Apr 9, 2018

Donate a "little" to our Little by Little Campaign

After a late winter snow storm in March, the day, after the first day of spring, Little by Little we look forward to being blessed with a “little” warmer weather in DC. As always UPO’s Shelter Hotline has been kept busy helping the DC Homeless reach shelter during the late winter Hypothermia Alerts and we are now gearing up for the sweltering summer months, responding to Hyperthermia Alerts and transporting the DC Homeless to cooling stations.

Thank you, dear loyal friends, for your generous support of our Help UPO Help the DC Homeless project to date. We have now received 284 donations raising a total of $16,761 towards our goal of $20,000 and your support is urgently needed to provide much needed funding of comfort items for the DC Homeless during the searing summer months ahead.

GlobalGiving is providing us with a great opportunity to accelerate the funds we raise; from Monday April 9th at 9:00am EDT through Friday April 13th GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50%, with $50,000 in matching funds available. This is our week to celebrate the power of the crowd and demonstrate that “little” donations add up to BIG change!

And these are the reasons why your support remains so vital!

Funded by the Community Partnership for the Prevention of Homelessness the UPO Shelter Hotline represents the entry point assisting homeless folks off the street, transporting them to Homeless Shelters and providing them with comfort items. A 2017 Point-in-Time Count of Homeless Persons in DC (see PDF below) found that there were 7,473 homeless people in Washington DC on a single night.

Winter and summer over 40 dedicated UPO Shelter Hotline employees communicate with shelters to coordinate transportation services for recently displaced individuals and families. We are the sole provider of transportation services for the DC homeless population. Last year we provided 155,476 rides. Our vans are seen throughout the District distributing blankets, sleeping bags and other comfort items, funded by your donations, to the homeless. During peak seasonal temperatures Shelter Hotline drivers work 24 hours a day during the winter and summer months transporting individuals to shelters, cooling stations and feeding centers, literarily helping to save lives.

UPO’s mission is Uniting People with Opportunities. As the designated community action agency for DC, UPO services DC homeless through our programs. The Office of Early Learning provides children of homeless families with free education and family support. Our Workforce Institute provides free job skills training and job placement services preparing individuals for a journey to opportunity, success, and the future they deserve!

As we help the homeless to self-sufficiency, we believe that they deserve the decency of basic comfort items that we can take for granted. See how much your gift of up to $50 can help! So please take a moment to renew your support of Help UPO Help the DC Homeless by making a “little” donation to our Little by Little Matching Campaign!

$50,000 of Matching Funds are up for grabs, but we are competing with hundreds of other “good causes”, so please make your gift of up to $50 early say on Monday April 9th or Tuesday April 10th to be sure your gift qualifies for a match!


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Apr 9, 2018

Donate a "little" to our Little by Little Matching Campaign

Foster Grandparents mentoring DC Elementary Kids
Foster Grandparents mentoring DC Elementary Kids

Thank you, dear loyal friends, for your generous support of our Support UPO’s Foster Grandparents Program to date. We have received 36 donations raising a total of $2,880 towards our goal of $11,500 and your support is urgently needed to provide much needed funding to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for more than 200 low-income DC senior volunteer FGPs.

GlobalGiving is providing us with a great opportunity to accelerate the funds we raise; from Monday April 9th at 9:00am EDT through Friday April 13th GlobalGiving will match donations up to $50 at 50%, with $50,000 in matching funds available. This is our week to celebrate the power of the crowd and demonstrate that “little” donations add up to BIG change!

And these are the reasons why your support remains so vital!

UPO’s Foster Grandparent (FGP) Program trains low-income Washington DC seniors to provide critical mentoring and emotional support to District children in a variety of local settings. The program operates at 48 locations in the District of Columbia and includes early education centers, public and charter schools, before and after-school programs, youth programs and hospitals.

Annually, more than 200 Foster Grandparents put in more than 175,000 volunteer service hours – working one-on-one or in small groups mentoring more than 15,000 DC children.

Foster Grandparents serve where the need is the greatest and because of this, our youth receive tremendous academic benefits alongside life-changing personal development.The program provides fulfilling volunteer service opportunities for seniors 55 years and older giving them an opportunity to give back by sharing their experience and wisdom with children who value and cherish the lessons.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by UPO and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service Senior Corps (CNCS). CNCS is a Federal Government Program that provides grants to organizations committed to strengthening their communities through volunteer programs.

The funds raised by Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program helps us to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for more than 200 low-income DC senior volunteer FGPs. These expenses are not covered by CNCS.

See how much your gift of up to $50 can help! So please take a moment to renew your support of Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program by making a “little” donation to our Little by Little Matching Campaign!

 $50,000 of Matching Funds are up for grabs, but we are competing with hundreds of other “good causes”, so please make your gift of up to $50 early say on Monday April 9th or Tuesday April 10th to be sure your gift qualifies for a match!

Feb 20, 2018

Funds raised by Support UPO's FGP Program are an important part of FGP Program budget!

UPO’s Foster Grandparent  (FGP) Program trains low-income Washington DC seniors to provide critical mentoring and emotional support to District children in a variety of local settings. The program provides fulfilling volunteer service opportunities for seniors 55 years and older giving them an opportunity to give back by sharing their experience and wisdom with children who value and cherish the lessons. This program operates at 48 locations in the District of Columbia and includes early education centers, public and charter schools, before and after-school programs, youth programs and hospitals. Each year, more than 200 Foster Grandparents put in more than 175,000 volunteer service hours – working one-on-one or in small groups mentoring more than 15,000 DC children. Foster Grandparents serve where the need is the greatest and because of this, our youth receive tremendous academic benefits alongside life-changing personal development.

The Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored by UPO and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service Senior Corps (CNCS). CNCS is a Federal Government Program that provides grants to organizations committed to strengthening their communities through volunteer programs. However increasing pressure on the US Congress to reduce the burgeoning national debt by cutting budgets for entitlement programs has intensified the importance of growing fundraising for FGP from the private sector. Private foundation funding has increased in recent years and will continue to grow to replace government funding.

The funds raised by Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program helps us to cover the cost of training, materials, uniforms, and daily travel for more than 200 low-income DC senior volunteer FGPs. These expenses are not covered by CNCS. We have a waiting list of more than 100 seniors volunteering to be FGPs, 10 educational institutions seeking to join the program and many current partner sites that have requested additional FGPs. Any expansion of the FGP program will have to be funded from private sector fundraising.

Funding for Support UPO's Foster Grandparents Program had a slow start but the past four months we have experienced a dramatic increase in support for the project! See the attached joyous gathering of Foster Grandparents.

As explained above this project is funding an important part of the FGP program budget. We are extremely grateful for the 35 donations we have received to-date totaling $2,855 and ask for your continued support. Please also help us by spreading the word about the work of our dedicated FGP’s and the kids they serve by email to your friends and family and on social media.


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