NEWARK, NJ – Newark-based United Community Corporation plans to distribute 75 coats received as a donation from EECO Americorps in the state of Montclair. This program is designed to support public schools, community organizations, and non-profit organizations.
The coats will be distributed this April at UCC’s newest location at 106 Ann St. in Newark’s East Ward, which also has a free pantry and free fashion boutique.
“Sometimes parents sacrifice their need for a coat so that their children have a coat,” said Katharine Culp, a volunteer with EECO Americorps in Montclair state. “I worked in schools and saw children outside in the middle of winter. It is definitely something that is needed more now – especially given last winter and the pandemic. It’s harder to get the supplies people need. “
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By working with organizations like Montclair State’s EECO Americorps, UCC has expanded its efforts in a variety of service areas, including addressing food and clothing insecurity.
Although the Montclair State Volunteer Group has not previously worked with UCC, they have come together to support the Newark Group’s programs in other areas. They are currently helping to recruit support for the UCC Youth Department’s “Spring into Action” event on April 16 to provide families with spring baskets, food and resources.
“This is an example of how our agency has crossed the boundaries of the city of Newark to the state of Montclair,” said UCC Executive Director Craig Mainor. “The fact that they gave us these coats.” Being of value to someone means a lot. I love the fact that students give back. “
Alena Minatee, UCC Grant’s compliance manager, stated that the site was set up to meet the high demand for services in the immediate area.
“Such a donation means that UCC will be able to meet the needs of the community immediately, as opposed to individual family donations,” Minatee told TAPinto Newark. “We have already received inquiries about how customers can get coats and start selling them.”
UCC boutique manager Tammy Copeland was delighted with the immediate support from the community and multiple organizations, noting that donations would arrive in no time as soon as she posted online that the organization was opening a fashion boutique.
“They came from all over the place,” said Copeland. “I’m really looking forward to opening up and helping people.”
Anyone who needs a coat before the Ann Street location opens in early April can contact [email protected] to arrange a pickup time.
In addition to UCC’s new food and clothing boutique on Ann Street, the organization has functioning offices for its Energy Assistance Department, which helps customers get financial support for utility bills through the Universal Service Fund program, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program The payment assistance for the gas and electricity program and the solar landscape program.