Dear Community Member,
The temporary opening of the federal government is long overdue, but the road to recovery for our neighbors in need is long and arduous.
In the period of the shutdown, UCM has provided increased services to federal government employees and their families:
• A Coast Guard family receiving food assistance
• A federal employee receiving food and a gas voucher for their family
• Another federal employee receiving rental assistance
Even more so, UCM has provided support to those who are not employed by the federal government but have been impacted:
• The house cleaner whose client has opted out of cleaning services
• The food truck vendor typically parked along Constitution Avenue
• The security guard of a government contractor whose offices were closed
• An Uber driver with a federal government contract
Many of these workers and their families were clients of UCM before the government shutdown. Their need for UCM services was exacerbated by the shutdown.
While the federal government is re-opening, at least until February 15, the impact of the last 35 days is still felt by UCM clients. Non-federal workers will not receive back pay, and will continue to come to UCM with higher frequency as they get back on their feet.
UCM has established a restricted Government Shutdown Emergency Assistance Fund. At this time, we
are earmarking monies collected for food, utility, and transportation assistance. If you would like to donate, please go to www.ucmagency.org, click on Donate Now, and then check the box “Is this gift for the UCM Government Shutdown Emergency Assistance Fund?”
UCM has received much information about resources available to federal employees and those impacted
by the shutdown. Attached is a listing of resources that UCM has compiled. Please share it widely.
If you are in need of assistance, please contact UCM at 703.768.7106 or at email@example.com
to see how we may be able to help.
Our doors remain open.