UCP To Honor Sharp's Michael Murphy

UCP will honor Michael W. Murphy, President and CEO, murphySharp HealthCare as “Healthcare Leader of the Year” at its annual "Life Without Limits" Awards Dinner on May 4th.

Mr. Murphy, whose career in healthcare spans more than 30 years, oversees a workforce of nearly 17,000 employees, 2,600 affiliated physicians and 2,100 volunteers. He was appointed to his position in 1996. Under his direction, Sharp has dedicated itself to The Sharp Experience, which is transforming the healthcare experience for employees, physicians and customers.

This annual "Life Without Limits" event honors individuals in San Diego who embody leadership and community service. A fast-paced program will include short testimonials to the honoree from those in the San Diego business and philanthropic community. As part of the program, miscellaneous art, sports, travel and collectors items will be auctioned.

Join us for this special night as we honor Michael W. Murphy for his professional success and the work that he does to make our community a better place and improve the lives of our friends and neighbors with disabilities across San Diego County.

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Care For Disabled Californians Ensnared in Capitol Politics

Nearly 50 years ago, the state made a promise through the rallyLanterman Act that children and adults with developmental disabilities would be cared for.

The promise should be kept, but instead the system that cares for the developmentally disabled is on the brink of collapse because of a nearly decade-long freeze on the rate the state pays service providers.

UCP serves nearly 10,000 people in San Diego County every year through our programs and services.

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New Enforcer Girls Calendar Available

The 2016 San Diego Enforcer Girls calendar is now available. enforcer girls

The Enforcer Girls are the professional cheerleading team for the San Diego Enforcers football team, a charitable organization comprised of public safety personnel from throughout San Diego County (firefighters, police, EMTs, and other first responders). They play semi-pro football to raise money for charity.

The Enforcer Girls are a key component of the Enforcers football team game day entertainment. Off the field, the Enforcer Girls serve as goodwill ambassadors for the organization, appearing at many community and charity events each year.

The calendar costs just $15 and proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. Get your copy by contacting Alexis Rodriguez at aarod84@gmail.com.


“Who I Am” Disability Employment Awareness

At work, it's what people CAN do that matters.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County is proud to partner with The U.S. mitteDepartment of Labor to launch a new public service announcement as part of the Campaign for Disability Employment. The campaign encourages employers to look beyond individual disabilities to the potential in each candidate.

“Who I Am” features our Celebrity Ambassador, actor R. J. Mitte, along with eight other people from all walks of life. Mitte, featured in the hit series “Breaking Bad," has cerebral palsy.

Rather than being defined solely by their disability, each of these individuals is the sum of their many life roles—which includes working in jobs they love.

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

UCP partners with San Diego County employers to offer jobs to people with disabilities. If you have a job available, call us at (858) 571-7803 or contact David Drazenovich (San Diego) at ddrazenovich@ucpsd.org or Gill Hennessey (North County) at ghennessey@ucpsd.org.

Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.


Thank you for supporting United Cerebral Palsy and the individuals and families we serve on a daily basis.

Your support funds programs for both children and adults with disabilities, including access to lwleducational toys, communication devices, work skills training and job placement — and much more!

It all leads to a more independent lifestyle — a life without limits for people with disabilities.

Here's a look back at some of our 2015 events.

There were plenty of belly laughs for everyone at the comedy night1st Annual UCP Comedy Night on March 13th at The Comedy Palace and the event raised $6,500 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County.

UCP is grateful to comedians Russ T. Nailz, Zoltan and Matin Atrushi, special guest Susan DeVincent, the management and staff of The Comedy Palace and a fantastic audience for making the night a huge success!

Thanks to the Beach and Country Guild, the 3rd Annual Regale in the Ranch was a huge success.

After a great season, coming in a close second in the NPSFL enforcersChampionship game, Enforcers representatives, John (L) and Brianne (C) Buckley present a check for $12,000 to UCP’s Director of Fund Development/Marketing, (R) Marc Carucci at their post-season awards dinner on Saturday, July 11.

The Enforcers continue to be champions in everyone’s book at UCP. Our thanks to the Board, Players, Coaches, Dance Team and their fans for another great year!

The San Diego Enforcers Public Safety Football Team, composed of firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement personnel, competes against other public safety football teams across the country to raise money for their chosen charities.

The 33rd Annual UCP Golf Classic took place on Monday, August 17th at The El Camino Country Club. Golfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, while raising $60,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County.

For the 32nd consecutive year, San Diego City Fire Fighters graciously donated their financial support as “Title Sponsor “ of the always-wild and crazy Fire Fighters and Friends “Celebrity Waiters Luncheon” benefiting UCP.

This year’s edition was held on a very sunny work day in late September and patrons were treated to gourmet food, local and Hollywood stars and the high energy of San Diego City Fire Fighters — all bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa.

The 33rd Annual 5K No Limits Walk, held at De Anza Cove on Saturday, October 17, was a great day of music, food, fun & friends — and a resounding success!

Walkers enjoyed a continental breakfast, arts & crafts, face-painting and other activities followed by the 5K and topped off with a delicious lunch from Casa SolyMar and Casa De Bandini. All while helping raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy through raffle and incentive prizes like passes for four to Disneyland.

The day was also filled with many colorful t-shirts, as team walkers went the distance to support their children with disabilities.


A Disability Can't Stop Zachary Adler

Zachary Adler has cerebral palsy, but that doesn't stop him from holding a job, adlervolunteering in the community and enjoying a round of golf.

A participant in UCP's Networks program, he played in our 33rd Annual Golf Classic on August 17th at the El Camino Country Club.

Marc Carucci, UCP San Diego's Director of Fund Development and Public Relations said, “Zach’s positive attitude, his sense of humor, his love of sports and his desire to enjoy a full life make him an individual that best represents UCP’s vision of a life without limits.”

Read Zach's story in the San Diego Union-Tribune, reported by the U-T's Pam Kragen and photographed by Charlie Newman.


Rally Tells Gov. Brown: Keep The Promise!

June 17, 2015

We rallied today with advocates across the state who have organized a campaign to tell Governor Brown to support the budget and reform proposals for developmental services.rally 1

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act is a promise. It’s a California law that guarantees people with developmental disabilities receive the quality services they deserve to help them reach their full developmental potential, while empowering them to live as independently as possible in integrated communities of their choice.

Long-term funding shortfalls that were exacerbated by more than $1 billion in cuts during the Great Recession have left the Lanterman Act severely underfunded. Many services have been decimated and community based providers across California are being forced to lower standards, slash programs and shut their doors.

rally 2While much of the economy has recovered from the deep recession, the state’s system of care under the Lanterman Act remains in real jeopardy.

Sign this petition to support a 10% across the board increase for regional centers and community providers. Learn more and call your State Senate and Assembly representatives and tell them to support the budget and reform proposals for developmental services. Click here to find your representative.


Special Thanks To Las Patronas

UCP San Diego is sending a huge "Thank You" to the members of Las Patronas!

las patronasThe organization provided a grant of $19,900 for the purchase of a 2014 Ford Utility Van for use by UCP's clients at our Precision Assembly division in Escondido.

Precision Assembly is a full service mail house, employing people with disabilities since 1983. This unique business offers quality services to the business community and is a training ground/first time employment setting for people with disabilities.

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving.

Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated more than $17 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego.

Las Patronas is committed to providing financial assistance to non-profit organizations in San Diego County that provide valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social services, and cultural arts — and to continuing its tradition of service to enhance the quality of life in the community.


New Phone? Donate Your Old One To UCP!

Clean out that junk drawer and help United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County at the same time. UCP has partnered with SecondWave Recycling to provide you with an EASY and FREE way to donate your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets.

SecondWave Recycling is an environmentally secondwaveand socially responsible organization that partners with non-profits to support their fundraising efforts. Old phones may seem useless but they contain valuable, renewable materials that can be used in the next generation of phones.

You can drop off your old cell phones, PDAs and tablets at a UCP Thrift Store in City Heights, Pacific Beach or Chula Vista. You can also click here to print a free USPS pre-paid shipping label or request a free pre-paid envelope. Be sure to type in "UCP" as your charity.

Properly disposing of your old devices will keep them out of landfills and help people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities by funding UCP's programs and services.


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Shop AmazonSmile and Support UCP

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County every time you shop, at no cost to you.

When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to UCP.

To shop at AmazonSmile simply click here logofrom the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping.

Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Click Here to start shopping. Please tell your friends and family about this easy (and free) way to support UCP San Diego.

Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities.

to our thrift stores in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

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Small Change Makes A Big Difference

Look for our coin canisters at your favorite Coco’s, Carrow’s and Original Pancake House locations.

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UCP Thrift Stores offer a unique shopping experience for our customers. We offer gently used products from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture, and antiques.

Our stores are conveniently located in Pacific Beach, City Heights and Chula Vista.

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Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that can help with your bulk mail and assembly needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The team of instructors and physically-challenged employees are dedicated to putting your needs first.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for persons with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide quicker, more reliable service at a better price than those who are simply "supplying" marking devices.

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