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.
My first introduction to UCP of Central PA was 7 years ago when my daughter received physical therapy services through the early intervention program and a therapist from UCP. Soon thereafter I began to learn more about the variety of services offered to not only children, but also adolescents and adults with disabilities, many of which have disabilities other than cerebral palsy. Compelled to give back to the community, I began volunteering with various committees and attending special events. A few years later I was asked to join the Board of Directors.
Through my experiences with UCP of Central PA, I have come to meet many great people and have witnessed the magic that this organization provides to the greater community we all live in. The staff, volunteers, and supporters all collectively serve the mission of providing for a life without limits for people with disabilities. This organization will always hold a special place in my heart.
I first became involved with UCP after taking a tour of the children's center and realized that this is an organization that is doing incredible work for our community. Over my years of volunteering with UCP I have to come to believe that we have a group of the finest staff and volunteers who do such wonderful work with individuals of all disabilities. Our community is so much stronger because of the dedicated work of UCP's staff and volunteers!
I've been familiar with UCP and its services for about 30 years now. My mom's best friend's daughter was born with Cerebral Palsy and we always spent a good deal of time together growing up. She benefited from UCP's Early Intervention Programs from a very early age and now in her adult life she participates in the Hanover Street Neighbors, which is a joint program between UCP and CPARC (I believe).
About 5 years ago I was enrolled as a student in Leadership Cumberland, a program for professionals which promotes community involvement. We were required to serve as an intern for a non-profit board so we could witness and learn how boards work. I didn't hesitate to volunteer for the UCP Board Internship. Over the past 5 years I have learned so much about the multitude of ways that UCP works with its consumers of all ages achieve independence. I've volunteered on several committees and have now served on the Board as a full member for 3 years. This all came full circle for me when I found out that my friend was going to be one of the consumers to move into our newest group home. I've talked with my mom's friend and while it was hard to move her daughter into a new place after taking care of her 30 years, her daughter absolutely loves her new home and they are all happy.
My first experience with UCP was through services they provided to my young daughter. I was impressed with the caregivers and all aspects of the organization. When i was later asked to get involved as a volunteer, it was a no-brainer. I felt that was the least I could do for an organization that did so much for my daughter. That was more than 8 years ago. I have been a volunteer every since. As a volunteer, I have been fortunate to be a Board Member, Secretary, Board Chair and serve on various Committees. I am inspired daily by the dedication of the employees and fellow volunteers. There is truly a collective effort to achieve the organization's mission every single day. If you or someone you know needs their help, don't hesitate to ask. If you want to get involved, don't wait. You'll be glad you did.
My family has directly benefitted from services provided by UCP of Central PA. The professionalism, knowledge, and care shown by its volunteers is a testament to the organization. My wife and I would have been lost without the care and expertise of our son's physical therapist. His first steps were a direct result of her care. These truly dedicated volunteers and staff are a great asset to Central Pennsylvania!
I have been involved with UCP Central PA for 25 years, beginning as a volunteer for special events. I have served on many committees, worked as a volunteer on multiple fundraisers and served a term as Board President. I have always said that the dedication of the staff is my reason to stay very involved. I learned about UCP and its excellent programs from fellow volunteers and cannot recall the number of parents of service recipients who have praised UCP and its staff for miraculous results of therapies, counseling, etc. Good friends and parents of Joey credit UCP with his current school success. Staff commitment, innovation, and caring never waver. Staff inspires me to remain a lifelong volunteer!
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I have participated on the Board of Directors of UCP Central PA for many years and I continue to be amazed at the number of people with disabilities they help every day. This is a well run, efficient, effective community resource and I am proud to be a small part of it.
Over 12 yrs ago I was introduced to UCP of Central PA. What makes this organization stand out is the dedication and passion the employees have towards their job, and the consumers they serve. The programs and services this organization provides to the community go way beyond just suppporting individuals with Cerebral Palsy. They have developed programs to assist and support all types of disabilities, and the family members of those individuals. It is an organizations like UCP that make a community shine! I am inspired, honored and humbled by being on the Board of this great organization.
UCP Central PA offers services to all ages and levels of special needs. I am not only a board member, but both my children attended UCP's Inclusive daycare. This experience allowed my children not to differentiate or judge those with special needs and taught them acceptance of all. I also needed early invention when our son had meningitis. UCP tested our son for developmental delays so we could work with him to improve his abilities that were affected. UCP is here to help with anything from early childhood delays to providing housing to adults with special needs to give them the opportunities to live a fulfilling life. UCP has touched the lives of many people in our community in a positive way and continues to provide quality service to anyone in need.