Center Of Excellence | United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Center Of Excellence

centerofexcellencemanagepeopleThe mission of the Center for Excellence is to strengthen the capacity of funded and non-funded organizations through workshops to increase the impact of their work in Essex and West Hudson and surrounding communities. The workshops are designed to enable participants to deepen the knowledge in selected areas and to acquire practical tools that can be easily customized and implemented at their organizations in addition to everyday life.
This center was an initiative launched by the Enterprise Community Social Service Task Force and was named Newark Enterprise Community Resource Development Center (NECRDC). It was developed to prepare individuals and organizations in Newark and surrounding areas with skill development techniques required for competition during that impending millennium. The center was officially launched on September 28, 1999.

Upcoming Seminars 


Date: Thursday January 15, 2015

Program: Grant Writing: Building Resources through Grants Development and Writing

Description:  If you are new to grant writing or if have you have intermediate skills and want to build or develop them, this workshop will provide you with step-by-step instructions on writing successful grants applications and proposals. You will also receive instructions on searching for additional funding that will positively impact your programs.

Presenter: Laurie Anne Roemmele, Ph.D

Time:  9 a.m. – noon 

To Register: Click here.

Sign Up

To sign up and receive emails about upcoming sessions through the Center for Excellence, contact Machelle Lassiter by phone: 973-854-2231 or email address:

centerforexcellence class sceneInteresting Facts About the Center of Excellence

Through the Center for Excellence, over forty topics have been presented. Topics such as, board development, budgeting, grant writing, planned giving, fund raising techniques, marketing, conflict management, leadership and ethics, and public speaking; just to name a few.

To-date, over 600 individuals representing over 250 non-profit and for-profit organizations have participated in various sessions. Those participants have been CEOs, Presidents, Managers, Directors, Program Coordinators, Site Supervisors, Executive Assistants, and Volunteers; just to name a few.

Here what past participants have said about the program.
* I look forward to United Ways workshops.
* The session has helped me understand what I need to do to change the atmosphere with my staff.
* I love having an opportunity to network with other participants.
* The information provided by the presenters are always very helpful.
* I always recommend others to participate in the sessions at United Way.

For Each Session
* The cost is $25 per person
* Capacity is limited to 25 individuals per session
* Everyone MUST register to attend
* All sessions are held at United Way, 303 Washington Street, 2nd floor.
* A light meal is provided


View abstracts of past seminars.

For more information contact: Machelle Lassiter, phone: 973-854-2231, email address:


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