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FAQs about Easterseals UCP

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:  

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.

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 donationEasterseals 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 UCP 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 "Easter Seals" in 1967, reflecting the public's awareness and acceptance of the campaign. In 2016, Easter Seals was renamed Easterseals.

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.

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