UCP went roller skating on October 10th. Kids and adults took to the floor using any combination of wheels--whether that was skates or wheelchairs. A good time was had by all.
Thanks to everyone who attended UCP's 2016 Walk, Roll 'n' Run, which was held this September. When you bring llamas to the party, a little rain just doesn't matter! You can see lots more pictures of the fun (including the llamas) on our Facebook page.
Friday was an "in-service day" today for most UCP staff, and while most of the day was spent learning all sorts of cool (and useful) things, one of the activities was a very silly "Office Olympics!"
Medals were earned, sportsmanship was displayed, and fun was had by all! See more hilarious pictures on UCP's Facebook page.
After almost 9 years on UCP's Admin/HR Team, UCP's Recruiter, Corrie Hausman, is moving into a new position at UCP, as Marketing Coordinator.
That means that we have an exciting new opening: Full-Time Recruiter!
This is the perfect job for you if you're seeking a different kind of recruiting position, one where you get to make a difference every day.
As our Recruiter, you will mostly be filling “direct care” positions, hiring employees who will work one-on-one (or in a few cases, in small groups) with kids or adults who experience various disabilities. Other employees will be caseload managers, or will manage teams.
You'll make a difference every day as you form strong relationships with the customers you are hiring for, and as you serve as an important part of UCP’s administrative and management teams, helping solve problems and answer questions.
Find out more here.
Are you looking for a fun and flexible job working with kids? Would you like to work for one of the 100 Best Non-Profit Employers in Oregon?
If so, United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington (UCP) might have the perfect job for you! We’re seeking several part-time Children’s Support Professionals who will work after school and/or on weekends.
This isn’t like most childcare jobs, because you’ll have lots of flexibility:
You’ll be supporting kids who experience various disabilities, assisting them at home and out in the community. Together, you’ll do activities such as creating arts and crafts, and playing games. You may assist some kids as they use the bathroom, or provide emotional or behavior support. You’ll also do a small amount of paperwork.
You’ll get to make a difference every day, plus you’ll receive lots of paid training, and have room to advance at an awesome non-profit. Come join us!
Find out more here.
Recently, UCP’s Supported Employment division (Employment Solutions) helped one of their customers, David, secure a job working at the nearby Thatcher’s Restaurant & Lounge!
David is a good example of a person who was capable of working but who was unsure of what he might do for work. For many years, he used UCP’s community inclusion services. But he was also interested in paid employment.
Ursula Morton (one of UCP’s Employment Specialists) met with David weekly for three months. She engaged him in community work experiences so that she could get to know his skills and abilities, and so that he could learn more about the work world.
After that, Ursula was able to build an appealing resume, highlighting the skills David had acquired at his community-based positions.
And, a mere 10 days later, Ursula was assisting David to sign his hire paperwork at Thatcher’s! Congrats to David and everyone who worked to get him this job.
Find out more about being an Employment Specialist (like Ursula) here.
Woo hoo! UCP is excited to announce that in 2016, we are once again ranked as one of the "100 Best Nonprofit Employers to Work for in Oregon." The list is coordinated by Oregon Business.
We'll find out our specific ranking in August, but, in the meantime, congratulations to all of UCP's employees and the people we support!
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.”