Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Helen!

We are lucky to have some of the most amazing volunteers here at UCP-OC. Meet Helen!

How did you find/start with UCP-OC?

I live in Irvine and noticed the “Life Without Limits” building while giving my younger brother rides. The compelling name caused me to google it when I got home and discovered it was a therapy center. I had been looking to volunteer with children and learn more about different types of services and found this would be a great place.

What is your favorite memory at UCP-OC? 

Probably every time I see the little participants of Talk, Play, Learn Group having a blast.

What have you learned from volunteering at UCP-OC? 

I have gained insight into the interdisciplinary approaches to treatment, observed how learning is facilitated through functional play, and discovered a variety of equipment and stimuli that work to target different sensory and motor skills.

What advice would you have to give to new volunteers, or folks who are interested in volunteering with UCP-OC?

It may be overwhelming at first but don’t be afraid to ask questions– the therapists are kind and willing to help. Be open to immerse yourself in more than one type of therapy because it’s cool to see how they all work in different ways to build upon a child’s progress.  I highly recommend volunteering with UCP-OC!

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