The United Community Center also known as UCC is a multi-service, intergenerational community-based organization that provides services and support to residents of East New York, Brooklyn. UCC provides first-rate services that meet the needs of everyone, whether young or old to learn about and resolve community problems.
They have joined community residents from various backgrounds to participate in exciting and diverse cultural and educational activities and provide services in response to people’s needs. There are hard-pressed, low and lower-middle income communities. UCC recognizes that, and has a long history of community organizing which involves programs that provide an opportunity to discuss community issues, promote activism, and develop strategies to address community needs. From saving the local library and park from violence and drugs, to stopping the construction of a wood-burning incinerator in the community, UCC has been committed to grass-roots organizing efforts.
Black Magazine got the chance to interview one of UCC’s Fundraisers, Rachel Bishop.
Black: What do you do for UCC?
Rachel: I am a development director so I discuss grants given to the organization, I do event planning and I do the fundraising.
B: Are there any challenges you face?
R: Yes, it can be pretty challenging but it is important to look for money from various places and people such as the government and people from the community. We are always working on more events that will help to get others to support us however they can.
B: Are there any current events or programs?
Rachel: We have lots of events and programs. One is the East NY Farms, it is one of our biggest projects where we have a farmers market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We also hold many workshops and block parties.
Black: How would you say the organization is doing?
R: For sure the organization is going good! Check out http://www.eastnewyorkfarms.org for more information and updates on their program called East New York Farms Project which is organized by youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.
To contribute to their general fund, which covers UCC operating costs, contact them to find out how you can help support a program directly through donations of money, resources, or time. You can also mail a contribution to United Community Centers 613 New Lots Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207.