MEMORIAL DAY: United Community is closed on May 30th, 2022

Our Programs

Stepping Stones

United Community’s Stepping Stones Program provides critical basic needs supportive services to families in need of emergency assistance.

Local residents waiting in the line of the United Community food pantry during the covid-19 pandemic.

Qualifying households and individuals can receive rental assistance once a year. All rental assistance requests must go through Fairfax County Coordinated Services Planning (CSP) at 703.722.0880. CSP will determine eligibility over the phone and then refer the client to a service organization like United Community. Upon referral from CSP, the client is required to contact 703.768.7106 for an appointment.

Energy bill assistance is provided to households and individuals in need through Dominion’s EnergyShare program. Assistance is provided once in any given season, irrespective of where that service was provided.  

In partnership with the Greater DC Diaper bank, Stepping Stones provides monthly diapers for children ages 0-3. Diapers are no longer provided once a child reaches age 3 unless the caregiver can provide documentation showing that the child requires them.

Our Case Management program is a critical part of the program. Our qualified case workers meet with clients to provide them the information, encouragement, and support they need to grow and progress.

Food Program

Providing a wide variety of food assistance through our food pantry, homebound delivery service, and community school markets.

Our Cynthia Hull Food Pantry, located at our 7511 Fordson Rd, Alexandria provides a wide variety of food assistance on a regular basis. Families living within our service area can receive canned goods, fresh produce, eggs, meat, and other food assistance weekly.

Pantry Hours:

  • Monday 10am – 1pm
  • Tuesday 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday 1pm – 5pm
  • Friday 10am – 1pm

Local residents can pick up a bag of healthy food at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School in the Sequoyah Neighborhood or Walt Whitman Middle School near the Gum Springs Neighborhood.

Community Centers

A large group lined up to enter the Creekside Village Community Center community day

Our Sacramento Neighborhood Center and Creekside Village Community Center serve as hubs for 15 local neighborhoods to meet, learn, and grow as neighbors and as a larger community. Programs are developed by and for local residents serving all ages.

Our centers are places where residents of all ages connect with their neighbors, learn to lead, and make changes that strengthen the community where their families live.

In our centers, adults and youth are engaged in community programming, leadership development activities, and social and educational opportunities that further their personal and professional development. ​

With community partners like the Fairfax Department of Neighborhood & Community Services, we also provide resources for learning, mentorship, and health screenings to community residents.

Success through Purpose, Achievement, Respect, and Knowledge (SPARKS) is a multi-faceted youth development program for students designed to build positive momentum in each participant’s life. 

SPARKS provides a safe out-of-school environment during afterschool and summer camp. Historically underserved youth can receive academic support, learn new skills, and engage in activities that promote leadership, and intervention or prevention of negative behaviors. 

The program focuses on 

  • Improving school attendance, engagement, and achievement. 
  • Strengthening leadership, social skills, and well-being. 
  • Providing intentional, well-rounded family support to program participants.

Community Schools

A Community School is a public school that partners with organizations like United Community to improve the overall health and wellbeing of students and their families.

Middle school group enthusiastically smiling and cheering

In Fall 2018, United Community launched the first Community School programs in Fairfax County at Walt Whitman Middle School and Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School.

We provide students and their families with access to youth & community development programs and community engagement opportunities that promote stronger families and healthier communities.

Local residents can pick up a bag of healthy food at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School in the Sequoyah Neighborhood or Walt Whitman Middle School near the Gum Springs Neighborhood.

Please contact us so that we can make sure to prepare enough bags for everyone. Thank you.

In addition to the School Markets, the Community School Coordinators maintain a clothing, toiletry, and school supply closet, and an emergency food pantry that families and students can access by appointment with the Community School Coordinator. Spanish language available. 

Together with partners like United Way and Fairfax County Neighborhood & Community Services (NCS), we work with school staff to provide students and their families with direct access to the health and social services they need to succeed in and outside of the classroom. 

Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School

Walt Whitman Middle School

United Community Early Learning Center

Offering full-day affordable, quality care and education for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.

The Early Learning Center playground

Our ELC provides an enriching environment, with special emphasis on social-emotional development along with an evidence-based curriculum to ensure that children are prepared to learn when they enter Kindergarten.

Family Achievement Program

Helping families achieve self-sufficiency and independence through one-on-one coaching for personal finance, educational, and professional goals. 

The Family Achievement Program is designed to assist families in reaching their goals of self-sufficiency and independence. Families are provided with a FAP Coach who works one-on-one with families to identify and achieve their personal financial, educational, and professional goals. Together with a network of local community-based organizations and county agencies, FAP connects families with the resources and opportunity they need to accomplish those goals. 

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Childcare Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Employment Assistance

Healthy Families Fairfax: Mount Vernon

Providing home-based parenting education, health information, community support and school readiness for parents from pregnancy until the child reaches age three.

The Healthy Families program is an intensive parenting education and support program that successfully prevents child abuse and neglect in high-risk families.

The Healthy Families Program helps parents:

  1. Promote positive parenting
  2. Improve child health and development
  3. Promote school readiness

Partnering with the Fairfax County Department of Health and Human Services, HFF’s Family Resource Specialists conduct an initial Family Assessment to determine the families eligibility and needs.

Family Support Specialists meet with parents one-on-one in person, via phone or virtual home visit to provide home-based parenting education, health information, community support and school readiness training from the mother’s pregnancy until the child reaches age three.

Progreso Literacy and Citizenship Center

Empowering immigrants through education, citizenship services, and immigration assistance services. 

At Progreso, we open doors for our fellow community members by helping them acquire the skills and resources they need to succeed. We provide semester-long English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adult learners of all language levels.

Progreso is also dedicated to helping those on the path to U.S. Citizenship. We offer citizenship classes that are designed to prepare students for the US Citizenship Exam and Oral Interview.  

We have an immigration attorney on staff to help clients with immigration-related legal issues including asylum, green cards, TPS, family petitions, and citizenship applications. 


Interested in English as a Second Language classes? Click the link below to learn more.

If you are interested in our services for the first time, please click the link below.

*Site translation is completed through Google translate and may not be completely accurate.

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