Andrew Vanderwerf displays samples of DNA used in the research he and fellow student Eric Monson are conducting.
CPD by the numbers
During FY 2008, seven CPD projects reported receiving a combined $238,306 in donations from foundations or private supporters.
Staff member Daurie Bastian shares a smile with BRASC day program participant Danny Brown.
More than 32 people, 200 hours of work come together for Christmas giving
This month, 12 people with disabilities at Bear River Activity and Skills Center's day training program received quilts in their favorite colors, donated by serious quilters.
The project was made possible by twelve pinochle players and twenty-plus quilters whose donated time totaled more than 200 hours.
The story began when staff assistant Diane Green learned that the CPD was launching a drive for volunteers. She immediately thought of brightening up the Bear River Activity and Skills Center. BRASC trains adults with developmental disabilities in communication, self care, independent living skills, fine and gross motor skills, and social behaviors. The program is one of approximately 70 projects operated through the CPD on the Utah State University campus.
Green also thought of her Tremonton-area pinochle group, which has been part of her life for more than 20 years. The club had decided this year that in lieu of a Christmas gift exchange, they would donate to a good cause. Green talked to Tammy Jewkes, a former CPD staff member and a quilter, and they worked out a plan. The card players would donate money for the fabric. Needles and Friends, the group that Jewkes quilts with, would donate their time and expertise.
Jewkes cleared the project through Needles and Friends, which takes on a service quilting project every year. She received a list of the day training particpants' favorite colors from Green. Then she shopped for fabric, assigned the quilts out to fellow quilters and tallied up the donated hours when it was done.
It all came together beautifully. The twenty-plus quilters who donated their time showed off their work during their December luncheon. Green and Jewkes presented the quilts at BRASC later this month, in an unwrapping party that spread smiles around the room.
The CPD salutes the volunteers who made it all possible.