Event Season for Oak-Leyden!
We’re gearing up for two exciting events that will help raise funds and awareness for Oak-Leyden! Please consider supporting one or both of these:
Saturday, September 6th – Golf for Oak-Leyden at White Pines Golf Course. This event is being organized by Jason Rodriguez and his family, long-time friends of Oak-Leyden. For more information and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or click on the link www.golfoakleyden.weebly.com.
Friday, November 7th – Oak-Leyden’s 27th Annual Benefit, Oak-Toberfest, at Hofbrauhaus Chicago, in Rosemont. Contact Lori Malinski at 708-524-1050 ext. 102 or email@example.com for sponsorship, auction or ticket opportunities.
The Children’s Services Playground Construction
Our Children’s Services’ Playground opened in July! The sounds of happy children can be heard throughout the Oak-Leyden neighborhood on Chicago Avenue. Last summer the 2013 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand raised over $30,000 for the playground.
Oak-Leyden Early Intervention Program Class of 2014!
On August 12th, our Early Intervention Program hosted its annual graduation ceremony. The ceremony is for children who turn 3 years of age during the 2014 calendar year – there were 100 graduates this year! “This is always an exciting time for our families,” says Rachel Wood, Division Chief of the program, “the children take it very seriously, often dressing up in their best clothes.”
The ceremony was held at the Elmwood Park Community Center, across the street from Oak-Leyden’s new Lifelong Learning Center for adults.
Early Intervention Program graduates, their families and Oak-Leyden staff celebrate the Class of 2014 with balloons and cake!
Another Early Intervention Program grad dressed for success.
Rachel Wood presents a diploma to one of 100 Early Intervention Program graduates.
ABC Bank employee “Dress and Donate” Day
ABC Bank employees with Peter A. Volpe VP – Retail Banking
ABC Bank located at 5645 Lake Street in Chicago holds a “Dress and Donate” Day one Friday a month. This monthly event gives the employees a reprieve from having to dress formally if they donate to a non-for-profit organization in their community. In addition to raising money the event raises awareness to organizations in the community, and makes the employees part of the effort to help. We would like to thank ABC Bank for selecting Oak-Leyden as their April recipient; we appreciate your generous donation of $338. Its organizations and individuals like you that help us carry out our mission of helping children and adults with developmental disabilities meet life’s challenges and reach their highest potential.
Our adult services’ Developmental Training Program has a new site. Oak-Leyden recently purchased and just completed renovations on a commercial building located at 22 Conti Parkway in Elmwood Park Illinois. The doors will open for service on April 16th. This is an exciting time for Oak-Leyden; there are many more changes to come so stay tuned. A Conti Parkway Open House is planned for early spring.
After – Classroom
After – Kitchen
After – Kitchen