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    UCM E-Newsletter: Community Connections                                                  
         March  2019
You're Invited!
50th Anniversary  Gala on  Friday, May 3, 2019

Gala 19 Invite

2019 marks UCM's 50th Anniversary of service to our southeastern Fairfax County community, empowering neighbors in need to transform their lives!  Our 50th Anniversary Honorary Co-chairs are U.S. Senator Mark Warner and Mrs. Addy Krizek. 

Please join us on Friday, May 3, at our special   Give From The Heart Gala to celebrate "50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

Sponsorships start at $500 including 2 tickets.  Deadline to have your ad in the event program book is April 5.  Sponsor levels and recognition benefits are listed here > 

Thank you to all our generous sponsors, listed here >

Call for Auction Items: Donations are due by April 12. Use our convenient online form to tell us about your item >
Win an All-Inclusive Epicurian Adventure
to Napa Valley!

Napa Raffle

Purchase Your $25 Raffle Tickets: Need Not Be Present to Win
Don't miss your chance to win an all-inclusive Resort Trip for 2 to Napa Valley. Trip includes airfare and is valued at $6,005. Drawing will be on May 3 at the Give From The Heart Gala

UCM Scholarship Applications Due April 12

Scholarships 18
Attention Graduating High School Seniors
Thanks to generous support from Battelle and the Lois Valencourt Fund, every spring UCM provides college scholarship opportunities that focus on keeping vulnerable youth moving forward to self-reliance. Applications are due by April 12 and available at area high school's College and Career Centers. Or learn more here
Computers & ESL Conversation at
Hybla Valley Elementary School

"We Are Learning So Many Important Survival Skills"
Our Progreso Center for Literacy and Citizenship partners with many organizations across our community, with the goal to
Progreso Hybla Valley
make learning English as a Second Language (ESL) more accessible to immigrant neighbors.

This spring, Progreso Center volunteers are conducting an ESL session for parents whose children attend Hybla Valley Elementary School. "These parents don't have access to transportation to get to Progreso's main office," explains Cristina Schoendorf, UCM center director. "We've had excellent participation and retention of our adult learners.These weekly classes combine learning English with learning computer skills, which helps people gain employment and better jobs."

"We want to thank UCM and our great instructors, Mr. Barnes and Mr. John, for helping our families learn and improve their English an d computer skills," says the school's parent liaison. "We even have three grandmothers attending both classes, which has brought a new freshness to the group. They are learning so many important survival skills.

"Mr. Barnes has been so graceful and patient with each participant. It has been a perfect fit! Parents are now asking about the new schedule for English classes. The word is going around the neighborhood. We are ready to receive them back again!"

Thank you to our volunteer instructors, and congratulations to our dedicated students! Learn more about Progreso Center >


50th Anniversary Events Calendar

Tues., April 9  - Free Financial Counseling Clinic, 6 pm

Sat., May 18 - Creekside Village Community Day! Special guest: Congressman Don Beyer

Sat., June 1 - Sacramento Neighborhood Community Day! Special guest: Former Astronaut & NASA Administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Sat., June 22 - Battle of the Bands

Sat., Oct. 19 - 50th Anniversary Homecoming

Sun., Nov. 3 - Capitol Steps Benefit

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