October 2016
A monthly update from UCP Central PA

World Cerebral Palsy Day - October 5, 2016
Celebrate and Learn
IN CELEBRATION OF WORLD CP DAY 2016, we recognize Anneka Wilt who has been involved with UCP Central PA since 2013. After attending several events hosted by UCP's Family Support Services, she began volunteering at various family activities, particularly the annual pool parties and Fun Fairs. At the most recent Family Fun Fair  on September 25, Anneka could be found energetically running the Duck Pond game.

At 25 years of age, she likes to keep active and enjoys volunteering for a number of different organizations, in different capacities. In addition to her involvement with UCP's family events, she has volunteered as a greeter at Walmart, at Mt. Rock Care & Share childcare center, at Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School, at a senior center, and with the ARC. She also helps out with Bingo every Friday night at the Vigilant Hose Company in Shippensburg.

Anneka was not born with Cerebral Palsy, but was diagnosed early on when her mother realized that she was not reaching her developmental milestones. While her mobility and physical limitations did not prevent her from being fully included in all aspects of school, they have unfortunately limited her ability to secure paid employment.

Still, when asked about her disability, she says that she doesn't let it get her down. She always tries to challenge herself with new things even if she isn't successful.  Her advice was to "never give up, keep trying. Thanks, Anneka! We look forward to seeing you at more family activities!
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Join us for "Lunch and Learn" on October 17
This annual event recognizes local businesses that create pathways to employment for people with disabilities. The Lunch and Learn also provides a networking opportunity for local agencies, individuals with disabiliti es, and prospective employers.  The event is sponsored by the Capital Area Employment First Group, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, Dauphin County, and Commissioners of Cumberland and Dauphin Counties.

At work, it's what people can do that matters. That's why 

3rd Annual Lunch and Learn
Monday, October 17
11:30am - 2:00pm
Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Susquehanna Room
55 Miller Street, Summerdale, PA
RSVP by October 10:
Diana Steel/UCP Central PA
717.409.4900 or dsteel@ucpcentralpa.org

Holiday Gift Wrap
Time to sign up!

whether it's your holiday tradition to donate your time as a wrapper...
or bring your gifts to be wrapped...
or both...

UCP's Holiday Gift Wrap at Capital City Mall (outside of Macy's) is a surefire way to get into the giving spirit. The best part is... every package we wrap represents a measure of hope for people with disabilities in our community.

Individuals and groups welcome! Click  here  to learn more and sign up to wrap or contact Anna at  aspiess@ucpcentralpa.org  or 717.975.0611.
Upcoming Family Events

October 8, 2016
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Millerstown Moose
109 W. Juniata Parkway
Millerstown, PA 17062
RSVP 717-567-7125
Parent Training
November 12, 2016
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Glenn Patrick Hoffman Conference Room
Quaker Office Suites
485 St. John's Church
Shiremanstown, PA 17011
Adventure Park Golf 5K Race & 1 Mile Fun Run
November 12, 2016 
Capital Area Christian Church
1775 Lambs Gap Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
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