It’s #GivingTuesday –

What is Giving Tuesday? #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back.  On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving.

Join UCP and become part of celebration of generosity. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday – Why not be a part of it? Donate here!


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Steve Smigiel is celebrating 25 years of service at UCP

Steven Smigiel, UCP’s Finance Manager is celebrating his 25th work anniversary at UCP! 

While celebrating work anniversaries may seem trivial to some, its important to say that there is nothing that Steve does for UCP that is trivial! From maintenance, to finance, to vehicles and music…. Steve is more than meets the eye! 

Thank You Steve for all you do for all of us here at UCP! 



STEPtember 2016

It’s here!


What is STEPtember?

Promoting a Life Without Limits, United Cerebral Palsy’s STEPtember challenges participants to take 10,000 steps or do any other kind of physical activity every day from September 1 through 28 to raise funds for those living with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. With your help, and the support of your friends, family, colleagues and community, STEPtember can help change the lives of people living with disabilities.

What is our purpose?

Every dollar raised during STEPtember allows United Cerebral Palsy to provide much needed services and care for the many children and adults living with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers. Through the sponsorship of those who participate, their friends, family and colleagues, we will successfully raise the vital funds needed to help pay for equipment, therapy and support for persons with disabilities.

Who can participate?

Any person wanting to make a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities can be a part of the STEPtember movement. From those living with disabilities, to their families, caregivers or loved ones, and even those who just want to dedicate 28 days to giving back to their community, this challenge is open to anyone.


Who leads the efforts?

Founded in 1947, United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a Life Without Limits for people with Cerebral Palsy or other disabilities. UCP’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people living with a spectrum of disabilities.

 How can you get involved?

Those looking to participate in STEPtember can do so by gathering a team of up to four people and registering online. Starting on September 1, team members can use our online tracker to record their daily steps and activities. The goal for each member of your team is to take the equivalent of 10,000 steps every day doing physical activities. Make every move count by asking friends, colleagues and family members to sponsor your efforts through online donations or by holding your own local fundraiser.

See how your steps can make a difference and learn more at



UCP’s 2nd Annual Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K!!

2016 5k flyerUCP of Eastern CT is excited to announce that we will hold our 2nd Annual Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K again on Sunday, August 28th!  Last year’s event was such a success that we can’t wait to hold this event again. The Dash, Stroll & Roll 5K will be held at Camp Harkness, at 301 Great Neck Road in Waterford.

The race starts at 9am, and we will have race day registration beginning at 8am. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for runners between the ages of 5-12, and the first 150 runners to sign up will get a t-shirt!  

Thank you to our generous sponsors, including The Day, Shoreline Social Sports & Events, Essex Dermatology Center,  and Relay Connecticut.

Our race is timed by Snerro, but please note it is not on a certified course.

Mystery Masquerade Dinner Fundraiser


What a fabulous time! UCP hosted its first ever Mystery Masquerade Dinner on March 18th. The event was held at Langley’s Restaurant at Great Neck Country Club and sponsored by A.Secondino & Son, Inc, and The Day. Other sponsors for the event were Jan VonDeck, James Harris and Lisa Venn with Viridian Energy.


More than 70 people showed up to participate in the hilarious mystery solving fun!