WE’RE WORKING WITH AmeriCorps VISTA TO HELP US BETTER SERVE OUR COMMUNITY
Our application to the AmeriCorps VISTA National Service Program was recently accepted, and the New Jersey State office will be helping to provide UCC with five VISTA members over the coming year. We are thrilled to be participating in this exceptional national community service program. Since 1965 over 220,000 VISTA members have served with the mission to strengthen organizations that alleviate poverty.
We do a lot for our clients and neighbors, but we know there is much more we can be doing and we want the community’s involvement in how we can better serve them. To that end, the initial task for the VISTA members will be to help us in designing and implementing a Community Needs Assessment (CNA), an important tool that helps organizations to determine the needs of their constituents and to detect any gaps between current services and unmet needs. The results of this survey will provide detailed information and guidelines for a UCC Development Plan that will readjust and expand to better meet community needs. The Community Needs Assessment will serve as the foundation for a permanent UCC system to gauge community needs on an ongoing basis, so that long after the AmeriCorps VISTA service ends, we can continue to help and empower the low income Newark population UCC was created to serve