* UCM Media Release *
(Sept. 27, 2013 - Alexandria VA) United Community
Ministries (UCM) invites busy community members to support its annual Help the Homeless Campaign in a new and unique
way this year. UCM’s Sleep
In To Help Out is an online
“virtual” event, where no physical attendance is required – but all funds
donated go directly to benefit UCM programs that help end poverty and prevent
homelessness in Southeast Fairfax County.
are too many families who are struggling and at risk of homelessness, right
here in our Alexandria neighborhoods,“ explains UCM’s Executive Director,
Shirley Marshall. “No family should
experience the fear and anxiety of losing their home, without a place to turn
“UCM is that caring avenue to financial
stability for many families in crisis. Our campaign is about making a
difference for families who are on the brink of homelessness,” she
continues. “Last year, thanks to
generous community support, our Basic Needs counselors provided more than 1,400
people, in more than 500 families, with critical rental or utilities assistance
to avoid eviction.”
In To Help Out “virtual” event is designed for those community members
who want to help neighbors in need, but who are short on time with busy family
and work schedules. It takes just a few
minutes to register online by the November 2nd deadline at http://bit.ly/UCMSleepInToHelpOut.
The online registration
donation is $30 for adults and $20 for youth (ages 25 and younger) – and is
100% tax-deductible. Program host Fannie
Mae is covering credit card fees, so that the full donation goes to UCM’s
“There's no obligation to attend anything, so you and your
family or colleagues can spend your time as you like, be it alone with a good
book or with friends, a quiet walk or a movie – or
even get to sleep early and sleep in late!” explains Christine Lucas, UCM’s
If UCM recruits a total of 1,000 participants for its Help the Homeless events – actual events as well as the Sleep In To Help Out virtual event – then the agency will earn a $10,000 incentive grant from program host Fannie Mae. “That’s like an extra $10 to UCM from Fannie Mae for each registered participant. A $30 registration become a $40 gift to support UCM,” continues Lucas. “We appreciate that Fannie Mae is contributing to stretch our donors’ dollars further to make a bigger impact to keep people in crisis safe in their own homes.”
- Hosting a Help the Homeless walk, activity or event to benefit UCM.
- Registering to participate in an event that’s already set up at a location in various neighborhoods and faith communities (listed at our website as they are scheduled).
Organizations hosting a UCM Help the Homeless event this year include: Aquinas Montessori, Browne Academy, Heritage Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon AAUW Friends of UCM, Saint Aidan's Episcopal Day School, Saint Louis Catholic School, and Waynewood Elementary School.
on the ways to help this year – including a flyer to download – is available
at UCM’s Help the Homeless Campaign headquarters webpage at: www.ucmagency.org/HelpTheHomeless.html. Or contact Diane Hill at email@example.com or phone
is a leading provider of human services in Fairfax County, building strong families
and strong communities. UCM works on
three levels to lift people out of poverty and isolation:
- Immediate Help. For families and individuals in crisis, UCM provides food, financial aid, and counseling.
- Self-Sufficiency. Services such as job training and coaching, full-day early care and learning, transitional housing, and parental education help move people toward sustainability.
- Community Engagement. UCM’s neighborhood centers, with after-school programs and leadership training, keep youth and families engaged in broader social networks.
UCM Contact: Diane Hill, Development & Communications Officer
Phone: (571) 255-8978