NEWARK, NJ – In addition to distributing food to needy Newark residents this month, the United Community Corporation (UCC) will also be distributing cleaning supplies.

While there is still plenty of free groceries available for local residents, UCC officials plan to focus on cleaning, disinfection, and safety supplies at the “Spring Cleaning” sales event taking place on March 27th from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on the west side Park Community Center in Newark.

“Seniors and families must choose between buying food or cleaning products during a pandemic,” said Yucleidis Melendez, UCC director of youth, family and senior services. “Families think about being both healthy and safe, and addressing their food insecurity. Choosing between these two things is extremely difficult. We want to be able to meet both of their needs for them. “

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The event was started by the Senior Services employees of the Newark-based organization, sponsored by Amerigroup RealSolutions, after several senior customers expressed the need for cleaning products. Families within the UCC youth development programs agreed to this request.

In preparation for the event, UCC is holding a fundraising campaign for cleaning products that will take place until the event on March 27th. The organization will request the distribution of the following items during the event: laundry detergent, dish soap, dryer sheets, multipurpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, gloves, face masks, and garbage bags.

“It is very important that people take part in the fundraiser as we want to make sure that everyone who attends the spring cleaning event has all the supplies they need,” said Christian Marsette, office manager at West Side Park. “Providing cleaning supplies to the community is very important because with COVID-19 it is important that everyone take the right precautions and make sure they are doing the right things to stay clean and healthy.”

The Spring Cleaning Event is a partnership with Amerigroup RealSolutions, Hope Bridges Us, Beauty For Ashes, Saydah’s Career Planning Adventure, Covenant House, Tender Loving Totes, Girls Live, Love, Laugh, Inc., Chosen Generation & Ministries, and Saint Paul Sounds of Praise.

With the help of its partners and the dedication of its employees, UCC’s West Side Park events have served more than 1,400 people this year.

“Our partners are definitely what keeps us going,” said Melendez. “Your support, help, and contributions enable us to increase the number of people we serve and whom we can provide. The strength of our partners is a big reason for the success of our events.

“My employees have a heart for service. When we are part of the planning and activities on the day of the event, we really feel that we are doing something for the community. I am very proud of the time and effort we have invested and the work we have done over the past year to serve our community during this pandemic, “said Melendez.

Items for the event can be purchased from UCC’s Amazon listing and delivered directly to a UCC site: