Independence Insider - January 2021

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy | January 2021


Caitlyn Yorio Team AmeriHealth

CLEARMASK DONATION We are thrilled to receive a donation of 96 masks from ClearMask, the creators of the first fully transparent, FDA-cleared mask optimized for maximum clarity and comfort. For some of our participants, regular masks make it hard for them to understand what people are telling them. These ClearMasks will allow our service coordinators to be able to communicate effectively during their visits. Thank you, ClearMask! We can't wait to see the impact these will make.

Brandon Vickers Team AmeriHealth

Learn more about the ClearMask Project by visiting their website: Pictured: Brea Brubaker, AUCP Programs Clerk, & Tina Trimbath, AUCP RN

2020 ANNUAL REPORT Alexandra Cornell Team UMPC Southwest

Bridget Sherwood Team UMPC Central

AUCP's 2020 Annual Report: New Opportunities is LIVE! For your convenience, you are able to view the report on your desktop or on your mobile device via Issuu.

Christina Oliveras Team UMPC Central

Som Timsina Team UMPC Central

In the report, you’ll find a full list of AUCP's programs and services, a quick look at survey results from our participants, our accomplishments and challenges, a snapshot of our 2018-2019 finances, fundraising initiatives and stories, & so much more! Scan the code to the right with your smartphone to read now. Please contact us at to leave your feedback, we look forward to hearing from you.


Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy Service Coordination


2020 HOLIDAY BLESSINGS For the last three years, we have celebrated the holidays by sponsoring Holiday Blessings to help our community and participants. We invite our staff and board members to submit applications for families that are in need of support during the holiday season. Staff then buy gifts for the children of the families through a Giving Tree. This year, it was our pleasure to sponsor four applicants. Of the recipients, one was a participating Community Care Hub family from Portage, PA who is expecting their third child. They had no idea about the nomination. When we delivered the gifts purchased and gift cards, they were so surprised. The mother was almost brought to tears and her children did not stop smiling and giggling as they opened and played with their new toys. Another recipient was a family of three whose daughter, Ava (6), is battling a second round of cancer. As a way to support the family as they make trips back and forth from the Cleveland Clinic, the agency purchased gift cards for gas and food. Ava's face lit up with joy as she received the box of gifts purchased by staff. A participant from the Altoona area, has been unable to leave her home over the last few months because of a broken garage door. The door doubles as the only handicap accessible entryway to her home. As part of the Holiday Blessings, the agency is sponsoring the cost to get the garage door replaced with a new door and electronic door opener. We can't wait to see the final product and for her to have the freedom to leave her home again. Due to COVID-19, one of our participants from the Pittsburgh area has been unable to take part in activities at the senior high rise where she lives. These activities help her fine motor skills and maintain her diabetes flares. One of our staff members took it upon themselves to sponsor her by purchasing clay, coloring books, and supplies to gift for her. Each year we are blown away by the generosity of our staff, sponsors, and community. 2020 has been a difficult year for all, yet this does not hinder their generosity. Being able to touch the lives of those in our community with their kindness, is heartwarming. Seeing their faces light up with joy, a weight lifting from their shoulders, and a smile spread across their face is why we do what we do. Offering Holiday Blessings is as much a blessing to us as it is to those on the receiving end. It thrills us to host another year of blessings and we look forward to offering them many years into the future.

AUCP RE-USE IT INVENTORY Below you will find a list of the current inventory items that we have available in our ReUse It program. Scan the link below to see a list of the current inventory items that we have available and where they are located. Donations are approved and accepted by appointment only. If you, or someone you know, are in need of any of the items on the list or if have any questions, please contact Jessica Backus at (814) 915-4540 or Jocelyn Hartman at (814) 915-4055. We will gladly assist you as best as we can. If we do not have the item(s) you are looking for, we are also able to provide referrals to other reused equipment programs. REUSE IT

You can also visit our website for more information:

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS AUCP’s RE-USE IT PROGRAM accepts donations and redistributes medical equipment and assistive technology to the public for free.

The UCP ELSIE S. BELLOW’S FUND is a national program providing funds to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology.

AUCP’s SCHOLARSHIP FUND grants scholarhsips to two high school seniors pursuing a degree in the human services field each Spring.

Please contact for more information on any of the programs above.


TOLL FREE: 844.819.4455 LOCAL: 814.619.3398 FAX: 814.262.7174

OFFICE LOCATIONS: Johnstown, Altoona, & Pittsburgh

@AllegheniesUCP @AllegheniesUnitedCerebralPalsy @AllegheniesUCP

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