United Teens

UCAN United Teens provides mentoring help to English Language Learner High School Students from Urbandale High school. This group consists of students from Bosnia, Guatemala, Burma, Vietnam, Mexico, Congo and more! Our students are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers once a week during the school year. The students receive help mastering the English language as well as completing job applications, homework help, understanding U.S. cultural norms, and a safe space to have fun with their peers while learning new things. We have baked cookies, painted pumpkins and even had a trip to Adventureland!

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Metro West Alternative High School

UCAN has been proud to support Urbandale School District’s Metro West Learning Academy for more than 6 years! This unique and wonderful school is an alternative program shared by six school districts: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Johnston, Saydel, Urbandale and Waukee. A large majority of students are on free & reduced lunch and need extra support.

UCAN helps many of the students with basic needs such as weekend food bags, personal care bags, holiday support and more. In addition, we provide quarterly incentives such as gift cards to restaurants and gift bags. One of our highlights each year is to host their graduation celebration!

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Winter Wear for Kids

We have been providing winter boots, snow pants and accessories to kids in need for more than 10 years. This program connects kids in need with community partners & sponsors and UCAN also holds specific fundraisers to purchase the items. Each child can request 2 items, but we cannot guarantee all requests will be met. To request a new coat, please contact your school.

Pre-registration is required: Registration Closed

Client Registration Date: Closes October 1st.

Event Date: Early November, Date TBD

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School Supplies

UCAN has been providing back-to-school supplies for children in the Urbandale school district in grades kindergarten through high school for 13 years.

Pre-registration is required. Registration link will be added in July 2022

Client Registration Date: August TBD

Client Pick-Up Date: Mid-August

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Summer Food Distribution + School Lunch

UCAN provides supplemental food at a variety of locations throughout Urbandale during the summer months when school is not in session. Our volunteers assist the Urbandale school district in several locations to serve school-sponsored lunches.

Pre-registration is required. Registration link will be added in July 2022

Client Registration Date: August TBD

Client Pick-Up Date: Mid-August

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Teacher Help

UCAN’s office is in walking distance of Urbandale High school and the new Olmsted elementary. We receive many requests from teachers and school district outreach workers for essential items for their students. We often provide personal care items, snacks, and try to fulfill any other needs. Last year we had a “cart of Sunshine” for the teachers at Jensen elementary, which serves many of out client families!