Honoring the Legacy of Juneteenth

Join United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) as we celebrate Juneteenth 2022 throughout the region with free health and wellness events.

Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The holiday is a time for celebration and also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in the equity movement. Yet, there is still work to be done.

We know that health disparities and inequities within our community will not go away on their own, and we must continue to do the hard work to reach equity for all by improving the health, education and economic opportunity of our region.

During the Juneteenth weekend, United Way NCA will host multiple COVID-19 vaccination and testing events with our health partners through our newest health initiative, Thrive United 365, which provides equitable access to and distribution of health resources and improves people’s lives by addressing health conditions most affecting our communities.

Juneteenth Event Schedule

All vaccination and testing events are free to community members and insurance is not required. Free PPE kits will also be available at each event and include COVID-19 self-test kits, face masks, hand sanitizer and more.

Saturday, June 18, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Neighborhood Health will host a free COVID-19 testing and vaccination event at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington on June 18, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mt. Sinai Baptist Church will host a free COVID-19 testing and vaccination event at its church location on June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Saturday, June 18, noon to 5 p.m.

Community Support Systems will be providing free COVID-19 testing and vaccinations at the “Unity in the Community: Juneteenth” event being held at 6419 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD. A parade celebrating Juneteenth will begin at 11 a.m., departing from First Baptist Church of District Heights. Food, games, music, vendors and more will also be features of this event.


Saturday, June 18, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Zion Church will host a free COVID-19 testing and vaccination event at Bowie Town Center during a jazz festival on June 18, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Additional health screenings will also be made available at this event.


Sunday, June 19, noon to 4 p.m.

Community of Hope will host a free COVID-19 testing and vaccination event at the Hope Center on June 19. Free self-test kits will also be available to take home.

Ride United

Need a ride to one of our Juneteenth events? Our Ride United program is offering free Lyft rides of up to $25 each way for those who need transportation support to the following services:

  • COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines
  • Medical/Dental/Eye Appointments
  • Mental Health Services
  • Financial Coaching/Empowerment Services
  • Legal Services

A person is eligible to receive this service if they:

  • Live in an area where Lyft is available
  • Are 18 years old or older, or can be accompanied by a guardian
  • Have a smartphone with the Lyft app to receive the discount codes

If you are eligible, give us a call to get your code for your free Lyft ride at 202-488-2008 or email lyft@uwnca.org. Phone lines are open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About United Way NCA

After nearly 100 years of improving the health, education and economic opportunity of our community, we continue to commit ourselves to creating a more equitable region. At United Way NCA, we make room for all who are ready to join us on this journey. We will continue to take bold strides and commit resources to attain equity for everyone. When none are ignored, all will thrive.

For more information on Thrive United 365, please click here. To see all future COVID-19 vaccination and testing events happening this summer and beyond, please click here.

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