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.

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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.


2022 Service Update

January 2022- April 2022

(numbers represent individuals)

Food and Clothing Pantry
Youth, Family and Senior Services
Energy Assistance
Housing Assistance
Emergency Services
Lead Abatement

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 !

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.


Thank you for your volunteering spirit. As UCC events, programming and activities arise we will reach out to volunteers who have completed this form. Hope to see you soon!! 

UCC Community Engagement 

Saturday, June 25, 2022  | 11pm - 8pm
3 on 3 CBVI Basketball Tournament
Weequahic Park Basketball Court
Saturday, July 30, 2022 | 11am-2pm
Self-Sufficiency Preparation Training: Employment Readiness
The Waterfront (2 Grafton Avenue)
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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!

3 Newark Flag Football Teams Vegas-bound for Championship Tournament

3 Newark Flag Football Teams Vegas-bound for Championship Tournament NEWARK, NJ – Three Essex County Parks League NFL Flag Football youth teams from Newark are getting the experience of a lifetime this week as they head west for a championship tournament hosted in Las Vegas. “I am incredibly proud of the young athletes from Newark who will be playing […]

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Amerigroup New Jersey provides $230,000 to community organizations across the state

Amerigroup New Jersey provides $230,000 to community organizations across the state Amerigroup New Jersey, a managed health care and health insurance provider for low-income residents, has provided over $230,000 to dozens of organizations across the state. The focus of the grants was to help groups working to address hunger, health education, medical assistance and health […]

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Local Newark agencies debut community refrigerator in East Ward

Local Newark agencies debut community refrigerator in East Ward NEWARK, NJ – United Community Corporation, the New Jersey Children’s Foundation, the Presbytery of Northeast New Jersey and Newark Opportunity Youth Network introduced the collaboration’s first community refrigerator with a ribbon-cutting event on Friday, Jan. 21. The refrigerator is located outside Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church (106 […]

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Free ‘community refrigerators’ reduce food insecurity in Newark

Free ‘community refrigerators’ reduce food insecurity in Newark NEWARK, NJ – New Jersey’s Largest Cities: An inspiring new trend is sweeping through community refrigerators. Several Newark community groups recently celebrated the launch of the 24/7, self-service food pantry outside Wolfe Memorial Presbyterian Church at 106 N. Street in the city’s East Ward. Filled with necessities […]

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Food and Clothing Pantry

Emergency Services


Youth, Family & Senior Services

Hope Village

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"Addressing Food Insecurity in the City"

The initiative features a food truck equipped to serve prepared and packaged meals directly to individuals facing food insecurity. The project, UCC officials said, can adapt to meet the needs of the community, help overcome the barriers of transportation encountered by low-income residents and eliminate the stigma of going to a food pantry or soup kitchen.

The new initiative follows suit with another recent effort UCC has led to address food insecurity, establishing a community fridge in the city’s East Ward. The unit provides residents around-the-clock access to staple goods such as milk, juice, cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, all at no cost. In celebration of next week’s UCC Café ribbon-cutting, organization officials will debut another community fridge at South 8th Street.

“We are in some interesting times between social distancing and the lifting of those restrictions. We have to figure out ways to be better stewards for our community, caregivers to our neighbors, and the mobile feeding program and the community refrigerators both represent the forward-moving and reach into the communities that we want to serve,” UCC Executive Director Craig Mainor told TAPinto Newark.

“We have to stay on our toes and be flexible enough to meet the needs of the community.”

Mainor noted that about 40% of Newark residents don’t own a car, making it difficult for many residents to access meals by foot. By establishing a mobile feeding program like the UCC Café, hot meals can get delivered directly to the city’s at-risk residents. Meals are cooked and pre-packaged at a kitchen on 19th Avenue and then brought onto the truck to be delivered directly to the community. The service caters to UCC’s senior clients and shelter guests, and it will be made available to partners and others in need of assistance.

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  • 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

Challenged with shut off notices ?

UCC is pleased to offer Essex County Residents the LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) along side the PAGE Program (Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric) taking you step by step through the applications for financial assistance including all documentation needed.

NJ's Eviction Protections & Self-Certification Form

If you live in a NJ household with income below 120% of your county's Area Median Income (AMI), you are permanently protected from eviction or removal at any time for nonpayment of rent, habitual late payment of rent, or failure to accept a rent increase that accrued from March 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

  • The eviction moratorium is not automatic for those who are eligible
  • Each individual MUST self-certify by completing the Income Self-Certification Form online.
  • Address, county of residence, total number of household members, and household income are required.
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The Youthbuild program has been carefully designed by community activists with the input of young people in several neighborhoods over 14 years. Young people of many racial and ethnic groups have participated and benefited. It is appealing to groups in rural as well as urban neighborhoods, because it is comprehensive in its approach, the Youthbuild program is a number of things at once. It is a/an: Community Service Program, Alternative School Program, Training and pre-apprenticeship Program, Leadership Development Program.

Offered Programs 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


United Community Corporation

"Moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency"