UWEWH embarked on a new strategic plan to fulfill their mission and impact the community through direct program efforts as well as partnerships in the community.


Maria Vizcarrondo-DeSoto was hired as the first President/CEO of UWEWH. Her passion and approach to community programs is the foundation for much of the modern day organization.


UWEWH assumed a key community leadership role in its initiative Partnership Against Illiteracy beginning one of their prime focuses of improving literacy in the community.


The UCFC officially changed its name to The United Way of Essex and West Hudson (UWEWH) the name it still holds today. That year it raised over $4.3MM to support 63 agencies.


The Newark Welfare Federation merged with the Community Service of the Oranges and Maplewood to form The United Community Fund and Council of Essex and West Hudson (UCFC).