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Collaboration with Our Community

By Developmental Services Community Support Manager Jeff Nunemaker

The UCS Developmental Services Division has been collaborating with community businesses and organizations to provide a variety of positive experiences for the adults we serve.  Here are some of the collaborations we’re currently involved in:

Anytime Fitness – A weekly exercise group has been adapted for individuals who may have difficulty exercising.  The exercise is focused on fun and hopefully will promote healthy living.

Bennington Health and Rehab – We volunteer to help facilitate a weekly volleyball game for residents.

Bennington Lanes – Morning and afternoon weekly bowling sessions occur through the winter.  This is a real favorite!

Bennington Tennis Center – Individuals participate in weekly adapted tennis lessons (another favorite activity), which are funded through the Mount Laurel Foundation.

BROC – Our participants volunteer to stock shelves.

Crescent Manor Nursing Home – Our program participants and residents of the nursing home volunteer together to stuff and sew teddy bears to be given to children by Rescue Squad, hospital, police, and fire personnel.

Second Chance Animal Shelter – Many of our participants volunteer to give the shelter animals some love.

Riley Rink –Individuals participate through the winter in ice skating with the use of adaptive equipment so that everyone can enjoy it.

Vermont Arts Exchange – A year-round therapeutic art class is offered and art shows are held to promote artistic expression.

We believe that not only do the adults we serve benefit from these collaborations, but the community does as well.  If anyone is interested in collaborating with us, we would be happy to speak with you about it.  Please contact Jeff Nunemaker at 442-5491 x 290 if you have any ideas!

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