Make a Difference Day
October 28, 2023
The 4th Saturday of October is a national day of service called Make a Difference Day! UCA staff, Erik and Julia, are part of the Planning Committee for the Make a Difference Day - Douglas County event. This planning committee consists of dedicated community partners who are invested in the health and community of Douglas County. Since March, they have been meeting to plan this 2nd Annual event which grew from 12 projects to a total of 17 projects this year!
UCA is proud to have partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace with our team and worked together with a group of over 55 volunteers to build 10 beds for children in need of a safe and comfortable place to rest their head. We are truly inspired by the efforts and dedication these volunteers gave.
Fall Team Training
October 13, 2023
Member Orientation 2023-2024
August 30 - September 1, 2023
End of Service Celebration
July 31, 2023
Happy last day of service!
Last Friday, UCA hosted our End of Service Celebration at River Forks Park. We had such a wonderful time sharing our appreciation and reflecting with one another about all the amazing service our members accomplished this year. We gathered for a potluck, presented their Member Awards created by their supervisors and Certificates of National Service, as well as a team reflection circle to share about all the successes, struggles and value of service. We wish you all the best and thank you for a wonderful year of service!
Just to give you a sense of the impact our team has collectively had in our communities this year, they have recruited and/or supported 814 community members who volunteered a combined 6,733 hours in service to their organizations. Additionally, through direct service they have engaged 3,532 individuals in programming, 2,875 of which were youth. Lastly, they have leveraged $3,547.94 worth of donations to support their service projects. The impact our members have had this year is truly amazing, and we are so proud to have worked alongside such a special group of individuals!
June Service Day!
June 16, 2023
For our June Service Day, UCA partnered with the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to participate in land stewardship efforts at the Rogue River Preserve! This included pulling invasive yellow starthistle from the meadows, as well as collecting native lemmon's needlegrass seed so it can be planted at another location.
UCA appreciates the commitment and passion SOLC has for the environment and for inviting us to celebrate the land for the day. A huge thank you goes out the SOLC, The Understory Initiative, volunteers and of course, our wonderful members for all the invaluable service they do for our local communities.
Spring Team Meeting!
April 28, 2023
For our Spring Team Meeting, we had a beautiful day to celebrate team building through Burst of Brilliance (BOB) Talks, AmeriCorps Jeopardy, National Service 4 Corners and some delicious lunch from Lighthouse Bakery. Members brought their energy and passion while sharing their expertise on topics ranging from training foster dogs, propagating houseplants, the wealth of walking, pickleball and ocean themed true or false. A special shout out to the Umpqua Community Center for hosting our event. It was the perfect space to enjoy the day together! Thank you!
MLK Jr. Day - A Day On, Not A Day Off
January 16, 2023
A special thanks goes out to the Millicoma Marsh crew, Coos Watersheds, volunteers, our sponsors who donated snacks, beverages and equipment, and our United Communities AmeriCorps team who organized this entire event! We focused on pulling invasive species and clearing out debris in the Swallow Loop Trail to make it more accessible to the public and local students. All the clippings and debris were put into piles off trail to create small habitats for the local wildlife. They divided and conquered the work within 4 committees leading up to this event. Great job, Team!!