$5,684 Raised for Avenues at Fred Astaire's
"Teach-a-Thon"
Avenues was chosen to be the recipient of the quarterly "Teach-a-Thon" hosted by Fred Astaire Park Ridge. This event is dedicated to raising funds for a local non profit by offering dance lessons at no cost, and instead encouraging a donation. The group surpassed their goal and raised a total of $5,684 to support Avenues to Independence. Thank you to the instructors and students who contributed the events success!
$28,000 Raised and Record turn out
for Local BBQ Competition
Thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the Vine St. BBQ Fest & Competition for making this a huge success.  On Saturday August 24, forty teams competed in the Third Annual Vine St. BBQ Competition in Uptown Park Ridge. Avenues to Independence is one of four local charities that will benefit from the monies raised at this year’s event. Avenues Board Chair, Jerry Feldman, along with team members, Steve Hands, Bill Kusack and Bob Acker, participated in the competition as team Smokin’ Avenues: I'd Smoke That! View more pictures here .
Special thanks to our amazing community!
On Sunday, August 25, United Methodist Church of Park Ridge hosted their annual picnic honoring their partnership with Avenues to Independence. Avenues first began in the basement of the church in 1953 and they have since invited Avenues into their community. After the morning service, they welcomed Avenues program participants, their families and parishioners for the picnic. Volunteers prepared food and ice cream sundaes for dessert! Guests played BINGO for prizes and a balloon artist made fun souvenirs.
Thank you for welcoming Avenues' friends and family and for making this annual event a fun day for all!
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Northwestern University Athletics donated football tickets for the September 21 game vs. Michigan State. Avenues participants had a great time cheering on the Wildcats- Go `Cats!
For the 13th year, employees and family members of the PepsiCo Team held the Annual PepsiCo Enable Picnic for Avenues residents on Friday, September 13. Residents played various games for prizes and bonded with therapy dogs. PepsiCo brought in pizza for everyone. Thank you to the PepsiCo volunteers and Avenues staff who helped make this enjoyable day possible!
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Thank you to Riley construction for hosting a coat drive for Avenues. As cold weather is quickly approaching, Avenues' clients will receive warm winter coats collected by Riley Construction. The remaining coats will be sold in the Avenues Thrift Shoppe, which supports the Avenues AveVenture Program. This is provided to Avenues’ program participants and includes workforce training in customer service best practices, computer skills, cashiering and general retail skills. AveVenture also provides clients the chance to be entrepreneurs by creating and selling their own products such as jewelry and artwork.
Share your talents and skills with Avenues!
If you or your organization would like to donate your time to Avenues, please contact Phyllicia Davis. Previously, projects have included residential clean ups, coat drives, crafts with clients and fundraisers. We also have various new opportunities opening at our Center for Independence operating Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. Share your talents in art, music, exercise, cooking and more!
The Avenues Thrift Shoppe
Needs Your Gently Used Clothing
As the seasons are changing and you are switching out your clothing for the cooler weather, the Avenues to Independence Thrift Shoppe is accepting donations of gently used men's, women’s and children's clothing.  There is a specific need for women's gently used clothing, house ware items, books, children's clothing and toys. Please take your donations to the Thrift Shoppe at 7710 W. Touhy Chicago 60631. The Thrift Shoppe is open Monday - Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm. To find out more information and visit our website click here . 

*Job Opportunity* The Avenues Thrift Shoppe is looking for a wonderful person to join the team as the Assistant Program Manager. This position is part time, 32 hours with health benefits and paid holidays.
Please contact Manager, Will Sterba for details or call 773-631-6230

*Volunteer Opportunity* The Thrift Shoppe is looking for a volunteer to work the register Friday mornings 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. If you have customer service and cash handling experience, please contact Will Sterba or call 773-631-6230
Dinner Club

Ed Coyne, of the Suburban Partnership Board, hosted a Dinner Club for Avenues' residents. In June, they had a spaghetti dinner at the Amundsen House. The volunteers were able to spend time with the clients one-on-one. The guys at Amundsen House enjoyed the meal and conversation.

They had a second BBQ dinner on July 26 hosted at Sasser and Herbst Homes. The crew barbecued hot dogs and enjoyed sweet treats. The volunteers were able to engage with clients, who appreciated the special evening, as well as everyone who came. Thank you to Avenues' volunteers who organized these events filled with delicious food!
Upcoming Opportunity
Wednesday, November 13, 9 a.m. - noon: Holiday Mailing

Please contact Phyllicia Davis or call 847-292-0870 ext. 1108 if you are available to help out!
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