Our vision is to lead the city and county of Delaware in providing services through outreach and advocacy for residents by developing meaningful partnerships and programming through collaborative impact.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life and positively impact the Delaware community. We work on behalf of the residents, sharing resources and providing intergenerational services across life.
Our core values consist of fostering unity in the community through service, hands-on support, social action, and education.
In 2010, a group of Delaware citizens recognized a lack of consistent access to resources for pockets of their community members. Together they formed the Second Ward Community Initiative (SWCI) to address these gaps. This aligned with the City of Delaware’s goal which is to promote a higher quality of life for its citizens.
In August 2011, SWCI began working on the development of a community center which would provide resources and serve the residents of Delaware City, particularly low income and high-risk individuals in the Second Ward. In 2012, SWCI took possession of a city building that transformed into Second Ward Community Center (SWCC). SWCC began in the second ward but provided services that would impact the entire Delaware community.
In 2019-2020, SWCI began to shift its focus from a gathering place in the second ward to a social service agency providing resources to city and county residents of Delaware. In September 2020, SWCI received DBA status as Unity Community Center (UCC). The purpose of this transition to UCC was to strengthen and promote inclusivity, increase partnerships and further programmatic expansion with race, equity, and inclusion in mind.
Cub Scouts is a school-year family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the first through fifth grade.
The Community Garden is focused on motivating and inspiring healthy, cost-effective, and innovative ways to grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers in their neighborhood.
Health & Wellness
Including Line Dancing & Zumba Classes. These forms of exercise are suitable for all ages, providing the heart-healthy benefits of an aerobic workout.
Senior Services (55 HART)
Programs for Seniors 55 and older, including Adult Fun Night, Craft Corner, Chair Yoga, Senior Birthday Club, Feet on the Street, and more.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) program introduces and explores S.T.E.A.M. in partnership with multiple organizations.
The after-school tutorial program coaches and mentors elementary and secondary students within the areas related to reading, writing, science, and mathematics.
Board of Directors
Dr. Gerald Jackson
Dr. Kenyetta Bagby
Dr. Kamar Wade