During this holiday season, we will be sharing the plate with United Community Ministries (UCM), an organization that has become an unwavering and committed source of support and assistance for those most vulnerable in our community.

UCM began in 1969 when a number of local churches (including MVUC) joined together to provide food and clothing to families in need. Since then, UCM’s programs have expanded and today assistance is provided in a wide variety of programs ranging from Basic Needs to educational opportunities at the UCM Work Center. UCM now serves more than 10,000 of the most disadvantaged members of our community annually and 40% of these are children.

Some might not be aware, but here at MVUC, we ask members and friends to bring in a can or box of food on Sunday’s; the next time you’re at the grocery store, just slip an extra can or two in your basket; we have a collection box in the Commons for your food donations which we then take to the UCM food pantry. You can also help by bringing your gently used or new coats; the coats are badly needed and greatly appreciated by those most in need. You’ll find a collection box for the coats in the Commons throughout the winter.

We here at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church are truly a giving community and our generous donations this month will help UCM fulfill its vision that “No member of the United Community Ministries community will ever be hungry, homeless, helpless, or hopeless.”