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Shop, Donate Items To UCP Thrift Stores

Did you know that UCP San Diego owns and operates 3 local thrift stores? When you shop at or donate to UCP Thrift Stores, you're supporting UCP programs that change lives.

thriftOur entrepreneurial spirit shines brightly as the UCP Thrift Stores also work together with UCP San Diego to offer a training ground and first-time employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

UCP Thrift Stores in City Heights, Chula Vista and Pacific Beach offer a unique shopping experience for customers — from vintage clothing and accessories to everyday fashions, household items, furniture and antiques.

When you shop at UCP Thrift Stores, you're directly benefiting thousands of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in San Diego County. You're helping your neighbors become independent, find employment and become full members of society.

Click here to find our locations and get item donation drop-off an pickup information. Like our Thrift Stores on Facebook or follow on Twitter for special offers and exclusive coupons.


thanksThank 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 educational 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 2016 events.

The “Life Without Limits” murphy tribute dinner honoring President and CEO of Sharp HealthCare, Michael W. Murphy as the “HealthCare Leader of the Year,” was a rousing success.

The event was held on May 4th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and Marina in downtown San Diego and saw over 300 people in attendance and helped raise over $120,000.

The Association would like to thank the following sponsors of the event: the McBeth Foundation, Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation, The Corky McMillin Companies, Emerald Textiles and Generations Healthcare.

Funds raised from the evening will help fund numerous ongoing program services that UCP provides for local people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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The Annual UCP Golf Classic took place at The El Camino Country Club on August 15th. Golfers hit the links in bright sunshine and did their best to conquer a challenging course, golf classicwhile raising $60,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County.

After an afternoon of play, golfers were treated to dinner, a live auction and the awards banquet hosted by comedian Russ T. Nailz.

Title sponsor for this year’s event was Rancho Mesa Insurance. Associate sponsors included The Land Stewards, Construction Group Staffing, Location Edit, Rose Munns and Chin and Bob Stall Chevrolet – La Mesa.

UCP would like to thank General Manager Gary Glaser from El Camino Country Club and his excellent staff, and all the participants and supporters that came out to this annual event.

View the photos here  Video highlights below:

For the 33rd year in a row, the San Diego City Fire Fighters graciously donated their financial support as “Title Sponsor” to the always-wild and crazy Firefighters and Friends “Celebrity Waiters Luncheon.” Held bayside at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa, patrons were treated to gourmet food, local and Hollywood stars and the high energy of the cwlSan Diego City Fire Fighters.

Susan DeVincent from KyXy-FM 96.5 and Channel 8’s Carlo Cecchetto co-hosted the event and kept the festivities going at a lively pace. Tips were given freely and with special auctions, over $58,000 was raised for the cause.

A very special thanks goes to Chairperson Kimberly King and her committee of hard working folks. UCP also thanks our media partners: KyXy 96.5 FM, Energy 103.7 FM, Location Edit, Channel 6 – The CW, Channel 4 San Diego and the San Diego Community Newspaper Group for their promotional efforts; and to our Hollywood and local celebrities that included such personalities as actor Josie Davis from Charles in Charge, Reatha Grey from the hit NBC series Betty White’s Off Their Rocker, Tucker Smallwood, whose films include The Cotton Club, Contact, Deep Impact and Star Trek, plus a Jack Nicholson look-a-like, just to name a few.

United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County would also like to thank the staff of the Coronado Marriott Resort & Spa for their assistance and cooperation and the following organizations, companies and individuals for their support: Berkshire Hathaway HC, Misty Thompson and sister Melody and the San Diego Enforcers.

Thanks again for making the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon an afternoon of “fun in the sun!”  Watch the video:

UCP thanks everyone who participated in the 34th Annual 5K “No Limits” Walk & Roll which took place at De Anza Cove on the northeast end of Mission Bay. walk

This year’s title sponsors were GEICO and the CUBIC Corporation. MC’s were Kimberly King and Austin Powers look-a-like Richard Halpern.

Some 300 walkers enjoyed a continental breakfast and a delicious lunch provided by Casa SolyMar and Casa De Bandini at the completion of the walk & roll — while helping raise funds for United Cerebral Palsy through raffle and incentive prizes like admission for four to Disneyland.

The day was filled with many colorful t-shirts as team walkers went the distance to support their children with disabilities. The event raised $42,000, which goes to support UCP’s local programs.

If you missed the Walk & Roll, you can still donate here to an individual or team to help them reach their goal. Here's what you missed:

The Beach and Country Guild is celebrating its 47th year of raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego County. Their annual Dia del Sol event was held on Wednesday, October 19th at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad.

The luncheon featured a reception, silent and live auctions, guest speakers and a runway fashion show by Bloomingdale's. Dia Del Sol distinguishes itself by also featuring a children's fashion show where the stars are children with Cerebral Palsy.

The Beach and Country Guild supports UCP's mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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Grants Celebrate The Importance of Play

Play! It is an essential part of all children's development. Play is how children learn to socialize, to think, to solve problems, to mature and most importantly, to have fun. Play connects children with their imagination, their environment, their family and the world.

UCP just received two grants to purchase adaptive toys for our popular Toy Library. toylibraryAdaptive toys are designed with easy to push buttons, switches, lights, music, and vibration. Their unique design is the perfect way for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities to experience the joy of play.

Adaptive toys range in price from $80 to as much as $450. Having them available for loan provides children an opportunity to play with specialized toys without the costly purchase. With the generous support of the San Diego Lion's Club and the San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization, UCP was able to add even more adaptive toys to our library.

Here are some of the latest comments from families who checked out some of the amazing toys we have available:

"My daughter is really enjoying the switch toys. They have helped her discover cause and effect."

"Our son loves toys that make sounds and are interactive. These toys stimulate his cognitive skills and creativity."

"The switch activated toys are amazing! I'd never have been able to expose our daughter to these without the Toy Library."

Click here for more information on UCP's Toy Library.



Local Paralympic Athlete DeMarco Retires


Long-time U.S Paralympic athlete and American Record Holder Michael DeMarco recently announced his retirement. DeMarco, a San Diegan, is a familiar face on the pool deck at Para meets across the country and is known as one of the more encouraging and inspiring athletes in the sport.

He has forged a very long and successful career in swimming, with cerebral palsy twoclassifying him to compete as S3, along with SB2 for breaststroke and SM3 for the individual medley. DeMarco’s final competition was the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Trials in Charlotte recently, where he was the lone competitor in the 50 breast, 50 free, 50 back and 150 IM for his classification, which is one of the more severely disabled classes contested.

After missing out on one of the 10 men’s spots for the Team USA roster heading to Rio, DeMarco posted on facebook: “It comes with a heavy heart to post this. After 21 years of competitive swimming, 17 at the Paralympic level, I have decided to retire.” It is apparent that DeMarco is loved and respected within the para swimming community as many of the comments left on the U.S. Paralympics Swimming facebook page credit him with personal inspiration.

DeMarco’s first international medal was bronze for the 50 meter breaststroke at the 2004 Paralympic Games. Since then he has been a part of Team USA for the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games squads, and has earned bronze medals at both the 2006 and 2010 IPC World Championships. He currently holds 13 short course and 13 long course American Records and is also a member of two American Record holding relay squads.

DeMarco has been employed by UCP San Diego's Ready Stamps division for 16 years and has been with the agency since 1996. This article first appeared in SwimSwam.


Carucci Named "National Executive Director of the Year" for United Cerebral Palsy

UCP San Diego Executive Director David Carucci was recently named the national “Executive Director of the Year” for the United Cerebral Palsy Association during the national agency’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.

This year marks the 43rd year of service by Carucci with UCP, the last 18 years daveas its executive director, for an agency whose mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities. In pursuing its mission, UCP’s main focus is to find ways to include individuals with disabilities into every aspect of life and areas of society, including the home, the school, the workplace, and the community, regardless of severity of disability.

“It’s nice to be recognized by one’s peers, said Carucci, but I owe it all to the hard-working and inspirational clients that we serve daily and their families and our dedicated and talented staff, board of directors and countless volunteers here in San Diego County.” He added, “I am humbled to be included in a group of leading professionals who received the award before me and it is certainly special to receive this award named in remembrance for Kathleen Maul, a UCP Executive Director who passed away prematurely. She certainly epitomized the spirit of dedication, innovation and leadership.”

Carucci, a long-time Poway resident, oversees program services for over 150 people daily and over 8,000 annually, throughout the community and 2 program sites in San Diego (Kearny Mesa) and Escondido. Services offered include: adult occupational skill training, supported employment services, tailored day services that support youth with disabilities in an actual college experience, a toy and software lending library and respite. Also offered is an assistive technology center including augmentative communication devices and adaptive computer technology, computer recycling, disability awareness training, funding assistance and an extensive information and referral service regarding cerebral palsy and the many community resources available to people with disabilities of all ages.

In addition to a number of annual fundraising events, UCP also operates 3 thrift stores located in Pacific Beach, mid-city San Diego and Chula Vista in an effort to raise needed funds.

UCP of San Diego County is a non-profit 501 c (3) corporation and has provided programs and services in San Diego County since 1958. The local affiliate is part of an 80 member network across the United States. Locally, over 65% of the people the agency serves have disabilities other than cerebral palsy.


“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.


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.


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.


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.

More Ways To Help

April 1
San Diego Enforcers vs US Marine Corps
Madison High School
UCP Benefits from San Diego Enforcers Home Games.

April 22
5th Annual Regale in the Ranch
Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club

Indulge your senses with delectable bites, fine spirits, wine, and Casino Regale. MORE

May 19
2nd Annual UCP Comedy Night
Fairbanks Ranch Country Club

5:30 - 9:00pm

May 26
San Diego Enforcers Golf Classic
Rancho Bernardo Inn

Proceeds benefit United Cerebral Palsy. MORE: (858) 254-0876

Small Change Makes A Big Difference

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

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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