Every day the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) empowers residents of the Ironbound section of Newark (a diverse neighborhood of 50,000 people) to build better lives for themselves and a better community for all who call the Ironbound home. As the leading social service organization in the Ironbound, ICC takes a unique approach to delivering quality services by linking them with community planning and activism. This process of community transformation began in 1969 when residents started a preschool as a grassroots response to a growing need for childcare. ICC serves over a thousand people daily, who collaborate with ICC on a range of neighborhood issues, from affordable housing and economic development to safe streets, clean air, and educational opportunities for adults and children. All of this happens with the support of foundations, government, and community members, investing in positive changes in the Ironbound.