Of most common exercises, running can wreak the most havoc on a person’s body. As your feet strike the pavement, the shock of impact travels up your leg, affecting the delicate bones in your feet, putting stress on your knee joints, and invoking pain in your hips.
But that isn’t stopping our team of 18 Chicago Marathon runners. Mile after mile, our team members will be running for the hopes and dreams of individuals with disabilities who hope for a future where they can live independently. Our runners have been working hard all year to prepare for a 26.2 mile challenge. In the final stretch for marathon runners, they need your support.
Here’s How You Can Help
Help the team reach their fundraising goal of $18,000! This is our biggest goal yet, and our runners need your help! Go to CrowdRise and click the big red button on the right side to donate. You can also donate to individual team members by clicking on their name at the bottom of the page.
Let our runners know they have your support! If you have run a marathon before, or if you want to share encouragement, let the team know. Reach out to Connor, and she will pass on your words of encouragement to the team. Knowing you appreciate their hard work and dedication may be the boost they need to keep going!
Join us at the Charity Mile Block Party! Cheer on the team with Center for Independent Futures participants, staff, and Board members as our runners pass Mile 15. The Cheer Team enjoys breakfast and camaraderie – let Connor know if you want more information about joining us at the Block Party.
Ready to Join the Support Team?
If you have any questions or ideas about supporting the final stretch for Marathon team, call the office at (847) 328-2044 or email Connor today!
Our favorite fall activity is just around the corner! On Sunday, November 4th, join us at the Woman’s Club of Evanston from 3:00-6:00 pm for Something’s Cooking. We will be joined by the North Shore’s favorite local restaurants, bakeries, and breweries for a tasty evening with delightful treats! Mark your calendars today to guarantee you won’t miss out on this fun fall favorite!
We are looking forward to the signature dishes available to sample, giving us all a taste of Chicago and the North Shore’s best offerings. From pasta to pizza and tacos to cupcakes, a ticket to Something’s Cooking provides you the opportunity to find some new favorites! Plus, don’t miss the event’s silent auction for the chance to place the winning bid on some excellent items.
How Can You Help Out?
Want to help us prepare at this fun event? Volunteers help us plan and run the event while taking part in all the fun! To learn more about available volunteer opportunities, contact Jamie Annenberg by email or call the office at (847) 328-2044. We are also seeking community businesses to support our silent auction. Contact Niki Moe Horrell or call the office number to learn more about this business opportunity.
As always, all funds raised at Something’s Cooking will go toward continuing to support our vision of a future where all people have access to the opportunities of a full, independent life. Watch for more blogs about Something’s Cooking to learn about our featured partners, restaurant partners at the event, and a link to buy tickets online in a new, streamlined format.
Thank you to our sponsors who make Something’s Cooking and our other events possible every year! Once again, we also want to thank our wonderful community for coming out to support the hopes and dreams of our participants every year.
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.
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.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
Are you looking for a new way to give back to your community? Center for Independent Futures is seeking support for our growing activities program.
Our activities offer individuals with disabilities opportunities to gather with friends, make connections, and explore new interests. From social events to cultural outings, our activities are planned with input from the community and facilitated by staff. Volunteers will assist the staff facilitator to guide groups and provide encouragement and companionship to participants.
We need support with activities like our Art Club, bowling, Restaurant Practice Night, Saturday Cinema, Social Hour, and other seasonal or special events. Activities are held during afternoons, evenings, and on weekends.
How to Become a Volunteer
Volunteers don’t need to have any particular skills, but should be patient and interested in supporting people with disabilities in an adult-to-adult manner. If possible, volunteers will commit to working with our community for a year. Volunteers also consent to a background check.
Does this opportunity sound like a good fit for you or someone you know? To find out how to get involved, contact our Activities Director, Jeff Morthorst, at (224) 545-3925 or email@example.com