Feel Good News, Scholarships, Unified Caring Association

UCA Rewards Students For Caring

Since 2016, the Unified Caring Association Scholarship program has awarded over one hundred scholarships to caring students. The UCA scholarship program is designed to reward kids for caring while celebrating and encouraging their kindheartedness. Nationwide, program specific scholarships have been created by UCA. We invite students to write a short 500-word essay answering a caring prompt. Some examples of scholarship essay questions are: “How do you plan to live a life that promotes peace and Unity? How will you create the journey to fulfill this purpose?”, “ If you were the President of the United States, what would you do to promote Peace and Unity?” ,  “How can caring and kindness be implemented more in your personal life and in your school?” , and most recently, “If you were the “Caring Ambassador” at your school, what would you do to inspire other students to be more caring?”

The UCA scholarship program is warmly embraced by school guidance counsellors, teachers and students alike. As the students write beautiful essays on the topic of caring they engage their caring intelligence and skills. This reminds us all of the importance of kindness.

UCA staff report that each essay has its own beauty. “Our scholarship entrants touch our hearts with their caring essays. It is so hard to choose the winners! We have been known to add additional awards in recognition of their caring.”  

The essays are scored on a “caring rubric” rather than the traditional academic rubric most scholarship contests adhere to. This allows students who would not typically be awarded scholarships to be celebrated and awarded for their unique talent … caring and kindness.

To read the caring essays written by the UCA Scholarship Awardees, please click the picture below!

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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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A Reward for Caring

Since 2016, the Unified Caring Association Scholarship program has awarded over one hundred scholarships to caring students. The UCA scholarship program is designed to reward kids for caring while celebrating and encouraging their kindheartedness. Nationwide and program specific scholarships have been created by UCA where students are invited to write a short 500-word essay answering a caring prompt. Some examples of scholarship essay questions are, “How do you plan to live a life that promotes peace and Unity? How will you create the journey to fulfill this purpose?”, “ If you were the President of the United States, what would you do to promote Peace and Unity?” ,  “How can caring and kindness be implemented more in your personal life and in your school?” , and most recently, “If you were the “Caring Ambassador” at your school, what would you do to inspire other students to be more caring?” The UCA scholarship program has been warmly embraced by school guidance counsellors, teachers and students alike. As the students write beautiful essays on the topic of caring they engage their caring intelligence and skills and are reminded of the importance of kindness.

UCA staff report that each essay has its own beauty. “Our scholarship entrants touch our hearts with their caring essays. It is so hard to choose the winners to reward! We have been known to add additional awards in recognition of their caring.”  

The essays are scored on a “caring rubric” rather than the traditional academic rubric most scholarship contests adhere to. This allows students who would not typically be awarded scholarships to be celebrated and awarded for their unique talent … caring and kindness.

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Feel Good News, Nature, Sharing Caring, Unified Caring Association

People Pick Up Tons of Trash

Viral Internet Challenge is Spurring People Around the World to Pick Up Tons of Trash and Then Snap Photos

Rather than eating tide pods or spoonfuls of cinnamon, an eco-friendly new social media trend is inspiring people around the world to clean up litter.

The #TrashTag challenge has reportedly been around for several years. Recently, it became a trending topic on InstagramTwitter, and Reddit.

Participants are challenged to find an outdoor area that has been littered with trash. They take two photos of the scenery. The first is for viewers so they can see the garbage. The other is of the revitalized area after you have cleaned up all the trash.

The impressive before-and-after #TrashTag photos have been circulating around the world – from Mexico and Belgium to New York and India.

The initiative is being lauded as a refreshingly impactful social media trend. It is encouraging people from every demographic to participate in tidying up the planet.

The challenge is remarkably similar to the #StonerCleanupInitiative, an online effort that recruited potheads to pick up the trash around their favorite outdoor smoking spots back in August 2018.

Some people participating in the #TrashTag challenge have managed to tidy up roadsides simply by bringing along garbage bags on their day trips; others have boasted the dramatic results of organizing group cleanups.

Regardless, the photos are inspiring evidence of how – even though it can sometimes be a bit trashy – the internet has the ability to bring people together for the greater good.”

Via the Good News Network

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We C.A.R.E.

UCA Provides Inspiration to Homeless and Trafficked Youth

WE C.A.R.E.

The C in our C.A.R.E. 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. This scholarship is 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 program come into the program with very few possessions. Often they just have 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 caring 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.

Health, Sharing Caring, Unified Caring Association

Enriching Lives and Communities with Education

Enriching Lives

— Norah Colvin

Education has the power to enrich lives. By education, I mean all of life’s experiences that contribute to learning. Sometimes these experiences occur in school. Mostly they don’t. Schooling is but a small part of ones’ education, and its ability to enrich varies depending on: an individual’s circumstances and attitudes to school and learning. the […]

via Enriching Lives and Communities with Education — Norah Colvin
Caring Action, Children, Feel Good News, Unified Caring Association

UCA Steps Up for Students

Students

When Shasta County Office of Education (SCOE) made a plea for help on social media, Unified Caring Association (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.

October 15, 2018 Redding, California

Caring Action, Children, Feel Good News, Unified Caring Association

High School Seniors Shovel Neighbor’s Driveway

High School Seniors Wake Up at 4am So They Can Shovel Neighbor’s Driveway Before Her Dialysis

Rather than sleeping in on a snow day, a group of high school students got together at 4:30 AM so they could make sure that an elderly woman could get to her dialysis appointment.

Brian and Patrick Lanigan are both students at Parsippany High School in New Jersey. They also live next to an older woman who relies on ambulance transportation to bring her to her dialysis treatments.

Brian, an EMT, shoveled his neighbor’s driveway last week in order to make way for the ambulance. The weather forecast changed and called for eight more inches of snow.

The night before the snowstorm, the brothers knew that they had to help their neighbor. Since Brian often works early in the morning, they knew they wouldn’t be able to clear the driveway before the ambulance arrived at 6 AM.

Patrick then pulled out his phone and started calling people on his contact list for help.

The next morning at 4:30AM, four of Patrick’s friends arrived with shovels in hand. Within thirty minutes, they had successfully cleared the driveway.

Patrick’s father snapped a picture of the teenage “snow angels.” He posted it to Twitter, praising the youngsters for their compassion.

It has since been shared by dozens of people, all of whom expressed their appreciation for the gesture.

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Photo Credit: Good News Network https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/high-schoolers-wake-up-at-4am-to-shovel-neighbors-driveway/
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Alternative Exercise Benefits

Alternative Exercise

From When Women Inspire

If you cannot perform high impact, aerobic exercises, you might want to consider low impact exercises like yoga instead. The alternative exercise benefits for mental and physical health and body may surprise you.

via Alternative Exercise Benefits for Mental Health and Body