The new location at the Lodi Grape Festival Grounds has allowed for expansion.
Martin & Lisa O'Leary volunteered to run our kitchen and what a fantastic job they did. We thank the O'Learys and their kitchen crew for donating their time.
The community came out like gang busters with volunteers from the Boy Scouts - Galt/Lodi; Excel Academy - Varsity Girls Basketball; NuStar Energy, LP; Office Team; St. Mary's High School - Students & Parents SJ Regional Conservation Corp and Stockton Fire Auxiliary. With their willingness to roll up their sleeves and assist where needed our event ran flawlessly .
You see them all the time as you pay for groceries or your morning cup of coffee. You may even see them so much you hardly notice them anymore, but that small canister at the register of your local grocery store, gas station or diner helps make a big difference to agencies like United Cerebral Palsy.
For more than a decade, UCP has worked with more than 37 local businesses that have volunteered to place these canisters in their venues. These partnerships help raise over $10,000 every year to support UCP programs and services.
Two years ago, Program Without Walls, an adult day community based program, took over the Canister Program as their community project. Individuals in the program are responsible for advertising the program, delivering canisters, picking up and sorting donations and turning donations into UCP’s corporate office. 20% of the total donations collected go to the PWW Advocacy Account that funds field trips for consumers to theme parks, museums, and aquariums.
The participation of businesses is vital to the ongoing success of the Canister Program. We would like to thank our current canister participants for their continued support and partnerships. A special thank you to the Volunteer Center in San Andreas who manages this fundraiser for us in the foothills.