I have worked with UCP as an organizational partner, volunteer, and supporter for a number of years. Our church partners with many community organizations offering services to our area. UCP is the most effectively operated, caring and helpful organization with whom we work. All of their employees, staff and leadership are outstanding. We've introduced the joy of helping those with disabilities to many of our members through the years - largely because of our UCP partnership. Because of their leadership, both the lives of those being served and those serving are changed for the better.
I am the third generation in my family to volunteer, and be involved in, service work for UCP. I, personally, have found a link between the kids at UCP and my family at home. Volunteering at UCP for many years now has changed my outlook on how i live my life and how i treat others. The workers at UCP do not look at disabilities as a negative, but as a positive, life changing thing. I am involved in many activities and groups in UCP, and they all run well with the common theme of the better good for not only those involved in UCP, but others in the community, and even others nationally.
I was a volunteer at the UCP childrens center in Camp Hill when I was between jobs-I have to say I got more out of it than I gave to them, Watching the children in the day care center interacting with the children with disabilities was something to see, We could all learn a wonderful lesson from these children. The staff is the best, I enjoyed working with everyone and miss them all.
I also worked the Sports Auction and was so impressed by the hard work of so many people--you just wouldn't believe how much work goes into that event.
UCP Central Pa offers so much for people in need and also a great place to volunteer.
With my new job I'm not able to volunteer at the childrens center, but will continue to be part of this wonderful organization.
I really enjoy volunteering at the UCP. It makes me feel like I am doing what I can do to help others in need and making new friends as well.
I worked as intern for UCP of Central PA for the last two summers. I must say both internships were quite rewarding experiences. Not only was I included at every staff meeting during my stint at UCP, but also I was made to feel like I was an essential part of the team. I felt like my thoughts and opinions were deeply considered and appreciated when expressed. Both internships gave me great confidence in myself and to be expose to the working world. I saw I could make a difference in the lives of individuals, some who have disabilities similar to my own, mainly through my words.
The most significant benefit of my relationship with United Cerebral Palsy, I think, is to live independently, (with the help of my Mom and attendants, of course), and receive a college education. United Cerebral Palsy’s help proves that I can do anything with my life, even live in a dorm, not especially designed for individuals who have physical limitations. I never thought this possible before my involvement with the United Cerebral Palsy organization. Opportunities are limitless for those who are involved with the program. The receiver needs to have an open mind, though. Wildest dreams are possible with perseverance, self-motivation, faith in yourself and others’ faith in your abilities. United Cerebral Palsy continuously helps me to reach my goals; and with every success in my life, I am grateful to them.
I became involved with UCP of the Capital Area 25 years ago when my nephew was diagnosed with UCP. Early intervention brought him up to his greatest potential. The programs and services offered to all ages with any type of disability is just amazing. The staff is so kind and qualified. I have seen huge progress over the years in the areas they cover, both physically and geographically. They never lose sight of the mission and the money raised is spent wisely. It is an honor to volunteer for them.
Review from Guidestar
I became a volunteer for UCP through my office. For many years, I have been involved with UCP as a volunteer at the UCP/Schmidt Kramer Annual Golf Tournament and this year I will be volunteering at the UCP Gift Wrap. Some of the employees in my office have served on various UCP Committees. UCP is a wonderful organization to be involved in as a volunteer and as a client needing services as well as their family. UCP provides services and support to clients of all ages and with all disabilities. It is a privilege to work with the staff of UCP and to support the cause of UCP. UCP makes a difference in the lives of so many in our community and I am glad to be part of its mission.
I have participated with UCP of Central PA for several years, and I have seen their work from the point of view of an educator and friend and mother. It is a resource that both educates families and also unites them. Our children need advocates and as parents we often don't know enough to defend, support, and encourage our children. The UCP does this and more. It also gives support to families and provides opportunities for wonderful interaction.
I have been a volunteer and Board Member for over a decade and have seen UCP Central Pa grow significantly over that time, without ever losing its focus on its misssion. Helping people with disabilities physically, emotionally, socially; helping the families of those with disabilities through support services -- improving the lives of the people and communities it serves -- that is what UCP Central Pa does all day, every day. The staff and volunteers are consistently wonderful and I am proud to say that I am affiliated with this wonderful organization.
The reason I volunteer for UCP is due to the great service they offer persons with UCP. My daughter was diagnosed with UCP when she was an infant, and she was taken into the UCP center on 30th St. in Camp Hill - (a long tome ago)! where she was given physical therapy, speech therapy and learning experiences by loving professional staff. As an adult, she is currently residing in a UCP-run home where she receives all the care she needs PLUS. She attends Alternatives during the week, has outings to church, shopping and many more activities that would not be possible without UCP. I am thankful to UCP for giving my daughter a well-rounded life.