Countdown to Giving Tuesday!
Top 5 Reasons to Give
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
WHAT IS GIVING TUESDAY?
Giving Tuesday is the global day dedicated to giving back during the giving season that takes place every year. It follows the well known Black Friday and Cyber Monday money-spending events. This event will take place on November 29, 2016.
DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT
Want to make a significant contribution to Opportunity Knocks? Please consider making a donation on #GivingTuesday! Online donations on November 29th will be generously matched by the Coleman Foundation to maximize your gift to the Warriors of Opportunity Knocks!