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.
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For more information, contact | 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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The Department of Community Engagements mission is to actively interact and engage with members of the community to make both potential and current clients and volunteers aware of all of the services that United Community Corporation offers. We also promote and support United Community Corporation’s overall goal of moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency. 

The Community Engagement Department :

  • Has been extremely successful in increasing UCC’s presence in the media with appearances on, Yahoo, Patch, El Especialto Newspaper and Essex Daily News - in addition to being featured in Newark’s own The Star-Ledger.
  • Uses our massive food distribution events to promote all of UCC’s services that can help fulfill even more of our clients’ needs.
  • Actively seeks new marketing opportunities to spread the word about everything UCC is doing to serve the community.
  • Maintains United Community Corporation’s website and social media account to keep them all up-to-date with fresh and engaging content.


Making things happen

The Community Engagement Department is extremely involved with event planning and organizing, which includes but is not limited to logistical setup, volunteer coordinating, designing t-shirts, banners and flyers, photography / media exposure opportunities, and day-of-event management.

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."

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 

United Community Corporation

"Moving people from dependency to self-sufficiency"