History & Mission

Founded on March 12, 2009, Opportunity Knocks is an Illinois 501c.3 non-profit organization that serves young people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through social, recreational and life-skills programming.

The people we serve are Warriors and it is our belief that their place in the community is both valuable and necessary. Because of their perseverance and strength we endearingly dub our participants as Warriors.



Board of Directors

Auxiliary Board

Junior Board

Financial Info

Financial Documents

2016 Year in Review

2015-2016 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

Get Involved

Program Volunteer

Event Volunteer

Auxiliary Board Member

Junior Board Member

Program Staff

Administrative Staff


Mike Carmody
Executive Director

Phil Carmody

Program Support & Internships

Opportunity Knocks is looking for individuals to take on the role of Program Support. Program Support members help facilitate activities at the After Opps program, under the supervision of staff. They also work directly with participants to provide a safe, empowering, and positive environment. After Opps programs are held at the River Forest Community Center from 3:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. three days a week, while in session. Please view the calendar for program dates.


Because this type of volunteer works so closely with participants and takes on important responsibilities, we require all applicants to go through a screening process (which includes a criminal background check) and be properly oriented. Applicants must be at least 14 years old and be able to commit to a schedule that is often the duration of a session.


We also accept applications for interns. Our interns not only work with us at programs, they may also take on special projects like program planning and research.


The first step to becoming a program volunteer is filling out an application or online form. To download the application click here.

Special arrangements for internships or field experience may be made following the application process with approval from the supervising director. Indicate your interest in an internship or field experience in the ‘Service Hours’ section of the application.

Please submit applications and direct inquiries via email to OK’s  Volunteer Coordinator  Sam Kehoe at: sam@opportunityknocksnow.org


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