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.



Board of Directors

Auxiliary Board

Junior Board

Financial Info

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


Mike Carmody
Executive Director

Phil Carmody



Our staff are energetic and motivated professionals that ensure the success and safety of our program participants. They coordinate and lead various social, recreational, and life skill development programs. We often promote our exceptional talent to leadership roles to ensure that our programming remains engaging and fresh.


In March of 2009, the Opportunity Knocks Board of Directors was established and their work began to fortify the organization. We are very fortunate to have assembled such a dedicated and passionate group of professionals who have helped build and maintain the foundation of this organization.


The  Auxiliary Board is a group of 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 40% 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.


The Junior Board is a group of teens and young adults dedicated to supporting the mission of Opportunity Knocks through a variety of participatory activities including program volunteering, partner events and raising awareness of the mission. The group consists of students from Fenwick High School, Oak Park River Forest High School, and Trinity High School.