The 2019 OK EVENT SCHEDULE

Great Events for a Great Cause

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OUR MISSION

A COMMUNITY OF WARRIORS

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to enriching life and community. We exist to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community. 

We believe in a dynamic, person-centered and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration,  centers on holistic wellness and healthy relationships.

WHO WE SERVE

Perseverance and strength through challenges have led us to nickname our participants Warriors. We are dedicated to providing support and resources for teens and young adults.

WHERE WE SERVE

We are currently serving the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, and River Forest. Due to our current space constraints, we are limited to serving only those communities.

WHY WE SERVE

Opportunities for young people with I/DD are terribly limited. The state of Illinois ranks 49th in the nation in supporting community-based programs. More than 12,000 are currently awaiting state services.

State of Illinois

National rank in supporting community-based services

%

Awaiting Services

Local Warriors requesting state support, who are still waiting

 

Warrior Families

Supported by OK programs on an annual average

OUR PROGRAMS

WARRIOR FOCUSED, WARRIOR DRIVEN

We listen to our participants and collaborate as equal architects in developing programs. Specific activities vary throughout the year and across programs, but common to all programs is some combination of a focus on wellness, vocational skills, life skills, leadership, social recreation, and community connection.

AFTER OPPS

After Opps is an after-school/after work program that offers social and recreational activities of all kinds. Each session’s activities are determined through a collaborative partnership between Warrior participants and OK Staff.

Life Shop

An alternative-style day program that takes a Warrior-centered approach to adult life in the community. Designed for Warriors older than age 22, focusing on building life skills, health and wellness, community connections and vocational skills.

Enterprise

With 3 initiatives under the Knockout Brand of social enterprises, we aim to sustain meaningful and gainful vocational skill-building opportunities, while also producing a revenue stream to support OK operations.

OUR COMMUNITY

A COLLECTIVE EFFORT

As a grassroots organization, operating outside of the abysmal state funding structure, we have built OK on a foundation of community support. We rely heavily on a vast network of donors, volunteers, and partners to help support, sustain and grow our mission. We have a great network, but it is paramount that it continues to grow. Want to get involved?

FEATURED PARTNER

The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township (CMHB) is a branch of Oak Park Township. The CMHB is comprised of nine residents appointed by the Township Supervisor with the approval of the Township Trustees.

Opportunity Knocks is proud to be among the agencies that the CMHB supports. The CMHB is a significant source of support for the Warriors participating in OK’s Life Shop.

We are grateful to have such strong partnerships with the local townships!

DONATE

We are 94% privately funded. Without your support, we would not exist. Please consider supporting the Warriors today.

VOLUNTEER

From program support members to event staff volunteers, corporate groups and internships, opportunities to connect abound.

PARTNER

Corporate sponsorships, program partnerships and all sorts of ways in between to connect your group with our group in mission.

Partner Spotlight

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Upcoming Events

Each year, Opportunity Knocks hosts 4 major events, that while are designed to be a great time for all, are crucial in funding the day to day operations. But, there are a lot more! Stay informed of ALL our events by following our events page.

Jun
8
Sat
2019
The OK BBQ Block Party @ Constitution Court
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

PROUD SPONSORING PARTNERS OF THE OK BBQ BLOCK PARTY

The OK BBQ Block Party

Come on down to the OK BBQ Block Party and enjoy great local food, craft beer, rockin’ live music, fun kid’s entertainment and more! Enter at Madison St. and Thomas Ave., next to Louie’s Grill.

Scroll down the page for all the info about what’s in store and how you can get involved. From the Warrior Mile to the Watermelon Eating Contest, we’ve got fun in store for everyone!

$10 SUGGESTED DONATION   |  KIDS ENTER FREE

IT’S BURGER TIME!

Along with their other menu offerings, this year’s food vendors will feature a burger offering. We will be asking you the people to cast votes and crown the BBQ Block Party Burger Champ!

Help us choose the winner from this year’s outstanding food vendors: The Heritage, Carnivore, Hamburger Marys and the Warrior Catering Co.

EVENT DATE & TIME

Saturday, June 8th  |  12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

EVENT LOCATION

Constitution Court  |  7422 Madison St

Forest Park, IL 60130

LOCAL BEVERAGE

LOCAL FOOD

SPONSORS

PRIME SPONSORS

CHOICE SPONSORS

SMOKE DADDY SPONSORS

MERCHANTS OF MADISON SPONSORS

Todd & Holland Tea Merchants

McBride Insurance Agency

Shanahans

The Heritage

Todd & Holland Tea Merchants

McBride Insurance Agency

Shanahans

The Heritage

Exit Strategy Brewing Co.

The Brown Cow

Forest Printing Co.

Audible Sound

Exit Strategy Brewing Co.

The Brown Cow

Forest Printing Co.

Audible Sound

LIVE MUSIC

2:30 – 3:15
Ian Leith

3:45 – 4:30
School of Rock #1

5:00 – 5:45
School of Rock #2

6:15 – 7:00
Them Guilty Aces

7:30 – 8:15
New face of Soul

8:45 – 9:45
No Turn on Red

Kid’s Area

All kids enter free to the OK BBQ Block Party and have full access to a variety of awesome activities. The block party will host a bounce house, water games, arts and crafts, face-painting and The Balloon Man will be with us from 3-5 pm!

Watermelon Eating Contest

Five contestants, endless watermelon, and one ultimate Watermelon Warrior. Do you have what it takes? Register at the event! The contest begins at 7:00 pm on the main stage and will be hosted by our good friend and star of Chicago’s Best, Elliott Bambrough.

Day-of-Event Option

Join us on Saturday, June 8 as we run from the OK Farm to the OK Block Party! Meet at the OK Farm at 1:15PM and be ready to head out at 1:30PM to arrive at the Block Party just before it begins! A shuttle will leave the Block Party at 1:00 to transport runners to the start line at the OK Farm.

Virtual Option

Run, walk, roll, jog, bike, swim, or treadmill one mile at your own pace wherever you like, anytime between the dates of June 10 – June 16. Post a picture on social media with #OKWarriorMile to share your virtual participation with the OK Community! We will send your goodie bag in the mail to anyone not participating locally!

Your $30 registration includes a Warrior Wellness hat and FREE entry to the OK BBQ Block Party.

ON-SITE CYCLEBAR CLASS

Bring your outside voices because we are riding at the OK  Block Party!  30 min. ride under a tent. All riders will receive a free OK t-shirt and a $5 voucher for food and beverage at the event.

VOLUNTEERS

Sign up to support our event! Please contact Megan Bruce for more information or questions at: megan@opportunityknocksnow.org

Sep
28
Sat
2019
The OK Classic @ Forest Park Softball Fields
Sep 28 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

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