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   UCM E-Newsletter: Community Connections                                                  
 November  2017
Scouting For Food Community Drive - Sat. Nov. 11

At Your Front Door  Tomorrow Morning!
Join in for UCM's largest single-day community food drive.  Scouting For Food is an annual food collection orchestrated by local Boy Scouts from the National Capital Area Council.
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Help us reach our goal of 12,000+ pounds to stock the UCM Pantry for the winter months!  Fill a bag with non-perishable food items and place at your front door by 9 am on Sat., Nov. 11. Scouts will pick it up and deliver to UCM, where it is organized and sorted by scores of other community volunteers.  Learn more >>
Capitol Steps Benefit Raises Nearly $87,000
CapSteps 2017

Thank You!
The 26th Annual Capitol Steps Benefit, hosted by The Friends of UCM on Nov. 5 at the US PTO, raised nearly $87,000 to ensure the continued success of our most vulnerable children, youth, and families.

"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," says Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. For the list of more than 40 sponsors, press release, photo album, and event program book:  click here >>

BP Sale

"Where Will We Sleep Tonight?"

Help Ensure our Neighbors Sleep Soundly Tonight
Today, hundreds of Fairfax County children and their families will ask that question. Some parents are out of work or have had their hours cut. Others are facing medical bills or other unexpected expenses that have pushed their monthly finances beyond their limits. All are on the brink of crisis.

No family should have to experience the fear of losing their home without a place to turn for help. For many, that place is UCM. Our neighbors urgently need you. Learn how you can help >>

Make the Holidays Brighter for Children in Need

Holiday Room 2017
We rely on the generosity of our community to make the season joyful for struggling families and their children. We will provide T hanksgiving and December holiday food to 600 families .The Holiday Room will provide gifts for 1,000 children on our Santa's list
  • Thanksgiving Food donations are due no later than Nov. 15.
  • December Holiday Food is due Dec. 13.
  • Unwrapped gifts for children to stock the Holiday Gift Room are due at UCM no later than Dec. 11.
Shop our Amazon.com Holiday Wishlist UCM wishlist
It's so easy to  shop our UCM Books & Toys Wishlist. Your donations ship directly to UCM. We are amazed at all the Amazon packages already arriving daily -- thank you!

We appreciate all the groups and businesses that are already hosting Holiday Collection Drives!  Learn how you can help >>

A Community of Support at Progreso Center

Progreso Citizenship
"Thanks to my Progreso teachers, I passed my exam and am proud to finally be a US citizen," says Freddy, who  immigrated from Honduras to Virginia 20 years ago and works in construction.  He visited the center recently and shared his experience to encourage current students.
Community Partner Spotlight:
Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha

In recognition of National Childhood Hunger and Awareness Day in October,  the Lambda Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., hosted an event to package and donate healthy snack packs to feed local children.  Read more >>
Upcoming Events

Wed. Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving Food donations due

Sat. Nov. 18 - Monthly Free Veggies Distribution

Wed. Dec. 13 - Holiday Food donations due

Sat. April 14 - 2018 Give From the Heart Gala at US PTO

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