Community COVID-19

UNITED WAY SINCE COVID-19 United Way of Greater Newark’s Community COVID-19 Fund raised more than $4.9 million to support the local community. Our Community COVID-19 Fund included Small Business Grants, Emergency Food Aid and the Parent Exchange Program.


United Way of Greater Newark received over 900 applications, rewarded 134 small businesses grants, and awarded more than $1 million to businesses in need in Newark.


UWGN partnered with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, the Salvation Army and MEND to facilitate food distribution efforts in Newark and various parts of New Jersey. We distributed over 200,000 pounds of food with the support of 16 partner organizations 



"The food helped me and my family very much. I was excited to hear that my application was accepted and that the food was going to be brought to my house. My husband recently had a stroke, so I have not left his side since then. Being that I take care of his every need it has been hard for me to go out and buy groceries. I didn’t want to leave him alone, and I didn’t want to put myself at risk of being exposed to the virus. My husband's medical conditions also have brought hardship financially to the family, so this food distribution helped us immensely. Thank you all so much for the work that you do and god bless you all." Mrs. Velez, Newark resident- Newark resident


"The [Small Business] grant [I received] was more than a boost, it was a lifeline or – better yet – a rebirth of what appeared to gone. Tonnie’s Minis did everything it could to remain normal over the last few months from donations to deliveries, but everyday holding on with a consistent smile. Well, the award letter brought more than a smile, it brought tears of joy that lead to what has felt like a new beginning." Tonnie Rozier - Owner and CEO of Tonnie's Minis



UWGN filed taxes for almost 8,000 low-to-moderate income residents across the NABC network, which

returned nearly $12M to the community.


The FAFSA challenge had 150 volunteers in 2020.

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Individuals attended Newark Thrives! first international out-of-school time (OST) professional development session on OST Covid-19 Best Practices. This session served over 100 international OST program providers’


Individuals attended Newark Thrives! first virtual OST recruitment fair for Newark youth and families featuring a service announcing from Superintendent Roger Leon endorsing Newark Thrives! work towards increasing access to quality OST opportunities

Newark Thrive! facilitated an engaging OST informational session for 800+ Summer Youth Employment Program participants

My Very Own Library

Serviced 24,000 students

Between 2020-2021

My Very Own Library will distribute 240,000 books Services 35 Newark Public Schools


At United Way of Greater Newark, we believe in full transparency with our constituency. Click here to view reports of our efforts.