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Caring Acts of Kindness Help Lift Us Up

Caring Acts of Kindness Can Help Lift Us Up

There are many ways that we can stay healthy, such as eat right and exercise. One thing we don’t often hear about is caring acts of kindness. When we do kind things for others, we feel better and become healthier people. We at Unified Caring Association (UCA) want to share just why caring acts of kindness lifts us up.

Giving back has an effect on your body. 

In and article on Huffington Post titled we are able to read about how helping others promotes health. In the article the authors comment on studies that show the effects of donating to charity has on the body. The area of the brain responsible for feelings of reward is triggered. Feel-good chemicals release and often spur you to do more kind acts. This is what psychologists often call “helper’s high.” 

There is more than just a physical feel-good sensation that we experience when performing acts of kindness; our minds get a boost too! If we donate to charity or volunteer to help the elderly at a senior center we get a boost to our self-esteem. Ultimately we can become more optimistic and positive people. The more regularly that we do kind acts the stronger social connectedness becomes, and the more confident we can become. “Being a force for good in a friend’s life can help build a lasting bond. When you help others, you give off positive vibes, which can rub off on your peers and improve your friendships,” according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. “Both parties will contribute to maintaining a mutually beneficial dynamic. Having a positive impact on someone else could help you change your own outlook and attitude.”

With a positive outlook and better physical health we begin to have a clearer head. UnitedHealth Group found that  78% of volunteers reported that they felt less stress after charitable activities. Also they were calmer and more peaceful than people who don’t volunteer.

A clear head gives us a clear perspective on our own situation. This often allows us to be more appreciative of what we have. The Global One Foundation describes volunteering as a way to “promote a deeper sense of gratitude as we recognize more of what is already a blessing/gift/positive in our life.“ 

Empowered to do good.

When we volunteer or perform acts of kindness, we feel more empowered, rewarded and fulfilled.  According to a survey by the UnitedHealth Group, 96% of people who volunteered over the last 12 months said volunteering enriches their sense of purpose.

Whether with a large group of people in a volunteer organization, or just between two friends exchanging words of advice, helping people creates a feeling of community. “Face-to-face activities such as volunteering at a drop-in center can help reduce loneliness and isolation,” according to the Mental Health Foundation.

Caring Acts of Kindness are Contagious.

According to a study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Cambridge and University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, acts of kindness, giving of our time, and volunteering are contagious. “When we see someone else help another person it gives us a good feeling,” the study states, “Which in turn causes us to go out and do something altruistic ourselves.“ So, it begins to spread from one person to the next, and hopefully across the world, to create a more caring place for all of us to live in.

We are happy to celebrate the positive effects of caring acts of kindness on the body which also helps us feel more empowered. With all of the people we come into contact with while sharing our acts of kindness, the “caring cooty” becomes contagious, spreading throughout our caring communities.

Would you like to know more about Unified Caring Association? Check out our blogs on UCA, Caring Action, and Caring the UCA Way! Would you like to keep up with UCA activities? Check us out on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter for updates throughout the week!

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Being in Service

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Unified Caring Association (UCA) strives to continue promoting caring around the world. But how can someone start performing caring acts? One of the best ways is to start close to home. Help out at a local food bank or shelter or donate clothing or personal care items to those in need. UCA did just this in our local community where our headquarters are located.

UCA jumped into action when we learned about an urgent need for supplies at Great Northern Services (GNS). GNS serves about 10,000 lunches over the summer months to school aged children up to the age of 18 years old. GNS sponsors the USDA Summer Food Service Program donates bag lunches during the work week (Monday-Friday) in the summer months of June, July and August with no cost to the children’s families that receive the lunches.

Supplies that were needed included kitchen utensils, pots, food containers and lunch bags for every child and every lunch all summer long. These supplies were needed by the teams to put the lunches together and deliver them to the kids. We are happy to report that smiles were on everyone’s faces as the lunches were served up. It was a huge pleasure to help support the caring efforts provided by GNS and the USDA Food Service Program to serve up nutritious meals in the community of Siskiyou county. We continue sending our best wishes to all of the teams and every child they serve!

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Would you like to know more about Unified Caring Association and keep up to date on UCA’s caring acts? Check out our blogs on UCA, Caring Action, and Caring the UCA Way! Other ways to keep up with UCA activities are on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter for updates throughout the week!

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We are here for each other.

Here for each other
Join the caring community at UCA.

Life is better when we are here for each other.

Sometimes, the pressures in our daily lives can blur our ability to see the common thread that connects us. We can easily become distracted by the unimportant, and miss out on making the caring connections that really matter. The truth is, we all share in a very important responsibility and we are all here for the same reason … we are here for each other.

The Unified Caring Association CARE Program exists for this very reason. Our CARE program partners with projects that provide meaningful support and care to children, animals, reforestation and the elderly – in fact, that’s what C.A.R.E. stands for! We want to stand in the gap where ever there is an unmet need in caring. Our CARE team meets with community non-profits to learn what unmet needs we can assist with. By building caring connections with non-profits who are serving their communities, we learn how we can help them to help more!

As a UCA member, you become a part of a larger caring community that not only promotes self care, but also takes meaningful action to create a more caring world. The collective caring of our over 150,000 members make the UCA CARE program a truly caring movement!

To learn more about UCA CARE, please visit our website.

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Unified Caring Association Rocks!

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Unified Caring Association rocks the caring!

Caring is the one thing we can all do to make the world a better place! Want to create more caring in our world? Become a UCA member, because Unified Caring Association rocks when it comes to caring! Caring membership benefits, resources and much, much more await you at UCA! The reviews are in – at Unified Caring Association, caring rocks their world!

Unified Caring Association provides membership benefits, products and services that make your life easier and more fulfilling. In fact, UCA is devoted to helping their members live a more caring positive lifestyle. By encouraging acts of caring for self, relationship, workplace and the global community, UCA creates a caring impact.

Join UCA to become part of their mission to CARE!

As a member of Unified Caring Association, you become a part of the UCA CARE program! UCA CARE supports projects that benefit those in need who cannot speak up for themselves. By partnering with non-profit projects UCA creates positive change in the world through caring. CARE projects have four key areas of focus: Children, Animals, Reforestation and the Elderly.In fact, some UCA CARE projects are ongoing. For example, some examples of recent CARE projects include the supporting of a summer lunch program for kids. empowering women, shipping care packages for the elderly and providing assistance for California fire victims.

Unified Caring Association members enjoy many caring benefits which improve their lives. As a member of UCA, you also become a part of the C.A.R.E. program. UCA’s caring community includes everyone, not only as a recipient of caring, but also as a giver of caring. It doesn’t get much better than that! To sum it up, UCA’s model of caring is rock solid!

Read more about the caring membership benefits Unified Caring Association provides by visiting the UCA website. Or, for daily caring inspiration, join UCA’s 365 Days of Caring Challenge!

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A Hero Spreads Holiday Caring to Fire Victims

 

The Camp Fire

When the news of the Camp Fire reached the Unified Caring Association (UCA) office our team was hopeful. We hoped that the fire would be quickly controlled. Our prayers went out to all humans and animals that they would escape the fires unharmed. And we sent our caring to fire victims. We were devastated to hear that the entire city of Paradise, California was incinerated. The news reported 18,793 structures were destroyed, and that the fire had spared nothing, leaving total devastation. Our hearts were broken, and we wondered how the survivors could go on. UCA reached out to various agencies in hope of finding a meaningful way to help. Understandably, emergency agencies were over-burdened with phone calls. Many lacked the manpower to handle the donations they were receiving. Luckily, our fearless team member Luna kept at it! She was determined to make sure that UCA extended our caring to fire victims. So, she kept making calls. Eventually, Luna made a connection with a wonderful woman named Nanette, and magic happened!

A Caring Hero

Nanette is a caring hero for many reasons. She runs a non-profit unrelated to the fire effort to begin with! Nanette had heard that her friend, a volunteer at her non-profit, had lost her home in the fire. Time went by and Nanette was unable to reach her. So, Nanette set out to find her friend. While searching for her friend, she saw first-hand the devastation of the Camp Fire. Luckily, her friend was located safely, and Nanette decided to create a caring event to help the fire victims. She set out to give those who had lost so much a caring holiday! Nanette researched the needs of the community and created a caring holiday event!

Some UCA Support

The UCA CARE team asked Nanette to share with us how she felt we could help the most. She explained that expectant mothers had lost everything in the fires – they had nothing for their newborns, no blankets, no clothes. We were told that the children had lost all of their toys and holiday cheer was in short supply. As a result, the UCA team of elves immediately swung into action! No baby item was left on the shelf! We bought baby sleepers, onesies, t-shirts, leggings, blankets, coats, socks, sweatpants, sweatshirts, pajamas and cozy clothes for toddlers. In addition, we also bought 80 gifts for children – backpacks, school supplies, plush animals so they would have something to hold, creative art kits and books.  Plus, we sent cheery Christmas decorations, notes of encouragement and … our hearts … we truly sent them our hearts.

A Caring Holiday Miracle

And so it was, on December 22 at the Eagle Lodge in Chico, California a holiday party was held. People who had lost everything came to celebrate the miracle of togetherness. Children sat on Santa’s lap and received their gifts. Families ate together and for a moment in time, caring filled a place in their hearts where fear and sadness had once taken hold.

Our hearts go out to all who suffered in the California fires this year. May they be cared for, supported and loved through the challenging days ahead as they rebuild their lives.  We are incredibly grateful to the firefighters and first responders that fearlessly serve and protect us all day after day. Our hearts are touched by all of the caring heroes in the world who miraculously appear when tragedy strikes. In tragedy, we are often reminded of the true value of caring. If there is caring in the world, we can never lose everything.

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UCA Puts Kids in Caring Car Seats

When the team at UCA noticed that the Central Coast Kinship Center Foster and Adoptive Placement Program had a need on its wish list. This was the very basic safety item of car seats. We knew we had to help. After meeting, we decided to purchase all of the car seats they requested. Special care was given to select a high quality, best safety rated product that adjusts in size from newborn to toddler. Our friends at Kinship were thrilled to receive the gifts!

More than 50,000 children in California are waiting for a safe home and loving family that will be there for life. Kinship Center builds adoptive and other families where children can heal from past abuse, neglect or abandonment. This helps these children grow into healthy adults. They help 2,500 children each year. Most kids many others consider too difficult: severely traumatized children, older teenagers, children with disabilities, large sibling groups, and drug affected infants.

We feel happiest when we know that we can make a difference in the world through the promotion of caring. Unified Caring Association has other caring acts listed on their website in the Caring Action tab. We also love teaming up with nonprofits to support programs that line up with C. A. R. E.: Children, Animals, Reforestation, and Elderly. It says it all when we say at the top our our website, “Your life is what we care about.”

Would you like to read more about UCA and caring the UCA way? Read more feel-good articles on our other blogs!

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UCA Puts Kids in Caring Car Seats

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Cloaked in Caring

Unified Caring Association’s Women Wishing Women Well clothing collection uses all proceeds from clothing sales to support women.  If an article of clothing remains in the store for 8 weeks and is not sold, UCA donates the clothing article to women who are in challenging situations, such as domestic violence, abandonment, fires, earthquakes and floods.

This month, our program was pleased to donate 3 full boxes of high-end women’s clothing to the Women Giving Back (WGB) charity in Sterling, Virginia. They were especially excited to receive the many plus sized garments that we sent, as they are often difficult to source.

WGB is a nonprofit clothing boutique providing a dignified shopping experience for at-risk women & children at no cost. WGB collects and distributes new or like-new clothing to women and children in Northern Virginia who are in transition or crisis. Working with the local shelters and care providers, WGB holds a monthly “store” on the second Saturday of every month to help these women and their children. UCA is happy to support the caring work of WGB.

We also donated 12 garments from our store to Choices, a smaller resource group for women in crisis in Mt. Shasta, CA.   Choices is a non-profit organization that helps to infuse real hope and real help into the lives of women, men, mamas, daddies, grandparents, their little ones and families in our local communities. Thanks for your caring work, Choices!

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We C.A.R.E.

UCA Provides Inspiration to Homeless and Trafficked Youth

The C in our CARE program stands for children, so when we learned about the caring work Covenant House does to support homeless and trafficked youth, we knew we needed to offer our support. Our first project with Covenant House was to provide a scholarship opportunity for their northern California clients. It was a wonderful experience for both the youth and our judges!  In fact, it was such a great experience, that we decided to offer another scholarship for the Hollywood California Covenant House Youth – also a wonderful experience. You can read the scholarship award winning essays of from these scholarship contests here: https://www.unifiedcaring.org/covenant-house-scholarship-winners/ and  https://www.unifiedcaring.org/covenant-house-hollywood-scholarship-winners/

After having become familiar with Covenant House through our scholarship program, we wanted to expand our support to their caring program by providing inspiration to their residential clients. We learned that the clients entering the Covenant House residential program come into the program with very few possessions – just what they can carry on the streets. They are often scared, hardened or jaded by their experiences on the streets and are in desperate need of encouraging words and inspiration.  Our team decided to give each client a small inspiring gift of inspirational daily messages to welcome them into the residential program. Decks of inspirational daily messages were sent off to Hollywood California Covenant House clients, and they were received with joy. Our warmest wishes go out to the youth of Covenant House.

 

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UCA Steps Up for Students

October 15, 2018
Redding, California
When Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) made a plea for help on social media, UCA took notice.
Their students were in need of basic clothing items and shoes after the devastating Carr Fire. We knew we needed to help so the team at UCA kicked our caring into action! We immediately sent in a donation for $1000 to purchase shoes for students in need. SCOE administrators used our donation to purchase individual gift cards from local shoe retailers, Payless Shoes and Famous Footwear, and distributed them to the students. Thank you to Superintendent Flores for organizing this caring project!
The Carr Fire was a large wildfire that burned in Shasta and Trinity Counties in California. The fire burned 229,651 acres, before it was 100% contained on August 30 th . Fire destroyed at least 1,604 structures – at least 1,077 were homes.

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We’re proud to sponsor this again!

UCA sponsors caring beyond borders once again! Unified Caring Association is happy to announce their sponsorship of the 2018 #MilesForMaji Event! This caring event is happening on 4/22/2018 – Earth Day – at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston.

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