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! 

 

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STEPtember 2016

It’s here!

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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 STEPtember.us

 

 

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!

 

 

 

#GivingTuesday

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What is Giving Tuesday? #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to giving back.  On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 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?

 

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Jaiden gets a new weighted blanket

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UCP and the Elsie Bellows Grant were able to purchase a new weighted sensory blanket for Jaiden. Jaiden is a sweet 4 year old boy with ASD and ADHD who lives with his mother, Tahiri.

Nurturing Families at L&M Hospital caseworker Grace Nelson, who works with Jaiden and Tahiri, contacted UCP’s Disability Support Program for funding assistance for the weighted blanket which can cost approximately $145 and up. The blankets are designed to provide pressure and sensory input for individuals with autism and other disorders. A weighted blanket can be used as a calming tool or for sleep. The pressure of the blanket provides proprioceptive input to the brain and releases a hormone called serotonin which is a calming chemical in the body. 

 

We hope that Jaiden and his mom had the best night of sleep ever!

Welcome Jon Maderia ~ UCP’s Director of Employment Services

It gives UCP great pleasure to announce that Jon Maderia has joined the UCP Eastern CT team! Jon started on October 27 and is the new Director of Employment Services.  Jon will be working out of the Quaker Hill Administrative office, so if you see a new face in the office, let him know that you are excited about him joining our team.  You can also call him at 860-443-3800 ext. 118 or send him an email jmaderia@ucpect.org.

Jon has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing employment supports to people with disabilities.  Previously Jon was the Director of the Employment Transition Center at the Arc of New London County where he worked to maximize each participant’s employment potential; coordinated job development; created internships with local businesses, and promoted skill building. He has worked with DDS supported individuals, BRS supported individuals, area high school students, and managed an agency micro-businesses.

Jon has built a great rapport with DDS case management, department supervisors, DDS and BRS contract management teams and has helped to secure appropriate L.O.N. funding to provide quality services.   As you can see, Jon’s experience fits in perfectly with our strategic objectives to deliver new and exciting opportunities for people with disabilities.  

We look forward to working with Jon to

  • Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Help students with disabilities transition to competitive integrated employment.
  • Build inclusive communities by starting in the workplace.

     

UCP’s Paint Night Fundraiser

Join UCP and friends for a Paint Night Fundraiser on November 14, 2015 at 7pm until 9pm. Held at our Quaker Hill Day Program site at 42 Norwich Road (Rt. 32), we will also have baked goods and a basket raffle! It’s sure to be a Fabulous Time! 

Tickets are $35 and available on-line or at the door. First come, first serve!  Get your ticket today at (475)441-FUND (3863) or by calling (860)443-3800 x 111. Tickets can also be purchased by clicking on the flyer below (links to UCP’s paypal). Questions? Call 860.443.3800 x 111

 

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