Newark –The first day of spring is just around the corner and the United Community Corporation wants to make sure Newark is ready for spring cleaning. The Newark Community Action Agency will continue its series of monthly distributions in West Side Park, but March’s will be slightly different.

While there is still plenty of free groceries to be had, UCC will also have an emphasis on cleaning, disinfection, and safety needs at its spring cleaning sales event, held on Saturday, March 27th, from 12pm to 2pm in the West Side Park Community center Newark (600 South 17th Street).

The event was an brainchild of UCC Senior Services employees, sponsored by Amerigroup RealSolutions, after many senior customers expressed the need for cleaning products and families as part of UCC’s youth development programs.

“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, 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. “

In preparation for the event, UCC is holding a fundraising campaign for cleaning products, which will take place until the event on March 27th. UCC is requesting the following items to be given to the community during the sales event: laundry detergent, dish soap, dryer sheets, multipurpose cleaners, disinfectant wipes, gloves, face masks, and garbage bags. Items can be purchased from UCC’s Amazon listing and delivered directly to a UCC site: https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/LE0XTG5STN7S.

“It is very important for people to 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.” Christian Marsette, Office Manager at West Side Park said. “Providing cleaning supplies to the community is very important as with COVID-19 it is important that everyone take the correct precautions and make sure they are doing the right things to stay clean and healthy. “

The spring cleaning event is run in 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.

“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. “

With the help of its partners and the dedication of its employees, UCC’s West Side Park events have served over 1,400 people by 2021.

“My employees have a heart for the service,” said Melendez. “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. “

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