Raising for a New Kitchen at the UCLA Intervention Program
Organized by: Katy Pickett
Demolition! - April 30, 2016
October 18, 2016
EVENT DATE Apr 30, 2016
My name is Katy, I'm 26 years old, and I volunteer at the UCLA Intervention Program, working in a preschool setting with kids under 3 years old who are experiencing developmental delay. I absolutely love working with the children especially knowing that the program is so beneficial to the kids. The UCLA Intervention Program has been looking for someone to repair/re-tile their kitchen countertop for some time now, and haven't had any luck finding someone to volunteer for the task. I've decided to raise money so that we can pay someone professionally to give the kitchen a much-needed makeover. I'm a UCLA graduate applying to nursing school and have taken such great pride in UCLA and want to help out in any way that I can.
Why this is important
The program is a center-based early intervention program that provides educational, diagnostic, and therapeutic services for infants and toddlers with a wide range of developmental risks and disabilities in a preschool setting. Early intervention can strengthen the potential for future success, including improved cognitive, behavioral, and emotional development, and further educational achievement.
Feeding problems are reported in up to 80% of children with developmental disabilities. Adequate caloric and nutritional intake is a vital need throughout life and is especially during early childhood for growth and brain development. Parents frequently find feeding difficulties to be the most stressful aspect of their child's development. Feeding problems can include structural problems, motor difficulties, sensory dysfunction, behavioral issues, or a combination of these factors. Examples of types of feeding problems often encountered in the UCLA Intervention Program are: impaired chewing or swallowing ability related to neurological impairment due to seizure disorder, cerebral palsy or genetic syndrome, cranio-facial abnormalities that affect the jaw, palate, or tongue and subsequently interfere with feeding function, or hypersensitivity to oral stimulation or food textures which may be related to history of prematurity and need for early tube feeding, to name a few.
The UCLA Intervention Program offers an ideal setting to assist families facing these complex problems. We are part of the Department of Pediatrics in a University Medical Center with access to pediatric specialists in all related fields such as gastroenterology, nutrition, and psychology. Children attend the program at least 3 hours per day, 3 days per week. Snack and lunch periods are included which allows for unique opportunities to practice feeding skills twice per day in a natural, relaxed, and familiar setting. Since the children attend the program year round, continual observation, assessment, intervention, and modification of a feeding plan can be easily carried out.
Now you can see why our kitchen and its future improvement is vital to the success of the program. As a volunteer who has been very moved by how much the UCLA Intervention Program benefits and helps children with development delay and disabilities, I want to give back and see the kids, their families, and staff benefit from a newly remodeled kitchen.
Please watch this touching video to learn more about the Program. (https://youtu.be/1bQx8BjYlSI)
To learn more about the UCLA Intervention Program, please click here.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration in donating to this cause!
The kitchen remodel is complete! Neal & Loretta donated the tiles for the backsplash, and Neal installed them. It looks so beautiful! Thank you for all the generous donations and making this project come to life. We could not have done it with you guys!
I'm going to keep the CrowdRise page active so that donations can be made to purchase items like bibs, toddler utensils and plates.
Demolition & Remodel Day is here! Today, we took out the old crummy countertops that needed desperate re-tiling (the ones that inspired this project in the first place!), removed the 'over-sink' that was causing all the water splashing and molding, removed the old tiled back splash, repaired broken drawers, and took off the old white, plastic handles.
Moe and his team perfectly cut the Quartz countertops and installed them. The new slate gray countertops look absolutely beautiful! They installed the gorgeous new 'under-sink' to prevent excess water from causing mold. They repaired the drawers, and installed new chrome cabinet handles.
Next, we will be installing a new tiled back splash, and hopefully getting a washing machine! I will keep you all posted :) Thanks for all the love and support!
Finally got to a place in the fundraiser so that I could have Moe, our contractor, came out to measure the kitchen. Finally getting started and initiating the process. It's very exciting! However, I still need to raise at least $1,000 more so that we can do the (minimal) work we want to get done. I have one more week to really push to raise the money so that I can give the kids, families, and staff at the UCLA Intervention Program the kitchen they deserve! Please help me spread the word for this great cause :) Thank you to everyone who already donated, it means so much to me. I couldn't make this happen without your love and support.
What you can expect to see in the new kitchen:
- Brand new quartz countrertops with a few inches of matching backsplash. (COMPLETE!)
- A new stainless steel 'under' sink, that will be deeper than the one we currently have, which will be great for all the dishes we generate from feeding the kids. The 'over' sink that we have now is contributing to our mold problem which caused a lot of the issues that motivated me to want to fix the kitchen. (COMPLETE!)
- New chrome handles on existing cabinets. (COMPLETE!)
- New shelf box (where microwave and toaster is) so that it doesn't hang down two inches past the other cabinets, like it does now. (COMPLETE!)
- Repair drawers that were broken (COMPLETE!)
- New dishwasher! (COMPLETE!)