Who we Are

The Urban League of Essex County is an organization of talented professionals, caring volunteers, and engaged trustees dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged residents throughout Essex County, New Jersey.

We believe in the American dream – that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

Since our founding in 1917, our mission to help African Americans and disadvantaged residents achieve social and economic self sufficiency has supported that ideal.  We offer relevant programs and services in education, employment, housing and economic development that empower communities and change lives. 

Through the generous support of our funders, partners, members and volunteers, The League has touched the lives of thousands of individuals and families – putting them on the path to better opportunities, financial stability, home ownership and their own American dream.


From The President’s Desk

Since becoming its President and CEO in 2004, Vivian Cox Fraser has led the Urban League of Essex County’s growth and transition from to social services agency to a comprehensive community development corporation. 

Our Staff and Board

We deliver on our mission through our team of over 45 professional staff members and dedicated trustees.  
Have a specific question about a program?  Contact us.  We’re here to help.


Our AmeriCorps members advance the mission of The League - sharing their talents and commitment to tackle social challenges through community service.  We are changing lives and getting things done…together.


Young Professionals and Guild

Our volunteer auxiliaries are ambassadors for the Urban League Movement.  These invaluable members of the Urban League of Essex County contribute time, skills and expertise to connect The League to the communities that we serve. 

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