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    UCM E-Newsletter: Community Connections                                                  
      December 2018
"I Am Not Alone. Everyone Here Is Helping." ~ Alicia

With Your Help, We Can Do More
As you reflect upon this holiday season, please consider supporting UCM with a  year-end donation.

Thousands of Fairfax County's most vulnerable residents are in desperate need of the life-changing programs that UCM offers -- but we cannot do it without youConsider the impact you create for families such as Alicia:

When she came to UCM, single mom Alicia was living paycheck to paycheck and about to be evicted. Her job had become night shift work that paid a low hourly wage.  Her UCM counselor intervened with her landlord, helped get her son enrolled at the UCM Early Learning Center, and gave her groceries once a week from the UCM food pantry. She has taken ESL and computer classes at UCM for skill improvements that will reduce barriers to her getting a better paying job. She was so grateful: "I am not alone. Everyone here is helping."

Alicia is determined to create a better life for her family.  With your help, she will get there.  With your help, we can do more.
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Thank you for helping to make good things possible.
Holiday Gift Room Due Date is Dec. 10!

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 Gift Room will provide 900 children on our Santa's list with toys and books.

Unwrapped new gifts for children to stock the Holiday Gift Room are due at UCM by Monday, Dec. 10 (unless your group has made special arrangements with our coordinator).
UCM wishlist

It's 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 hosting Holiday Collection Drives! Get gift suggestions and earn how you can help  >
Capitol Steps UCM Benefit Raises Nearly $80,000

Capitol Steps

Thank You!
The 27th annual Capitol Steps UCM Benefit, hosted by The Friends of UCM on Nov. 18, raised nearly $80,000 to support vulnerable individuals, families, and children in Southeastern Fairfax County.

"We are grateful to our hosts and to our sponsors who make this event possible, especially Title Sponsor, Doug and Eileen Kennett, and Diamond Sponsor, AT&T," said Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. View our photo gallery  >
UCM Launches Community  Schools in
Fairfax County

Community Schools

New Partnership to Enhance Student and Family Success
UCM has launched the first Community Schools in Fairfax County, in partnership with Fairfax County Government  Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS), Fairfax County Public Schools, and United Way of the National Capital Area. UCM was selected as the lead partner for the implementation of a Community Schools pilot at Walt Whitman Middle School and Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School.

"I think of Community Schools as akin to smart phones with customized apps," said Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. "Community Schools are 'smart schools' with a host of customized opportunities and supports. They are a primary vehicle for increasing access to opportunity for student success and strengthening families and community, exactly what UCM is all about." Learn more


Sat., Dec. 22 - Monthly Fresh Produce Mobile Market, 8 am

Tues., Jan. 8 - Free Financial Counseling Clinic, 6 pm

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