Last June, UCP had the pleasure of giving out almost $40,000 in “Family Grants” to UCP families who use our Family Support Department’s services. We were able to assist over 40 families, paying for all sorts of equipment and therapy services, including Upsees (a mobility device that lets children with motor impairment stand and walk with the help of an adult) , adaptive strollers, intensive therapy, communication devices, and more. We also paid for a stander for Jeffrey, which you’ll get to read about below, in the words of his family.
Thank you so much for the wonderful donation to help purchase Jeffrey's Easy Stander. He loves it so much!
The stander has wonderful wheeled mobility which has enabled him to be easily moved throughout the house to participate in all kinds of activities in a standing position. His favorite is cooking! You can find him in the kitchen every evening helping with dinner.
He also enjoys using his computer a lot more because the standing table surface is large enough to accommodate his computer and mouse pad!
It's been a lot of fun for all of us.
I haven't mentioned to him that the purpose of a stander is to prevent hip surgery by keeping the hip socket formed correctly with correct and consistent weight bearing. Wonderful!!!!
We sincerely appreciate United Cerebral Palsy's donation. It has greatly improved our son's "happy meter," which in turn improves our family life and the village surrounding Jeffrey.
We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful organization. All the people we have ever encountered associated with UCP have been wonderful, helpful, caring people. We love YOU!
Jeffrey, Ron and Cheryl Hugie
UCP is excited to announce that we are currently recruiting for a Part-Time Receptionist. As our Receptionist, you’ll be the public face of UCP--interacting daily with the folks we support, our employees, and our partners. You’ll also give out money for fun activities and do some filing. This is the perfect job for you if you’re friendly and detail-oriented, and if you want to work 30 hours a week, get full benefits, and make a difference every day. Find out more here.
UCP is excited to announce that we have summer jobs available! We're currently hiring for "Summer Children's Support Professionals" who will work one-on-one with children who experience disabilities. You'll help kids do fun things like play games, make arts and crafts, and do activities in the community. Learn more about this awesome job here.
Here’s why one of UCP’s Job Coaches loves his job: “I like that I get to support super rad people to have a life and a job they love. I just really like the whole vibe. Everyone seems to have such great attitudes, and be here for the right reasons.” Would you like to be a Job Coach at UCP? Find out more here.
Are you an active and fun-loving person? If so, UCP might have the perfect job for you. We’re seeking a Community Inclusion Specialist who will help adults who experience disabilities to get out and explore Portland. You’ll assist people to volunteer, take classes, watch movies, and attend concerts. Find out more here.
UCP is going to a job fair next week. Here's your chance to learn about our current openings, ask questions, and get to know the people at UCP. Join us (and many other healthcare-related non-profits) at the HealthCAREers Nonprofit Job Fair on March 22, from 10am–1pm, at the PCC CLIMB Center (1626 SE Water Ave). Hope to see you there! Learn more here.
This week, UCP joined self-advocates and agencies from around Oregon at an event called "Advocacy Days" at Oregon's State Capitol. Several of the people we support met with legislative staff to talk about what it's like to experience disabilities, and why they felt that the state should increase the pay rates for caregivers. After that, everyone went to a Mexican restaurant to celebrate with some excellent food!
Jobs are important. Jobs give us an identity. They give us a chance to grow and excel, to make new relationships, and to earn a paycheck, of course!
As an Employment Specialist at UCP, you’ll assist people who experience disabilities to find the job of their dreams.
You’ll also get to build relationships in the community, as you help potential employers get really excited about the idea of employing folks who experience disabilities.
Find out more here.
As we head into the new year we are excited, optimistic, and ready to take on new challenges. We continue to expand our network, and invest in our mission, and look forward to another great year serving our Community for Everyone!
We’ve been asking UCP employees what they love most about UCP.
Here’s what Rachel, one of our Assistant Team Leaders has to say… “Not to sound super corny, but I really admire my coworkers. I’ve met some of the most dedicated, compassionate, patient people through my work here. I also love how UCP encourages growth and self-improvement. Finally, I really love helping people explore their interests and participate in the things they enjoy. My very first day, I helped the woman I was supporting into her adaptive bike. As soon as she got pedaling, her face lit up. She was just beaming.”
Do you know someone who would love to work with kids who experience disabilities in the Clackamas area?
If so, please send them this link to an awesome UCP job: https://united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/jobs/141846. Thanks for your help!
What a great day we had on our first group outings to Gresham! The day started out with a visit to Fire Station 71, then it was off to Gresham Station Mall to make embossed greeting cards with our new friends at the Craft Warehouse! We rounded out the day by posting our group up at Starbucks to recharge, relax, and hang out with friends!
Thank you to our wonderful hosts for a day well spent in your fine city!
October is Staff Appreciation Month at UCP! And we have a full month’s worth of exciting events.
Our employees will be winning tons of awesome prizes in our trivia competition. They’ll be eating pizza at our pizza party. They’ll be nominating their amazing co-workers for the 2015 Annual Staff Awards.
And this week, we're delivering gift baskets to all of the wonderful employees who work directly out of our customers' homes.
Thank you for all that you do, UCP employees! We appreciate you.
We have another coveted job opening: Full-Time Community Inclusion Specialist. You'll spend your days helping people who experience disabilities get out and have fun in the community. Yes, you'll be paid to watch movies, attend festivals, and volunteer!
Learn more here: http://united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/jobs/123773.
Are you looking for the perfect weekend caregiving job?
If so, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) might have the job for you!
We’re currently seeking a weekend caregiver (“Personal Assistant”) who will support a young man who lives with his family in Forest Grove.
He is sweet, laidback and somewhat shy. Together, you will do fun activities, such as playing video games, exploring the community, and watching movies. You will assist him as he learns how to feel comfortable with receiving assistance in the bathroom.
You'll work 20 hours per week (Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to 7pm). These hours are somewhat flexible, based on your needs.
Find out more here.
We will be busy exploring all that the City of Milwaukie has to offer during the month of August! There are lots of fun shops, historic homes, sculpture art and tours to be had. Tours of Bob’s Red Mill and Pietro's Pizza are set for maximum fun and an extra special behind the scenes look at what makes these businesses great!!
A special "thank you" to the businesses that are welcoming us into their community and helping to make "A Community for Everyone". Download and print the informational flyer listing all of the participating Milwaukie businesses and print off the COUPON page with special offers created just for us! Get out there and show em' your support! And...Don't forget to play Waves Bingo for your chance to pick out a fun prize!!!
Participating businesses include:
Get the latest updates from our explorers on our Facebook page:
UCP has exciting news! We just found out that we are ranked, once again, as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon. We'll find out our exact position on the list on September 30th. Until then, congratulations to UCP's employees and friends!
UCP is pleased to announce that we have hired Kaela Gail to be the new Team Leader for our Community Inclusion services, which are known as “Choices”.
Kaela is currently an Assistant Team Leader in our Supported Living program, and already knows many of the people supported by Choices.
Kaela says she is excited to be a part of the Choices team and can’t wait to get started!.
Learn more about UCP's Choices services here.
You've seen the play - now you can own it on DVD!!
Six UCP moms gathered for ten weeks to share and write about their lives, families, experiences and especially their journeys with their children who have cerebral palsy.
Their writings have been turned into a theater production. "Fierce Love" is authentic, riveting, and inspiring. These mothers share their hopes, life truths, and admit their biggest fears in their messy and brilliantly beautiful lives.
Now you can own the full theater performance on DVD!!!