The United Community Centers (UCC) is a multi-service, intergenerational community-based organization that provides services and support to residents of East New York, Brooklyn.
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"I love it because it serves the community. Even if you're not an adult or a senior, there are programs that you can use to educate yourself. Once you get involved, you want to stay."
-- Joyce Dixon, ENY Community Gardener
Welcome To The United Community Centers
The United Community Centers (UCC) is a multi-service, intergenerational, community-based organization that provides services and support to residents of East New York, Brooklyn. For over 50 years, we've helped foster social change, worked with neighbors to address community concerns, and provided services to help make East New York a better, healthier place to live.
It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, and that in that time Protecting the East has been able to double the impact of our work. Our goal is to build an East New York where young people are able to develop safe and healthy relationships, and every day we get a little bit closer.
This year four of our Peer Education Youth Interns moved up to become staff, and we were able to hire 22 new youth as well. Together, we:
-Distributed more than 325,000 male condoms (3 times what we did last year!) and 3,140 female condoms
-Had 25,000 conversations in the East New York community, promoting safe sex, testing and healthy relationships
-Worked with 66 local businesses (3 times what we started with!) to distribute condoms and information to customers
-Facilitated 30 workshops for young people in East New York (twice as many as last year!)
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there is so much more to do. We need your support more than ever. Here’s how our friends, lovers, and biggest fans can continue to support our work as we head into 2015.
$1100 covers the cost of a Peer Education Youth Intern-- a donation of this size means we can hire a new young person!
$150 covers the cost of a workshop for youth, or the cost of outreach to 100 people in the community
$60 (or $5 a month) covers the cost of performing our play that explores how HIV affects our community
$15 buys a rain poncho with the Protecting the East logo so we don’t lose work days due to inclement weather, and can promote the program while we’re out there!
$10 buys a patch with the Protecting the East logo to promote visibility for our street team
This has been a special year for UCC as we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. We’ve brought new leaders into our community, grown our programs to increase our impact, danced, reminisced and planned for the future. The East New York community has come together to mark this major milestone in our history, and we are immensely grateful to everyone who has celebrated with us and helped ensure our continued success with donations and support.
We are incredibly proud that we have been able to sustain our work for 60 years, with the support and involvement of our community. We need your support to continue so that our work will go on for the next 60 years and beyond. We are seeing an increase in large nonprofits from outside our community moving here to run programs and compete with us for grants. To keep succeeding, we need each member of our community to invest whatever they can to support us. Please consider making a donation, either by sending a check to 613 New Lots Ave, Brooklyn NY 11207 or by visiting www.ucceny.org to become a “60 for 60” Monthly Sustainer or make a one-time online donation.
Keep reading to hear more about UCC's accomplishments this year!
We are a team of many talents. In addition to dabbling in spoken word and poetry, we are now actors and actresses!
This week, Protecting The East performers went to Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center to put on a PTE original skit promoting HIV testing for World AIDS Day. Our short piece, "Got My Back", is a story of a young man discovering that HIV doesn't just infect one person, it affects friends, family, and a whole community.
Protecting The East sees performance as a medium for connecting with the East New York community. We are using health clinic waiting rooms are to connect with community members as they wait for appointments, both providing information and entertainment to pass the time. If you're interested in bringing Protecting The East to your health center, youth group, or community program, call 718-649-7979 and ask for Protecting The East.
Protecting The East is both a team of community educators and performers. One of our new outreach strategies is to perform our message through poetry and theater.
Check out our video of our first poetry piece, Ask Questions.
On October 18th, UCC will celebrate 60 years of working for a stronger East New York. We are incredibly proud that we have been able to sustain our work for 60 years, and grateful for the support of the community that has made this possible.
We need your continued support to guarantee that our work will go on for the next 60 years and beyond. We are seeing an increase in large nonprofits from outside our community moving here to run programs and compete with us for grants. To keep succeeding, we need each member of our community to invest whatever they can to support us.
That’s why we’re launching “60 For 60”, a campaign to find 60 new supporters to make a monthly donation of $5 or more to UCC. If 60 people will donate $5 a month (or $60 a year), that gives us another $3600 to support our staff and programs.
Will you become a UCC Monthly Sustainer today?
We’ll be honoring all our “60 for 60” Monthly Sustainers on our website, social media and at our event.
If you’d prefer to remain anonymous make sure to let us know when you donate!
On Saturday, October 18th, from 6-10PM, members of the UCC community from all generations are invited to join us here at the center (613 New Lots Avenue) to celebrate 60 years of working for a stronger East New York.
We’ll have affordable food and drinks that celebrate the cultural diversity of our neighborhood, a dance party in the community room, children’s activities, a photobooth, and more!
We just got our new Protecting The East T-shirts!! And we look GOOD.
And just in time. Our outreach and education team distributed more than 100,000 condoms so far in 2014. Look for us this summer. We'll be everywhere, sporting our shirts and looking to distribute another 50,000 condoms this summer.
We recently had our Celebration of Struggle, an annual event where we recognize and commemorate the people and groups that have helped to change our world. Here are some photos of our children from the event.
Protecting The East spent the morning with partners at Brownsville Multi-service Family Health Center and World Academy of Total Community Health (WATCH) High School to participate in WATCH's high school career day and recruit for our new cycle of Peer Educator Interns!!