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2020 Holiday Blessings

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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.

2020 Annual Report

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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.

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!

Click here to read now. Please contact us at info@scalucp.org to leave your feedback, we look forward to hearing from you.

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!

Pick Your Passion AUCP – Produce to People

The month of giving has begun and Gwen was our first staff member to volunteer. She partnered with some people from her church to serve with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank distributing produce to the Johnstown community through Produce to People. See what she has to say about it on the picture above!

Stay up-to-date on AUCP’s month of giving by following #PickYourPassionAUCP on social media.

If you’d like to learn more about the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, visit their website.

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Stay tuned!