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    UCM E-Newsletter: Community Connections                                                  
      Fall  2018
Scouting For Food is Saturday, Nov. 10!

Scouting for Food

Scouts Community Food Drive ... Right at Your Front Door!
Join in for UCM's largest single-day community food drive!  Scouting For Food is an annual food collection orchestrated by local Scouts from the National Capital Area Council. Cub Scouts will be distributing door hanger reminders throughout area neighborhoods tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 3.

Help us reach our goal of 12,000+ pounds to stock the UCM Pantry for the winter months. On Sat., Nov. 10, fill bags with non-perishable food items and place at your front door by 8am. Scouts will pick it up from your residence and deliver to UCM's main office -- where donations will be sorted and organized by scores of community volunteers.

We still have 2-hour volunteer slots available from 8:30am to 4pm on Sat., Nov. 10. Great for teens, families, groups of friends, and colleagues! Sign up to volunteer  >
Almost sold out! Capitol Steps UCM Benefit 11/18

CapSteps 18

Two weeks away! Reserved seats are still available, but going fast -- always a sell-out crowd, so don't miss out!  Purchase yours online now  >

Poverty is no laughing matter, but t he Capitol Steps have helped UCM raise critical funds for neighbors in need for decades!  Our 27th annual Capitol Steps UCM Benefit is set for Sunday, Nov. 18, at the US Patent & Trademark Office in Old Town Alexandria.

Heartfelt thanks to our hosts, The Friends of UCM, & to all our generous sponsors, including Doug & Eileen Kennett, Title Sponsor, & AT&T, Diamond Sponsor.  View all sponsors here  >
Holiday Gift Room is Open for Donations!

Holiday Gift Room

Make a Joyful Holiday for Children in Need
We rely on the generosity of our community to make the season joyful for struggling families and their children. This year's Holiday Room will provide gifts for 900 children on our Santa's list.

All Gifts Due at UCM by Monday, Dec. 10
Unwrapped gifts for children to stock the Holiday Gift Room are due UCM wishlist at UCM no later than Dec. 10. It's so easy to shop our "UCM Books & Toys" Amazon Wish List. Your donations ship direct to UCM. We are grateful for all the packages already arriving -- thank you!

We appreciate all the groups and businesses that are already hosting Holiday Collection Drives! Would you like to host a drive or Angel Tree at your location? Learn more  >
New Scale for the Food Pantry: Thank You!

Pantry Scale

Thanks a Million!
We are thrilled to announce that because of our caring community ... in fewer than eight days, we exceeded the $3,600 needed to purchase a new industrial weighing scale for our Food Pantry!  Heartfelt thanks to everyone who responded to our emergency "call to action" to replace the broken one, with your donations or by sharing our social media posts for the appeal.

Each year, we process and weigh nearly half a million pounds of food to feed hungry families in need.  Thank you especially to UCM volunteer Bob Faherty for his video testimonial about why an industrial scale is so critical for the backbreaking work of our Food Pantry team and volunteers. Photos of the new scale in action will be coming soon ... in the meantime, take a minute to  watch the short video here.


Sat., Nov. 17  - Monthly Fresh Produce Mobile Market, 8 am

Fri., Nov. 9 - Thanksgiving Food Donations Due

Sun., Nov. 18 - Capitol Steps UCM Benefit

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