Ralph Westendorf was recently honored with the Mary Jo Corbett Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Ralph is a hard-working volunteer for UCCA and is the perfect example of volunteerism. He has been the liaison between UCCA and the city of Elmhurst for years, coordinating our use of the City Garage for food packing. In addition, in the early days, he would map out the directions for all of our holiday food drive deliveries. He continues to help organize and work all of our mobile food pantries.
Photo: Ralph Westendorf, right, with UCCA President Shari Haug.
At the UCCA semi-annual meeting August 30, UCCA Vice President Jean Baker was honored with the Mary Jo Corbett Spirit of Volunteerism Award. Jean is a tireless volunteer for UCCA and is a perfect example of the Spirit of Volunteerism. Jean helps to coordinate many areas of the organization from historian, Bryan Food Drive Coordinator and numerous fundraisers throughout the year. In addition, Jean volunteers and attends all UCCA events. She is UCCA’s #1 cheerleader !!!
Photo: Jean Baker, left, with UCCA President Shari Haug.
UCCA was the recipient of the 100+ Women Who Care–Elmhurst Area’s 2022 first quarter donation of $14,890, which will help fund a summer food gift card mailing. 100+ Women Who Care-Elmhurst Area are a group of women positively impacting the local community. They meet quarterly, and through a simple process, select a nonprofit to support. This donation is a milestone for 100+ Women Who Care-Elmhurst Area as they have now donated $500,000 to local non-profits. UCCA is grateful to be recipient of their recent quarterly donation.
Thanks to the Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot for their generous donation of $15,000 to UCCA. This donation will help UCCA continue to provide food, referrals and services to Elmhurst District 205's most financially disadvantaged children and their families in an effort to fight hunger.
Photo: Dan Gibbons presents the check to UCCA President Shari Haug.
We were back in person for our Annual Holiday Food Drive this year. Our Holiday Food Drive involves all of the Elmhurst District 205 Schools, the YMCA, the Elmhurst Public Library, the Elmhurst Park District and many companies and other organizations around Elmhurst.
The food is gathered at the Elmhurst City Garage where 130 volunteers packed 1,233 boxes of food.