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Camp S.M.I.L.E. – Still Accepting Campers for Summer 2015!


We are celebrating our 4th summer of Camp S.M.I.L.E. and we want your elementary-aged little one to join the fun!

Camp S.M.I.L.E. is our 6-week summer enrichment camp for children whom have just completed kindergarten through 5th grades. Each day is filled with games, swimming, lessons, and experiments based in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)!

Every Friday includes an educational field trip to somewhere neat in Erie County, including Asbury Woods Nature Center, Penn State Behrend’s Planetarium, and the expERIEnce Children’s Museum to name a few.

We are also hosting Box of Light Studios, Erie, PA for a Stop-Motion Animation Lesson this summer!

We ask for a one-time $15 activity per child, or $30 for families with 2 or more children with scholarships available.

For more information or questions on how to register
-message us on Facebook at Union City Family Support Center’s Facebook
-call us at 814-438-7550 and ask for Valerie
-or visit us at 38 N Main Street in Union City

We hope you’ll join in on the fun!

MFG Grant Award

Molded Fiber Glass, Union City Awards UCFSC Grant of $7,500

MFG Grant Award

On March 31, 2015, MFG Companies’ Union City plant awarded the Union City Family Support Center (UCFSC) a grant of $7,500. The grant coming from MFG’s Foundation is set to aid UCFSC’s dream of a creating a Quality Early Learning Space to foster early childhood education both for families and professionals in southern Erie County.

“We’re just glad we can help the community,” Jerry Tromas, MFG Plant Manager, Union City.

A small number of individuals were present for the event, including Jerry Tromas- MFG Plant Manager at Union City, Cheri Markham- Controller at MFG Union City, Bill Jackson- President and CPO of United Way of Erie County, Dave Robinson- Executive Director for the UCFSC, Brittany Chapman – AmeriCorps VISTA for the UCFSC, and Bonni Williams- Director of Family & Community Engagement for the UCFSC.

Bill Jackson stated, “The check will be matched by Erie Insurance, who is graciously matching awards to United Way up to $100,000 until the end of our annual giving campaign.” Awarded through the United Way, this now allots $15,000 for the project.

Bonni Williams discussed her vision for the project, “I would love this space to be utilized for area families to drop in and learn about child development and education as well as area professionals to do the same. We’d like to have daily lessons for the little ones along with any child of any age feeling welcome to come in and spend time learning.”

The money awarded will be used to buy books, furniture, supplies, and technology all to equip the room as a mini-Star 4 Early Learning Complex. Stars numbered one through four are the system used by the state of Pennsylvania to rate childcare centers. “To act as a model, this room will appear as a mini-Star 4 Early Learning space for area professionals to use,” Dave Robinson

Work on the room is to begin immediately, and UCFSC staff hopes that this space will be open as soon as this summer. MFG commented as a part of the this community themselves, they are excited to be able to give back and reinvest. UCFSC staff was ecstatic as their vision is slowly becoming a reality, grateful to MFG and the United Way of Erie County. “This wouldn’t have been possible without MFG and United Way, both true partners in this community,” Dave Robinson.

Above: Pictured from left to right: Jerry Tromas, Dave Robinson, Bill Jackson, and Bonni Williams

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Donate through Paypal!





Union City Family Support Center and WFSN FM now have to ability to accept electronic donations through Paypal!

That means we can now accept donations from credit cards, debit cards, or your personal Paypal account.

Whether you’d like to help us keep the lights on or support the work we do in the community, we sincerely thank you for your donation.

Click here the “DONATE” button on the right to donate now! ===> http://ucfsc.org/donate/

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Halloween Family Fun Nights!

Our group connections for the month of October will include:
Tuesday, October 21st at Corry Elementary School from 5:30 – 7 PM
Saturday, October 25th from 3 – 5 PM at the Union City Community Development Center – 7 N Main Street, Union City, PA.

This month’s theme is Halloween!
So come out for crafts, games, activities, food, and education for parents!
There is an optional costume contest is you choose to participate.

As always, bring a friend and a dish if you wish!

We look forward to seeing you there!



Magic Tree House Book Series Now on WFSN

NEW! Magic Tree House Book Series – On WFSN Mon thru Friday at 3:30 PM!

Magic Tree House book series by Mary Pope Osborne, an adventure book series for young children, will now be read on WFSN LP FM!

Every Monday through Friday at 3:30 PM, one book from the series will be read aloud over our airwaves by Union City School District’s own Joan Quickle!

To listen locally, tune to 96.7 (LP) FM or stream worldwide at radio.ucfsc.org!

Take a walk down memory lane with us as we return to the days of storytelling on the radio!

For more information on this adventure book series featuring Jack and Annie, a brother and sister pair that discover a magical tree house filled with books, visit

http://www.magictreehouse.com/#about_the_series .

Magic of Reading

Magic of Reading Family Fun Night

Union City Family Support Center in conjunction with Union City Public Library will be sponsoring the Family Fun Night, Experience the Magic of Reading!
On September 23rd from 6 PM to 8 PM at Union City Public Library we are welcoming children of all ages to learn about how magical reading can be.
Featuring Magic Steve and his balloon artistry, we can help you see and hear your favorite storybook characters come to life!

This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.



Magic of Reading

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Thank You For All Your Support on this Year’s Erie Gives Day!

Erie Gives logoThank You All for Your Support in this year’s Erie Gives Day!

And thanks to GE Transportation, Erie Insurance, Presque Isle Downs & Casino and The Erie Community Foundation for creating this year’s Matching Pool that makes each donation go that much further.

And a special thanks to the Union City Community Foundation for providing an additional match for contributions to Union City organizations, including the Union City Family Support Center.

Thanks Everyone!

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Help Us Help Families by Donating on Erie Gives Day

Erie Gives logoWhether it’s helping folks get back on their feet after a disaster like last year’s tornado, or helping folks stay on their feet by putting in a new sidewalk on Smiley Hill, or preparing our preschoolers for success when they enter Kindergarten, or launching a new community radio station in Union City, or providing our six-week summer enrichment program Camp SMILE for children 7-12 years old, the staff and volunteers at the Center work every day to support children and families in our region. More than 300 families are regularly served through the many programs the Center offers.

Please support the Center on Erie Gives Day! Make your tax-deductible contribution go even further by giving on Tuesday, August 12th when both the Union City Community Foundation and the Erie Community Foundation will add a prorated match to your contribution at http://www.eriegives.org/ or call the Erie Community Foundation directly on Tuesday between 8am and 8pm at (814) 454-0843, and designate your contribution to the Union City Family Support Center.

We appreciate your support on Erie Gives Day and every day. Looking for a fulfilling and impactful volunteer experience? Contact the Center at 438-7550. We would love to work with you! Thank you for your support!