonprofit providers of substance use disorder treatment, to help better serve guests at the newly established Hope Village II site in Newark. Officially opened earlier this year, Hope Village II, located at 51-63 Elizabeth Ave., is a 20-bed “bridge housing community” that serves people […]

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