United Community is bringing together friends and supporters from across the decades to celebrate 50 Years of Community-Building in our organization. This event will honor the dedication of many of the wonderful men and women who have made our work possible. Former UCM Executive Director Sharon Kelso is our special guest speaker at the event. Come join current and former board members, team members, major donors, community leaders, clients, and volunteers as we celebrate your legacy and the exciting future for our Community!
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: Mount Vernon Country Club, 5111 Old Mill Rd, Alexandria, Virginia 22309
This event is complimentary, but space is limited, so an RSVP is required. Please submit your RSVP's here.
For more details, please contact our development associate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Event sponsorships available: Contact our Giving Office at 571.255.8977.
Call for Volunteers: Volunteers needed for event support, set-up, registration, etc. If interested, please email email@example.com
Thursday, September 26, 6:30 - 9pm
Bethlehem Baptist Church
7836 Fordson Rd, Gum Springs, Alexandria, VA
This meeting follows up on the April 30 Community Conversations meeting about what residents of Hybla Valley/Gum Springs value in their community and what challenges they face. See the video of the April 30 meeting, discuss the report, and hear about discussions with county officials.
THEN we will discuss how residents want to see the community develop in the future. AFTER the highway is widened and the BRT is running, what types of businesses, recreation, shopping, jobs, and housing do we want to see here? NOW is the time to plan so your ideas can be incorporated into the mix.
Co-Sponsored by South County Task Force for Human Services, United Community, Good Shepherd Housing, New Hope Housing, Fairfax NAACP, Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation, FACETS, and Mt. Vernon at Home.
Light refreshments provided. Supervised children are welcome. Click Here to RSVP.
Donate by Aug. 5 to help our 600 students be ready!
Summer break has barely started, but our annual Back to School campaign is already underway! We're gearing up to outfit 600 students with new backpacks and supplies -- and we rely on support from caring community members like you to make sure they'll have the supplies they need to succeed come late August..
Full details including flyer and how you can help >
You and your friends and family are invited to join us for a summer afternoon of music, food, and fun:
Battle of the Bands
Featuring the music and talents of:
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Location: Fort Hunt Park Pavilion (8999 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria VA)
Download event flyer: English Spanish
Admission includes food and refreshments, courtesy of Uncle Fred's BBQ Smokeshack, La Prima Catering, and other local partners. Come enjoy and dance to the rhythms of local artists Moondaddies (Rock Band), Kumbia Power (Latin Band), and The Mobile Church (Gospel).
Tickets must be purchased in advance:
Purchase your tickets in advance here, via credit card >
To purchase via check or cash: contact Jonathan Schroeder at email Jonathan.Schroeder@ucmagency.org
Please note that due to Park Service regulations:
For information or questions: email Jonathan.Schroeder@ucmagency.org.
Event sponsorships available: Contact our Giving Office at 571.255.8977.
We hope to see you there!
All welcome to join UCM's Sacramento Neighborhood Community Center in a special celebration of community and partnership:
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Location: Sacramento Neighborhood Community Center, 8792-E Sacramento Drive, Alexandria, Virginia 22309
This free family-oriented day will include food and fun: moonbounce, performance, face painting, giveaways, food, game truck, music, youth IDs, health checks, community resource tables, and more!
Our special guest will be Astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr., first African American Administrator of NASA and retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General. He is a a long-time Mount Vernon resident.
Volunteers needed: Sign up for a slot to volunteer at our SignUpGenius page. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your group can volunteer to help out at the event!
Hunger doesn't take a summer break! Too many families and children continue to go hungry in our community. You can help!
Join your neighbors at the special Summer 2019 Stuff The Bus Food Drive to stock United Community's food pantry:
Date: Sat., June 1, 2019
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Location: Safeway at Hollin Hall (7900 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria VA 22309)
We especially need canned tuna/meats, low-sugar cereal, low-sodium canned items, pasta -- and other heart-healthy food items such as whole grains, nuts, and healthy proteins. Cash/check donations much appreciated too!
This special food drive is hosted by Fairfax County Government, Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3), Safeway store management, and MV Transportation (Fastran buses).
Sign Up to Volunteer!
We are in need of volunteers help hand out flyers at Safeway, collect donations from patrons, and help to load the Fastran Bus. We will also need help to unload the bus at our main office following the event that afternoon.
If you or your group would like to volunteer, register for a 1.5 hour time slot at our Signup Genius event site.
It’s time to #ReclaimKindness in our communities! Together with United Way of the National Capital Area, during this year's annual Do More 24 campaign, we are going to take back the kindness we’ve been missing!
Now in its 7th year, Do More 24 is an exciting 24-hour giving day, powered by United Way of the National Capital Area. This year, we're raising funds to celebrate our new United Community name and our aspiration to end multigenerational poverty.
We can't do this with your your support. Not only do we need your donations, we also request your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in the work of United Community, and encourage them to donate too!
Join the movement on May 22 at Noon until May 23 at Noon -- and donate to be the change we all want to see!
Bookmark our donate link today: www.domore24.org/UnitedCommunity.
Thank you for helping us #ReclaimKindness and Do More for our community.
All welcome to to join us at the annual Creekside Village Community Day, co-hosted with Creekside Village Apartments and Washington Community Church:
Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm
Location: Creekside Village Community Center, 7941 Janna Lee Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22306
Join United Community in a special celebration of community and partnerships! This free family-oriented day will include food and fun: Chick-fil-A sandwiches, pony rides, petting zoo, climbing wall, and face painting. The community will show special appreciation for mothers and community leaders of all ages. Thank you to all our sponsors!
Download event flyer (pdf) >
Volunteers Needed! Sign up for a volunteer slot at our Signup Genius site >
Got some junk in your trunk? It's time to spring clean, de-clutter, and sell your unused treasures at St. Luke's annual British Style Community Car Boot Sale. This is a community yard sale, where vendors sell items from their car trunks at the St. Luke's Episcopal Church parking lot.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2018
Time: 8 am to noon
Location: Parking lot of St. Luke's Episcopal Church (8009 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria VA 22308)
Price: Public is welcome to browse and shop at no charge; vendors pay $20 for their parking lot space (reserve in advance). Vendors set their own prices.
Download event flyer (pdf) >>
All proceeds from the vendor reservations and refreshment sales benefit UCM to help stock the food pantry to feed families in need. Let's give hunger the boot!
For questions about vendor reservations: contact Dawn at the phone number on the application. Download vendor application (pdf) >> Then email completed form to Dawn.
We appreciate the ongoing support of Saint Luke's Episcopal Church.
The 27th annual national Stamp Out Hunger community food drive is sponsored locally by the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 567. This event is the nation's largest single-day food drive.
We encourage all area residents to leave a bag of food by their mailbox/mailroom /front door on Saturday, May 11. Be sure the bag is there before your mail is delivered. Local letter carriers will pick up donations when they deliver your mail.
All donations picked up by letter carriers in our area will go to UCM or another local food pantry, helping to feed hungry families in your community.
Call for Volunteers
We need volunteers to help the letter carriers at two post offices near UCM, as well as later in the day that Saturday afternoon at the UCM main office on Fordson Road, when the truck arrives with food donations. We will also need volunteers the following week -- including after-school hours for teens -- to help sort and organize the food.
If your or your group or family can volunteer on Saturday, May 11 or that week: please email UCM Volunteer Coordinator Shannon.White@ucmagency.org. Thanks for helping!
2019 marks UCM's 50th anniversary of service to the Mount Vernon community, empowering neighbors in need to transform their lives. We are proud to announce that our Honorary Co-Chairs for UCM’s yearlong 50th Anniversary Celebration are U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Mrs. Addy Krizek, both former UCM Board members. The theme for this special celebration is “50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
Our yearlong celebration includes the 2019 Give From The Heart Gala, featuring cocktails, gourmet dinner, auctions, music, and dancing.
Hosted by The Friends of UCM, this year's Gala is a special 50th Anniversary Celebration:
UCM 2019 Give From The Heart Gala
50 Years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 6 pm - 11 pm
Location: Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria VA 22307
Our Gala event is now *SOLD OUT * For details and sponsor list, click here >
Can't be with us in person? Make a donation to honor UCM's 50th Anniversary of service to our community via credit card here.
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If you are interested to sponsor or support UCM in other ways, contact Arleen Borysiewicz, UCM Director of Development & Communications, at email@example.com or 571.255.8977.
For the list of scheduled UCM 50th Anniversary Celebration events, click here >
April is National Volunteer Month -- and we are looking forward to celebrating volunteers from all our programs for their generous gifts of time and talent!
Join us for breakfast to thank and recognize our hard-workding and dedicated volunteers.
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10 am - Noon
Location: Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church (2001 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria VA 2230)
Please RSVP by April 19 to Volunteer Coordinator Shannon.White@ucmagency.org.
During April 2019, Kellye Allison - State Farm has selected UCM to be the beneficiary of its Quotes For Good campaign. For each new State Farm customer quote during April, the agency will make a $5 donation to UCM for food for families in need.
In partnership with UCM supporter Grounded Coffee Shop, State Farm is hosting a special fun event:
Have Your Coffee On Us and Support a Great Cause
Date: Friday, April 19, 2019
Time: 9am - Noon
Location: Grounded Coffee Shop, 6919 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria VA 22310
We hope to see you there!
Join us for this popular annual event! Choose from hundreds of handcrafted bowls and other items, created and donated by Scope Gallery, and Torpedo Factory and other area ceramic artists. Your purchase helps fill the empty bowls and pantries of hungry families in our community.
Date: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Time: 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Torpedo Factory Art Center (105 N. Union St., Alex., VA 22314)
Download event flyer >
Call for Volunteers!
Volunteers are needed to help customers with their purchases, pass out flyers inside the Torpedo Factory, assist with checkout and wrapping bowls, and clean up. If you or your group can help, sign up here via Signup Genius. Questions? Email Shannon.White@ucmagency.org.
SOUPer Saturday is a collaboration of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Torpedo Factory ceramic artists, Scope Gallery, Montgomery Potters, and Chart House restaurant to benefit UCM. In addition to $20 bowls, there will be a selection of larger pieces at higher prices. Your purchase includes a voucher for a to-go cup of award-winning clam chowder from Chart House.
All proceeds benefit United Community Ministries.