UNICCO is a community based 501(c)3 organization that serves to help bridge the social and economic disparities within the Liberian communities in Minnesota. Our primary goal is to help improve the living conditions within our communities through programs such as social welfare for seniors, a mentorship program for girls, after-school programs, scholarships, and community engagement programs. As well as raise funds to undertake developmental projects here in Minnesota and back in Liberia.
In 2020, UNICCO undertook a significant project to provide relief support to the seniors in our community. In addition, UNICCO has an annual back-to-school and healthy lifestyle program for kids. We host picnics and provide backpacks, school supplies, and bikes to kids in our community in Minnesota.
The Liberian Community in Minnesota, which UNICCO is a part of, has been hugely hit by gun violence and drug abuse. In the last two years, more than five Liberian kids (ages 16-18) have lost their lives to gun violence and two to overdose. UNICCO has been engaged in community outreach and working with disadvantaged kids.
Supports for these programs are from the mega resources gathered from community members through dues payments and voluntary donations.
With the increase in gun violence, drug abuse in our community, and the growing needs of community members, UNICCO can no longer afford to support those needs from her resources.
We hope you can help us achieve the goal that no kid is lost to gun violence or overdoes, not anymore.
UNICCO desires to acquire a bigger space to keep the kids of our community safe. A space that will tell our story to our kids, an area that will teach our values and way of life. A space our kids will see as next to their home.