NEWARK, NJ – Just two months after the local nonprofit United Way of Greater Newark launched an initiative to improve access to COVID-19 vaccine in underserved communities, that effort was continued with grants this week 15 non-profit organizations added.

United Way made more than US $ 800,000 in grants to Newark organizations to set up and launch neighborhood-based mobile vaccination clinics and community-based outreach and information campaigns for the public.

“We are excited to work with this outstanding group of trusted community organizations to ensure that Newark residents have access to and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines,” said Catherine Wilson, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Newark Um To be successful, this work must be church-led, coordinated, and consistent. That’s why all of our fellows are local organizations with deep roots in Newark. “

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By granting these funds to local organizations, Wilson’s goal is not only to significantly increase vaccination rates in the city, but also to “build a model of success for the future.”

The effort is part of the Newark Equitable Vaccine Initiative, a United Way initiative to address disproportionately low vaccination rates in black and brown communities. To date, Newark has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the state among communities, with about a quarter of the population being fully vaccinated.

When the initiative launched in March, it became part of a pilot program led by the Rockefeller Foundation to improve vaccine equity and access for underserved communities across the country. Newark was one of seven cities in the country selected for the program.

“An equity-first approach to vaccine delivery is key to Newark’s recovery. Without it, racial inequalities will worsen, ”said Otis Rolley, senior vice president of the US Equity and Business Opportunity Initiative at the Rockefeller Foundation. “The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support the United Way of Greater Newark and local organizations in addressing systematic obstacles to vaccine accessibility by delivering vaccines directly to the hardest hit locations in Newark and providing information on critical resources such as transportation provides. “

When the local initiative ends by the end of this year, it will culminate in a comprehensive strategy to increase vaccination rates through a series of efforts.

To date, these efforts have included an aggressive city-wide marketing and communications program, neighborhood-based mobile vaccination events, neighborhood-based outreach and public information campaigns. United Way has also coordinated working groups composed of community-level organizations, health care providers, government, faith-based community, and small businesses.

The 15 community-level organizations that received the grant are:

  • United Way of Greater Newark Grantees
  • Allen Village CDC
  • Bridges Outreach, Inc.
  • Action by the Clinton Hill Community
  • FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc.
  • Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Don Pedro’s house
  • Newark Family Emergency Services
  • North Jersey AIDS Alliance, Inc.
  • Project ready
  • Sarah Ward Kindergarten
  • South Ward Children’s Alliance
  • Treehouse Ent & Cultural Arts
  • Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
  • United Community Corporation
  • Urban League of Essex County

For more information on the Newark Equitable Vaccine Initiative, please visit: newarkvaccinenow.org