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November 14, 2011 Published in Non-Profits

UCM Reaches Help The Homeless Walkathon Goal

UCM is excited and proud to announce that it has exceeded its goal of 3,000 walker registrations for the 2011 Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon program. From July 1 through November 4 this year, more than thirty schools, churches and other community organizations held Help the Homeless mini-walk events to benefit UCM. Because of the efforts of these community groups, UCM’s unofficial walker total is 3,213 walkers and the agency will receive a $50,000 walker incentive from Fannie Mae. UCM is so grateful for the community’s support of these events!

WhollyFit held a fitness-filled Help the Homeless Mini-Walk at Fort Hunt Park on Saturday,  October 15 that included squats, lunges and pushups.

More than 400 students at West Potomac High School headed to the track on Friday, October 28 to take steps against homelessness in a Help the Homeless Mini-Walk to benefit UCM.

Students at Waynewood Elementary School filled in the bricks of a house as part of their Help the Homeless Mini-Walk to benefit UCM on Thursday, October 20.

United Community Ministries Staff Members walked with Bryant High School students in a Help the Homeless Mini-Walk on Friday, October 28.

Hollin Hall Senior Center and Breathe LLC held a drum circle to Help the Homeless on Friday, November 4.

St. Aidan’s Day School held their first ever Help the Homeless Mini-Walk to benefit UCM this year on Wednesday, November 2.  With nearly all of the students registering to participate, it was a tremendous success!

Help the Homeless Mini-Walks that benefited UCM were held at NOVA Alexandria Campus, Anacostia High School, Aquinas Montessori, UCM Bryant Early Learning Center, Browne Academy, Bryant Alternative High School, Carl Sandburg Middle School, Church of the Spirit, Dahn Yoga Alexandria, Edison High School, Excel Academy, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Heritage Presbyterian Church, Hollin Hall Senior Center & Breath LLC, Islamic Saudi Academy, Mount Vernon Chapter of AAUW, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, Mount Vernon Presbyterian Pre-School, Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, Mt Vernon Bluestockings Book Club, Plymouth Haven Christian School, St. Aidan's Day School, St. Louis Catholic School, St. Luke's Day School, UCM Creekside Village Community Center, UCM Sacramento Neighborhood Center, Waynewood Elementary School, West Potomac High School, WhollyFit, and Woodley Hills Elementary School.  UCM is deeply thankful for the community’s support.

United Community Ministries (UCM) is one of the largest providers of human services in Fairfax County. Established in 1969, UCM provides comprehensive assistance programs for low-income individuals, families and neighborhoods.

UCM helps community members fight poverty, hunger and homelessness by providing emergency food and financial assistance, quality early childhood education, employment services, community centers and other human services. While people come to UCM for help with practical needs, they receive much more than just financial assistance or food. UCM is a place where people can regain the hope they need to build a better future for themselves and a stronger community for us all. In its fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, UCM provided life-changing assistance to 13,000 people from 5,000 families in Fairfax County.

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