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United Community Ministries empowers our neighbors in need to transform their lives. We envision a community where everyone thrives.

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Address: 7511 Fordson Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22306
Email: info@ucmagency.org
Phone Number: 703-768-7106
Fax: 703-768-4788
UCM is a community-based nonprofit offering comprehensive programs and services for vulnerable children, youth, and families in the Alexandria portion of Southeastern Fairfax County, VA. Services include counseling and referrals, emergency assistance, supplemental food, full-day early care and learning, after-school and leadership programs at neighborhood community centers, ESL and citizenship classes, and parent education for at-risk families.

We are raising funds for our youth programs -- so that our youngest community members can grow & thrive! Your gift today will support these UCM programs:
* Forward Steps: Teaching leadership skills for a diverse world.
* UCM Early Learning Center: Quality, affordable early care and learning, and kindergarten readiness
* Healthy Families Fairfax: Guiding and supporting new parents at-risk of child abuse & neglect.

Every weekday -- every 24 hours -- UCM staff and volunteers serve an average 80+ infants and pre-schoolers, 150 youth for after-school learning, and 10+ home visits to at-risk parents... and do so much more!

The success of our youngest community members starts with you! Your donation can break the cycle of poverty and create a brighter future for children whose familes struggle to make ends meet. Every life you change contributes to a stronger community for us all. Thank you.
"Thank You for Believing in Me" -- Deneisha's Story
Deneisha moved to the Creekside Village community with her family when she was 12 years old. She was a middle school student "with an attitude," in the words of one of her mentors. Deneisha had observed the after-school activities at UCM's Creekside Village Community Center and decided to see what was going on. With the help and support of the center supervisor, and the many volunteers who support the after-school programs there, Deneisha was able to remove herself from the drama of her old world. She studied hard to become an honors student, and she became a leader for some of the children's programs at the Community Center. As a sophomore at West Potomac High School, she remained on the honor roll for the third year in a row. She joined the school's Pom Dance Team and played on the basketball team.

"Deneisha has transformed herself into the posed, confident and capable young woman she is today with the support of the staff, adult volunteer mentors, and the programs and activities available to her at UCM'a Creekside Village Community Center," says Kathy, long-time volunteer and one of Deneisha's biggest fans. Here is Deneisha's story in her own words:

"My name is Deneisha. When I walked into the Community Center I didn't know what to expect. I wasn't making the best decisions for myself, nor was I on the right track. What I ended up finding at the Center was an opportunity to meet different people, kids in my age group who had the same goals, and the inspiration to be better each and every day.

"Coming to the UCM Center every day after school taught me to have a better outlook on things, on my self respect, and most important -- to believe in myself, to be my own star in the story of my life. I was now on the right track. I was an honor roll student, and my attendance was excellent. I had a new appreciation for my teachers and for my peers. Being a role model [for children at the Center] has been the most rewarding experience of it all. It makes me feel good about myself that other kids at the Center look up to me now. They confide and trust in me. Through this whole experience I've not just been a participant, but have also gained responsibilities as well. I am proudly the CEO of our group called the Pink and Black ladies. This means I monitor the behavior of our young ladies, making sure they stay out of trouble, and I also help and encourage them in any way possible. I assist with any activities that may be taking place as well. Last, but not least, I am a passionate dance choreographer. I hold weekly dance rehearsals for several dance groups at the Center. I prepare and make sure they perform their best in all performances, including our annual Community Day every May at Creekside Village Community Center.

"My speech would not be complete if I didn't thank a very special person: Ms. Finley. If not for your tough love and guidance, I don't know where I would be today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in me. Without you, I wouldn't be the young lady and role model that I am today. You are truly a treasure and I wholeheartedly appreciate you. Again, thank you to everyone."