Everyone Loves Receiving a Care Package

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UCA is excited to announce our new line of Care Packages.  Each featured Care Package contains carefully chosen specialty items to support, encourage or simply brighten someone’s day. Everyone loves receiving a care package! They arrive in a lovely box surrounded with colorful raffia and a personal message of care. Our exclusive Care Packages are … Read moreEveryone Loves Receiving a Care Package

Skillful Communication in Relationships

Part of living a healthy and vibrant lifestyle includes being able to nurture relationships with family, loved ones, and members of the community. These human connections are essential to our well-being and fill us with a sense of belonging that is unique unto itself. Nurturing relationships takes skillful communication. Nevertheless, effective communication can at times … Read moreSkillful Communication in Relationships

An Environmentally Friendly Theme Park

The earth is dying. Every day we as humans harm the earth by burning fossil fuels, polluting waterways, littering, and taking no action to help solve those problems. Thankfully, mother nature has presented us an easy solution for many of those problems: trees. Trees operate in such a way that they actually remove pollutants from … Read moreAn Environmentally Friendly Theme Park

The First Step Towards Reforesting the World is Sympathy

The Amazon, the Atlantic Forest, the Congo Basin, Eastern Australia, and Sumatra are just a few examples of forested areas that are home to some of the world’s best biodiversity hot spots. But according to the World Wildlife Foundation, these are just five regions out of eleven that are at significant risk for “catastrophic deforestation … Read moreThe First Step Towards Reforesting the World is Sympathy

Libraries Represent an Open Community

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There are three doors that slide open with jerks, like zippers on thrift store jackets, revealing book displays and yellow circulation pencils. Since elementary school, I’ve entered the doors to my local city’s public library countless times. Growing up, I never saw my parents reading. As first-generation immigrants, they said they didn’t have time. But … Read moreLibraries Represent an Open Community

Leave a Legacy for Children

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It’s a scene I’ve been a part of countless times:  I’m tutoring a young girl – Mariam – after school on Chicago’s South Side. When she needs a break, we read a graphic novel about a caveman family. She reads the pages on the left, while I read the pages on the right. When we … Read moreLeave a Legacy for Children

Raising a Child to be a Citizen

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Raising a child to be a citizen is an immense challenge. A citizen is someone who has a desire to understand the world, and a commitment to improving it. The global problems of today can seem so large that individuals feel their actions would be meaningless. This apathy cannot be an option forever. Without a … Read moreRaising a Child to be a Citizen

Working to Bridge the Age Gap

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When I first started playing violin, I began by learning the names and functions of each part of the delicate instrument. As a second-grader, the memorization was a daunting task; the only part of the instrument I could consistently recall was the bridge: a small, curved piece of wood whose function is to hold the … Read moreWorking to Bridge the Age Gap

Announcing Spring 2020 Scholarship Winners

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We are excited to announce the top 10 winners and 10 honorable mention winners in our 2020 Spring Essay Scholarship Contest. UCA created this scholarship contest for the purpose of encouraging the next generation to think about how to create more caring in the world. The association is excited to award students for promoting a … Read moreAnnouncing Spring 2020 Scholarship Winners

Bored in Quarantine

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As we are in month two of this quarantine, we are likely finding ourselves “bored”.  It’s completely understandable with services, businesses and restaurants closed (or only doing take out).  We have all lived in a world where we come and go and do as we please. To being restricted has been hard on everyone in … Read moreBored in Quarantine