What is the difference between UPO and UPO Inspire?

Excellent question.   UPO, United Planning Organization proudly serves as Washington DC’s community action agency, delivering critical services to under-served communities since 1962.  UPO Inspire, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was created to extend the impact of UPO to deserving populations such as the underemployed whose current income marginally exceed current poverty line ($14,850 for individual or $24,300 for a family of four) rendering them ineligible for many of UPO’s impactful programs.  UPO Inspire is currently focused on Technology Training, with the objective to increase middle-skill job opportunities for those on the edge of poverty.

Is it safe to donate online?

Absolutely.  All payments are processed by Stripe, an industry leader recognized for its superior security practices and fraud prevention.  Sensitive credit card information is securely handled by Stripe and complies with PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).

I would prefer to mail my donation.  Where can I send my check?

Thank you very much.  Checks should be mailed to Attn:  Andrea Thomas, UPO Inspire, 301 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001.  Please include a return address so we can provide a tax receipt.

I’m interested in hiring an intern.  What do I need to do?  

Fantastic.  This is a win-win opportunity.  Interns gain valuable on-the-job experience and your organization gains IT talent who is certified to deliver professional, high quality IT support to your team.

Organization interested in hosting an intern should contact Andrea Thomas at 202-238-4694 or athomas @ upo.org.  We accept enquiries throughout the year for interns and for those seeking to hire entry level IT front desk personnel. 

How else can I help?

So glad you asked.   As an 100% volunteer-run organization, we appreciate all offers of support.   In addition to monetary support, you can hire an intern, teach a work skills training session, provide feedback on our program and marketing material, or help spread the word.  Please contact Andrea Thomas at athomas @ upo.org for additional details.

What are the minimum prerequisites for potential applicants interested in the IT Training program?

Applicants interested in the program must have a high school diploma, be a DC resident, meet the federal poverty guideline and pass the CASAS (Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems) test at the 9th grade level.  CASAS is a widely used system for assessing adult basic reading, math, listening, writing, and speaking skills.

How are trainees recruited?

Program outreach is delivered via word out of mouth, social media, UPO community centers, and UPO’s partnership network.  Word of mouth is the most powerful as most applicants state that they learned about the program from program alumni and were impressed by their success.