WHO ARE WE?

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may pursue their educational, occupational and social interests.

WHO ARE WE?

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may pursue their educational, occupational and social interests.

WHAT IS A WARRIOR?

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.

CALLS TO ACTION

 

This fundraising campaign provides critical operating funds for programs and key initiatives. Donations support more community integration, vocational experiences and skill building and more paid employment positions through our social enterprises.

 

Connect your AmazonSmile account to support Opportunity Knocks and every time you shop on Amazon, a portion of select sales will be donated to OK. Support us every time you shop. Click below for a direct link to the settings page where you can connect OK as your AmazonSmile Org.

Show some love to individuals with intellectual disabilities by supporting Opportunity Knocks through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our designation number is 87963

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.

Jan
20
Sun
2019
Chili Cook-Off @ Fitzgeralds
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

$25 Earlybird Admission until 1.12.19

$30 admission after 1.12.19

Kids 12 and under are free!

General admission includes:

Complimentary appetizers and dessert

Full access to chili contest entries

Live music & entertainment

Donation to Opportunity Knocks

INDIVIDUAL CHILI CONTEST

Chef-testants will battle over three rounds for this year’s Chili Cook-Off title! The contest will be judged by Erik Williams (Carnivore), Sean Cusick (Smoque), and last year’s Chili Champ, Brian Hepner. Think your chili can win the overall and/or vegetarian divisions? Register now!

PEOPLE’S CHOICE CHILI CONTEST

This contest is meant to be a fun interactive feature at the event, allowing groups to participate in the event while connecting with this mission. We encourage each group to bring their families and friends out in force, as we always find, the more the merrier and the more people you bring, the more votes you secure! The 2019 contestants will be announced soon…

PEOPLE’S CHOICE CHILI CONTEST

This contest is meant to be a fun interactive feature at the event, allowing groups to participate in the event while connecting with this mission. We encourage each group to bring their families and friends out in force, as we always find, the more the merrier and the more people you bring, the more votes you secure! The 2019 contestants will be announced soon…

Event Sponsorship

If interested in event sponsorships, please contact Renee Rotatori at: renee@opportunityknocksnow.org

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Benefit Concert at The Wire @ Wire
Jan 25 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Jan
30
Wed
2019
Successful Navigation of I/DD Funding @ Oak Park and River Forest High School
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

TOPIC OVERVIEW

How to be successful in obtaining funding for a Developmentally Delayed Person -Join us with guest speaker Robert H. Farley Jr. – Legal specialist as he addresses the needs of children and adults with disabilities and their families. 

WHAT WILL BE ADDRESSED? 

• Why It Is Essential To Get On State of Illinois “Waiting List?”
• What To Do If You Cannot Wait For Your Child’s Name To Be Pulled From The Waiting List
• What Services Are Available For Your Child From The State of Illinois?
• Guardianship – How To Obtain / Is Guardianship Necessary?
• Special Needs Trusts
• Applying for SSI Benefits at age 18.
• Update on Current Litigation in Illinois On Behalf of Disabled Persons & How It Will Affect Your Child.
• Strategies To Obtain Funding For Disability Services & Overcome Those Persons Who Tell You That You Cannot Succeed Unless You Are An Emergency.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Parents, caregivers, those diagnosed with disabilities and all interested parties are welcome.

 

EVENT CO-SPONSORS

Programs & Initiatives

AFTER OPPS

After Opps is an after school work program offering a wide variety of activities that are developed in collaboration with the participants. Program activities are embedded with a focus on peer leadership, health and wellness, social interaction and community connections.

LIFE SHOP

The Life Shop is an adult day program that takes a Warrior-centered approach to life in the community. The program is designed for Warriors older than age 22, focusing on building life skills, health and wellness, community integration and vocational skills.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

OK has three connected initiatives that comprise our social enterprise which provide meaningful and gainful employment opportunities for the Warriors, as well as an added revenue stream to support the organization. The initiatives are Knockout Pickles, the Warrior Catering Co., and the OK Farm.

AFTER OPPS

After Opps is an after school work program offering a wide variety of activities that are developed in collaboration with the participants. Program activities are embedded with a focus on peer leadership, health and wellness, social interaction and community connections.

LIFE SHOP

The Life Shop is an adult day program that takes a Warrior-centered approach to life in the community. The program is designed for Warriors older than age 22, focusing on building life skills, health and wellness, community integration and vocational skills.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

OK has three connected initiatives that comprise our social enterprise which provide meaningful and gainful employment opportunities for the Warriors, as well as an added revenue stream to support the organization. The initiatives are Knockout Pickles, the Warrior Catering Co., and the OK Farm.

THE WARRIOR BLOG

Knocktoberfest 2018

  2018 Donation Goal = $10,000 | HELP US GET THERE! The 6th Annual Knocktoberfest An annual event where neighborhood kids work together to raise funds to help an inspiring group of Warriors at Opportunity Knocks. Kids of all ages plan and organize the event and often...

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