If you’re up for being part of something meaningful at UCP, we've got several ways you can join our cause.

Today, we’ve got a featured job postin g and a fun volunteer opportunity you should check out. Feel free to share these flyers with anyone you know who might be interested in doing either paid or volunteer work with us.

We encourage philanthropic-minded individuals, families, and companies to  donate to our cause... or support one of our events (like the upcoming UCP/SchmidtKramer Golf Tournament... details in this e-news). Finally, we are in search of some passionate supporters to  advocate on issues of importance to the disability community. (See the Advocacy Update that follows.) 
PHA Lobby Day at the Capitol  
UCP’s Capital Home Care participant Connie Folk was the featured speaker during the PHA Lobby Day press conference in the Capitol Rotunda. After having suffered a series of life-changing strokes over the last 16 years, Connie shared openly her belief that were it not for her home health aides, she would have been forced to live in a nursing home. Instead, she remains in her own home and maintains her own routine.
The Rotunda swelled with support—and warm applause—for Connie and her heartfelt message: I have learned to accept and live with my disability because of the love and support of my aides… who have become like family to me. Without the continued support of UCP and my exceptional aides, I would not experience any of life’s little enjoyments.” 
June 4 Disability Rally
Over 80 UCP staffers and program participants journeyed to the Capital Rotunda in Harrisburg PA on June 4th. The goal: to raise our collective voice in support of a $60 million funding package to ease the Direct Support Professional wage crisis. UCP, along with Pennsylvania Advocacy & Resources (PAR), the ARC of Pennsylvania, and several other leading disability organizations represented themselves and heard from diverse speakers, led by Representative Dan Miller of the House Disability Caucus.
Legislative Visits
UCP’s Capital Home Care (CHC) program manager Lori Maurer participated along with other homecare professionals in a legislative office visit with PA Rep. Kurt Masser as part of PHA Lobby Day on May 22. 

At left (l to r): Lori Maurer – Capital Home Care; Kathleen Hoffman – Family Home Medical; Rep. Kurt Masser; Kristy Champ -- Maxim Healthcare Services; Jamie Wolfgang – Family Home Medical; Colleen Cavallo -- Bayada
A second group led by CHC director Angela Griffith visited the office of Representative Kerry Benninghoff.

Right: Hilari Nepper- Workforce Coordinator at CHC, Angela Griffith- Director of CHC, Joe Davis- Bayada, Bob Nye- Executive Director in Representative Kerry Benninghoffs Office, Debbie Barry- Bayada
UCP/SchmidtKramer Golf Tournament
Golf for a great cause! Join us for the 32 nd annual UCP Golf Tournament presented by SchmidtKramer on Monday, August 6 th at the Carlisle Country Club. 

All proceeds from the event will go to advance the mission of UCP Central PA and our goal to “Love Without Limits.” Can’t join us for the afternoon and evening? There are other ways to share in the spirit! 

You can support the event through a sponsorship, or by advertising in the program book or on a tee sign. You can also donate to our silent auction or place a promotional product in the golfer gift bags.
For more information regarding Sponsorships and other opportunities, please contact Ashley Norris by email at Ashley.norris@ucpcentralpa.org or phone at 717.737.3744 ext. 121.
Sports Auction Wrap-Up
The 32 nd Annual UCP/Harrisburg Senators Sports Auction was held on Saturday, June 2 nd at City Island Carousel Pavilion.   All told, we raised $47,000 through the silent and live auctions, radio auctions, raffles, and Underdogs' donations. Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated, or participated in some way!
The day of the Sports Auction, Judith McCowan (CEO of UCP Central PA) and Marisa Tokarsky (UCP Board Chair) announced the naming of a new Sensory Room in honor of Sports Auction Founder and Chairman, Billy Kaldes. Billy is a Life Board Member; he and his wife Stephanie have been faithful volunteers and supporters of UCP for over 32 years. Thank you, Billy, for all that you have done and continue to do for UCP!
Make sure to click the link below to view photos from the event!
UCP Receives Early Intervention Grant

At UCP we are always looking for new ways to fund our programs. Grants of all kinds help meet that need.

We are excited to report that UCP's Childhood Director Marci Walborn and her Early Intervention (EI) team are the recipients of a grant from the Perry County Community Foundation, a regional foundation of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.
The grant will fund the formation of a "Tots and Tikes Social Readiness Group” that will specifically support Perry County children ages one and two who are experiencing or at risk for developmental delays. 

Through this program, UCP looks to provide a social environment in the rural community with access to professionals including physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, educators, nutrition specialists, and other key community resources. The goal is to serve 8-10 children and their families over a 10-week period. 
UCP’s EI therapists encourage independence in everyday life for children from birth to age three by:
·         Identifying and developing each child’s individual strengths
·         Providing learning opportunities through playful interaction and engagement
      in daily routines
·         Focusing on social readiness to prepare children for kindergarten
·         Helping children and families develop supportive, lasting relationships
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