A Message From Our Executive Director

"In March of 2020, life as we knew it changed when the coronavirus began its devastating path across the world."

As an organization, we leapt into action and met the increased needs of a community in crisis. No matter how scary the times got, our dedicated team never wavered and did whatever our community needed us to do to help them survive this pandemic. While nothing compares to losing a life, this pandemic had devastating economic ramifications as well. Essex County and Newark’s unemployment rates skyrocketed, people could no longer afford to pay their rents and mortgages or even purchase food to provide meals for their families.

The residents of our City needed help and UCC rose to the occasion. From March 2020 through December 2021, the need for assistance never went away. After helping 170,153 people in 2020, UCC served 154,199 people in 2021.


"Beyond food insecurity, UCC addressed many issues plaguing the community through existing departments and ones that we were proud to introduce. "

- Craig Mainor, Executive Director

United Community Corporation

"Moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency"