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What's New at CP in 2022? A Lot!

Jan. 10, 2022 10:00 am

Like most people, CP moved into 2022 with optimistic vibes. While times are certainly still challenging, there is a lot to look forward to this year. Here's a quick look at some of the exciting things coming up at CP:

Current Aquatic Lounge

CP continues to grow - this time in Therapy Services. We'll be starting a small construction project that will enclose our underutilized aquatic lounge and turn that space into a new, and much needed, therapy gym. Adding this space will do a lot to accommodate the growing number of clients we see in therapy services. Thanks to our friends at Keller for helping get this project underway!

Later this month, we'll be hosting Clash of the Keys in Appleton for the first time ever! This fun and engaging dueling piano event, featuring the NEW Piano Guys, is sure to shake off the cold of winter for anyone. We'll be hosting Clash of the Keys at the Outer Edge Stage on January 21, and we'd love to see you there. We are thrilled to be heading to Appleton and meet up with some new and old friends.

Telethon 2022 is just around the corner - and plans are well underway for this year's show on WBAY
March 5 & 6. We'll be celebrating a year of giving from our friends, community and partners, while keeping everyone safe with our COVID protocols. It's going to be an exciting weekend, so we hope you tune in. We're already accepting online donations and our VIPs are asking for support.

New in 2022 - we'll be sharing more great information about what happens at CP than ever before. We'll be sending more client stories, tips and tricks, information and education, recipes and art projects that our classes create, right to your inbox, just a few times a month. So, if you aren't on our email list, now is the time to sign up!

CP is also looking ahead to warmer months (especially this week!). We'll be sharing details about fun ways you can support CP this summer through several new partnerships that involve baseball, football, a furry critter or two, and art (we don't want to spoil the surprise, but details are coming soon).

There is so much going on at CP now, and in the coming months, and we hope you'll come along on the ride with us. Be sure to sign upto receive our emails so you won't miss a thing!


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Togetherness of the Season

Dec. 13, 2021 9:36 am

The message I've heard from lots of the people over the last week has been consistent: Why is December flying by so fast?

The month certainly snuck up on a lot of people, including me. And when you realize that the holiday season is shorter than usual given where Christmas lands, it's easy for sudden panic to set in. We need to start celebrating now!! Get the tree up! Cue the Christmas music! Place the Amazonorder! Those cookies won't make themselves! Right about now, the phrase 'hustle and bustle of the season' makes a lot of sense.

But what if you just paused for a moment to think about our own meaning of the holiday season? Place the wonder and magic of the season (which is great) aside and really think about what this time of year means to you?

To me, it's the idea of togetherness that I'm dialed into this Christmas. I think that for a lot of people, being together during the holidays is more important than ever, considering so many of us were apart from loved ones last year. Not only will I see my family, but I've made it a point to reach out to friends I haven't connected with in a while and made plans to catch up.    

I'm also recognizing the togetherness of our community. We already live in a very giving community, but this time of year really shines the spotlight on those who give to some amazing causes and nonprofit organizations that make Northeast Wisconsin a great place to call home.

I hope that CP is one of those places for you. Our work to help children and adults with disabilities reach their personal goals for independence is something that can be felt well beyond our four walls. CP clients are our friends, family and neighbors, and they have amazing stories to share. If you are inspired, consider a gift as well. It will certainly go a long way and make a big difference.

I hope you find what the holidays really mean to you, and grab it with both hands so you get everything out of it that you can. I also hope that your meaning, no matter what it is, lasts you all year long. Okay... back to the Christmas music.

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Giving Tuesday: Generosity is All Around

Nov. 28, 2021 9:00 am

Giving Tuesday is tomorrow. Created in 2012 as a global generosity movement, Giving Tuesday is a day that encourages people to simply do good in their community and by each other. Over the years, this day of giving has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give and celebrate generosity.

Generosity is all around us and we see it every day at CP.

We see it in our staff who generously apply their skills to help clients find success.

We see it in our families who share advice and resources with each other.

We see it in clientswho give all they've got to meet their goals. 

And we certainly feel the generosity from our community, who give their time to volunteer, attend an event and support CP through a gift.

It is days like Giving Tuesday that remind me that CP is here and has been able to grow over our 68 year history because of the generosity our community shows us every day. Northeast Wisconsin is truly a one of a kind place.

So on November 30, in celebration of Giving Tuesday, take a moment to find ways you can give generously. What group or organization makes your community a better place? Support them with your time or with a donation. If CP is that place for you, consider a gift. Or sign up for our email list and you'll receive inspiring stories that will remind you of generosity, kindness and compassion all year long.

From all of us at CP, have a wonderful holiday season and happy Giving Tuesday!


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Much To Be Thankful For!

Nov. 17, 2021 2:13 pm

This is the time of year where many of us take a moment to reflect. To flip back through the memories of the last year (maybe even farther than that) and everything we've been able to do, and people we have had in our lives, and simply give thanks.

We have a lot to be thankful for at CP. While we've had to keep our COVID safety measures in place, we are thankful that we are still here and going strong in Green Bay, Fox Cities and on the Lakeshore.

We are thankful for our staff and clients. Things since COVID haven't been easy as we adapted to changes no one has ever had to go through before. But our team continues to take everything in stride while providing the best services to our clients so they continue meeting their goals. And while some days can be challenging, in the end, the smiles are always there.  

We are thankful to be out in the community again, spreading all the good things CP does. We've had four speaking presentations to area organizations and civic groups in the last month, and it feels amazing to talk with folks again after so much time off. It's great to be connecting in such a meaningful way.

And all of these good things we are thankful for have everything to do with you, our community. From individuals to corporate partners and everyone in between, this community has rallied around us from the day we re-opened after Safer at Home, and continues to amaze our clients and staff. We feel the love and support every day.

So from all of us at CP, we say thank you and we give you thanks. 


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A Lot Happens in November

Nov. 1, 2021 12:09 pm

Well, October is a wrap, and boy did that go fast. Even as I work on this post, it's hard to think that today is November 1. As the anchor on the morning news I watch said this morning: "Only two more months left of the year!"

We just wrapped up the CP Auction about two weeks ago, where our community helped us raised an astounding $88,000. Normally after an event there would be a lull - a bit of downtime between one thing ending and other starting. A time for us to catch our breath and reflect before moving ahead. It seems as if those opportunities aren't as consistent as they once were. Our days on the calendar just keep filling up.

At CP the start of November 2021 marks the beginning planning for Telethon 2022, taking place on WBAY on March 5&6. Finishing touches have been made to the end of year appeal, renovations are well underway at CP Early Education & Care's second location in Suamico and we are working on final details for our next Clash of the Keys event this January at the Outer Edge Stage in Appleton. So, while things are busy, there is a lot to look forward to.

Turns out there is quite a lot that has happened on November 1 over the years. I'll leave you with a few fun facts, but I also hope that your November goes nice and slow, with plenty of open times on your calendar to relax and recharge.

On November 1, according to

Today is Apple CEO, Tim Cook's birthday. He is 61.

William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" is first presented

Racehorse Seabiscuit beats 1937 Triple Crown winner War Admiral by 3 lengths in Pimlico track record time to win $15,000

Mackinac Straits Bridge, Michigan, world longest suspension bridge between anchorages opens.

Cool Hand Luke, starting Paul Newman, opens.

The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks 

Chicago Bulls retire basketball superstar Michael Jordan's jersey (#23)

Have any other fun nuggets to add to what happened on November 1? Please share! 

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More Than Just Salsa at CP

Oct. 11, 2021 8:50 am

There is a day in October that everyone at CP looks forward to. Salsa Day in the Adult Day Services program! That's right, homemade salsa, right in our own backyard. 

But planning for salsa day starts well before October. After all, there's a lot that goes into making salsa. First, the Garden and Science class plants the seeds for vegetables like onions, tomatoes and a variety of peppers. For weeks the seeds are nurtured until they sprout into plants that are then transferred to the accessible outdoor garden. At this stage, clients take tremendous care to make sure each plant thrives. Care that is rewarded with an abundance of fresh produce! After the harvest, supplies are sent off to the kitchen class where clients dice tomatoes, chop onions and add spices to create... SALSA!

So, when salsa day finally comes around, our staff - with money in hand - heads over to the ADS department to buy the only-once-a-year salsa! There really is an energy in the air about it, it's that good. To put it another way: it's a day you don't want to forget to bring tortilla chips.

While salsa day certainly makes everyone happy, it's a great reminder of all the hard work and the diversity that classes in Adult Day Services provide. Just this one project flowed through multiple classes, and involved lots of clients, all who bring different skills and ideas, but worked together for one final result.

The Adult Day Services program offers a variety of classesfor clients to work on skill building while having fun. Classes like karate, newsletter, Pinterest, brain games and ceramics provide clients the opportunity to work on goals unique to them and socialize with their peers. It's a chance for each client's personality to shine through. And when all of these elements are combined together in a class, the result is something pretty amazing.

Kind of like our salsa.   

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Make A Difference Day @ CP

Sept. 27, 2021 8:11 am

 CP had a pretty memorable day last week. Our Green Bay location was bustling with activity for our first ever Make a Difference Day. Friends from Festival Foods, Associated Bank and United Health spent part of their work day learning about CP, participating in an interactive tour of the building, meeting and chatting with clients, including their tour guide, Dale, and enjoyed a food truck lunch.

The day gave CP an opportunity to show some of our closest partners how they make a difference to CP through their time and resources. It was a chance to get them onsite and see, firsthand, how their support moves in waves throughout the agency and effects our clients every day.As we took people on tours, I noticed there were certain comments that kept repeating: "I didn't realize how big CP is," or "I didn't know you helped this many people," and "I didn't know you helped people with different conditions, not only cerebral palsy."

While we stated as a nonprofit serving those with cerebral palsy back in 1954, CP has grown its services to support what our community and families have needed from us. While we certainly provide services to those with cerebral palsy, we also help individuals with Down syndrome, spina bifida and autism, to name a few. Some clients have medically complex cases or very rare conditions, while others are undiagnosed. We help people who have had their conditions since birth as well as those who need our services because something changed in their lives like a traumatic brain injury, recovery from surgery or post stroke. No matter the diagnosis, condition or path taken to get here, on thing is true: CP is a reflection of amazing human spirit.    

What was so great about Make a Difference Day is that we were able to show our staff's expertise and the joy and determination our clients feel each day with our partners. I think everyone left that day with a better understanding of why their place of business supports CP. I hope they also left with a more personal connection as well; excited to share what they learned with co-workers, family and friends.

"You won't believe what I saw at CP today!"

While safety precautions over the pandemic kept our Make a Difference Day participants at a safe distance, the impact was there. We are looking forward to making this an annual tradition at CP!

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CP Auction - Get Ready to Bid in Person!

Sept. 7, 2021 9:31 am

The CP Auction is coming up fast (where did the summer go?) and details are being put in place for what is sure to be an entertaining in-person event. We've been picking up some amazing auction items donated by community members and local businesses, we've booked the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band and food has been selected. Auction is a popular community event and we are excited to be back together for an evening of entertainment, friends and bidding!

Client art from past Auction events.

One of the highlights of Auction is the array of client artwork up for bid, displayed between amazing baskets filled with local goodies, weekend getaways and other unique items. In fact, I've been lucky enough to have made the winning bid on a few pieces of art that I proudly hang in my office.

It goes to show that while this is a fun night out, it also provides opportunity for CP to highlight the skill building that clients work on each day to be as independent as possible. It's a reminder of our mission.

While we continue to modify Auction to ensure the safety of all, the reason why we hold an auction remains the same - to help raise critical funds for CP. Funds that help so many people not only reach their goals, but surpass them by magnificent margins.

CP's goal is to help people live the lives they want, and with your support of events like the Auction, that is exactly what we are doing. Through every art class, speech therapy appointment, swim lesson and mobility class, clients leave each day feeling accomplished and are engaged with their peers.

You can be a part of it. You can play a role in a client's success simply by circling Friday, October 22 on your calendar and joining us for the CP Auction at the Johnsonville Tailgate Village at Lambeau Field. It promises to be a fun and inspirational night.

Be sure to purchase your tickets at the early bird rate soon - prices increase on October 8. You can also follow new developments and items that will be up for bid on our Facebook page.

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Getting Our Rocky On in September

Aug. 23, 2021 11:41 am

 In September, there is a Rockyvibe going on around CP. You know the iconic moment when Rocky runs up thestairs to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and raises his arms triumphantly? It's kind of like that. You can almost hear the music...

Getting strong now.... Gonna fly now...

That's because September 1 is the start of the ForsiteBenefits MOVE Challenge. It's a company vs company step challenge where area businesses compete against each other for the most steps taken during the month. This is the third year that CP has been fortunate enough to be the charity partner of the challenge. 

The MOVE challenge is a great employee event as it's something that everyone can do on their own, or in small groups, but in the end, contributes to the success of the overall team. In a way, it's kind of like how we do things here at CP. Every client has individual goals to work on. From improving fine and gross motor skills and learning new life skills, to working on socialization and building strength and endurance.

Even though each client's goals are personal to them, we work as a team to help them find success. Whether it's with a therapist, a teacher, an instructor or being cheered on by their peers, we applaud everyone's accomplishments together; it's what celebrating all abilities is about at CP.   

So as 45+ Forsite Benefits MOVE Challenge teams give it their all to get their steps in during the month of September, know that CP's clients will be doing the same thing, every day, and cheering YOU on as well! Good luck to all of the participating teams!

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