Throughout the year, the Alliance for Children and Families will promote programs, ideas, and activities sponsored by national organizations that support the core values inherent in National Family Week (NFW). These organizations reinforce the NFW objective to strengthen children and families, especially those who are vulnerable.
Strong families are at the center of strong communities – just ask the United Neighborhood Community Centers of America (UNCA) members who are National Family Week partners.
UNCA members that held National Family Week observances include Family & Children’s Service, Minneapolis; Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis; Neighborhood House, Louisville, KY; Godman Guild Association, Columbus, OH; Open Door Community House, Columbus, GA; and The Neighborhood House, Columbus, OH.
With each year of participation, UNCA members strive to enhance and grow their respective National Family Week activities. Two members that have demonstrated this growth in upcoming celebrations include Pillsbury United Communities and Neighborhood House.
In Minneapolis, Pillsbury United Communities held multiple activities during National Family Week. The agency featured a resource fair, that highlighted the following topics; economic self-sufficiency, reliable child care, dependable transportation through the Ways to Work program, accessible health care, affordable housing, and Minneapolis Public Schools and school choice information. Pillsbury also hosted a family dinner, awards ceremony and distributed more than 200 Thanksgiving food baskets to vulnerable families.
In Louisville, Neighborhood House, hosted an assortment of events in recognition of National Family Week, including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, an interactive assessment workshop, and a “health living” educational session. The agency will also assess and compare its current services with the existing community needs.
National Family Week, Connections Count, embodies the premise that children live better lives when their families are strong, and families are strong when they live in communities that connect them to economic opportunities, social networks, and services.
For more information about UNCA, please visit www.unca.org.