Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Colleagues and friends,

Over the last few days, we have seen the incredible devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy impacting millions of Americans along the Eastern seaboard. The thoughts and prayers of the entire UCP network are with those that have been impacted by this massive storm, particularly our northeast affiliates and the communities they serve. As we begin the process of recovery, know that we stand ready to help in any way we can.

Individuals with disabilities often are disproportionately impacted during times of disaster. A variety of barriers may already exist, such as lack of transportation and inaccessible buildings, and other barriers are either created or worsened by the disaster itself. Our UCP affiliates were well prepared for Hurricane Sandy—but the loss of power, flooding and infrastructure problems have made providing services and ensuring the safety of their clients that much more difficult. Their commitment and dedication to both their clients and staff is remarkable, and yet characteristic of how our affiliates rise to meet each occasion or adversity.

If you are in an affected area and are in need of assistance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has information and support available. Click on the states listed below for local emergency response information.

As our UCP affiliates continue to provide assistance to those impacted in their communities, we encourage you to help support their work. Each of our affiliates in the states impacted by the storm is listed below, or use our local resources guide to determine which is in your area.

Hurricane Sandy is an unprecedented disaster and its impacts continue to be felt. It is during these times of crisis that communities must come together to rebuild. Thank you to everyone involved in the emergency response effort, our entire UCP network and all of those who are working to ensure that people with disabilities can live a life without limits.

Best regards,

Stephen Bennett

former UCP President & CEO

United Cerebral Palsy


How to help:

Click on the name of your state below to access local emergency information, or on the name of your local affiliate to support their work.


UCP of Eastern Connecticut

UCP of Greater Hartford

UCP of Southern Connecticut



UCP of Delaware


District of Columbia:

UCP of Washington DC & Northern Virginia



UCP of Maine



UCP of Central Maryland

UCP on the Potomac



UCP of Berkshire County

UCP of Metro Boston


New Jersey:

UCP of Hudson County


New York:

UCP of Nassau County

UCP of New York City

UCP of Suffolk


North Carolina:

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia



UCP of Greater Cincinnati

UCP of Greater Cleveland



Alleghenies UCP

UCP of Central Pennsylvania

UCP of Northeastern Pennsylvania

UCP of Philadelphia & Vicinity

UCP of South Central Pennsylvania

UCP/CLASS (formerly UCP of Pittsburgh)


Rhode Island:

UCP of Rhode Island



Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia