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For Immediate Release

SunEnergy1 Donates $10,000 to Easterseals UCP

Nothing brings people together like a good smoothie!

Ahoskie, NC, October 12, 2021

Ahoskie, North Carolina is a small town in Hertford county with a population of less than 5,000 people. There is a lot of farmland but not a lot of accessible services for individuals living with disabilities. Easterseals UCP (ESUCP) is changing this dynamic by opening a smoothie shop to offer them job training and employment opportunities.

As part of SunEnergy1’s commitment to support local communities, they have donated $10,000 to ESUCP’s program in Ahoskie. The money will be used to upgrade the program’s kitchen to meet the necessary commercial kitchen health code regulations to obtain a permit to make and sell smoothies. In addition, the funds will be used to buy the equipment, ingredients and supplies to start the business.

Easterseals UCP, EMPOWER Ahoskie will exclusively hire individuals living with disabilities, where employees will gain on-the-job training, invaluable work experiences and in some cases, enough work hours to help live independently. In addition to making smoothies, team members will learn other transferable skills such as food preparation and kitchen clean up.

“My team is already dreaming of the type of smoothies they will make!” says Sarah-Grace Britton, program director. “SunEnergy1’s funding of our kitchen equipment will help us launch a great program.”

The program will offer smoothies for sale that are made with a choice of proteins, greens, peanut butter, bananas and dashes of cocoa. There’s even an option to add mocha flavor for coffee lovers. Smoothies offer a wide variety of choices which will help employees learn how to customize smoothie ingredients and flavors based on the menu and customer preferences. Easterseals UCP is excited about obtaining the kitchen permit and the ability to make smoothies as another stepping stone toward expanding opportunities for young adults with disabilities in Ahoskie.

Easterseals UCP is passionate about helping children, adults and families living with disabilities and behavioral health challenges live their best possible life. Our 2,300 team members serve 20,000 individuals and families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! We serve as nurses, therapists, social workers, job counselors, teachers, psychologists, caregivers and compassionate friends all rolled into one. Learn more at www.eastersealsucp.com.

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