Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Month

For not-for-profit groups like ours, the help we get from volunteers makes a huge difference. At Center for Independent Futures, volunteers help us run a variety of activities, keep the office looking nice, and make our technology run smoothly. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, so we want to take the time to honor a few of our excellent helpers.

Volunteer Appreciation Month Highlights

One activity we offer, heARTwords, is run by volunteer Paul Fields. During heARTwords, participants partake in a writing workshop where they can share their experiences and feelings through writing. Paul encourages participants to explore their creativity in these safe spaces, showing off the talent in this community. We showcase the work of participants, like Sandy and Jake, on our blog. Thanks so much to Paul and all the volunteers who support the work of heARTwords!

K.C. & Shamim Esmail contribute behind-the-scenes assistance at the Evanston office. K.C. helps us keep the office organized — which is very appreciated in this busy office. Shamim keeps us operating efficiently by helping us with technology around the office. Because of K.C. and Shamim, we have more resources available to support individuals.

Members of Art Club working with a great volunteer honored during Volunteer Appreciation Month
Art Club creating beautiful masterpieces.

Amy Wojtas Koetz volunteers her time to help at Art Club. Several of our community members participate in Art Club, using the time to express themselves and their experiences. Thanks to Amy, we are able to see beautiful pieces of art from our community at this creative outlet on Mondays.

Join the Volunteer Club

Finally, we would love to shout out our very own Volunteer Club. Led by staff member Joe Jackson, our community comes together to build community here in Evanston. Each month, the group decides to support a different cause or group, enriching the lives of those around us.

Volunteer at Center for Independent Futures

Do you have a fun activity or helpful skill you would like to contribute to Center for Independent Futures? Reach out to center@independentfutures.com to find out about volunteer opportunities today.

Woman’s Club and Center for Independent Futures Make Soup for Hemenway

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Woman's Club and Center for Independent Futures volunteer to make soup For the third consecutive year, the Center for Independent Futures community honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day by partnering with the Woman’s Club of Evanston for a service project.

Members of both organizations gathered to cook soup for Soup at Six, a non-profit organization that provides free dinner at Hemenway Methodist Church in Evanston every Tuesday evening, welcoming over 100 guests.

Volunteers spent time chatting, laughing, and getting to know each other while they chopped vegetables, prepared chicken, and stirred soup. Working side-by-side with fellow community members provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to make new connections and develop social skills.

Participant celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with act of service with Woman's Club

Thank you to our Volunteer Club and the volunteers from the Woman’s Club who made this event possible! To see more photographs from the event, click here to view our photo album on Facebook.

 

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