Giving Back

July 15, 2021

NEWARK, NJ – Newark officials are looking to get the ball rolling on the establishment of another shipping container village to aid its homeless population after the city in March opened its first one on Newark Street, dubbed “HOPE Village.”  The current Newark Street site holds seven containers ...

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NEWARK - Do you love to walk, roll, bike, hike, run or swim? Then this challenge is for you. Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ), serving Newark, invites you to take the “100 for Heart Challenge” by completing 100 miles of movement through August 31. Whether you join as an individual or a ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A first-of-its-kind turf soccer field officially opened Tuesday at the Marquis “Bo” Porter Sports Complex providing more opportunities for Newark's youth to participate in recreational programs.  The newly installed field comes to the Lyons Avenue park through an initiative headed ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The City of Newark in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, and South Ward Promise Neighborhood through the BRICK Education Network donated Chromebooks to senior citizens. The 175 Chromebooks were given to help senior citizens remain involved, engaged, and communicative with ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Brick Education Network, a Newark-based charter management organization for student academic success held a community BBQ and COVID-19 recovery for South Ward residents. With over 300 community members in attendance, the event at the Amphitheater included the distribution of free ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- Newark residents will access to some additional summer fun this year as the United Community Corporation will provide activities to the community.  With the temperature rising and the blazing sunshine, children can cool down at The Clubhouse Community Center’s pop-up ice cream ...

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NEWARK, NJ — United Community Corporation food pantry services opened in May at Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Ironbound thanks to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Network Investment Initiative grant. "We are delighted to partner with United Community Corporation and thrilled to ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — In addition to bringing together a panel of local mayors to discuss the many challenges facing their municipalities, the Inter-Chamber Coordinating Council (ICCC) of Essex County also recently honored Essex County icon Louis LaSalle with a Lifetime Achievement award upon his ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A free distribution event will be held at West Side Park this Saturday in honor of fathers across Newark.  The Father's Day distribution event will be hosted by local nonprofit United Community Corporation and is set to begin at noon. While the event will emphasize fathers and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A workforce program that helps young people in Newark break into the job market received a $1,500 boost to support its services as part of a funding initiative headed by Uneeda Bolt & Screw Co. The New Jersey-based construction material supply company this month presented local ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Learning initiatives aimed to get Newark students back on track this summer will get a $20,000 boost in funding thanks to a virtual fundraiser event hosted this month by the United Way of Greater Newark.  The funding was raised via a virtual 5K run event hosted by United Way where ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Prince Street in Newark is now home to New Jersey's first youth-focused trauma recovery center for local children in need of mental health and support services.  The new center is aimed to provide what its founder Al-Tariq Best calls a “safe space” for youth to openly discuss trauma ...

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NEWARK, NJ – When the COVID-19 pandemic left many families and seniors throughout Newark on stretched means, a group of local restaurants known as "Newark Working Kitchens" came together and responded by delivering nutritious meals to those most vulnerable. On Thursday, Newark Working Kitchens, ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark nonprofit La Casa de Don Pedro will honor essential workers of the COVID-19 pandemic during its annual fundraiser event on June 17.  The theme of the interactive virtual event, “Silver Linings,” will feature guest speakers and video segments aimed to highlight the work of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Opportunity Youth Network plans to better serve community-based organizations after the local nonprofit on Monday announced that it received a grant totaling $300,000 from the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions.  The grant will support the Newark nonprofit's ...

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NEWARK, NJ — My Brother's Keeper Newark will be headed by its first full-time executive director, Mark Comesañas, who was appointed to the roll this week by Newark Opportunity Youth Network.   Under his new role, Comesañas will lead NOYN’s strategic approach to change systems that is aimed to ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Local outreach group Newark Opportunity Youth Network will be able to better serve its initiatives for youth in the city after it received a $10,000 grant from Scotch Porter, a New Jersey-based men’s personal care brand. The grant is planned to support NOYN's data infrastructure as ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When siblings Delilah and Nathenial Adams celebrated their seventh birthday this year, they didn’t ask their mother, Miriam, for a party or even gifts. The North Ward family, instead, chose to celebrate by giving back.  Inspired by their mother’s work as a longtime volunteer for ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The Urban League of Essex County's Urban Youth Reentry Program will be able to reach out to local young people after it received a $562,000 grant this week from the National Urban League. With funding secured, the county organization opened up applications to help support youth ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s first-ever supported group home for adults with autism and intellectual disabilities will welcome its first four tenants this month after nearly two years of planning and preparation.  Headed by The North Ward Center, a non-profit organization that educates, advocates and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark’s financially burdened homeowners who face a looming eviction moratorium expected to end this June can seek help and information during a virtual seminar hosted by nonprofit United Community Corporation this month. The free virtual seminar’s goal will emphasize options ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Rutgers University-Newark student Christelle Louis graduates this month, she will have a diploma in one hand and a new job in the other.  Once Louis, 22, receives her bachelor’s degree in marketing supply chain management from Rutgers-Newark, she will join the Amazon Web ...

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NEWARK, NJ — United Community Corporation will open a second food pantry in Newark, expanding its food distribution program to the East Ward on Monday.   On May 3 at 10 a.m., UCC will hold a grand opening event at Wolff Memorial Presbyterian Church on Ann Street where the organization will also ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and economic upheaval have taught us all two very important things: innovation is more important now more than ever, and given to those who are struggling is a critical element of moving forward.  This week, Khris Reina and his team at the Oakley ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark officials are putting out a call to developers and community outreach organizations to launch another phase of housing and service opportunities aimed to aid the city’s homeless residents.  The second phase, initiated by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Newark Homelessness Czar ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Maria Torres, the manager of United Community Corporation’s Champion House food pantry, will be recognized for her determination to serve Newark residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Torres will be among a group of individuals across the state on May 7 to be awarded by The ...

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NEWARK, NJ – La Casa de Don Pedro of Newark is helping residents get debt-free during the COVID-19 pandemic through a back rental assistance program.  After an anonymous party donated $1.4 million to La Casa, the organization is now providing financial assistance to Newark households. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ – Nearly 200,000 masks were donated to Newark families in the South Ward this week as part of a local campaign headed by BRICK Education Network to keep residents protected during the pandemic.  BRICK Education Network, a Black-led charter management organization (CMO), announced that ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark nonprofits, Urban League of Essex County and Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc., will receive funding for local revitalization efforts as part of an initiative led by The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Funding awards totaling $11.4 million will be ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark-based nonprofit Braven will be able to further support its programs aimed to create employment opportunities in Black communities thanks to a recent grant from the NBA Foundation.  As one of nine organizations that received a cut of the grant monies totaling $3 million, ...

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