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Back on track

Margaret
At some point you’ve probably found yourself under the hood of your car, waiting in a repair shop or stuck on the side of the road. While car repairs can be inconvenient and costly, they get you back on the road and on with your life. At UCP, you could say we serve as a pit stop to getting people back on track.

Through our Equipment Exchange Program, UCP helps 1,700 families each year improve their quality of life by providing free durable medical equipment. From wheelchairs, shower chairs, walkers, grab bars and a host of other items, UCP is dedicated to placing families with the right equipment.

Wheelchairs ready for distribution

Wheelchairs ready for distribution

The Equipment Exchange is running because of the generous donations so many of you make. People will give us their new or gently used equipment and UCP will clean and make small modifications, then send it out to someone in need. What’s great about this program is that it runs in a circle. When a piece of equipment leaves the building, there’s a good chance it will be donated back when it is no longer needed.

Margaret Eighmy oversees our Equipment Exchange and ensures that as many families as possible are helped. As she leads the program, a number of volunteers make sure the program runs on all levels. UCP is thankful to have a group of Vietnam Veterans who work to modify and service the equipment.

Work area to repair medical supplies

Work area to repair medical supplies

Additional volunteers help to keep inventory of the supplies, assist families when they come in the door, and meet whatever needs may come up on any given day. For the UCP Equipment Exchange to maintain, grow and meet our families needs, we need three things. Number one, we need equipment. If you have medical supplies that you no longer use, please get those to UCP. Number two, we need money. The great thing about the Equipment Exchange is that it has very minimal operating cost.

Inventory of chairs waiting to be processed

Inventory of chairs waiting to be processed

With that being said, donations would allow us to buy things like wheelchair batteries and other maintenance pieces that are seldom donated. And number three, we need YOU! UCP is always in need of volunteers and people who are willing to help. From simple tasks around the office to maintenance and pick up of supplies, UCP has a place for you!

November 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment


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