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A Caring Community of One

Ancient wisdom tells us that there is strength in numbers.  Our grandmothers taught us “many hands make light work.” We would do well to revisit the sage advice of our Elders. Theirs is often a hard-won form of common sense, good judgment and prudence.  And it all ladders up to the notion that seemingly monumental tasks are achievable when we’re all rowing in the same direction.

The Unified Caring Association truly walks the talk of coalition and combined motivation.  That’s what “Unified” really means.  With our ranks swelling ever-closer to 200,000 Members, there is truly a cohesive mission that creates a “Caring Community of One.”

Urgency Creates Focus

At first glance you might wonder what connects an advocacy for children and animals and reforestation and our beloved seniors.  Sounds like a disparate group of causes, right? But at the heart of each is concern and caring.  Because the connective tissue is that these areas are often among the most under-served in a community, which creates a further sense of urgency to act… and act now.

In this sense, the simple commitment to becoming a Member of UCA may seem to be an individual decision, but it is a unifying one that benefits those who cannot speak for themselves. Once again proving that the insight about strength in numbers is true.  And the fact that a Unified Association has more influence and power to affect changes than any one single individual.

That’s the Spirit!

From sports to corporate retreats, there has always been an emphasis on “team spirit.”  Why is that? The answer is that some form of spirit is a proven bonding agent.  It unifies otherwise distinct and contrasting groups of folks.  There is now a growing body of evidence indicating that any type of spiritual practice is associated with furthering a desire to care for others.  Amen to that!

If you look at spirituality (no matter the faith tradition, denomination or practice), it is associated with better self-care and wellbeing for many reasons.

Chief among them is the fact that spirituality can guide you to direct your attention to a specific focus—often an inward-looking reflection. Essentially every spiritual tradition has a long history of using contemplative practices to increase compassion, empathy, and attention.

Said another way, without a spiritual underpinning of some kind, it’s nearly impossible to be truly immersed in caring.  Whether it’s caring for oneself or others.

Finders Keepers

Almost every faith tradition tells a story of “being a brother’s keeper.”  It means that you are looking out for your fellow brothers and sisters. Not only biological brothers and sisters, but as we are all the children of the same planet, we should treat each other with respect and look after one another.

It’s why the world, now more than ever, needs more “Custodians of the Caring Movement.”  And it explains why this is central to who we are and what we do. It integrates everything UCA stands for.  If you think of a “Custodian” as a “keeper,” then you will immediately see how it can improve your life and those who are under-served.

A spiritual community is also a source of social support, which provides a much-needed sense of belonging, and security. And here’s a “finding” you can feel good about.  Caring Communities have been proven to increase well-being and bolster life expectancy.  Major studies “find” a strong association between spirituality and improved mood.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

For centuries, our planet has really been one big city of neighborhoods. Time on this Earth moves on a scale according to relationships between neighbors: The people who stop and ask you “how are you doing?” The people who watch your dog for you when you have to go out of town.  The people who invite you over for a backyard barbecue, just because it’s Saturday, and they haven’t seen you in a few days.  The people who respond to every concern you have with “let me know how I can help.”

There is a long tradition of caring that began with simply greeting our neighbors from porches and sidewalks and continued through sharing communal spaces and emotions.  The world may be getting bigger as our neighborhoods get smaller but addressing care and support as a  “Community of One” is what connects us.  And that common thread is the true fulfillment of relationships.  No wonder authentic community ties are some of the most enduring.  It is also the most satisfying joy of becoming a Custodian of the Caring Movement.

Caring Is Doing

UCA caring includes self-care and service to others

Wanting to help is the first step toward helping.  Membership in UCA is in itself a powerful difference-maker. That’s because a small portion of Membership fees go toward those very projects that have a caring impact through hands-on organizations that provide everything from emotional support and emotional intelligence tools – to sanctuary for horses. And nearly everything in between. 

Of course, it’s always easier to turn a blind eye to the world’s urgent problems.  But once you know, once you’ve seen it, then you have a responsibility to do something. Helping our Members step into action in their Community is crucial because service gives self-care meaning

But we also need to fill ourselves up before we move into service. So we need each other. We’re better together.

There IS strength numbers. By working as one for our caring mission mandate, The Unified Caring Association works to change lives individually and as a collective. It is what keeps us forever Unified.

We are all working our way through a changed world as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We may no longer be quarantined or under stay-at-home orders, but everyone is stretched to adapt like never before.  All of us are in this together. Now more than ever, caring is what we need most. Caring for our self. Caring for others around us in our communities. Life now demands caringresilience and compassion like never before. This is a great opportunity to create the world we want for our future generations. We invite you to join us in creating a caring movement!

Would you like to read more about UCA caring resources and products? We have other blogs on Unified Caring Association and our products, caring in our communities, and caring the UCA way!

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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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Caring beyond borders with Miles for Maji

Unified Caring Association (UCA) is happy to announce their sponsorship of the 2018 Miles for Maji Event! This caring event is happening on 4/22/2018 – Earth Day – at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston. With their ongoing support of clean water projects, it’s not surprising to see our friends at UCA sponsor caring beyond borders once again!

When the team at Unified Caring Association heard from their non-profit C.A.R.E. partner, Save the Rain, about a wonderful humanitarian initiative that was started by a group of American students, they immediately decided to get involved!

What is Miles for Maji?

In the summer of 2016, a group of 13 high school students traveled to Tanzania on a service trip. While in country the teens learned first-hand about the global water crisis and even had the experience of walking for water with Tanzanian villagers. As they walked, they learned that each school day across Tanzania, children have to leave their classrooms to walk for hours to collect water … and the water is not even clean! The students reflected on the hardship of the Tanzanian students. They realized how lucky they were to not have to forfeit hours of their education each day. They thought about the waterborne illnesses their Tanzanian friends had to deal with. As a result, they decided to do something impactful to create a difference for those living in water starved communities. So, they formed a group called Miles for Maji – “maji” is the Swahili word for water – with the purpose of raising funds to provide clean drinking water to an entire Tanzanian village.

Where does UCA come in?

With the support and corporate sponsorship of Unified Caring Association, the Miles for Maji students created walking and running fundraising events in West Palm Beach, San Diego and Boston that took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. One UCA team member created an online “remote participation” option for the event giving others the opportunity to do their own “walk for water.” It created a wave of awareness and fundraising activity across the country! The 2017 event raised over $15,000 toward their goal!

UCA team member, Christine Greenberg stated, “It was a pleasure for all of us at Unified Caring Association to sponsor such a wonderful act of global citizenship. With the support of UCA, all money raised by the Miles for Maji events will go directly to fund the creation of a clean water solution for a village in need. Our CARE partner, the non-profit Save the Rain, will use the funds to provide clean drinking water to the village of Makiba, in Tanzania. Currently the primary school in Makiba has 1,100 students. Their walk for water is 6 hours long with 70% of the students suffering from waterborne illnesses and 53% failing school because of these challenges. Unified Caring Association is completely delighted to support the beautiful demonstration of caring beyond borders that the Miles for Maji project demonstrates. This is truly caring in action!”

How can I get involved?

On Earth Day 4/22/2018, Cate Brown, Miles for Maji founder, will be hosting her second annual Miles for Maji mile walk and 5k race at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Boston. The goal of providing the village of Makiba with clean drinking water is clearly within reach! Unified Caring Association is proud to sponsor this amazing event once again. We wish Cate and the village of Makiba every success, and encourage everyone to participate or donate to this very worthy cause. To join the Miles for Maji effort to provide clean water to Makiba, please visit the Miles for Maji website.
Thanks to Miles for Maji and Save the Rain for their caring example in our world!

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