About ICC


Founded in 1969, ICC’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.

ICC’s many programs aim to:

  • address unmet needs and service gaps, particularly for under-served individuals and families
  • support child development and strengthen families
  • develop self-esteem, self-sufficiency and civic participation
  • support the development of a just, tolerant, healthy and sustainable community
  • deliver programs in culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manners

Who we serve:

The Ironbound section of Newark is a multicultural, multiracial mosaic whose population of 50,000 that reflects the diversity and the challenges in urban America. ICC impacts the lives of nearly 1,000 people daily and thousands annually. The majority of ICC’s 3,000 annual clients are from very low to low income households with low literacy and English proficiency and multiple family stressors.

Recent Accomplishments:

  • 2014: Opened new $6.5 million state-of-the-art Early Head Start Center, supported by $5.5 million from private donor; Center in integrated, physically and programmatically, with Preschool, creating a model 0-5 program
  • 2014: developed 5th community garden
  • 2014: free income tax filings for more than 1,000 households, returning more than $2 million in refunds to the community, the 9th year of the program
  • 2013: assisting the tenants at Terrell Homes in preventing their displacement and the elimination of 300 Newark Housing Authority affordable housing units
  • 2010-12: 89 affordable housing units created, including an 80 unit apartment building, Ironbound’s first in 30 years and the rehab of 9 foreclosed homes for sale to low and moderate income families

Recent Recognitions:

  • US EPA Environmental Quality Award, 2014
  • NJ Future Smart Growth Award, 2014
  • Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Hero of the Harbor, 2014

News and Press Releases

Van Buren Office Fire Update
April 03, 2014

Van Buren Fire Press Release 4-3-2014 (1)

Investors Bank Joins With ICC to Provide Free Income Tax Assistance
Mar 03, 2014

Press Release 3-17-14