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February 2017
A Community of Support at UCM Progreso Center
Progreso Volunteers
Joyce Williams, one of more than 25 volunteers at the UCM Progreso Center for Literacy and Citizenship, makes the center a caring place for immigrants. An attorney working in international trade law, she has volunteered two evenings a week since 2013 to provide assistance on immigration and citizenship issues. Joyce was honored for her years of service at the Feb. 11 Valentine Dinner and Dance fundraiser. Read more...

Give From the Heart Gala - Sat., May 6
Gala 2017

The warmer weather means Spring is almost here! You're invited to the UCM Give From The Heart Gala on Sat., May 6, at the US Patent & Trademark Office in Old Town Alexandria. Our hosts The Friends of UCM are busy planning a lively evening with cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, music and dancing, and exciting live and silent auctions.

Plus new this year: featuring mobile bidding and a raffle to win a resort trip to Cancun (need not be present to win). Read more...
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Heart Healthy Food Donations
Mr. Louis Pantry
February is celebrated as American Heart Month. It's a great time to commit to a healthier lifestyle -- not only for your family, but also for the hundreds of families who receive groceries at the UCM Food Pantry.
"We aim to provide our clients with a selection of pantry staples that can help them create and prepare healthy meals for their families," explains  JaVita Banks, UCM Director of Case Management, who oversees food pantry operations. Read more...

UCM College Scholarships Available

Application Period Now OpenValencourt 2016
Higher education means higher wages and is a key connector to financial and family independence for low-income youth and families.The UCM scholarships application period is now open for Spring 2017 graduating seniors and recent graduates of Bryant Alternative High School, Mount Vernon High School, and West Potomac High School. For info and applications:

Volunteer Day of Service Jan. 20
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Day of Service
For most folks, an unexpected day off work or school means a day of shopping or perhaps a family getaway for a long weekend of skiing. On Friday Jan. 20, a group of young families chose to spend their day off volunteering with UCM to help neighbors in need. Read more...  .
Community Partner Spotlight:
Mount Vernon Masonry

Emricos Food Pantry
Joe and Lisa Emrico, owners of Mount Vernon Masonry in Old Town Alexandria, are committed to giving back to their community. Each week, they spend an average 5 - 10 hours collecting and delivering food donations to UCM from area groceries. The unsold food would otherwise end up destroyed in landfills. Read more...

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Upcoming Events
Feb. 26 - Harvest of Empire free documentary, Mount Vernon Branch AAUW, 4 pm (flyer pdf)

Mar. 8  -  Free Financial Counseling Clinic  at UCM, 6 pm

Mar. 31 - Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saint Luke's Church

May 13 - 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

Jun. 17 - UCM Benefit Day at Fair Trade Winds (online all weekend)