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      Spring 2018
2018 Give From the Heart Gala

Gala Thank You

Hundreds of guests, donors, community leaders, sponsors, and supporters joined us on April 14 at the UCM Give From The Heart Gala , raising $180,000 to empower our neighbors in need to transform their lives. 

"It is an exciting time at UCM," Board Chair Ken Disselkoen told the crowd. "We're making changes to become the agency our community needs us to be. We have a revised mission -- to empower our neighbors in need to transform their lives. Our vision is a community where everyone thrives."

We exend a special thank you to our event hosts, The Friends of UCM, and to all our generous sponsors and donors.

Long-time Mount Vernon residents Joanne and Bruce Malkin were presented with the 2018 UCM Gerald  W. Hyland Humanitarian Award. Retired Fairfax County Mount Vernon Supervisor Gerry Hyland, the  namesake and last year's inaugural awardee, helped to honor the Malkins for their commitment  to service and dedication to the betterment of others that enriches the community of Alexandria.
nity of Alexandria.

"I Feel Strong and Excited about My Future ..."

Thank You from Lorraine
fresh produce

When Lorraine came to UCM several years ago for help, she was homeless and could not envision any help or hope for the future.

She graciously shared her personal journey to financial stability and good health with guests at our Gala. Lorraine l it up the room with her inspiring story:  "Without UCM, I would not be the happy, healthy person you see tonight. Thanks to the fresh food at UCM's food pantry, I am able to eat healthy even on my limited budget." Read Lorraine's story >>
Celebrating UCM's Mission in Action

Empowering our Neighbors in Need to Transform Their Lives

Creekside Community Day

It's been a busy spring with many special UCM program activities and events, including Wee k of the Young Child at the UCM Early Learning Center, Creekside Village Community Day, and student graduations at UCM's Progreso Center.  Read more >>
Honoring our UCM Volunteers

Volunteers are Truly the Heart of UCM!

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."
          - Coretta Scott King

Every spring, we honor the contribution of our generous volunteers who perform so many important jobs at UCM all year round. UCM team members hosted volunteers on April 21 for a special brunch celebration.  Read more >>
Community Spotlight:
Stamp Our Hunger 2018 Food Drive

Stamp out hunger
Record-Breaking 13,200 Pounds Stocks Food Pantry

For the past 26 years, the National Association of L e tter Carriers (NALC) has hosted  Stamp Out Hunger, t he largest nationwide single-day food collecti on drive, held on the second Saturday in May.

We appreciate the ongoing support of the letter carriers of NALC Union Branch 567 and Alexandria area post offices. Read more >>


Now continuing through July:
Mount Vernon Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Food Drive

Progreso Center Summer Schedule

Sat., May 26  - Monthly Free Veggies Distribution, 8 am

Thrift Store Sale

Tues., Jun. 5 & Thurs., Jun. 7 - ONMV Community Conversation on Summer Camps & Meals

Sun., Nov. 18 - Save the Date! Capitol Steps Benefit for UCM

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