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June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

My family and I have supported UCM for more than 30 years. With the floundering economy, more and more people are losing jobs, losing their homes and are worried about the future of their children. UCM, with their caring staff, is there to help. I am extremely impressed with UCM's Bryant Early Learning Center. Education is provided, at a minimum cost, to children birth to 5 years of age so that parents can work or continue their education and to provide for their family. The Learning Center, which is located in a public high school, partners with Fairfax County to provide child care so that teen parents can earn their high school diploma. Without this program, many teen parents would have to drop out of school making their future very uncertain. UCM is dedicated to helping all those who need help and continues to find ways to serve the growing population of those less fortunate.

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2012

June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012
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I have been involved with UCM in some capacity for over 20 years. And I am still proud and amazed at the wonderful success stories on the families that have sought assistance at this organization. Many years ago, when a company that I worked for defaulted on their contract, I was able to receive assistance from UCM. Now I am pleased to be a donor and employee of this agency. Marvelous things happen at UCM because of the efforts of the donors, staff, volunteers and the community. It is a great place doing a great and needed work.

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April 26, 2011

My family has been involved with UCM for nearly 13 years now, as donors, volunteers and utilizing their quality child care program. Their scope of services is remarkable for a locally based charitabl... more

June 28, 2012

I have been involved with UCM since 1998 in many ways, and continue to be impressed by their scope of services and compassion for the community they serve. My daughter attended the Bryant Early Learning Center for 2 years of her early life and it was an awesome experience for her and me.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 26, 2011

My family has been involved with UCM for nearly 13 years now, as donors, volunteers and utilizing their quality child care program. Their scope of services is remarkable for a locally based charitable organization from providing food and basic necessities, assisting with housing and employment skills to child care and youth empowerment programs, not to mention my favorite thrift store, The Back Porch! The dedication and compassion of the employees is unsurpassed.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child received quality, affordable child care services to enable me to work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help UCM to better build their infrastructure and financial security to ensure that they will be around to help others for a very long time.

June 25, 2012

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November 17, 2010

I became involved with UCM through my wife. She was a public school administrator and found that UCM's child development program enabled some 15 to 20 young low income women annually to complete their... more

June 25, 2012

UCM is a great community resource for Northern Virginia. My wife and I have been involved with UCM in various capacities over the past decade and we remain as donors and occasional volunteers to support the dedicated staff.Myspecial interest has been in the food pantry, which provides basic nutrition for more than 12,000 persons each year (maybe more in the recent economic downturn). Most of the food pantry services support local families who have a wage-earner but not enough income to cover even their basic needs in this high cost of living area. But the food pantry also offers special help to shut in elderly persons and others with special needs.My wife has been especially involved with the Bryant Early Learning Center.She is a retired educator - teacher, principal and school system admionistrator - and she is enthusiastic about the child development services (not just day care) provided by Bryant. It truly gives children from lower income families a head start into the educational world.

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November 17, 2010

I became involved with UCM through my wife. She was a public school administrator and found that UCM's child development program enabled some 15 to 20 young low income women annually to complete their high school education while being confident that their infants and young children werepppcared for professionally and protectively. I subsequently became a volunteer in the food pantry which provides subsistence and nourishment to more than 10,000 persons every year. And from there I became a board member and officer. I have seen women who were victims of domestic violence remake their lives ( and their children's) through UCM's programs. I have seen parents leave in tearful gratitude because UCM provided the clothes and toys they needed ot give their children a good Christmas. And I have seen clients with poor working skills and little or no employment history gain basic skills through UCM's programs that enabled them to be employed and move towards self-sufficiency. UCM's contributions to the health and welfare of our neighbors and our community is beyond any valuing.

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See the comments above. I have seen desperate families receive food, rental assistance, secure housing, child care adn many other benefits which gave them hope for their future and made progress towards independence and self sufficiency.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build a stronger donor base to be able to maintain and improve services, especially in times of economic distress, as we have experienced recently.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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How did you learn about this organization?

See opening comment above. Through my wife's professional experience with UCM's child development program.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Serving families and individualswho are desperately in need of immediate assistance for food, utilities, medical care, child care.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Serving clients and enabling them to be indeppendent and have hope for the future for themselves and their children. From an organizational perspective, building a broader and deeper financial base to support its many community programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 20, 2012

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June 20, 2012

I am a donor and am employee, and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. I often tell people that, the longer I am with UCM, the more amazed I become at the many ways in which people's lives are changed every day because of UCM. The organization has programs, such as its housing programs, that absolutely transform lives! People go from homeless shelters and situations of domestic violence to housed, in jobs, and living independently for the first time in their lives. And that's just one example!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 13, 2012

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November 16, 2010

I have been a UCM donor for the last year because I believe that the work that they do is powerfully important. I learned about UCM through idealist.org and their website, but to truly understand the... more

June 13, 2012

UCM does great work in the community--particularly for children youth and families. The Bryant Early Learning Center provides a phenomenal start for children to become life-long learners. The community centers help children gain access to tutoring, after-school and summer programming and summer lunch programs. UCM does so much to strengthen the community.

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2012

November 16, 2010

I have been a UCM donor for the last year because I believe that the work that they do is powerfully important. I learned about UCM through idealist.org and their website, but to truly understand the scope of what they do, you really have to talk to the people who are served and the people who work there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Interviewing former UCM clients to find out about their experiences with UCM and how they are doing today.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their staff size, funding and improve their physical location.

May 2, 2011

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May 2, 2011

As a member of Alexandria Woodlawn Friends Meeting I have and feel a close link to UCM. We have permanent collections of food and $$ for UCM and I am always impressed with how they make such effective use of the contributions they receive.

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Seeing how well they stretch resources to help their clients

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not make any!

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

We regularly donate money, food and items for sale in the thrift store. As a former Board member and Officer, I have seen the dedication of the staff and volunteers in providing multifaceted programs for the families served.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In addition to the Food Pantry which provides basic needs for clients in the Route 1 corridor, and the BEL Center for early childhood education, I particularly commend UCM for the Workforce Development Program which trains clients in skills which they can use to enter the job market.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funds so that UCM could help more clients.

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November 23, 2010

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November 23, 2010

I have been associated with UCM for over 30 years. It is an outstanding organization that has created a sense of community in an area that is extremely diverse. The work done by UCM truly changes people's lives. It is not a band aid. The staff and volunteers are dedicated. well trained and compassionate. You cannot make a better investment.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen thousands of people helped with food, shelter, financial assistance, counseling, child care, job training and life changing opportunities.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see more effort spent in making the community aware of the importance of UMC's role in creating and maintaining a stable community.

November 22, 2010

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November 22, 2010

We donate to UCM both personally (financially and through food donations) and through our church. Every year we use our annual holiday party to get food donations for UCM -- last year alone with the help of friends and family attending our party, we were able to donate over 300 pounds of food. We do so because we believe in the good work that UCM does to serve families in need along the Route 1 corridor in Alexandria.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the effects it has one the people they serve, and through the great reporting they do back to donors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build a stronger financial base through personal donations and grants, and link it more with local civic associations so that these associations "buy in" to helping their neighbors through UCM.

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