A staggering 400,000 Americans live with MS. This debilitating autoimmune disease affects the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensations. In recognition of National Multiple Sclerosis Month we are donating to the National MS Society. Our monetary contribution will help people affected by MS through education, support, advocacy and research.
To support on a local level we are participating in several events by providing time, staffing and product donations. On March 1st we participated in the Climb To The Top fundraising event put on by the National MS Society – Greater New England Chapter. As the official water stop sponsor, we were on hand with a team of UPPAbaby employees to distribute water bottles to all the thirsty climbers. These dedicated walkers climbed over 1,200 steps and 61 floors!
Look for similar events in your community and get involved to help raise money and awareness in the fight against MS by visiting http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters.
Tis the season to give back!
We are excited to once again partner with the TODAY Show Toy Drive this holiday season. Over the past three years we have donated more than $500,000 worth of UPPAbaby gear to families in need nationwide.
Tune in to the TODAY Show on December 5th to see our founders, Bob and Lauren Monahan, spreading holiday cheer and gear on the plaza. Please check your local listings for exact air times.
For many families in need, the TODAY Show Toy Drive is their ONLY source of gifts and necessities for the holidays. We are excited to share the UPPA Gives Back spirit and we hope that you will join us in spreading the holiday cheer. To support this organization and help people in your community please click here to make a toy or monetary donation. For more information and ways to help, please click here.
Below is a list of our participating UPPAbaby retailers who have generously offered to raise money in-store. Be sure to stop in and donate funds during the month of December. Every donation counts!
All About Baby
Posh Baby & Mommy Too
The Baby’s Room
WHY THE STACHE?
This month we happily join the MOVEMBER movement to raise awareness of men’s health issues including prostate and testicular cancer. Our monetary donation will go towards awareness, education, coping with the disease, thriving beyond the diagnoses, and overall prevention research.
The statistics are horrifying. “1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women, will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.” Additionally, a shocking “1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime” and approximately 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer in 2013. Visit us.movember.com for more information on men’s health issues and simple tips (Movember tips) to improve your lifestyle and take care of your body.
Please share with your father, uncle, brother, co-worker, and friend. Everyone can benefit from these easy health tips! Sharing is caring. To print these easy reminders, please visit HERE for a downloadable PDF. Remember, knowledge is power, prevention is everything and early detection is key.
JOIN THE FIGHT. To make a donation to the Movember Foundation visit http://us.movember.com/donate. For further information on men’s health and to connect with health support providers go HERE for a list of useful websites.
A shocking 637 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every day. UPPAbaby is proud to join forces with the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (DSLRF) to raise funds for National Breast Cancer Awareness month. We are encouraging consumers to “Act with Love” by purchasing a Drew (tangerine) or Olivia (fuchsia pink) VISTA smart universal stroller system this month. For every VISTA stroller purchased in these vibrant color fashions, we will donate 5% of sales to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. We encourage you to Act With Love and donate funds for prevention research by visiting the site HERE. Spread the word and stroll in PINK (… or ORANGE) to support all those directly and indirectly affected by this life-threatening disease. Let’s make breast cancer history.
As a Boston based company headquartered in Hingham, Mass., just south of the city, we are more proud than ever to be able to donate to The One Fund Boston foundation as our April Charity of the Month. The One Fund supports the families affected by the tragic Boston Marathon events. As Governor Patrick beautifully stated, “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.” For more information or to donate to this worthy cause, please visit http://onefundboston.org/. Our hearts and prayers are with all those impacted by this senseless tragedy. STAY STRONG BOSTON!
This holiday season we are so excited to participate in the Friends of Norwell’s Adopt-A-Family program!
Our office has been assigned a local family in need to support. We will donate several gifts from their wish list for the children and parents of the struggling family with the hope to make their holiday a little brighter.
There are many ways to get involved! If you too would like to support a family, please visit The Salvation Army website http://www.thesalvationarmytucson.org/AdoptAFamily.html or search for a location nearest you. Thousands of towns that participate in programs like this so please ask your friends, family and community for Adopt-A-Family programs in your hometown.
Here at UPPA we do our best to give back on a national and LOCAL level. We’re proud to be able to give to charities close to our homes and close to our hearts.
The NephCure Foundation is the only non-profit exclusively dedicated to researching and fighting the debilitating kidney disease, FSGS, and Nephrotic Syndrome by detecting the cause, improving treatment and striving to find a cure. In total, 26 million Americans suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease, with Nephrotic Syndrom as one of the most common forms.
Recenty, UPPAbaby was proud to be a sponsor at the first annual NephCure Walk in Providence, RI. In addition to raising money for research, the walk aimed to connect families with similar stories and raise awareness within the community. The NephCure Walk raised over $4,500 that will be used to fund research and ultimately, work to find a cure for all those affected with FSGC and Nephrotic Syndrome.
For ways to contribute to NephCure through educating, researching and fundraising, please visit http://nephcure.org/give-now. To participate in a walk in your area, go to http://nephcure.org/events-nephcure-walk.
It’s that time of the year again – Back to School! For many children, it’s time to swarm the bus stop to show off their trendy new clothing and fresh pair of sneakers. However, that’s not always the case. Here in Massachusetts, there are more than 305,000 children under 12 who live in poor or low-income households. Throughout the year, over 100,000 Massachusetts children will be homeless. That’s why we have chosen Cradles to Crayons to be our August Charity of the Month for two years in a row. Cradles to Crayons was created in 2002 with the mission to give children ages 0 to 12 the essentials of life for free. This includes clothing, school supplies, toys and so much more. This charity prides itself on offering high quality new or used goods to make children feel prepared for school, all while allowing them to feel valued and loved.
While you’re cleaning out your closets and making room for new clothing, please keep Cradles to Crayons in mind. You can host a donation drive, volunteer, deliver goods to their drop-off locations or even give a monetary donation. The less privileged kids of Boston and Philadelphia area will thank you!
To contribute to this worthy cause, please visit http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/get-involved. A $25 donation provides a child with the essentials they need to thrive at school. Donate today by visiting http://cradlestocrayons.org/boston/node/add/donation.
Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency and financial assistance to military families and wounded warriors. They help the American military personnel and their immediate family, who have financial struggles, death, injury or mental impairment, due to their service overseas. This includes the Reserve, National Guard or veteran service who been in active duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. Sadly, around 75% of this diverse group of men and woman “live at an income level 80% below the median income for the communities in which they reside.”
Operation Homefront provides services to assist these poverty stricken families through emergency financial aid and support through counseling and recovery assistance. They send monetary payments to “mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists” and others to provide for these families. Additional support includes emergency food, home repairs, critical baby items, moving assistance, and much more.
Their mission is made possible through the generous public support of staff and volunteers. If you too would like to become part of this team, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net/volunteer.aspx for volunteer opportunities and here http://www.operationhomefront.net/donate.aspx for monetary donations to give back to the thousands of selfless men and woman who fought for our country and have suffered post-war injuries and hardships.
Our support doesn’t stop at our monetary donation. Every summer UPPAbaby employees participate in the local Run To Home Base held at Fenway Park, to support the Home Base Program, http://www.homebaseprogram.org/general-information.aspx. This charity provides clinical care and support to service members, veterans and their families right here in New England. To get involved on a local level, please visit the Run To Home Base website for details, http://www.runtohomebase.org/.
Here at UPPAbaby we are proud to support Operation Homefront and all their endeavors to continue to care for the troops, the families they leave behind and the wounded warriors who have fought for our country. Your donation will make a difference for our heroes!
Just last year 3,500 Massachusetts families were homeless. One Family is a non-profit organization determined to end homelessness in Massachusetts. Through their partnership with elected officials, community leaders, businesses and higher learning institutions, they strive to break the cycle of poverty and consider everyone as “one family” facing these challenging economic times together.
The One Family Scholars Program is a college scholarship program offered to low-income single parents. This scholarship gives them the opportunity to gain a higher education through not only funding assistance, but they follow a model comprised of four building blocks for success: college success, financial success, career success and leadership success. These learning blocks secure self-sufficiency, sustainability in their field which in turn creates a stable foundation for life and their families.
At UPPAbaby we’re passionate about empowering woman and giving them the fundamentals to excel in their career and their wellbeing. Just this past winter, our Marketing Director, Melissa H., attended a benefit dinner to honor the woman of One Family. Through the support of this scholarship, woman can gain an education providing them with stability and the competence to support their family. If you would like to help this worthy cause please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/index.shtml for more information. To donate to the One Family Scholars Program, please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/index.shtml. To get in contact with One Family for other ways to contribute, please visit http://onefamilyinc.org/getinvolved/.