Community Work

Communities Effecting Change

It is no secret that historically, many well-intentioned advocacy efforts have resulted in policies and practices that have caused and further contributed to inequality, disregarding the voices of the very people they were meant to help.

The idea at the core of Lead-Free NJ is that lead-free policies must be representative and equitable to create lasting change. It is the belief that advocacy is most effective when folks are out front. Community members’ voices and needs drive the collaborative, grounding its work in the will of the folks out front who are most affected by lead issues.

Get to know our Community Hubs

Lead-Free NJ Community Hubs play an important role in keeping folks out front.

Community Hubs are local grassroots organizations that help define and advance the collaborative’s yearly objectives and long term goals. They participate in the statewide collaborative, but also convene to coordinate local efforts, strategize on solutions, educate residents, and more. Community Hubs’ specific plans are tailored to the needs of their distinct communities.

Paterson Community Hub

Trenton Community Hub

Newark Community Hub

Patterson, NJ

Paterson

Paterson Habitat for Humanity

Newark neighborhood houses.

Newark

Homes For All Newark

Trenton, New Jersey neighborhood

Trenton

East Trenton Collaborative

What About YOUR Community?

Interested in working on lead-free efforts in another community? Check out our Community Toolkit for practical advice and guidance to get you started. For more info contact Anthony Diaz at adiaz@njfuture.org.

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Support

Support for the Lead-Free NJ’s Community Work is provided by The Henry & Marilyn Taub Foundation, The Fund for New Jersey, and Victoria Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of these foundations.