Reporter Mark Segraves wanted to spark awareness about the needs of homeless people. To start this heart-to-heart talk with the public, he interviewed UPO staffer Vincent “Bones” Blackson. For 16 years, Bones has driven a UPO van through Washington DC to help the homeless in our midst.
With a mission to help inspire students to pursue an education and careers in STEM, professor Ramona Hutchins and the United Planning Organization created the Robonauts robotics team. She is here along with three team members to share their passion for robotics and design.
“Orlando Gore is a one-man generator of small acts of kindness, driven by his own memories of tough times in his native North Carolina and his early years in Washington, DC…He is one of more than a dozen outreach workers employed by the United Planning Organization, a community action agency founded in 1962 to bring programs to the District’s low-income residents.”
Data shows us that children who are touched by Foster Grandparents have a higher educational achievement level…and it’s not just kids who benefit: older Americans who volunteer report lower levels of depression, increased brain activity, and lower mortality rates.
UPO’s Foster Grandparents work at the Potomac Job Corps Center, investing in teenagers and teaching them skills to become successful: “It’s changed me for the better…I’ve reclaimed my passion,” says one student. The program also helps senior volunteers find a purpose.