UCT members met recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, for our annual convention. In addition to the good works members do in their local communities across North America year-round, each year in July they make sure we leave our mark on our annual UCT convention host city by supporting the programs and services of a worthy local cause or organization through our annual convention service project.
At our 2018 UCT convention in Savannah, Georgia, members contributed nearly 10 boxes of items and more than $4,700 to Urban Hope to help inner city children. For our 2019 convention in New Orleans, members were asked to donate to One Heart NOLA, a 501c3 non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to providing necessary resources for children and families navigating the foster care system.
One Heart NOLA’s philosophy that people best help other people made them a perfect fit for UCT, because our members believe that too. One Heart NOLA relies on one-time and in-kind donations to function. UCT’s goal was to raise at least $6,000 to help the organization purchase needed beds and bedding, along with other necessary items like pots and pans, utensils, kitchenware, bath towels, and Walmart gift cards to help families with home visits. As always, UCT members outdid themselves by exceeding their goal by donating $8,000.
“We’re as grassroots as it gets, and we rely on the generosity of organizations like UCT,” One Heart NOLA founder and Executive Director Teri Hrabovsky explained. “Our mission is to love people hard and work with them to help make them successful. I’m so grateful and humbled by the support of UCT members. There really are no words. I’m just so happy One Heart NOLA was able to partner with this fantastic organization.”