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About Us

United Christian Ministries of Jackson County, Inc., was founded in 1989 by a consortium of local churches. The purpose of United Christian Ministries is to  help to people with urgent physical, economic, social, or spiritual needs so that they can move toward relative independence. We provide a food pantry, personal items, and household items, as well as assistance with necessities (temporary shelter, utilities, heat, rent, medical copays) to residents of Jackson County. We collaborate with many local supportive agencies in order to help our neighbors. We are staffed by two employees and  over 40 volunteers.

We serve about 10,000 clients per year and distribute thousands of bags of food each year. The need for help has been growing each year:

Year         Pounds of food distributed

2023    152,000 pounds of food - a three-fold increase from 2019.

2022    128,000 pounds

2021      76,000 pounds

2020      70,000 pounds

2019      40,000 pounds

 

UCM is fully funded through the generosity of donors - churches, businesses, individuals, and grants. We receive donations of money as well as pantry items. Grantors include Jackson County, Dogwood Health Trust, Great Smokies Health Foundation, Nantahala Health Foundation, North Carolina Community Foundation, WNC Bridge Foundation, Rotary Club of Sylva, Church of the Good Shepherd (Cashiers), Food Lion Charitable Foundation, WNC Community Foundation, Balsam Mountain Trust, and more.

Many local businesses, civic groups, and churches support UCM in two ways: with monetary support, and by collecting donations of items to give to clients, such as canned food, shampoo, etc. Additional funding comes from local businesses such as NAPA, Peoples Golf, and more. The support of our community is crucial to our success.

2023 Annual Report

 
 

 

 

Staff

Executive Director: Ann Selby (aselby@ucmsylva.org)

Assistant to the Director: Andi Green (agreen@ucmsylva.org)

Board of Directors

United Christian Ministries is overseen by a board of directors. An annually elected board of directors representing 15 local congregations and agencies provides oversight and support of our ministry. Each member serves a three-year term. It is the hope and goal of UCM to have wide representation from local churches and agencies to guide the vision of our ministry.

Current Board of Directors

Officers: Frank Royce, Chairman; Margaret Duppstadt, Secretary; Cyndie Royce, Treasurer

Board Members at Large: Stacy Adams, Deborah Blazer, Chad Cagle, Kathey Clemmons, Jacke DeLeeuw, Margaret Duppstadt, Frances Hess, Karen Johnson, Dwight McMahan, Joe Rigdon, Josh Sutton, and Emily Taylor