Online registration for our Women Who Care Celebration is now open! This event will be held on March 31, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at the Commander's Mansion in Watertown. Please visit ucpwwcc.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets today.
For more information, check out the Women Who Care Celebration Event Page.
Rupal Patel, Ph. D. and Donna L. Nimec, MD MS will be honored at our Women Who Care Celebration on March 31, 2016. This event will be held at the Commander's Mansion in Watertwon, MA. Please take a moment to watch Dr. Patel's TED Talk on how she created unique synthetic voices.
We are excited to have comedian Steve Sweeney join us at this year’s ‘LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS GOLF TOURNAMENT’ which will take place Monday, May 16, 2016 at the beautiful Walpole Country Club. Pricing includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with cart, dinner, silent auction and of course raffles and games! Both corporate and individual sponsorships are available.
Walpole Country Club
10:30 am Registration & Box Lunch
11:30 am Tee-Off
5:00 pm Cocktail Reception
5:30 pm Dinner, Show, Awards & More
Sponsorship opportunities available
Dinner & Comedy Show only
For additional information on registration and sponsorships, contact:
Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Here are a couple of ways you can help support the amazing programs and services at UCP of MetroBoston this Giving Tuesday! Make a one-time donation or set up a monthly donation to UCP of MetroBoston HERE. You can also help support UCP when you shop on Amazon Smile. Just head over to Amazon Smile to select UCP of MetroBoston as your charitable organization. 0.5% of eligible purchases you make on smile.amazon.com this holiday season will go to support our programs and services. Thank you for your support!
To make a donation, please click HERE.
To select UCP as your Amazon Smile charitable organization, please click HERE.
Congratulations to Laura from Options on winning UCP’s Employee of the Quarter Award! Laura was chosen out of a group of six other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Laura said that she ‘displays consistent investment in not just the well-being of her clients, but their overall happiness and fulfillment in life, and centers the service and support she provides on such a high level of commitment .”
We also would like to congratulate the other five nominees:
Emily at Marquardt for her “ability to turn what may be a challenge for other seems not so much by assisting where it’s needed. She lends a hand with no hesitation and is willing to learn as she goes along. “
Ingrid, Program Director of Cluster One, because “she is someone who often steps up to the plate to volunteer for large and small agency events and day to day tasks and does so with a smile and little thanks. Ingrid is often at the helm of significant medical events and challenges with her consumers and handles these events with ease and professionalism”.
Amanda, Assistant Director of Independent Living, “continued to demonstrate her dedication to “Team Options” in a variety of ways. Throughout the quarter, Amanda selflessly continued to take on extra tasks and cover open cases while we searched for an additional staff person, ensuring that all consumers received the support they need. Amanda has been heavily involved in training two new staff during this quarter, passing along her incredible skill set, dedication, and the heart she puts into the team”.
Alyssa, Case Coordinator of In Home Supports, “has stayed later in the office to ensure deadlines are met and tasks are accomplished. She does not do this for those solely on her caseload, but for others served by the agency as well “.
Gabriella, Day Services SLP, not only without hesitation, but with extreme enthusiasm and commitment she was a key leader in the startup of the Wellness group. She took time out of her evening to continue to work through to lead the Wellness Group at one of our group homes. This is the type of person and UCP staff that she is and that engulfs an awesome work ethic”.
It's Time for #HalloweenWithoutLimits Help Us Get the Word Out about UCP's Digital Photo Costume Contest United Cerebral Palsy invites Halloween revelers of all ages to enter #Halloween Without Limits. No one should miss the fun of dressing up for Halloween because they have a disability which may not be accommodated by traditional costumes. So, UCP is encouraging creativity by rewarding costumes designed to work specifically for the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities.
Please invite your supporters and clients to share their most creative, kooky and fun costumes to our Facebook page by tagging @UCPNational and using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits. Simply share this email, share one of the Facebook posts we are putting up or share a link to our blog post explaining the contest. It doesn’t matter if they're a princess or a pirate, a ghost or a ghoul, as long as their costume accommodates their disability with flair!
Winners will be chosen based on the number of combined "likes", shares and comments on UCP's national Facebook page. There will also be a "Most Creative Costume" chosen by our staff. Photos of children under the age of 18 must be submitted by a parent or guardian.
How to Enter #HalloweenWithoutLimits:
1. "Like" UCP on Facebook.
2. Upload your photo(s) to our Facebook wall, using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits (entries without the hashtag won't be counted!)
3. Vote for your favorite photo(s) by "liking", commenting or sharing throughout the month of October! Be sure to share to get votes from family and friends!
4. Wait for the winners to be announced on Facebook on October 31 and notified via direct message. The prize is bragging rights and a feature in UCP's monthly Life Without Limits newsletter in November. We can't wait to see all of the creative and inclusive costume creations!
Thank you and congratulations to everyone who supported the international Steptember event. I am happy to say that we raised $6000 through the efforts of our participants!
Top 3 Funders! Cheers!
Roberta Jaro $1,739.50
Reva Bascom $920.00
Carly Golden $645.00
Top 3 Steppers! High Five!
Roberta Jaro 2,806,641
Reva Bascom 1,194,037
Shawn Rickets 1,143,432
Again, whether you participated in the event or were a member of the cheering squad...thank you!
This month UCP of MetroBoston is kicking off a Year of Health and Wellness for our employees and the individuals we support. Each month will have a different theme such as nutrition, stress awareness, or safety and will feature activities, events, and challenges related to that month's theme. September's theme is "Let's Get Moving" and was kicked off with line dancing and parachute games at both the day and residential programs. Our hope is that with an increase in awareness and understanding and by spending some time each month focusing on things we can all do to improve our overall wellness that staff and consumers will be supported to be a part of a happy, healthy UCP community. Now, let's get moving!
For more photos from the kick-off, please visit our Facebook album.
Congratulations to Andis Bala, LPN from Chapel Road on winning UCP’s first ever Employee of the Quarter Award! Andis was chosen out of a group of four other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Andis described him as “ always going beyond the parameters of his job… He is invested in the wellbeing of our consumers and always put forth the effort to enrich their lives. He has excellent knowledge of the flow of the home and is quick to identify the household needs… he is friendly, approachable, always has a positive attitude and has great integrity…”
Now you can support our programs and services just by shopping on Amazon.com! A portion of your purchase on Amazon.com is donated to UCP of MetroBoston. Start by clicking HERE to set UCP of MetroBoston as your charitable organization and then use Smile.Amazon.com when you shop. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon. You will have access to the same products, same prices, and same Amazon Prime benefits.
Want to learn more about AmazonSmile? Click here.
We are proud to announce that UCP of MetroBoston has received a three-year accreditation from CARF! Here is what CARF Surveyors had to say about us during their visit.
"UCP is led by a group of dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable individuals who embrace change and continually strive to provide meaningful enhancements to services. A high level of professionalism and a cooperative, respectful working environment are evident."
"UCP has dedicated and passionate staff members at all levels. Individuals appear happy with services, appear engaged to the extent they desire, and have a great relationship with the staff members. The sites appear safe and personalized, and have a relaxed atmosphere."
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|June 20th||11am - 12pm||(Ages 0-12)|
|June 20th||1pm - 2pm||(Ages 13+)|
Children under 13 years of age will need parent or guardian supervision.
|June 15th - 18th||12:30pm - 3:30pm|
|June 19th (Public Reception)||6:30pm - 8:00pm|
|June 20th||11:00am - 2:00pm|
Walk & Roll & September = Steptember!
We are excited to share with you that UCP of MetroBoston’s Walk and Roll scheduled to be held on Sunday, June 7th has been moved to this coming September or should we say ‘Steptember’! You will now be joining Walkers and Rollers from throughout the U.S., Australia, Canada and the Netherlands ‘Stepping it Up’ for UCP! Watch for news on this major event coming soon!
Thank you to everyone that joined us for our 'Life Without Limits Golf Tournament'! The funds raised at this event will go to support our programs, services, and, most importantly, the individuals that we serve.
Please click HERE to visit our Golf Tournament photo gallery to view pictures from the event.
Thank you to all who attended our Springfest event. It proved to be a successful night both for fundraising and our guests. Thank you again to Mojo Mambo and Craft Beer Cellar Belmont! Now onto Golf and Walking and Rolling!
Check out photos from Springfest here: Springfest Album
Congratulations to Cesar Segura who received the Metro Region Direct Support Professional Award at the ADDP conference. UCP is thrilled to have him working at one of our residential homes. Thank you, Cesar for improving the lives of the men with whom you work!
UCP of MetroBoston is growing and we are looking for caring and passionate individuals to help carry out our mission of advancing the independence, full citizenship and productivity of people with disabilities. We've added three new job openings on our Careers Page this week!
Want to make a difference? Join our team. Browse the list of job openings here:
Our latest addition to the My Ability video series features a very talented artist, Em. Em shared some of her amazing artwork with us and invited us to stay during her art lesson.
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