We are educators. We are dream builders.
We are opportunity-makers and poverty-fighters.
We believe that everyone deserves a chance
to pursue and live sustainable, successful lives.
We create paths that start the journey from dependence to
self-sufficiency and economic independence.
We are United Planning Organization.


Individuals placed in jobs in 2014
Raised in scholarship dollars by P.O.W.E.R. participants
Volunteer service hours in 2014
Average starting wage of IT Help Desk graduate

Our approach is holistic and generational. As the only Community Action Agency serving the residents of Washington, DC, we’ve touched thousands of lives over the last 50 years. We offer more than 30 programs and human services. We help our customers get a job; learn a skill, find and stay in affordable housing. We teach financial literacy, offer early learning and adult education, help send high school students to college and keep our seniors physically and mentally active.

From newborn babies to our most senior adults, when you’re a part of the UPO family, we wrap our arms around you and are with you every step of the way.