The Mission of Union Township Community Action Organization is to assist in the needs and concerns of individuals from infants to seniors in all areas which would lead to a more productive life.
This will be accomplished through education, training opportunities, economic development and wide range of social services and programs responsive to those needs thus enhancing the abilities, talents and advocacy of residents of the Township of Union and County of Union. We believe in “Opportunity Through Education.” We are committed to the philosophy that parents are the primary educators of their children and our partners in providing comprehensive services.
UTCAO’s programs include Infant & Toddlers and Preschool. In addition, operates an Early Head Start Program for infants and toddlers who qualify and are eligible to enroll.
The Union Township Community Action Organization, Inc. provides affordable day care services, with financial support from the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, Division of Youth and Family Services, Division of Family Development (DFD), Township of Union, and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Child Care Food Program. These government entities provide financial assistance to eligible families based upon family income and household size.
As we have entered into a new century, the challenges of the future hold opportunities to aid us in assisting individuals as never before. UTCAO has set out on a proactive course in combating the social ills around us, and at the same time taking a deep breath periodically to reflect on the lessons of the past and the present progress made in the journey toward the future. Many caring people -- Board members, staff, volunteers, businesses, friends, federal and local governments -- comprise the vast network responsible for these accomplishments. We must further develop that network if we are to continue making a significant impact in our communities. As we continue to serve the needs of individuals in our communities, the scope of our mission is often complex and impossible to achieve overnight. But the agency continues in it's commitment through complexity and what seems impossible to meet those needs.
The task of helping those in need carries with it the highest degree of honor. Nothing gives one a satisfying sense of self worth quite like helping another build their own sense of self worth. There is no better example of that than community action. My sincere thanks go out to the staff and Board members whose "can do" spirit and dedication are matched by few others.
I challenge you to join with us as we help those in need face the challenges that lie ahead in the twenty-first century.
Joanne Little Clark
Chairperson, Board of Directors