Serving Our Community

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Here at AUCP we are passionate about making an impact on our community in big ways and in small. So, when an opportunity arises we are  honored to be able to volunteer to support our community in any way we can.

In May and June, staff from the Johnstown area volunteered with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distributing boxes of food to members of the community in the parking lot of the Galleria Mall. They were able to help distribute close to 2,000 boxes of food to community members in need. Both days were full of smiles and laughter had by all!

For more information on how the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is helping their neighbors in receiving much needed food assistance, visit their website.

AUCP Announces 2020 Scholarship Recipients

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For the second year, Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy offered two $1,000 scholarships to Pennsylvania graduating seniors. The 2020 recipients have been announced by their schools and we are pleased to introduce them to you: Emily P. Sherry from Central Cambria HS and Brandon Augustine from South Western HS.

Both students have plans to go into nursing and we know how important it is to support our current and future front-line workers. Thank you, Emily and Brandon, for choosing to make a lifetime commitment of ensuring the health of your community. We wish you the best of luck in all that you do.

AUCP also thanks all of our generous donors for making it possible to present these two $1,000 scholarships to Brandon and Emily. You are helping us make an impact on the future for these young adults.

If you would like to help us continue providing scholarships for future graduating high school students, you can do so by making a donation towards our Community Fund, learn more here.

All-Staff Meeting December

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On Friday, December 6th, all of our staff from across the state came to our Johnstown office for a quarterly Service Coordination meeting. The day was full of agency updates, socializing with fellow coworkers, and a special presentation from motivational speaker Jeff Corle (pictured above right) from Windber, PA. We also recognized 6 staff members for their one-year anniversary (pictured above left) and celebrated the holidays with an Ugly Christmas sweater contest and games. A special thank you to our staff for their hard work and dedication to our participants!

Holiday Blessings 2020

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Alleghenies United Cerebral Palsy (AUCP) celebrates the holidays by sponsoring a Holiday Blessings initiative to help individuals in our local communities and our participants. Each year our service coordinators and members of our community are invited to submit applications for families that may be in need of extra assistance during the holiday season.

It was our pleasure to be able to sponsor each of the four families that were nominated this year. AUCP provide financial assistance paying towards utility bills and purchasing gift cards for each of the four families of up to $1,000 per family. Additionally, gifts were presented to the families that were purchased by our staff members through a Giving Tree system.

One of the recipients, a single dad to two young daughters, could not believe that he was nominated and chosen. He wasn’t able to buy many Christmas gifts for his girls this year and he felt like a “weight was lifted” and was so relieved that his daughters won’t be disappointed in “Santa” this year.

Another family was nominated by their Service Coordinator because she could see that they were going through a hard time this year, both physically and financially. When presented with their blessing neither mom nor dad could believe it and their three year-old was so excited about all his gifts!

Having the opportunity to spread a little holiday cheer to our community brings us so much joy and seeing the response of families when they receive their gifts is truly a blessing to us. We would like to thank each individual and agency that has provided any type of support to our Community Fund and our staff that purchased gifts for the families. It is because of you that we are able to bless our community in these ways.

Pick Your Passion AUCP – The Learning Lamp

On Wednesday, November 27th Kala Penrose visited The Learning Lamp in Johnstown, PA to spend the day with children between the ages of 3-9 to teach them about individuals with disabilities. “I wanted to take the time with children from 3-9 years old and talk to them about disabilities and show them the amazing things people that have different abilities can do.”

Thanks for taking the time to teach youth about such an important topic Kala!

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Pick Your Passion AUCP – Johnstown Christian School

On Thursday, November 21st Kayla and Sam went to Johnstown Christian School to serve. Throughout the day they organized packets, assisted in cleaning classrooms, and ran centers in pre-school.

Thanks for serving ladies!

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Pick Your Passion AUCP – Women’s Help Center

On Friday, November 22 a group of 7 AUCP staff members helped paint the walls of a shelter at the Women’s Help Center in Johnstown, PA.

Amanda Urban, pictured on the right-hand side in the picture on the left, said “It was nice to brighten the bedrooms up with some paint. Usually when someone is at a shelter, they are at a low point in life and it doesn’t help to be surrounded by solid white walls.”

It was also a great learning opportunity for the volunteers that day. Volunteer Linda Friedhoff, said:

“We had the opportunity to meet with Deb, the Executive Director, and she informed us the center is not only for women, but they also serve men that are in domestic abuse situations. They are working on trying to help out teenagers that are not emancipated that come there for help. They have been actively working with the DA to help the youth involved in human trafficking. She also said that two years ago, they provide shelter for over 18 children on Christmas. Hearing that really makes you count your blessings. It brings a new perspective things and makes me realize how fortunate we really are.”

Thank you all for serving with us!

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Pick Your Passion AUCP – Toasty Toddlers

On November 8th Emily spent the afternoon volunteering for The Toasty Toddlers Program through United Way of Blair County. This program provides warm winter outerwear for children in Blair County. She helped distribute items to families as they stopped by the United Way office. Emily is pictured with Denise Adams, the Director of the Family Resource Center.

Thank you for serving with us, Emily!

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Pick Your Passion AUCP – Johnstown Family Kitchen

Last Friday, Bri and Hollie volunteered at the Johnstown Soup Kitchen – SVDP in downtown Johnstown. We love partnering with other nonprofits that serve in our communities. In some cases we even serve the same individuals! Thanks for serving, Bri and Hollie!

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Pick Your Passion AUCP – Compassion House

As a part of #PickYourPassionAUCP, Tom and Jocelyn volunteered at Compassion House in Windber on Monday of this week. Both of them really enjoyed being able to serve the community and interact with the staff, other volunteers, and customers throughout the day. Thanks for serving with us!