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Pepperdine Volunteer Center

Volunteer Opportunities: Ongoing Programs

United Friends

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions that prevents individuals from having full control of their body movement and muscle coordination. This often leads to abnormal sensation and perception, impairment of sight, hearing or speech, and/or learning disabilities. CP can develop during fetal development, before, during or shortly after birth, or even during infancy. Every year, about 8,000 babies and infants are diagnosed with this condition. 1,200-1,500 preschool children are diagnosed each and every year with CP.

WHAT IS UNITED FRIENDS? The Volunteer Center runs the United Friends program through United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a leading service provider and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. The UCP mission is to "advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network."

WHERE DO I FIT IN? Together with UCP, United Friends' goal is to connect and build friendships with people diagnosed with CP and volunteers dedicated to bettering their lives. Through craft projects, thematic parties, and other organized activities, United Friends strives to create a world with no boundaries for those with disabilities. We are an inclusive group yearning to create friendships by providing each and every person the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Contact the Pepperdine Volunteer Center at (310) 506-4143 for additional information.