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Great Rewards!

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We just received the first report from the Smith’s Community Rewards Program. We are excited to know that 22 households have linked their rewards cards to CETC and the points are starting to add up. Our first reward is a check from Smith’s for $56.43.

As more households sign up and shop with Smiths, the rewards will continue to grow. Please encourage your families, friends, co-workers, etc. to link their Smith’s Rewards Card to CETC and support training for people with disabilities.

See this post for instructions on linking your card, or visit the Smith’s website.

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Smith’s Community Reward Program

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SMITH’S IS PUTTING COMMUNITY FIRST!

Smith’s is putting community first in 2014 by offering a Community Reward Program to help local non-profit organizations. You can be a partner in this effort by linking your Smith’s Reward Card to Cache Employment and Training Center (NPO #86455). Each time you shop at any Smith’s location, points will be added to the CETC account with absolutely no loss of points to you! Then once a quarter, Smith’s will donate money to CETC based on the number of points accumulated. It’s that simple!

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • If you don’t have a Smith’s Reward Card, get one! They are available at the Customer Service Desk at any Smith’s
  • If you signed up for the rewards program, but use your phone number at the register and don’t know your card number, call 800-576-4377, select option 4, and get your number.

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CDBG: Give your input!

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The City of Logan has announced opportunities for residents to be involved in the creation of the plan that will dictate spending priorities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from now until 2018. Your input is important! Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Attend an outreach meeting
  • Presentations by request
  • Survey: complete at www.loganutah.org
  • Public comment period: submit comments to CDBG Coordinator through January 10th
  • City Council Public Hearing on February 18th at 5:30 pm

For additional information contact James Olson at james.olson@loganutah.org or 435-716-9008. Schedule of outreach meetings:

  • January 7th Logan Rec Center 6pm
  • January 8th Logan Library Bridger Room 6pm
  • January 9th Whittier Community Center 6pm

The CDBG funds are required to have a plan that describes the community needs, resources, and priorities. This is a great chance for us to boost funds for special needs populations. Be active in your community! Here is the link to the website: http://www.loganutah.org/cd/cdbg/index.cfm

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Glad Tidings…

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The holiday season is fast approaching and we are once again making plans for a very special Christmas celebration for our consumers with developmental disabilities. We hope that you will want to help make this celebration full of warmth and joy through a charitable donation to the Santa Fund at CETC. It is uplifting to know that our community can make extraordinary things happen. This is the 11th year that Janet Flinders aka Mrs. Santa will dedicate countless volunteer hours fund raising, shopping for and wrapping gifts, then checking each wish list twice. Our consumers wait all year long for this very special Christmas party. But this is only possible through generous donations from the community. Please help us this year by sending your donation by Nov. 15th so that shopping can be completed early. This will give us the time needed to make wishes come true. Please send your contribution to: Santa Fund c/o Cache Employment and Training Center 275 West 400 South Logan, UT 84321 Your contribution is tax deductible. Please talk to your tax accountant to see how your donation can reduce your taxes. Cache Employment and Training Center is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (EIN # 87-0436257) dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

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2013 Bike with Brent

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CETC is excited to announce the 3rd annual Bike with Brent! Join local celebrity Brent Carpenter as you ride your bike, jog, walk, push a stroller or wheelchair, or cheer everyone on to the finish line! Friday, June 14th Willow Park: 500 West 700 South, Logan Registration and Check-in runs from 9:00-12:00 The Ride begins at Noon

Other activities (9:00-12:00) include: Sheriff’s Dept. Bike Rodeo, Police vs. Firefighters in a Bike Polo game, a Bounce House, Booths, Games, and more!

Enter to win a GT Aggressor 3.0 Mountain Bike (donated by Joyride Bikes) and receive a “Bike with Brent” pin. This bike is everything you need for getting around town to light trail use. With the light weight aluminum frame, suspension fork and 21 gears, it will keep you comfortable on an all day adventure like Brent, or if you just get out on a short ride.

Register by May 31 to guarantee your tshirt. Register at: CETC 275 West 400 South, Logan Joyride Bikes 51 South Main, Logan or here. Like CETC on facebook or the Bike with Brent fan page, or follow us on twitter @bikewithbrent for updates!

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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RouteMatch

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 Cache Employment Training Center gets grant to help manage bus fleet By Kevin Opsahl | Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:15 am Bus drivers for Cache Valley’s clients of the Cache Employment Training Center — responsible for nearly 13,000 trips over the past summer — now have new technology at their finger tips to make their jobs a little easier. Just recently, the bus fleet of 15 received Android mobile tablet devices, thanks to a grant from the Utah Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration. Funded in 2009, but just now coming to realization, the grant also covers an additional vehicle to the CETC fleet and more bus attendants. Paul Beecher, transportation manager for CETC, said they applied for the grant “to make it easier so we didn’t have to put so much time into transportation,” and so they could “concentrate on our mission.” The CETC provides people with disabilities the training they need to be successful at employment. It also offers other services such as respite care, supported living, vocational evaluations, summer youth program, senior services, and host home services. It’s widely known by the community for the Bike with Brent (Carpenter) race it sponsors every year. The Samsung Galaxy tablets are used to track vehicle location in real-time and improve communications between drivers and dispatchers. The center can also now inform clients’ families of their arrival times, and the software has helped them improve operational efficiencies, reporting and reduce paper. Kae Lynn Beecher, executive director of the CETC, said the tablets are a big help to their operations. The CETC uses the fleet to be available for everything for their clients — from going to work to going to a movie. “They’re an added advantage — and to the families too,” she said of the tablets. “At night, after the buses leave, I get calls from the parents. … And we can see exactly who’s on the bus, who has been dropped off.” The tablets are pre-loaded with RouteMatch Software, a company that the CETC hired to assist with dispatching, scheduling, automated vehicle tracking and reporting, said Mikkel Skinner, CETC transportation coordinator. UDOT requires the CETC to track all of the trips CETC provides, Kae Lynn Beecher said. From July to September, according to data provided to UDOT, 12,956 trips were made with the fleet. In that same period of time, the fleet drove 36,962 miles. “We’ve learned that because of the amount of trips we take, (UDOT) classifies us as the second largest transportation provider in Cache Valley,” Paul Beecher said. “We couldn’t afford the vans, (tablet) units, and ongoing support without the grants.”

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2nd Annual Bike with Brent

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CETC is excited to announce the 2nd annual Bike with Brent! Join local celebrity Brent Carpenter as you ride your bike, jog, walk, push a stroller or wheelchair, or cheer everyone on to the finish line! Afterward, enjoy refreshments, have your bike checked out, and participate in a bike rodeo teaching children bike safety.

When: Friday, June 15, 2012 – Registration begins at 9:30, ride starts at 10:30

Where: Willow Park West (500 W 700 S, Logan) Ride will be 1.4 miles (around the park, fairgrounds and back)

Pre-Register at CETC (275 W 400 S, Logan) or Al’s Sporting Goods (1617 N Main, Logan). Price is $10 for adults and $7 for kids. Your “I Biked with Brent 2012” T-Shirt is included in the price. Horns are available for an additional $5.00. A great big thanks to our sponsors: Zions Bank, Lewiston State Bank, Coca Cola, KVNU, Square One Printing, Great Basin Graphics, Hilco Plumbing and Heating, and Joyride Bikes.

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Transportation Grant Received

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Cache Employment and Training Center has received a $223,411 grant that will help provide funding for its transportation program. The grant was awarded by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. CETC transports people with disabilities from the Cache Valley, Brigham and Tremonton areas to help them access employment and other needed services. Officials at the CETC say the funding will go a long way in keeping services viable. “Increased operating costs and economic budget cuts have made it increasingly difficult to keep the vans on the road,” said Executive Director Kae Lynn Beecher. Many served by the center are not able to access public transportation due to where they live or their inability to travel without assistance. More than 100 people a day are transported on CETC’s 10 wheelchair acessible vans. These vans traveled more than 108,000 miles last year.

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Basket of Blooms Quilt Drawing

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This beautiful quilt can be yours! Ruth Ann Ryan has generously donated her time and quilting talents to piece together this “Basket of Blooms” quilt for CETC. Carol Armstrong donated the intricate custom quilting. For every $5.00 donation received by CETC between now and June 25th, you will receive a candy bar plus two tickets that will be put in a drawing for the quilt. Donate $10.00 – get 4 tickets, $15.00 – get 6 tickets, etc. All donations benefit people with disabilities at CETC.

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