Local families in need will have gifts under the tree thanks to the work of the Utah Community Action (UCA) and its Head Start program and support from Utah Department of Corrections (UDC) Pre-Service Academy Cadets. The cadets spent the day spreading joy and Christmas cheer helping assemble Sub for Santa packages as part of the department’s ongoing community service projects.
The eight cadets saved the program 32 combined personnel hours by sorting donations and packing over 100 Christmas gift bags for the underprivileged children in Rose Park and surrounding communities.
This is the fourth volunteer opportunity UCA organized with the UDC Cadets, and the academy will continue working throughout the new year to continue building the relationships within the communities and give back to the children and families in need.
UCA also has five other programs to assist with breaking the cycle of poverty. Those programs include HEAT (helping keep the heat on in your home), Weatherization, Nutrition, Adult Education, and Case Management & Housing.
UCA, formerly known as Salt Lake Community Action Program, has 112 classrooms throughout Salt Lake and Tooele counties. In 2017, UCA’s Head Start program served over 2,200 children. The mission of Utah Community Action is to empower individuals, strengthen families and build communities through self-sufficiency and education programs.
The Federal Government requires that Head Start programs generate 20 percent of their grant value from in-kind donations within the communities they serve in order to continue receiving funds for their programs.
To learn more about the program, watch this video on YouTube
- Public Information Office, December 20, 2017