This week's featured organization is...United Community Ministries!


United Community Ministries (UCM) is one of the largest providers of human services in Fairfax County, based in Alexandria. As a non-profit, community based, social service agency, UCM works to build strong families and strong communities by providing three levels of assistance:

            For people in crisis, UCM provides food, financial aid, and counseling.

To help individuals and families achieve sustainability, UCM provides services such as all-day preschool, employment assistance, transitional housing, and parental education.  

 To engage the community and create lasting change, UCM’s neighborhood centers provide afterschool programs and leadership training.

Through these comprehensive services, UCM helps Northern Virginia families recover from emergency events and sustain healthy lifestyles. Families in crisis like this one: Donna and her 60-year-old diabetic mother were living paycheck to paycheck -- but making ends meet -- until her mom was injured on the job and couldn't work.  Then Donna was laid off from her accounting job. "My mom even went without her medicine to save money... It's really scary," she told UCM recently. "But our UCM counselor was caring and encouraging.... She listened -- and helped us with groceries... plus medical prescriptions [for my mom], and utilities and rental assistance. If not for that we would lose our home. It was a real lifesaver to discover UCM."


Upcoming events:

Sleep In to Help Out: This new, virtual event is part of UCM’s annual Help the Homeless Campaign.  For all of you who are too busy to attend one more event this fall, Sleep In to Help Out allows you to support the essential emergency services UCM provides local families simply by registering online. There's no obligation to attend anything: you and your family can spend your evening as you like, be it alone with a good book or with friends, a quiet walk or a movie -- or even get to sleep early or sleep in late! Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for those under 25. Registrations are 100% tax deductible. 

If 1,000 people sign up for this virtual event or any of UCM's other Help the Homeless events, UCM will earn a $10,000 bonus grant from program host Fannie Mae!

Help UCM reach their goal: Register today!  


Volunteer Needs:

UCM has a number of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year, including tutoring, working in the food pantry or hosting a food drive, collecting holiday toys, and various opportunities for youth and families. To see the complete list, please visit: Questions about volunteering may be referred to: Christine Lucas, 



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