Friday, May 10, 2013
UCM received 100 pounds of fresh produce and baked goods this week.
This year, vendors at the Mount Vernon Farmers Market at Sherwood Regional Library will donate unsold fresh produce and baked goods to the United Community Ministries Cynthia Hull Food Pantry in Greater Alexandria. This week, UCM received about 100 pounds of onions, potatoes, carrots, various lettuces and fresh bread and pastries. For years, Pam Beggan of Alexandria has been in charge of finding volunteers to pick up the produce to deliver it to UCM at the market’s noon closing. She connected with the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club a few years ago, and the organization committed numerous weekly volunteers. Read more about UCM's partnership with the Mount Vernon Farmers Market on Patch.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Torria Baker cultivates relationships with kids and families.
During her first two months as the new director of UCM's Bryant Early Learning (BEL) Center, Torria Baker is focusing on improving the center and engaging with staff, families, and kids. Baker began her tenure as director in February. She joined the Bryant Early Learning Center in May 2012 as assistant director and has been serving as acting director since October. Baker previously worked at the childcare center at INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital, but decided to take the position at the BEL Center to serve as an advocate for kids in need. “It didn’t offer much of a challenge,” Baker said. “I had a pull to do more for the community. The pull of advocacy took me out of my comfort zone.” Baker is focusing on improving the BEL Center’s Virginia …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A group of high school students and their parents volunteered to host the February and March Life Skills Dinners for families in UCM’s transitional housing programs.
United Community Ministries (UCM) manages two transitional housing programs that include housing, intensive counseling, case management, and life skills classes. The Community Housing Resource Program (CHRP) moves families from homelessness to stability. A group of local teens and their parents volunteered to host the Feburary and March dinners for families in UCM's transitional housing programs. “We are grateful to our volunteers for the delicious dinners and assistance,” UCM's Journeys program case manager Caitlin Hollis, MSW, said in a release. “Our parents really appreciate and look forward to a home-cooked meal with other families. The workshops provide a chance to interact and share with other families who are dealing with similar…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The group met on February 25 at United Community Ministries to tour UCM’s newly upgraded client-choice Cynthia Hull Food Pantry.
The Fairfax County Food Providers Network met at UCM in February to tour the newly upgraded client-choice Cynthia Hull Food Pantry. The Fairfax County Food Providers Network is comprised of representatives of more than 15 area local nonprofits that address food insecurity with food pantries and related programs.Cecelia Vergaretti of regional partner Capital Area Food Bank’s Lorton warehouse was the featured speaker. UCM’s food pantry welcomes donations on nonperishable food items at 7511 Fordson Road in Alexandria every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., as well as the first Sunday morning of each month. For a list of most needed items, visit www.ucmagency.org or call (703) 768-7106.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Torria Baker has been named the Center's new director.
Torria Baker has been selected as the new director of UCM's Bryant Early Learning Center. Baker began her new role Feb. 6. She joined the Bryant Early Learning Center in May 2012 as assistant director and has been serving as acting director since October. Established in 1986, the Bryant Early Learning Center has provided safe, affordable, developmentally appropriate, full-day early childhood education that meets the learning, social, and emotional development needs of children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. “I am honored and excited to work with our staff and parents to lead the Bryant Early Learning Center,” Baker said in a statement. “The children and families at the Center are what make the strong bond between home and school. Together we…
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Harmony Heritage Singers will have a free-will offering to benefit UCM.
Local men's barbershop chorus The Harmony Heritage Singers will host their annual concert at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church on Sunday at 3 p.m. The program will include patriotic music. A free-will offering to benefit UCM's families will be collected. No tickets required for this event. For more information visit the Harmony Heritage Singers website.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This year's event raised $54,000 to benefit UCM.
The friends of UCM hosted its annual Capitol Steps fundraiser Sunday night at the Mount Vernon Knights of Columbus Hall. The fundraiser was a "smash success," UCM Director Shirley Marshall said in an email. The fundraiser raised $54,000 to help families with food, rent, and counseling. The sold-out evening included hilarious skits from the Steps, as well as a two-minute, 30-year retrospective. The whole event was run by volunteers, Marshall said. The Friends of UCM organized, including getting sponsors and selling tickets; while Singles of Washington provided the servers. Sponsors included Information Technology Solutions and Consulting [ITSC], Fairfax County Professional Firefighters & Paramedics LAFF Local 2068, Alexander Lighting and …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Capitol Steps will perform Sunday at the Friends of UCM annual benefit.
The Friends of UCM and Information Technology Solutions and Consulting (ITSC) will host The Capitol Steps' annual benefit performance Sunday for United Community Ministries. The Capitol Steps will perform a comedy routine about current events and politics. All proceeds will benefit United Community Ministries and its programs to help the neediest families on Route 1. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, including purchasing performance tickets. Tickets are $40 for a ticket that includes a cash bar or a $70 ticket includes reserved table seating, with complimentary food and drink. Click here to purchase your tickets online. The Capitol Steps' annual benefit performance will take place Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The grant supports efforts to end homelessness on Route 1.
Mount Vernon area nonprofit United Community Ministries was awarded a Future Fund grant from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia. The Future Fund is the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s giving circle for young professionals. “In the two short years since it was established, the Future Fund has grown to over 100 engaged young professionals,” Eileen Ellsworth, president of the Community Foundation, said in a statement. “Their dedication to making a positive difference among Northern Virginia communities creates opportunities organizations like these winners to gain support in their effort to meet critical community needs.” This year’s grant recipients include Homestretch Inc. in Falls Church, Traditional Housing BARN …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Mount Vernon area nonprofits are in need of donations and a helping hand this holiday season.
'Tis the season to give. These Mount Vernon area nonprofits are in need of donations this holiday season so they can continue to help at-risk and low-income families in our area. Help brighten a family's holiday and take a look at the list of needs below. New Hope Housing needs help with the following: Christmas food baskets; grocery gift cards (Safeway, Shoppers, Giant); adopt a family for Christmas (wish lists are available); adopt a single adult. New Hope Housing works with at-risk and low-income families on the Richmond Highway corridor. Contact Chris Bramante at email@example.com. United Community Ministries recently distributed more than 23,000 pounds of food to more than 800 families. The demand has exhausted its food …