I confess I don’t know anything about Easterseals other than what I remember from my childhood. Easter “seals” are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named “Easterseals” in 1967, reflecting the public’s awareness and acceptance of the campaign. So I checked their website and found they are alive and well. There time line goes:
- Easterseals NC, UCP of NC, and Easterseals VA are each founded independently in response to the needs of families with children with disabilities
- Easterseals quickly becomes a leader in care for children with polio
- UCP focuses on children with cerebral palsy
- Easterseals VA builds a summer camp in Craig County, VA for children and adults
- Easterseals builds a summer camp in Moore County, NC for children and adults
- UCP creates special needs childcare in local churches and later builds children’s centers
- Easterseals NC and UCP of NC each centralize their respective headquarters in Raleigh
1980’s – 1990’s
- Easters Seals develops home-based respite, family support, stroke clubs, school and home based pediatric therapy and home health care services
- Easterseals sells its NC camp and creates camping opportunities in traditional camps throughout NC
- UCP includes typical children in child care programs to build an inclusive learning environment
- Carolina Group Homes (CGH) merges with UCP NC
- Supported Employment Training merges with UCP NC and helps people with disabilities move out of sheltered workshops into meaningful jobs
- Carolinas Caring Connection merges with UCP NC, expanding group homes and respite services
- Easterseals NC and UCP of NC merge to form Easterseals North Carolina
- Easterseals UCP expands mental health services by merging with Family Youth Incorporated and ASAP
- Easterseals UCP North Carolina and Easterseals Virginia merge to address needs of children, adults and families in both states
- June 2016 Easterseals UCP became Easterseals UCP with new branding, messaging and logo
Q: Why does your organization combine Easterseals and UCP services?
A: Easterseals of North Carolina and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of North Carolina merged in 2004; followed by a merger with Easterseals Virginia in 2010. These legacy organizations all shared a commitment to assisting people with disabilities to maximize their potential for living, learning, working and playing within the community. Through this combined history, Easterseals UCP has been providing services to help children and adults with disabilities and their families for 70 years. Today, Easterseals UCP continues to work side-by-side with more than 20,000 individuals and their families, providing the broad network of services and support they need to achieve better days. Easterseals UCP is an affiliate of both Easterseals and UCP national networks, but operates independently and autonomously as its own nonprofit. .
Q: What types of services do you provide?
A: We offer a variety of services in North Carolina and Virginia. Our primary services include:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Services
- Children’s Services
- Adult Services
- Senior Services
- Military & Veterans Services
- Employment & Training
- Medical Rehabilitation
- Camping & Recreation
Q: Are these services available in both states.
A: Our service array varies with both states, and across communities, depending on the needs of individuals and communities.Child First NC Child First North Carolina is a collaborative effort with Trillium Health Resources, Easterseals UCP, Child First National Program Office and North Carolina Council of Community Programs that helps vulnerable young children and families improve relationships, protect them, and provide an intense home-based plan.
Q: How is Easterseals supported financially?
A: Easterseals receives funding from a variety of sources, including private insurers, government agencies, grants and fee-for-service. To make our services accessible to as many people as possible Easterseals also relies on public contributions. Contributions help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford. Help us to continue to provide exceptional services by making an online donation. Easterseals UCP is proud of putting your donations to work effectively.
Q: Is Easterseals UCP a non-profit organization?
A: Yes, Easterseals UCP is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Q: Does Easterseals have a religious affiliation?
A: No. Easterseals UCP is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate. At the core of our organization is a common passion for caring, shared by our staff and by those who support our mission.
Q: What are Easter “seals”?
A: Easter “seals” are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named “Easterseals” in 1967, reflecting the public’s awareness and acceptance of the campaign.
Do Easter “seals” still exist today?
A: Yes. In fact, Easterseals mails seals to more than 19 million households across the country every year, raising almost $14 million to support services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.
Q: How can I volunteer?
A: Easterseals UCP continued success in providing services to people with disabilities would not be possible without volunteers! Your time, energy and hearts will inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. Your personal commitment enhances the services we provide to our clients nationwide. Search for a volunteer opportunity in your area.
For more information about the plethora of programs for children, caretakers, and adults, visit there website. Or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.