Editor’s Note: The United Way of Dodge City began its annual campaign on Sept. 1. The campaign will run until Feb. 14. In light of United Way’s efforts to raise funds for charitable organizations in Dodge City, the Daily Globe will be profiling these organizations. This week’s organization is United Cerebral Palsy.
Those who have a family member with a disability can find themselves quickly overwhelmed with costs for special equipment. A motorized wheel chair alone can cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the added cost of replacing it as a child grows. Those with special needs such as these can find support from United Cerebral Palsy.
United Cerebral Palsy provides support for those with all disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. The organization helps provide disabled Kansans with specialized wheelchair systems and home modifications including lift chairs and communication devices. It also funds an independent living facility in Wichita along with two companies that employ those with disabilities.
“We’re helping a lot of families get specialized equipment in Ford County,” Executive Director Dave Jones said.
United Cerebral Palsy was founded in 1952 and has been a member of the United Way in Dodge City for more than 40 years. Among its upcoming additions is a new on-site clinic in Garden City. It uses funds from the United Way primarily for purchasing equipment.
Those in need may contact Dave Jones at (316) 652 – 1538. They may also visit United Cerebral Palsy online at www.ucpks.org. Those interested in donating may do so by contacting the United Way at (620) 227 – 8793.