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   UCM E-Newsletter: Community Connections                                                  
 August 2017
Summer Learning Fun
Field Trip

Community Center Youth Enjoy Enriching Activities
Thanks to generous volunteers and community partners, this summer more than 75 youth benefited from the structured learning environment at UCM's two community centers. They enjoyed special field trips including to Wolf Trap Farm Park and museums -- including a visit from our Congressman Don Beyer -- plus other enrichment activities that kept their young minds active.  Read more >>  
Their Success Starts With You: Thank You!

Thx for backpacks
500+ Students Outfitted for School
We all know the value of a good education. A big part of academic success is having the right supplies -- which can be expensive, especially for families who are struggling to make ends meet. Thanks to generous community support, more than 500 eager students registered with UCM started the school year with a new backpack full of grade-appropriate school supplies.   Read more >>
Join us Nov. 5th for The Capitol Steps!

Cap Steps Nov 5

Poverty is no laughing matter, but The Capitol Steps Benefit for UCM has raised funds to help families in need for more than 25 years! Sponsorships start at $500 with seats and publicity benefits. Online sales for reserved seats open in early September. Read more >>
Congratulations, UCM Scholarships Awardees

2017 Battelle and Valencourt Scholars
Higher education means higher wages and is a key connector to financial and family independence for vulnerable youth and families. Battelle ScholarsWe are proud of our UCM-Battelle STEM Scholarship and Valencourt Scholarship awardees as they begin or continue their college careers.  Read more >>

Ana Moran Receives Fairfax County
Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Award

Anna Moran NCS
Congratulations, Ana!
Ana Moran, UCM Stepping Stones Counselor, was honored with a 2017 NCS Distinguished Partner Award at the recent Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services' Partners and Staff Recognition Ceremony. These annual awards honor individuals and organizations who assist NCS in fulfilling its mission of bringing people and resources together to strengthen the well-being of individuals and communities -- and who go above and beyond the expectations of a traditional colleague, partner, or contractor. Ana is pictured with Christopher Leonard, NCS Director. Read more >>

You may remember Ana from our UCM Heart of Community video, where she was featured with food pantry client Mr. Luis.
Welcome Tonya Bailey

Tonya Bailey
UCM welcomed Tonya Bailey as new Deputy Executive Director in July. "We are thrilled to have Tonya and her expertise on our UCM team," says Alison DeCourcey, UCM Executive Director. "Her enthusiasm and proven leadership in program management and oversight, continuous quality improvement, and impact measurement are critical skills that will be invaluable as we seek to improve our service to clients, with the goal of ending multi-generational poverty in our community." Read more >>
Community Partner Spotlight:
BB&T Insurance Services

BB&T CVCC Two groups of BB&T Insurance Services team members recently volunteered at the UCM food pantry and hosted a fun-filled summer picnic for families and youth at the UCM Creekside Village Community Center.  Read more >>
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Sat. April 14 - 2018 Give From the Heart Gala at US PTO

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