UCP's staff makes it an incredible enterprise. The service providers and support staff are very dedicated to their work.
I have been a volunteer for UCP Central PA for almost 20 years and have always felt that it is an outstanding organization. From the Board down to the folks providing services to the consumers and everywhere in between they are focused on improving the lives of their consumers. Over the years I have recruited many others to the UCP Central PA cause, and they have routinely thanked me. I am always proud to be associated with this fine organization!
I have been involved in several volunteer opportunities through UCP - all of which have been wonderful experiences both for the participants and volunteers. UCP provides fantastic services to the local community. It is always a pleasure to be involved with such an awesome organization.
My relationship with UCP began a few years ago while volunteering at a fun-filled picnic for the Adult Day Programs. From that day on, I was "hooked" on this super-star organization and the top-notch services and support that it provides to individuals with disabilities and their families. Staff members and volunteers are extremely passionate and consistently go "above and beyond" what is asked of them to ensure that every person can "live a life without limits."
I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at UCP, as each experience is positive and life-changing. Employees and fellow volunteers work hand-in-hand to achieve the organization's mission. My brother has special needs and would not be as successful and independent as he is today without the services and support from an organization like UCP.
I volunteer once a week and work with many of the clients. They give me back as much as I give them. I help them learn, play, explore and do what I can to enrich their lives. They appreciate me and I appreciate our time together. They show a lot of joy with very little effort. I know they gain from the one on one I can provide. I go home with a sense of accomplishment and gratification.
I started volunteering for UCP last December after responding to a request on Volunteer Match. I’m enjoying working with the adults at the Colonial Park Alternatives Adult Day Program and they are glad to see me each week. I look forward to spending one-on-one time with folks who might not otherwise get that attention. While I’ve done a lot of volunteering, most of it has not involved this level of interaction. I’ve enjoyed learning what motivates each person, what they like to do. I like that the folks are getting the one-on-one time they need, and that they enjoy the activities I’m getting them involved with. They show their appreciation and let me know that I’m trusted and liked. At the same time, I’m learning talents and creativity I never thought I had. I feel good about what I’m doing for them and I feel it’s a way I can give back and help society.
I’ll be honest; volunteering for a program like Alternatives is a challenge that takes a lot of patience. But it also offers significant rewards. You help others who so badly need it. You help yourself by giving of who you are. You learn about the people and yourself. You learn over time that each person can be helped in his or her own way. You have to learn the ability levels of the folks and do what you can for each. For some it takes a lot; for others it’s just a touch and a smile.
I am a volunteer at one the UCP homes in Mechanicsburg and over the past several years making periodic visits to the residents and staff. I appreciate the love and care shown by staff for the residents, which requires tremendous patience at times. There is a unique and deep family bond which I have become very keenly aware of at the home between staff and residents. I get the opportunity to witness this love and care in action at each visit I make.
It has been enjoyable to get to know the the residents and staff and always look forward to visiting along with my 2 dogs, who are always lavished with love by the people there.
Most recently, it has been a pleasure to participate in going along with staff and residents on trips to places like City Island and Riverfront Park in Harrisburg for a pleasure walk across the Walnut Street Bridge and the Susquehanna River. Sitting on picnic benches on Riverfront Park and watching the sunset over the water is always a treat. Most recently, was a trip to Highland Gardens in Camp Hill with residents to pick out pumpkins, mums and decorations. It was a joy planting the flowers at their home afterwards. It always seems like time well spent when you see the residents and staff at UCP smile and get excited with these kind of activities.
I first began a relationship with UCP when I moved to the area and enrolled my son in the daycare program at the age of 17 months...he is now 24 years old and UCP remains a large part of our lives. I could not have asked for better services, more caring providers and more engaged professionals than my son and I were afforded from the UCP staff. My son is still receiving services from UCP; he is living independently now and thriving under UCP coaching staff; much of his success for lviing independently is due to the exceptional care and teaching from UCP personnel through the years. We have not only received services from UCP but have had the privilege to volunteer at many UCP functions and events and work with UCP management, staff and clients throughout the years. It has been an awesome 24 year relationship with UCP....my son, Logan would have no other agency but UCP to provide him services and enjoys little more than to spend time volunteering at UCP and engaging with the staff and other clients. Thank you for giving and giving back to our children and our community!
For many years I have been involved with a very special adaptive sports camp, Camp STAR. Several years ago, we went through a difficult time and were in danger of closing the camp. UCP came to the rescue. This all volunteer camp provides an opportunity to be competitive in adaptive sports such as scuba, wheelchair racing, kayaking and basketball, to name a few. UCP stepped up to help us continue to help others through this 3 day camp. Thanks UCP!