Local Easter Seals win state awards

First Posted: 10/10/2009

Mount Airy residents Carol Burke and Quincy Rucker were each honored for their efforts to foster inclusive communities at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Easter Seals UCP North Carolina.
The dinner took place at the Cardinal Club in downtown Raleigh, where Burke and Rucker were awarded two of the 10 awards presented during the awards ceremony.
Carol Burke became connected with Easter Seals UCP through her work with the Mount Airy Grace Moravian Church Outreach Committee. Through her volunteerism on the committee, she became aware of Easter Seals UCPs efforts to develop a Skills House Program earlier this year.
The purpose of the Skills House is to create an environment where individuals with severe and persistent mental illness could gain the skills necessary to live as independently as possible. Burke approached the team about an office site in Mount Airy that would accommodate both the Skills House Program and the Easter Seals UCP office space. This extended the Skills House services to all individuals served by Easter Seals UCP in the Mount Airy area.
Rucker became involved with the Mount Airy Easter Seals UCP Assertive Community Treatment Team around four years ago. In 2006 the team initiated an art group which interested him. They noticed an emerging artistic talent in Rucker. According to an Easter Seals UCP press release, Rucker now sells his paintings and creates a vision of hope and opportunity for others in his midst.
Other groups or individuals recognized at the awards ceremony were the Knights of Columbus of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Roanoke Rapids, Raleigh resident Scott Winter, Richard and Alanna Worrell of Charlotte, Jessica Lyon of Durham, Elizabeth Snapp of Grantsboro, a Wal-Mart in Charlotte, a Wal-Mart in Indian Trail, and a McDonalds in Whiteville.
At this annual dinner and ceremony, the organization salutes the efforts of donors, volunteers and individuals connected with Easter Seals UCP. The organization recognizes individuals who have demonstrated true excellence during the past year with their efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The awards fell into one or more of the organizations three areas of focus: child and family, inclusive communities, and employment.
Easter Seals UCP is a statewide non-profit organization that serves more than 17,000 North Carolinians with disabilities and their families. Disabilities affecting the lives of those served by Easter Seals UCP may include cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, stroke, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, hearing and visual impairments, or mental health diagnoses. The organizations services focus on child and family services, inclusive communities, and employment.
Visit www.nc.eastersealsucp.com to learn more about Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and how they help children and adults with disabilities or mental illness.

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