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Celebrating 50 years of service
  Uniting People with Opportunities Since 1962 

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UPO is entering into it's fifth year of providing Free Tax services to low income DC residents.  Last year UPO completed over 730  tax returns, which put more than $800,000  into the pockets of community residents.
Each year hundreds of volunteers register to be a part of the DC EITC Campaign to provide this much needed service to DC residents. 
The VITA program is coordinated through Capital Area Asset Builders and Community Tax Aid. As a tax host site, our IRS-certified VITA volunteers are trained to prepare taxes; connect unbanked clients with banking services and help clients apply for benefits and service programs.  
Doors open Thursday January 31, 2013. For your convenience: day, evening and weekend hours are available.

UPO POWER Students Holiday Experience

Diamond Carter, a student  of National Collegiate Prep school (pictured above with LT Posey) and   Keshon Johnson, of Hospitality Charter School was selected by the Chief's Office to participate in the annual shop with a Cop program, a collaboration between MPD and Target stores.
These two youth were selected based on their participation in a community forum organized by UPO's Community Leadership Academy.
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Planting Seeds and watching them grow
UPO's Early Learning Network Edible Garden

December 10, 2012 marked UPO's 50 years of dedicated service. The organization was created to coordinate, and implement human services programs for low-income residents in the Nation's Capital. As a voice for the most economically challenged Washington, DC residents, UPO has laid the groundwork for innovative social service programs such as weatherization and energy conservation services, Head Start, workforce development training and youth development.


In 1964, through Community Service Block Grant Funds, UPO became the Community Action Agency for Washington, DC and since then has worn many hats within the community: largest Head Start provider in the City through our network of early learning centers; the Washington DC Employment Office; owner and operator of the Bonanza Sirloin Pit Restaurant; provider of the Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Services; Shelter Hotline Transport for homeless citizens and so much more.


On this 50th Anniversary, we express our sincerest thanks to our partners, supporters, customers, and staff.  You continue to build the UPO legacy everyday with excellence and dedication. Cheers to many more years of making a difference! Cheers to all of you for being the tapestry that is UPO!

UPO 29th Annual MLK Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the US Senate
MLK2On January 12, 2013, UPO celebrated its 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr.,    Memorial Breakfast. Continuing Dr. King's legacy of championing economic opportunities for the poor, UPO uses all proceeds from the Breakfast to support the Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship to help raise funds for low income DC residents to achieve their dream of higher education. 
Through funds raised for the UPO Joseph A. Beavers Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship will  be awarded to each of 5 students who aspire to change the quality of their lives.    
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