The United Community Center's (UCC) mission is to provide programs to Hispanics and near south side residents, of all ages, in the areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development and health and human services. The UCC assists individuals to achieve their potential by focusing on cultural heritage as a means of strengthening personal development and by promoting high academic standards in all of its educational programs. Of the more than 18,000 people who benefited from our programs last year, more than 90 percent are racial or ethnic minorities and more than 40 percent live at or below the poverty level.
Steady, thoughtful program and facilities growth has been one of UCC's greatest accomplishments. While providing a dependable source of support for generations of south side families, UCC has carefully expanded its mission and capacity. Established in 1970 as a youth recreation center, UCC has developed many program components in response to important community needs.