WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?

Giving Tuesday is the global day dedicated to giving back during the holiday season. The spend-heavy days Black Friday, Cyber Monday are now followed by a day of giving back.

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT

Please consider making a significant contribution to Opportunity Knocks on #GivingTuesday! Many online donations on November 29th will be matched by the Coleman Foundation.

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Embrace our A-bilities this Giving Tuesday!

1. Warriors at the Helm

OK’s programs are WARRIOR- centered first and foremost! Our Warriors play an integral role in planning and leading our social, recreational and life skill activities. Together we created more than 25,000 hours of direct service programming.

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Embrace our A-bilities this Giving Tuesday!

2. Warriors at Work

Unemployment rates of individuals with I/DD is double the general population, and we are looking to tackle this staggering reality one job at a time.  To date, we created 8 paid Warriors positions in our 2 growing social enterprises, Knockout Pickles and Warrior Catering. 

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Embrace our A-bilities this Giving Tuesday!

3. Warriors at the Farm

Our Warriors in both Life Shop and After Opps turned a green thumb this spring by transforming  a weed-filled field into a lush, handicap accessible urban garden.  We produced 25 varieties of crops and 750 pounds of produce, including 450 pounds of cucumbers used in our Knockout Pickles! 

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Embrace our A-bilities this Giving Tuesday!

4. Warriors at the Gym

Our Warriors are encouraged to develop their own health and wellness profiles through the exploration of activities that support mind, body and spirit.  Nearly ½ of of our programming hours are dedicated to activities that support the wellness of our Warriors, including our newly launched Workout Warrior program that combines fitness activities with applied learning topics. 

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Embrace our A-bilities this Giving Tuesday!

5. Warriors making a difference!

We believe that each of us has an obligation to be good stewards of our local community.  Our Warriors are empowered to build relationships with local charities through long-term projects and support.  In 2016, we partnered with Ronald McDonald House to provide meals to visiting families, organized a neighborhood food drive for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and hosted our annual Halloween party for the children at Hephzibah.

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THE COLEMAN FOUNDATION

The Coleman Foundation has a mission of support in three main areas: cancer care, developmental disabilities and entrepreneurship education. They have long been a great supporter of the OK Mission.

MATCHING YOUR GIFT

All donations are greatly appreciated and very much needed, but not all are eligible for the match. The match challenge from Coleman is as follows:

NEW & RETURNING 2010-2014 DONORS
New donors & returning donors (Returning= did not donate in 2015) will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

RETURNING 2015 DONORS
For returning donors who donated at any time in 2015, Coleman will match the difference between the largest single donation in 2015 and this year’s gift on #GivingTuesday.

DONOR INFORMATION

For returning donors who want to request information on their 2015 donation to Opportunity Knocks, please click the button below and fill out the Donor Request form.

THE 2015 ANNUAL FUND

Last year’s #GivingTuesday campaign saw 202 donors contributing $46,000 in individual donations. In total, over $66,000 was raised with matching gifts from the Coleman Foundation.

Total Donors in 2015

Total Individual Donations in 2015

Total Amount Raised with Matching Gifts from the Coleman Foundation in 2015

What will you support this Giving Tuesday?

1. Support healthy eating:

♥ A gift of $40 provides snack for After Opps participants.
♥ A gift of $70 provides supplies for the Life Shop to prepare lunch for 10 Warriors.

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What will you support this Giving Tuesday?

2. Support Warrior wellness:

♥ A gift of $50 provides a one-month fitness membership for Life Shop Warriors in the community.
♥ A gift of $120 provides staffing and supplies for a 2-week Workout Warrior session.

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What will you support this Giving Tuesday?

3. Support access for all:

♥ A gift of $25 provides a place setting of adaptive utensils and bowls to enable more independent eating.
♥ A gift of $85 provides an adaptive gloves for Warriors with limited grip strength to handle cooking utensils, garden tools and fitness equipment.

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What will you support this Giving Tuesday?

3. Support access for all:

♥ A gift of $300 provides seeds and plants for the OK Farm.

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What will you support this Giving Tuesday?

5. Support life skills programming:

♥ A gift of $500 will provide social emotional skills training for Life Shop staff.
♥ A gift of $1000 will provide literacy curriculum to build and expand on the reading skills of our Life Shop Warriors.

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JOIN OUR #GIVINGTUESDAY CAMPAIGN!

Help us rally support and awareness for Giving Tuesday by sharing a #GivingTuesday image on Social Media or participating in the #warriorUNselfie challenge! Here are a couple ways you can help:

ALREADY MADE A DONATION TODAY?

Return to this page and leave a comment at the bottom of the page if you’ve already given a gift today! The Warriors in the Life Shop and our other programs would like to respond with a message of thanks!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Post about #GivingTuesday or change your profile/cover photo.

1) Share the Opportunity Knocks #GivingTuesday page.
2) Share one of our #GivingTuesday images, or change your profile photo or cover photo.

THE #WARRIORUNSELFIE CHALLENGE

Tell us why you are choosing to support Opportunity Knocks and tag your post with #warriorUNselfie and #givingtuesday from now until November 29th, 2016!