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United Community Corp. Hosts Community Health, Wellness Fair at West Side Park

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United Community Corporation and Amerigroup will host a Community Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 25. 

The event will be held outside the West Side Park Community Center in Newark from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The wellness fair will focus on serving the whole person and family by addressing physical, emotional, social, and intellectual wellness. 

"Our agency is an antipoverty agency for the City of Newark. Part of the mission of removing poverty from the people of our city is directly related to the health and wellness of the families that we're serving," UCC Executive Director Craig Mainor said. 

"For our agency to not only be able to provide social, economic and emergency services, but also provide medical information and resources to serve the whole person."

In addition to wellness services, which will be provided by over 20 partners, United Community Corporation's Champion House food pantry will be providing free perishable and non-perishable food for people to bring home at the event. 

Community Health and Wellness Fair

Thus far, in 2021, UCC's food pantry has served over 85,000 people bringing its number well over 235,000 people served since the pandemic hit New Jersey in March of 2020. 

UCC can serve food to the community thanks to generous funding and support from the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.

"There are still a lot of people that are struggling right now," UCC Food Pantry Manager Maria Torres said. 

"There has been a shortage of specific items like fresh vegetables and fresh fruits that our clients have been asking for. For me, it's always important to look for the things that members of our community are asking for."

In an increased outreach effort to spread informational awareness about the COVID-19 vaccine, UCC has partnered with the Essex County Department of Health to provide on-site, walk-up COVID-19 vaccinations. UCC's outreach efforts are thanks to grant funding from Partners in Health.

"We are so thankful to partner with the Essex County Department of Health to try to get more members of our community vaccinated," UCC Director of Community Engagement Richard Greco said. 

"We want to provide everyone eligible with the opportunity to become vaccinated as well as have as much information to make an educated decision about being vaccinated." 

Community Health and Wellness Fair

In addition to food distribution and COVID-19 vaccines, the wellness fair will provide residents of Newark, Essex County, and beyond with free books, employment opportunities, health screens, travel safety and assistance, academic support and various wellness resources focused on serving youth, adults, seniors, and families. 

Over 1,500 masks and hand sanitizer will be available to all on-site, thanks to a generous donation from Choose Healthy.

"It's very exciting to be able to be part of an event that will provide the community with different resources that can benefit all members of the family," Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services Yucleidis Melendez said. 

"This event is not just about wellness but also about providing families with hope and support."