I have volunteered at UCOM for ten years and been on the board fo the past three years.
During this time the demand at the food bank has increased threefold and the demand
for meals on wheels as also increased. For the last three years we have also operated a
summer lunch program to serve the school children in our community. Last summer we
gave out over 6,000 lunches in 12 weeks. While we have been able to meet the ever increasing
demands your help is needed to support the important work of feeding the hungry and aged.
UCOM is a local nonprofit with 3 ministries...a food pantry which feeds thousands of people during a calendar year, the largest Aging True Meals on Wheels delivery site in Jacksonville, and a scholarship program to pay tuition for students who want to become Certified Nursing Assistants. Support comes from the community and from several faith based communities. My husband and I have been volunteers for a number of years. We find this to be rewarding and inspirational as we relate to other Volunteers and clients.
I have had experiences as a volunteer at UCOM UrbanServ during the summer. One summer, I helped in the food pantry. Homeless citizens would stop by to get food, and would be provided with hygiene bags. Families could get a bag of groceries with all of the food groups represented. Children of school age were provided lunches every day of the week. All were taken care of and left looking relieved or happy. UCOM also runs a program called Meals on Wheels, delivering a hot meal to local senior citizens daily. I was a substitute driver a year ago. These seniors are so appreciative for the warm meal and just to see a friendly face. UCOM does a wonderful service to the community, and there are warm, compassionate people there to greet a person in need who has come for help.
I am honored to be a Board Member and volunteer for UCOM UrbanServe, Inc. I have witnessed the effects of food insecurity and hunger issues in our community and have been blessed to witness the positive effect getting a bag of food has on our clients. We have clients who come to the pantry in the middle of crisis, clients we see on a regular basis and the homeless who receive a bag lunch. Clients are currently able to come to the pantry once a month and volunteers have developed a relationship with many of them. We not only feed their bellies, but feed their emotional health by our interactions with them. We have some clients who, once they get on their feet, contribute to the pantry. We have two paid staff positions, the rest are volunteers. Your contributions to this organization will be used to make a difference in our community.