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.

Leadership

Staff
Board of Directors
Auxiliary Board
Junior Board

Financial Information

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

CONTACT

Mike Carmody
Executive Director
mike@opportunityknocksnow.org

Phil Carmody
President
phil@opportunityknocksnow.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Individual  = good for individuals
Group  = good for groups

Professionals  = good for professionals
Students  = good for students

Time = long term commitment
Time Long = short term commitment

Short term commitment constitutes a couple hours or shifts within a day. This will most often refer to a special event such as the OK Classic Softball Tournament or A Night for Opportunities Gala.

Long term commitment involves regular attendance to meetings or programs for an extended period of time. For the After Opps program, there is a minimum 4 to 5 week commitment. The Auxiliary Board requires a year-long commitment in order to maintain membership.

Program Support & Internships

Individual Professionals Students Time We are always looking for individuals to take on the role of Program Support. Program Support help facilitate After Opps activities under the supervision of staff. They also work directly with participants to provide safety, motivation and a positive environment. 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.

Volunteer Application Learn About Our Programs

Special Events Staff

Individual Group Professionals Students Time Short Opportunity Knocks holds 5 major special events throughout the year including the OK Chili Cook-Off, the Night for Opportunities Gala, the OK Tee-It-Up Golf Outing, the OK BBQ Block Party and the OK Classic Softball Tournament. Volunteer needs for these events are announced as their dates approach. Special events offer the opportunity to work with friends, family, or groups. Generally, the needs include pre-event marketing, registration, set-up/breakdown, auctions, raffle sales and other roles.

Event Staff Mailing List Signup Learn About Our Events

Auxiliary Board

Individual Professionals Time The  Auxiliary Board is a group of 25-35 young adults who volunteer their supportive efforts to the planning, promotion and execution of the major fundraising events of Opportunity Knocks. These events are accountable for nearly 70% of the funding that supports the organization. In addition to their event-related efforts, numerous members sit on committees within other areas of activity in the organization, such as finance, strategic planning, development and others.

New Member Registration Form Learn More About the Auxiliary Board Learn About Our EventsMeet Our Board Members

Employment Opportunities

Currently hiring:
After Opps – Program Staff

Program Staff

We are looking for program leaders and program staff who are energetic, motivated, professional , and looking to gain more experience in the field. Staff will be responsible for working directly with our participants to help ensure their success and safety. Staff members will also be responsible for planning and leading various social and recreational activities as well as activities that will encourage skill development.

Employment Application Meet Our StaffLearn About Our Programs

Administrative Team

Opportunity Knocks will, on occassion, be looking to add to our administrative team. Candidates for our administrative team must possess a degree in a field related to the type of work they are applying for. Members of our administrative team must be professional, team minded individuals  with dedication to providing opportunities and resources for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Employment Application Meet Our Staff