We know many of you are already planning ahead as the next few weeks will fly by! UCAN will once again have 5 programs to help those in need. If you want to participate again, please let me know via email at Info@UrbandaleNetwork.org

Hundreds of low-income families in our community have difficulty meeting their day-to-day needs. During the holidays, finding resources for gifts and a special meal is out of reach for many of them. The Urbandale Community Action Network organizes 5 different programs for families and those in need during the holiday season. Below is information on how you and can get help bring hope this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Basic Needs Baskets – This outreach program will help those in need with the items we all need for our basic lives – shampoo, soap, cleaning supplies, personal care items, etc.  We will collect these items Nov. 7-17 and distribute Nov. 19-25 working with our Urbandale Lions Club. We began this important program last year when we had so many families ask for these items, and as COVID 19 has hit many families hard, we know this will be a very important project to continue.


Adopt a Family – Families in need are matched with individuals or groups who want to help spread holiday joy. When you sign up to participate in the Adopt-a-Family program, you will purchase gifts suggested by each member of the family (approx. $35 per recipient) and food for a special holiday meal (or provide a gift card to cover the cost of such a meal). You can choose to deliver the items to the family, or we can coordinate a drop off using our volunteers. Families are registered in this program based on their income and needs. 

Holiday Baskets – Families who do not qualify for our Adopt a Family Program are invited to participate in this program which will provide one toy for each child in the family, clothing (based on availability), hats & gloves,  a food box or gift card for grocery store. We accept all new toys, new children clothing and gift cards in $25 denominations to be dispersed to a family in need, OR you can sponsor a specific family.

At-Risk Teen Outreach – Working with the Metro West Alternative High School, we will match students in need with a sponsor. The sponsor will provide needed items (socks, shirts, hats, gloves) as well as items that teens would enjoy such as beauty products, gift cards, etc.

Santa for Seniors –  This past 6 months has been extremely hard on many of our seniors! We have had many opportunities to connect with them, and are excited to continue our holiday outreach. Through UCAN’s Senior programs, we identify those who are living in isolation, who have no relatives or very few nearby, and who have very limited contact with others.  We want to reach out to these isolated seniors and brighten their holiday season. We are volunteers to donate cards, warm blankets, large print crossword or puzzle books, poinsettia or amaryllis plants, and provide holiday treats. Each senior will receive a care package the week before Christmas. Volunteers are needed to deliver the items as well. For low-income seniors, we also provide a gift card for a grocery store.

Christmas Food Assistance – For adults without children, a gift card to a local grocery store is provided to help supplement holiday food needs. Donations of gift cards in $25 increments are needed to support this program!

To sign up to help please contact UCAN at Info@UrbandaleNetwork.org or call 515-278-3936. Thank you!