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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Support

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.

INFORMATION FILED WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CONCERNING THIS CHARITABLE SOLICITATION AND THE PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE CHARITY DURING THE LAST REPORTING PERIOD THAT WERE DEDICATED TO THE CHARITABLE PURPOSE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY BY CALLING 973-504-6215 AND IS AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET AT http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/charities/Pages/charities-registration-information.aspx. REGISTRATION WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT.

Yearly Service Update

January 2021- November 2021

(numbers represent individuals)

Food and Clothing Pantry
Youth, Family and Senior Services
Energy Assistance
Emergency Services
YouthBuild
Housing Assistance
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.

-Anonymous

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 

Cookies, Coats and Cocoa Distribution
Saturday, January 29, 2021 10am - 12pm
Meet us at TREC for our annual Cookies, Coats and Cocoa Food and Coat Distribution   Saturday, January 29th from 10am-12pm.
Want to give back in a big way? There's nothing bigger than donating your time.
Email rhonda.benton@uccnewark.org to find out how you can volunteer for this event and others.
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!

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Richard Greco during UCC’s Shop With a Hero at Newark City Hall

"This event was really important because a lot of parents ran out of unemployment and weren't going to be able to give their children gifts"

- UCC Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services Yucleidis Melendez

While Shop with a Hero was going on in downtown Newark, UCC's Department of Youth, Family & Senior Services were at Vailsburg Park holding their annual Holiday Express Giveaway. In two hours, the UCC team gave out 350 toys to children and their families. The gifts were donated through Jersey Cares, Chosen Generation Church and Habitat for Humanity.

"This event was really important because a lot of parents ran out of unemployment and weren't going to be able to give their children gifts," UCC Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services Yucleidis Melendez said. "There were a lot of children smiling after receiving toys that their parents may not have been able to afford. Walking away from this event makes me happy because I know that UCC is following our mission of helping families in need."

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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

 

Food and Clothing Pantry

Emergency Services

YouthBuild

Youth, Family & Senior Services

Hope Village

United Community Corporation

"Moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency"