Community Organizations

Our Community-Based Organizations

This directory of community-based organizations is provided by the NDD as a service to Downtown Newark. All information is subject to change. For questions or changes, please contact

Advocates for Children of New Jersey


To identify children’s needs through research, policy, and legal analysis and strategic communications; to raise awareness of those needs; and to work with elected officials and other decision-makers to enact effective responses.

Children & Youth

35 Halsey Street

Association for Children of New Jersey


The Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) is a premier research and advocacy group on children's issues. For more than 30 years, ACNJ has been a voice for children, advancing policy in child welfare, early care and education, health care, family economic security, and juvenile justice.

Children & Youth

35 Halsey Street

Barat Foundation


“Public Art by the Public”: Engaging youth and communities in the process of collaborative artistic creation, fostering peacemaking through the arts and promoting the civil ideals of inclusion, diversity, pride of place and the beautification of public space.

Community Organization

2 Center Street

Bessie Green Community Inc.


Feeding, clothing, and supporting our neighbors with compassion and dignity.

Homeless Support

510 Broad Street

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties


At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, we work with volunteers, parents, and families to create one-to-one mentoring relationships that defend, inspire, and empower the potential that lives within every kid. We are ready to build the biggest possible future, together. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, and to be a credible social justice organization embedded in our community.

Children & Youth, Community Organizations

500 Broad Street

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties


At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, we work with volunteers, parents, and families to create one-to-one mentoring relationships that defend, inspire, and empower the potential that lives within every kid. We are ready to build the biggest possible future, together. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth, and to be a credible social justice organization embedded in our community.

Children & Youth, Community Organizations

500 Broad Street

Brick City Run Club

Brick City Run Club's mission is to empower people to become better through community and movement at every level.

Fitness & Recreation

Bridges Outreach


In March 2014, Bridges established “Project Connect” in Newark. At Project Connect, professional case managers work with homeless clients individually to create an attainable set of goals that will lead to better health, with an ultimate goal of housing, a job, and independence.

Homeless Support

35 Halsey Street

CASA for Children of Essex County Inc.

973-693-6785 or 973-622-1110

For more than a quarter of a century, CASA for Children of Essex County Inc. has provided court-authorized advocacy services to the most vulnerable, helpless, and often forgotten members of our community--foster children. The mission of CASA for Children is to promote the welfare of children in Essex County who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment by providing a safety net of support, advocacy, and mentorship. CASA trains and supervises volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court, to ensure that each child has the opportunity to thrive by receiving needed services and assistance, while helping to move the child toward a safe and permanent home.

Children & Youth

212 Washington St., Room 912

Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience

A campus-based, community-oriented center for the public arts and humanities, committed to critical thinking and creativity in civic life.

Public Arts & Humanities

49 Bleeker Street

Covenant House New Jersey


Covenant House New Jersey provides comprehensive residential care and related services to help New Jersey’s youth who have suffered from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and human trafficking build a life for themselves that is good. We journey with our young people from the streets, to our Residential Crisis Centers, to our transitional living homes, and on to independent living in the community to help them break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Children & Youth

330 Washington Street

Department of Health and Community Wellness


The Department of Health and Community Wellness provides primary health care access, and social and environmental services, to all citizens, allowing them to attain an optimal level of health and well-being. Services are provided through the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center at four locations in the City of Newark.


110 William Street

Drug Rehab Center (DRS) in Newark


The main goal of is to help people who are affected by addiction and provide information to help with the prevention of substance abuse. The site is HONcode Certified and provides reliable, transparent, and ethical health information.


Essex County College


For over 45 years, Essex County College has been educating and enriching the lives of our students. Our academic programs consider the needs of our local community, but our quality attracts applicants from all over the world.


19 Warren Street

First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church


Being disciples of Jesus Christ and making disciples of all nations.

Religious Organization

572 Broad Street

First Presbyterian Church


Transforming lives through faith in Jesus Christ.

Religious Organization

820 Broad Street

FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development Inc


FOCUS will provide innovative quality services and programs employing state-of-the art technology for all constituencies. We will strive to become financially independent as an agency and will collaborate with other organizations to strengthen existing synergies resulting in the best possible services for our clients. FOCUS will cultivate and nurture staff to ensure continued organizational growth and development.

Social Services & Human Development

441 Broad Street

Fraternal Order, Other, Fraternal Order

51 Rector Street

GI Go Fund, The


The GI Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that provides assistance to all military veterans, with a focus on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, by helping them find employment, access housing, and secure educational and health benefits.

Veterans & Emergency Services Support

One Gateway Center, Suite 120

GlassRoots Inc.


The mission of GlassRoots Inc. is to transform lives, especially of underserved youth, by fostering lifelong learning and creative self-expression through the wonder of glassmaking.

Public Arts & Humanities

10 Bleeker Street

Good Will Rescue Mission


Goodwill Rescue Mission offers help and hope to North Jersey’s urban poor and dispirited. For mind and body: food, clothing, shelter, training, and teaching. For soul and spirit: the life-changing message of God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Homeless Support

79 University Avenue

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.


20 Washington Place

Latino Institute Inc.


The Latino Institute Inc. is a private, non-profit, charitable organization. Our mission is to serve as a bridge between the Latino community, and the educational, cultural, governmental, social, and economic institutions of society by providing accurate, factual, and timely information on the barriers and challenges affecting the education, growth, development, and well-being of that community and by developing, recommending, and advocating solutions and actions that may serve as a catalyst for change. Our particular interest is educational achievement for Latinos throughout the educational continuum and the promotion of Latino culture in America. We believe, as many reasonable people believe, that educational achievement is the key to success in life. At the same time, we believe in respecting, fostering, and promoting the Latino cultural heritage, especially among our young, as part of the development of Latinos everywhere. In the educational pathway, we are uniquely interested in college retention issues and the promotion of college Latino students towards graduate schools, Ph.D. programs, and the professions. We promote these tenets through major events, conferences, seminars, lectures, performances, programs, and other activities. The Latino Institute Inc. is a national organization located in New Jersey.

Social Services & Human Development

50 Park Place, #1539

Most Worshipful Oriental Grand Lodge AF & AM

(973) 223-9967

The Most Worshipful Oriental Grand Lodge AF & AM is a non-profit organization, a fraternity, which embodies an attractive system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.

Fraternal Order

37 Fulton Street

National Association of Black Accountants--Rutgers Chapter

The National Association of Black Accountants' purpose is to address the professional and educational needs of its members, by providing avenues for member growth and development in the fields of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Economics, IT, and general Management professions.

Professional Development

1 Washington Park

National Black United Fund


The National Black United Fund makes a difference in the lives of people by investing in organizations that impact children, families, and communities. The National Black United Fund values self-help, economic opportunity, positive community change, and social justice.

Community Organization

40 Clinton Street, 5th Floor

New Jersey Appleseed


New Jersey Appleseed is a public interest law center that aims to address unmet legal needs by strategizing with community organizations and playing a role that is often not met by other pro bono law groups.

Housing & Legal Services

50 Park Place, Suite 1025

New Jersey Historical Society


The New Jersey Historical Society collects, preserves, teaches, and interprets New Jersey history through our archives, research library, and educational programs. We do so in the belief that an understanding and appreciation of historical issues, decisions, and actions can inform and inspire the people of New Jersey.

Public Arts & Humanities

52 Park Place

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra


To enrich lives through a passion for musical excellence and a commitment to New Jersey, its people, and its communities.

Public Arts & Humanities

60 Park Place, 9th Floor

Children & Youth

695 Clinton Street

Newark Boys Chorus School


The mission of the Newark Boys Chorus School is to develop our students into successful young men of sound character through rigorous academic and musical training.

Children & Youth

1016 Broad Street

Newark Day Center


The mission of the Newark Day Care Center is to continue our long tradition of training the poor to help themselves. We strive to support the citizens of Newark and Essex County of all ages by providing child care, training opportunities for adults, social services for the elderly, and summer camping experiences through the Fresh Air Fund. We will also serve as a vehicle to promote partnerships with other community-based organizations, and advocate for those who seek our assistance.

Childcare Services

43 Hill Street

Newark LGBTQ Community Center

The Newark LGBTQ Community Center is a community-based organization committed to providing safe space, programs, and services that support the well-being of the LGBTQ community and our allies in the Newark, NJ area.

LGBTQ Services

1 Washington Street

Newark Museum of Art


The Newark Museum of Art is New Jersey's largest museum. It holds major collections of American art, decorative arts, contemporary art, and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the ancient world. The museum welcomes everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.

Public Arts & Humanities

49 Washington Street

Newark Now

The mission of Newark Now is to equip and empower Newark residents with the tools and resources to transform their communities through neighborhood associations, tenant organizations, and community groups. Our core belief is that every Newark neighborhood has the capacity to be livable and that all it takes are a few dedicated, skilled residents to begin the process. Newark Now's work is rooted in three tenets that include: (1) every Newark resident has the power to transform his/her neighborhood, (2) every Newark neighborhood should and can be livable, and (3) every Newark resident has the power and ability to lead. Newark Now supports the work of our community partners through a simple motto: BUILD. BROKER. ADVOCATE. UNITE. This motto keeps us in tune with our mission. Through this motto, Newark Now provides all of our community partners with basic services to help them grow and strengthen--strategic planning, creative problem-solving, community organizing and outreach, neighborhood research, program development, capacity building, and leadership development.

Community Organization

303 University Avenue

Newark Performing Arts Corporation


The Newark Performing Arts Corporation operates Newark Symphony Hall and develops and provides arts, education, and cultural events for the residents of Newark and its surrounding area.

Public Arts & Humanities

1030 Broad Street

Newark Public Library


The Newark Public Library is a public library system in Newark, NJ. The library offers numerous programs and events to its diverse population. With eight different locations, the Newark Public Library serves as a statewide reference center.

Public Arts & Humanities

49 Washington Street

Newark Public Radio Inc. (WBGO)


WBGO is a publicly supported cultural institution that champions jazz and presents news to a worldwide audience through radio, other technologies, and events.

Public Arts & Humanities

54 Park Place

Newark School of Theology Corporation


The mission of the Newark School of Theology is to ground the ministries of pastors and lay persons by offering a high-quality seminary level theological education at an affordable cost. The school is open to all who are able to do the course work, regardless of faith tradition—or lack of a faith tradition—and any other circumstance.

Religious Organization

2 Park Place

Housing & Legal Services

303 Washington Street

Newark YMCA


Since 1881, the Newark YMCA has served the needs of the communities of Bayonne, Belleville, East Newark, Harrison, Irvington, Jersey City, Kearney, Newark, and Nutley through an array of programs and services. Our Mission is to be a resource for individuals, families, and the communities we serve to improve the quality of life through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

Community Organization

600 Broad Street

North Reformed Church


The mission of North Reformed Church is to Love the Lord Our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Religious Organization

510 Broad Street

North Star Academy Central Avenue Middle School


A free public school serving grades K through 12 in Newark, NJ. Across our 14 campuses, our students are preparing to achieve their dreams.


72 Central Avenue

North Star Academy Washington Park High School


A free public school serving grades K through 12 in Newark, NJ. Across our 14 campuses, our students are preparing to achieve their dreams.


13 Central Avenue

Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey


The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is committed to improving the health of women, children, and families. We provide free maternal home visitation programs, emotional support for new mothers, fatherhood programs, immunization education, parent-child activities, and more.

Children & Youth

50 Park Place, Suite 700

Phenomenal Women Outreach Center Inc.


Phenomenal Women Outreach Center Inc. is a Newark-based non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide women with the necessary support and resources needed to become successfully independent. PWOC will focus on the personal and professional development of the individual—improving self esteem, stress management, health and nutrition, communication, job retention, leadership, Dress for Success, financial independence, and spiritual enlightenment.

Women's Services

84 Clinton Place

Pillar College


Pillar College educates, inspires, and equips students for excellent scholarship, service, and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love, Pillar fosters intellectual, spiritual, and social development among its diverse student population at various instructional sites throughout the world.


60 Park Place, Suite 701

Planned Parenthood - Mulberry Health Center


Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. With or without insurance, you can always come to us for your health care.


240 Mulberry Street

PRIDE Center of Newark, The


A safe space where mature minds and change agents come together to ensure that no one in our community is left out of the discussion.

LGBTQ Services

17 Academy Street

Program for Parents


Programs for Parents (PfP) is a non-profit organization that works to ensure children get the best possible start in life. We support children, families, and child care providers in Essex County through advocacy and action. We offer education, referrals, shared best practices, and access to available financial resources.

Children & Youth

570 Broad Street, 8th Floor

Protestant Community Center


The Protestant Community Center is a fitness/recreational sport center.

Fitness & Recreation

25 James Street

Salvation Army Newark Area Services


The men and women of the Salvation Army have proudly served the people of Essex County for over 100 years. Throughout those years, our services and programs have changed to better serve the changing needs of our communities. The same compassion and dedication brought to the Newark and the Essex County area by the founders, is still the standard in all we do.

Community Organization

45 Central Avenue

St. James Social Service Corporation


Our overall mission is geared toward supporting the family unit by changing the economic circumstances and improving the overall quality of life for children, the elderly, low-income families, and the homeless.

Social Services & Human Development

604 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

St. John's Soup Kitchen


St. John’s Soup Kitchen has one mission and that is feeding the hungry. For over 40 years, we have been providing food to those who have none in the Newark area. Few people know what it’s like to go without food, but every day guests come to our kitchen to eat. Today with your help, we can continue helping many of our fellow men, women, and children who have fallen on hard times. It is up to all of us to make a difference in the communities we live in.

Homeless Support

22 Mulberry Street

St. Patrick's Pro-Cathedral


Saint Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, at 91 Washington Street, Newark, was the first seat of the Bishops of Newark until the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart was dedicated in 1954. While the parish continues to serve a small Catholic community living in this downtown Newark area, the parish also serves a larger community of commuters who work in Newark. Since its foundation in 1850, Saint Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral has served the City of Newark’s Catholics as a spiritual center. Led by the Holy Spirit, we joyously celebrate the Holy Mass and Sacraments, live the Good News of the Gospel in its actions and programs, and encourage an ever-deepening relationship with Christ Jesus.

Religious Organization

91 Washington Street

Teach For America


Teach For America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.

Children & Youth

50 Park Place, Suite M200

Toastmasters International/Prudentially Speaking

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, CO, the organization's membership exceeds 364,000 in more than 16,200 clubs in 145 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.

Professional Development

751 Broad Street

Trinity & St. Philip's Cathedral


Historic Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral of the Diocese of Newark is an Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion, central to the Diocese. Following the example of Jesus Christ, we strive to build our community, to embrace diversity, and to foster change through spiritual growth, hospitality, Christian formation, and education. We are committed to being a beacon of light and hope to Newark and the greater community.

Religious Organization

608 Broad Street

Two Hundred Club of Essex County


The Two Hundred Club of Essex County helps care for dependents of police officers, firefighters, and New Jersey State Troopers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Veterans & Emergency Services Support

P.O. Box 32249

United Community Corporation


Guided by service, compassion and fairness, UCC's mission is to assist low-income, disadvantaged and at risk individuals and families, including seniors and youth, to become self-sufficient and self supporting; while enhancing their quality of life and standard of living.

Community Organization

332 South 8th Street

United Way of Greater Newark


United Way advances the common good in communities across the world. The focus is on education, income, and health—the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Community Organization

60 Park Place, Suite 1400

Wynona’s House Child Advocacy Center


To preserve the unique history and legacy of gospel music with its many genres and forms throughout the world. To give all Ages, Creed and Color the opportunity to exhibit their God-given talents through Community events and our Radio and Television programs. To provide young people the possibility of showcasing and participating in learning the discipline of Gospel Music Ministry as well as receiving scholarships for higher learning.

Children & Youth

77 Academy Street