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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Emergency Assistance, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training

Mission: UCM''s mission is to assist families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance and fosters their ability to function at the greatest level of their economic and social capacities.

Programs: * The Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center, offering quality child care for working parents and instruction in infant care for teenage mothers;* Basic Needs helps people in crisis meet basic needs and learn about resources for long-term self-sufficiency;* Back Porch Thrift Shop, where customers from a variety of economic backgrounds can find affordable bargains and clients can receive a voucher for the items they need;* Work Force Development Center, offers a variety of employment and self-employment services;* Supportive Housing programs offer transitional housing and a variety of housing counseling services; * Healthy Families; child abuse prevention and a child-nurturing program;* Family Renewal, provides a support group to homeless and formerly homeless families;* Youth In Action is designed to provide youth with activities and empowerment while improving the quality of their families' lives through a parent education component.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCM is a vitally important organization in our community. The thousands of people helped each year are striving to better themselves and thus, the whole community. The number of clients that UCM serves is growing daily.. I can't imagine what all of the clients would do without the help from UCM.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just today, i wrote out the contact info of UCM for a family looking for handouts at Walmart. UCM is priceless to the South Alexandria, Mount Vernon area. I truly don't know how so many individuals and families would survive without UCM's steady support to our Community!

beth engelmann

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with UCM. I find it to be an excellent resource for those in need in our community. The wide range of services (food pantry, early childhood education, workforce training, etc) is a great safety net for our community. Services are provided with a great amount of compasion and caring. Contributions are managed well and spent to help those in need with a small administration cost.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in UCM's homeless walk, holiday room and food pantry. This is a caring well-run organization that helps our local familes in need. UCM is helping with food, utilities, job training, child care and so much more. The parents who come to the holiday room were so grateful for the help so that they could give to their children. They also received holiday food. It was a meaningful experience for me and UCM helps people daily with their needs and helps people to help themselves through job skills! It is an organization you would be proud to be a part of!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCM is an outstanding organization that provides a vital service to those in need in the Mt. Vernon\/South County area of Fairfax County. We are lucky to have them I am pleased to support the good work that they do.

Suzanne20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCM is a rare, lean organization with a lot of heart. The work that it is involved in reaches to the very core of need in the community. I am proud to be able to work with the fundraising group of the organization and to offer students a direction to reach out for meaningful community service such as stocking the food room or the holiday gift room. Community friends can engage in fundraising, from small, social affairs to larger food drives and know that their efforts are impactful and appreciated. I don't know of a' grassroots'organization that works harder or effects those in need more directly in my community!

losorioles

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful community based charity in the Mount Vernon Lee districts of Fairfax County, Virginia. Last week I brought over some of our older youth from St. Luke's to help unload food donated from the area churches like Good Shepherd Catholic Church and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Amazing support from the churches and pretty soon the food pantry was full! It was great to work with the UCM staff and to learn how the food is helping those in desperate need in our community. God Bless UCM and the people they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been helping with UCM programs for years. UCM is the largest and most vital social service agency in the eastern part of Fairfax county. UCM's support for families, the under employed, and those with needs large and small is unmatched by other agencies up and down the Rt. 1 corridor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCM is such a wonderful addtiion to our community. During this season, it's especially nice to think back on its years of service and the many, many persons who have been helped during its history.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered at the UCM with my son. Volunteering at UCM is not only an opportunity to help our community, but to get to know the people in the community. I think that makes it an extra special experience for my son.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor. Because of United Communities our community is a better place. Not only do they provide food and shelter for many in need, they provide counsel on how to better their condition.

Margaret M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to and volunteered for UCM over many years. I keep coming back to UCM because all of the efforts stay right in our community. I feel like their clients receive my donations rather than the money being spent on sending me address labels, cards and the like. I believe something like 94 cents of every dollar contributed goes directly to those who need it. Volunteering has also made me realize that there is true need right in my neighborhood and UCM does all that it can to meet those needs.