January 2019
UAServe Champion Mike Munroe volunteering at World Vision in East Hartford.
Going the Extra Mile, Topped Off With a Smile
On any given week, UAServe Champion Mike Munroe can been found working hard to help others in the Greater Hartford community. Some might wonder how he juggles volunteering at a food pantry with helping out at an after-school program, and sorting donations at another community program. Better yet? He does it all with a smile.

Munroe first learned about UAServe through his church and soon after felt compelled to get involved.

"UA was involved in First Church of Christ Wethersfield 's Serving Sunday, when church members learn about volunteer opportunities at various non-profit organizations," he explained.

Urban Alliance recruits and matches hundreds of volunteers just like Munroe to dozens of local programs, helping the programs to strengthen their impact.

"There are more than 50 volunteer opportunities that we match volunteers to," explained Rosa McGuire, Urban Alliance's Volunteer Manager. "It's always exciting when we meet someone who we know will be in it for the long haul, is willing to try different opportunities, and wants to help in whatever ways are needed."

Munroe was matched to three sites: Crossroads Community Cathedral 's food pantry, which provides non-perishable food items for community members and helps connect them to additional community resources, Hartford City Mission 's Noah After School program, a free program for children in first through fifth grade, and World Vision , an organization that distributes school supplies, household and personal hygiene products and clothing to those most in need through community partner organizations.

"UA makes a good effort to match your strengths and preferences to a volunteer opportunity. They also follow up to make sure that ...
"I have what I call a 'volunteer high' after I have completed a volunteer shift. It is similar to a 'runner's high'. I feel more connected to people."

- Mike Munroe, UAServe Champion
Save the Date for U-Nite

Mark your calendars! Urban Alliance will host U-Nite on the evening of Thursday, April 25, 2019. This event is free and open to all.

We look forward to celebrating with you. More details to follow!
Gathering to Link Up, Listen and Learn

Did you know? Urban Alliance facilitates regular gatherings aligned with our five initiatives— Beyond the Basics , Revitalize , Charis , Thrive and Next Generation —to help program leaders build relationships, learn from and encourage one another, and develop further knowledge and skills through group dialogue and training.

To learn more about learning communities, contact Jessica Sanderson , UA's Senior Director of Research and Strategy by clicking the button below.
Help Support Families in Our Local Community

Do you enjoy caring for young children? Would you like to help support families in our local community?

Consider  volunteering as a babysitter at a local program that provides mentorship to women who are pregnant and in need of support.

Click the button below or contact  Rosa McGuire , UA's Volunteer Manager, for more information about this opportunity.
Spend the Summer With Hartford City Mission

Hartford City Mission , a participant in the Urban Alliance network , is actively working to fill their paid summer staff positions.

Positions range from Activity Station Leaders (Arts and Crafts, Bible, Games, Team Time) to Team Leaders (Camp Counselors). Their six-week camp is the perfect option for teachers or seasonal employees looking for summer employment, college students, or someone just who loves kids and wants to spend the summer working in Hartford.

Applications and more info can be found on their website :