Giving Back in Our Communities
UCG companies have demonstrated that they can do well and do good in the communities
where they work.
In the middle 1980s, UCG was the first corporate sponsor of “I Have a Dream.” The
program promised 60 inner city Washington, D.C. kids full college tuition after
graduation from high school. Over the 12-year program, UCG employees volunteered
to be mentors, tutors and pals, arranging a variety of events throughout the year
for students and their families -- everything from picnics to ball games to celebrations
of accomplishments and more.
UCG’s volunteer tutors were supported by a full-time staff of professional educators.
The “I Have a Dream” program was the impetus for the creation of the remarkable
UCG Community Helpers program.
These volunteers help to inspire youngsters to excel academically … others work
hard to repair the lives of less fortunate families in communities near our companies.
These efforts also include volunteering at centers for seniors … helping to paint
and fix up homes … preparing high school students for careers in the content-rich
field of the “new journalism” and other fast changing fields … working with businesses
in the community to combine and leverage resources to assist local schools … collecting
toys, food and clothing for needy families during the holiday season … supporting
a home for troubled youths … contributing to Red Cross drives … and to many other
Coping with disaster
When disaster strikes, our companies have contributed in numerous ways to soften
the impact on the victims.
After exploring various ways to help, our companies and employees donated more than
$150,000 to the New York Fireman’s Fund and to the Pentagon Relief Fund. And later,
to help inject more than a million dollars into the depressed Washington and New
York City tourist economies, UCG sponsored an extended weekend event for more than
700 employees and their guests that began in Washington and ended in New York.
Earthquakes in Haiti and Japan
UCG employees, again working through AmeriCares, helped to provide medical supplies
for earthquake victims in Haiti. And to help families victimized by the double tragedy
of an earthquake and nuclear meltdown in Japan, the companies and employees contributed
to relief efforts that rushed medical supplies to those who were cut off from their
Using our wide network of resources, UCG volunteers helped nine displaced families
relocate from New Orleans to the Washington, DC area. This involved renting and
furnishing apartments, helping children adjust to new schools, assisting parents
in finding jobs, and contributing $80,000 to the families as they waited for delayed
government assistance funding to kick in. Press here to see the Washington Post
article about our rescue effort.
Working with AmeriCares, our companies and employees contributed $110,000 for equipment
and supplies to help make a primary care facility fully operational in one of the
hardest hit areas.