United Community Concerns Association helps feed hungry Elmhurst neighbors
|Patty Burnette (from left) and Susie Sands help lead a past Holiday Food Drive. (Submitted photo)|
A dedicated Elmhurst-based group called the United Community Concerns Association teams up with Geneva’s Northern Illinois Food Bank to feed hungry children and brighten the holidays.
“United Community Concerns Association is so special here in Elmhurst because there is a growing need in our own community; and it’s such a great organization — we’re all volunteers that are neighbors helping neighbors,” says UCCA President Susie Sands.
Nonperishables are sought for a UCCA holiday drive that’s underway all week, and the group needs help sorting and delivering the food.
“At this time, we’re planning to pack for at least 300 families,” Sands says, noting recipients’ names are provided through social workers from School District 205 and York Township.
She praises the many groups that support UCCA efforts, such as the Elmhurst Jaycees who donate a box including paper products, cleaning supplies and personal care items to each of the families for the Holiday Food Drive. Elmhurst’s Rotary Club and Olympic Chiropractic and Physical Therapy help provide Thanksgiving dinners for a large number of the families.
WHOM IT HELPS
UCCA is an all volunteer organization that for 34 years has provided food and food gift cards to help local school children and their families who are experiencing difficult times. Last year, it provided more than $77,000 in food and gift certificates to 326 Elmhurst families and 85 senior residents.
HOW TO HELP
Nonperishable foods can be dropped off at sites such as the library, park district and YMCA through Sunday, Nov. 25. The group needs help sorting the food from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 26 to 28, at the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, 985 S. Riverside Drive. Assistance is also needed to deliver holiday baskets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 8, departing from the garage.
“We need (adult) volunteers with muscles, (as well as) drivers,” Sands says.
People also can help by making monetary donations. A $16 gift will provide a holiday meal for eight. To learn more about the ways the organization helps throughout the year, visit its website.
WHO United Community Concerns Association