Michelle Puzzo had the idea for UR Community Cares in 2019 after treating her physical therapy patients who needed help at home, but couldn’t pay for assistance and didn’t qualify for state programs.

She realized volunteers could donate their time to help those aging and disabled in their neighborhood if they knew who needed help. Her medical background allowed her to recognize the challenges that people face when beginning to experience declining physical and cognitive abilities, and decided to take action.

Building the UR Community Cares digital platform as a way to match those in need with those in the same community who are eager to help was a novel idea at the time. Today we are supported by pro bono professionals from Catchafire, remote trainees from MaturityWorks and interns from Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, and a growing Board of Directors and advisors.

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Latest Updates

  • Celebrate Aging and Wisdom

    We should celebrate aging and the wisdom that comes with it because: Aging brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and perspective: As individuals grow older, they accumulate a lifetime of experiences, which can provide valuable insights and wisdom. This knowledge can enrich not only their own lives but also the lives of those around them. Older…

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  • Cycling Without Age Manchester Expansion

    Cycling Without Age Manchester Expansion

    This project is designed to expand the Cycling Without Age (CWA) Manchester program which launched in August 2023. We gave over 35 rides and trained 10 volunteer pilots last year.  We have partnered with Manchester’s Recreation Department to add a new 5×7 door on the existing bike and gear shop in Charter Oak Park to…

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