With so many great causes in our
community, it can be difficult for families and donors to choose which charity
they should support with their time, talents, or financial gifts. As an attorney who advises many high-net
worth individuals and donors, and also as a member of local organizations
dedicated to philanthropic causes, I’ve found that charities worthy of support
offer more than a great cause, but also the leadership, vision, and internal
framework necessary to truly make a difference in people’s lives. This is why I
believe that United Cerebral Palsy Center of Orange County deserves your
UCP-OC serves children with all
types of developmental disabilities and provides vital support to families.
Each year, they provide direct services to nearly 4,000 families, 86% of
whom have a primary disability other than cerebral palsy. Their goal is to help
children with disabilities live “Life Without Limits”.
I first learned of UCP-OC when
one of my young children experienced speech delay. And while it is a minor challenge compared to
what many children at UCP-OC are facing, my husband and I still experienced the
fear, frustration, and helplessness that many parents do when you want to help
your child and don’t know where to turn. I recall sitting in a UCP-OC play room
after our child’s initial evaluation and hearing the speech therapist tell us
“he has some work to do, but don’t worry, we can fix this. We can and will help
him.” From that point on, we knew we were in the right hands.
We’re grateful to UCP-OC for
helping our son overcome his challenge, and even more grateful for the way they did it. From the friendly face
at the reception desk each visit, to the special waiting area with toys and
coffee welcoming the whole family, to the speech therapists personally
committed to making our child feel important and each session count, to the
proven leadership under Cathleen Collins that ensures families will get the
education, resources, and support necessary to help the little ones under their
care thrive—UCP-OC is more than just a great cause—it is a special charity that
truly makes a difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their
I hope that as you consider which
charities are worthy of your support, that you reach out to UCP-OC and learn
how you can be part of the special difference they are making in children’s
lives. For more information on UCP-OC, visit www.ucp-oc.org.
Laura K. Meier, Esq.