Give in Tribute: Honor a Friend or Loved one
Consider a gift to celebrate those special moments – birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and graduations – or make a gift in memory of a loved one. When you make a memorial/honor gift, we will send a handwritten card to the persons you want us to notify, informing them of this special tribute (the amount of the gift is not mentioned). If you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support means the difference between hopes realized and opportunities lost.
For more than 60 years, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans has assisted and supported the disabled community of Southeast Louisiana.
Though Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in children, we realized early in our history that our mission must embrace all developmental disabilities.
Today, more than 65% of people served by UCP Greater New Orleans have disabilities OTHER than Cerebral Palsy. From disabilities evidenced from birth to traumatic brain injury, we’re committed to creating a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.
Through the provision of direct services and supportive assistance, UCP Greater New Orleans continues to meet its mission of advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship for people with disabilities.
We work as advocates for the disability community, broadening awareness and as an information and referral network that connects people to resources. The needs are great. Some 18 percent of the U.S. population has some level of disability. Those with severe disabilities comprise 12 percent of our population.
As a small nonprofit with our own limited financial resources, we hope to do even more for the disabled of Southeast Louisiana.
Our History is a Proud One
Our Future is in Your Hands
Join us as we begin our first Annual Fund Campaign since 2004, a significant and crucial milestone for a longstanding organization for the disabled with deep roots in the community.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans is one of the oldest and most well-respected Health and Human Services nonprofit organizations in the Metro area.
We were among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and slowest to recover of the more than 400 Health and Human Services nonprofits that serve the area. Our greatest loss was our popular Children’s Program.
Over 85 percent of the children we served left the area in the unprecedented evacuation during and after the storm. Our Children’s Program, the very foundation of the organization which got its start providing much needed services to children with Cerebral Palsy in the 1940’s, was closed down. UCP Greater New Orleans’ Supported Living Services lost more than one third of its client base. The organization’s Mobile Work Crew, part of its Supported Employment Initiative, went from 47 workers to seven. Volunteers and core supporters of the organization dropped out as they worked to rebuilt their own homes or moved away.
In the almost nine years since the storm, UCP Greater New Orleans has gradually and incrementally rebuilt its client base to its pre-storm levels. A new Executive Director has been hired, our office has been consolidated as a cost-saving measure at a Kenner location, staff and salaries have been reduced, and fundraising efforts have been initiated to diversify sources of income and as a means to restore cuts to programs and services critical to the well being of the disabled community. While UCP Greater New Orleans continues to sustain its most critical services, our goal is to restore and develop programs and services that address the ever changing needs of the disabled community.