Support our friends at UCP of the North Bay on #GivingTuesday !

More about UCPNB’s campaign:

#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Please join United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay as we come together to create a wave of generosity, citizen engagement, action from business and philanthropy, and support for communities around the world.

Staying connected is a key ingredient to navigating these unusual times. While many of our participants, staff and their families and friends have embraced technology and are able to “see” each other through platforms such as “Zoom,” there are some who go without. Our goal is to get the technology into everyone’s hands to be able to stay connected. To date, UCP of the North Bay has conducted hundreds of online classes, meetings, and “check-ins” with a large percentage of our network across four counties in the North Bay, but there are still some who cannot connect.

UCP of the North Bay’s #GivingTuesdayNow campaign aims to purchase a minimum of 300 Amazon Fire Tablets to distribute within our network to help our community stay connected! These tablets can be purchased for just $60 each.

Our organization has decided to extend the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign from May 5 to May 31st.  For each $60 gift we will use to purchase an Amazon Fire Tablet for our network, you will receive one “Donation With a Chance”entry into our raffle for a “Post-Pandemic Getaway.” The drawing will take place June 5th, live and online.

The #PostPandemicGetaway is a trip valued at approximately $2,000 and includes airfare, lodging and spending money!

Please help by making your $60 donation(s) today and spreading the word to friends and family to do the same!

March away from screens!

Join UP Academy’s March Away from Screens Month!

“Families and students expressed a wide range of reactions and emotions, from crying to wanting to throw out the family TV! We each have a different relationship to technology.”

Here is a blog from one family who went on a screen fast. 

Tweens spend less time outside than prisoners

That’s less than one hour a dayThese shocking stats were from a survey of 2,000 parents of 5 to 12-year-olds. The survey – part of Percil’s Dirt is Good campaign – revealed the following:

  • Kids spend twice as long playing on screens as they do playing outside.
  • 3-in-4 kids spend less than 60 minutes playing outside each day.
  • 1-in-5 kids don’t play outside at all on a typical day.
  • 3-in-4 parents said their kids often refuse to play games without some form of technology.
  • 2-in-3 parents say their kids spend less time outside than they did as children.

Sources: https://habyts.com/kids-and-screen-time-five-facts/

UCPNB Bike Camp!

Winter Bike Camp 2020 was a huge success over at our friends’s United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay! We love seeing all the smiling faces of the campers!

More than 23 campers attended who were at all levels of experience riding. Thank you to all the volunteers, Sonoma State students, staff and supportive families who cheered on the bikers throughout the weekend! Stay in touch with UCP of the North Bay to find about Bike Camp in June!

Overcoming disability in Hollywood!

Did you know that 95% of disabled roles in Hollywood are played by able-bodied actors, Maysoon Zayid, a comedian with CP, is beginning to make a change! 

“My advice to young people with CP that are looking to get into Hollywood is you have to work harder than everyone else,” Zayid said. “I wish that I could tell you that you didn’t, but you do. So the most important thing is make sure your talent is there. Make sure when you get the opportunity that your art and your craft is so flawless that they don’t even remember that you have a disability.”

Maysoon Zayid

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#stayinspired with Halloween!

Up, up, and away! Little Brantley Morse wins with his halloween costume as Carl Fredricksen from the hit Pixar film, UP!

“It is Brantley Morse’s first time dressing up for Halloween, and he definitely got in the spirit! Brantley’s mother Brittany wanted to incorporate his medical equipment in the costume to show the world that Brantley is making the absolute best out of his disabilities. Brantley was born at only 24 weeks gestation and since then, he has been beating the odds while fighting cerebral palsy, stage 3 kidney disease, chronic lung disease and gastroparesis. The 2 and a half year old got to test out his costume as Carl from the movie “Up” at a fall festival last weekend and is looking forward to celebrating Halloween this year.”

Read more at AOL.com