The United Community Corporation (UCC) became the designated community action agency (CAA) for the City cf Newark, New Jersey in 1964. This nationwide movement for community action was ignited by President Lyndon B. Johnson's call for a "War on Poverty" in his State of the Union address.
C. Willard Heckel, former Dean of the Rutgers University Law School, became the organization's first President of the Board of Directors. Cyril Tyson, who believed that meaningful participation by residents was essential to the success of community action agencies, was the first Executive Director.
The goals UCC set forth in 1964 were aimed at insuring (a) that every willing worker in the community could obtain the skills and employment necessary to raise and maintain his or her family income above the poverty threshold; (b) that each family has motivation, adequate economic opportunities and suitable environmental conditions to break the cycle of poverty and foster sustained self-improvement; (c) that each child receives an education that prepares him or her for useful employment; and (d) that no member of the community suffers from disease or malnutrition due to lack of sufficient financial resources.
Throughout the last 50 years United Community Corporation has faced obstacles, which posed a threat to the achievement of its goals. It has been the steadfast determination of the organization to lift people out of poverty, which has allowed the organization to survive until today.
UCC provides a host of services that serve low-income residents of Newark, which include: emergency shelter, assistance with food and clothing; case management; senior activities and nutrition; employment assistance and training; out-of-school programs for youth; transportation assistance and affordable housing.
As the United Community Corporation embarks upon its next 50 years we will continue to serve the needs of low income residents of Newark and Essex County.
31 Fulton Street Newark, NJ, 07102
Phone: (973) 642-0181