From Our Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Did you know some nations such as Australia and Uruguay require citizens to vote? While I am not advocating we enact similar laws, it is a reminder to all of us of the beauty of living in a democracy where people can exercise their right to vote.  While it is only September, I encourage you to be prepared to participate in this year's general election on Tuesday, November 6th for both Ohio and Kentucky. Here are a few snippets to help you:
  • September 25 is National Voter Registration Day. Please click here for additional information on how you can easily register online. Our CILO staff team can assist consumers with voting as permitted by law by verifying voter registration, helping with an address change, and identifying your polling location
  • October 9 is the last day to register to vote in Ohio and Kentucky for the November election
  • Here are links to additional election information: Ohio Kentucky
  • Polls are open in Ohio on November 6th from 6:30am until 7:30pm
  • Polls are open in Kentucky on November 6th from 6am until 6pm
  • Rights of voters with disabilities
Please let me know how we can be of any assistance to you, and please VOTE!

Rob Festenstein
P:  513.241.2600 Ext.  211

P.S. Be sure to read about our 4th annual Jazzed About Art on Friday, October 12th.
I hope to see you there!

Join us for our 2018 Jazzed About Art  

Celebrate the creativity, diversity and inclusion of artists with disabilities with us on the evening of Friday, October 12, 2018 at our fourth annual Jazzed About Art at Belterra Park. The evening will begin with a 6:00PM cocktail hour in the private River Downs Room followed by a signature dinner buffet at 7:00PM. Throughout the evening you will enjoy live jazz from Art Gore and the Jazz Knights, and our fabulous raffle prizes will be on display with raffle tickets available for purchase + our all new Wine Pull. All guests receive complimentary valet parking and a $10 Players Card to  enjoy in the gaming area that evening!
Since 2005 hundreds of artists have benefitted from the extraordinary mentoring and guidance of seasoned professionals who are committed to the mission of Art Beyond Boundaries.
Purchase tickets here !

Seeking front desk volunteers!

CILO is seeking volunteers to fill in a few gaps at our front desk during September. Volunteers must be pleasant and detail oriented; greet visitors, answer incoming calls, process daily mail, and support staff with administrative tasks. Confidentiality agreement required; must be at least 18 years of age. Located in Mt. Auburn on bus line, free off-street parking. Work one shift or multiple shifts!

Volunteer hours are between 9am-4pm but can be split into shorter shifts:
     Thursday September 13   (Only 1-4PM)
     Friday, September 14
     Monday, September 17
     Tuesday, September 18
     Wednesday, September 19
     Thursday, September 20   (Only 1-4PM)
     Friday, September 28
If interested, please contact Debbie by email or by phone 513.241.2600 Ext. 123
Pre-Employment Transition Services   

Pre-Employment Transition Services for youth between 14 and 21 ye ars are back in session! Free, accessible and introductory one-on-one services intended to help students with disabilities get a jump start on transition. Our current services include four 1-hour sessions of Instruction in Self-Advocacy. Please contact Jennifer Kroell, Youth Transition Coordinator by email or by phone: 513-241-2600 ext. 200. Learn more about these services  here .

September Peer Support Groups
Click on each link to learn more. 

For questions, ideas or to RSVP contact Beth Crenshaw by Email  or 
Call 513.241.2600 ext. 114.

Free nutrition program for Kentucky consumers
Mark you calendars now!

We invite Kentucky SNAP recipients and people with limited resources to participate in this free nutrition program hosted by CILO. October classes will help you learn basic skills necessary to make healthy choices for every body. Read the flyer here.

Do you have a question about how you can support CILO?
Contact Debbie Moorehous, Development Director by email 
or phone 513.241.2600 ext. 123 

Are you an Amazon shopper? You can begin using Amazon Smile and benefit CILO's Emergency Assistance Fund which assists active consumers who are in a situation that requires immediate action. Just log on to  using your regular Amazon credentials and select  Independent Living Options, Inc , (make sure it says Cincinnati).  Once signed up each of your qualifying purchases at Amazon Smile   will benefit CILO!

Win a Kroger Gift Card!

CILO wants to show our appreciation for those Kroger shoppers who have helped us increase our quarterly contribution from Kroger by supporting us through the Kroger Community Rewards. Email us to let us know that the bottom of your receipt shows "You requested Kroger to donate to Center for Independent Living Options"  to be entered in our  September 30th drawing to win a Kroger Gift Card!

You can begin supporting CILO today by registering your Kroger Plus Card - learn more here


September Employee Anniversaries

Congratulations to Ann Grimaldi, our Administrative Assistant celebrating 1year!

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Contact us at 513.241.2600 or send your request via email.