We heard there were individuals that did not receive our Volunteer eNewsletter so we are re-sending so that everyone gets to see our many volunteer opportunities.  Sorry for any inconvenience!
Volunteer eNewsletter
1st Edition
Spring 2017
Avenues to Independence  515 Busse Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068
www.avenuestoindependence.org T-847-292-0870 F- 847-292-0873
Dear Friend of Avenues, 

Have you ever thought about spending some time with individuals that can use your support?  Avenues to Independence offers so many ways that you can get involved.  Please enjoy our first ever volunteer newsletter that shares the ways that you can donate your time.  Keep a look out for future editions of our eNewsletter that will feature upcoming opportunities.

Thank you,

Your Friends at Avenues to Independence


For the HGTV lovers?

Become a team leader for a mini clean-up day at one of the Avenues residential facilities. Choose to help outside with landscaping and yard work or additional projects that will enhance the residence that Avenues program participants call home. Contact Stephen Kray for more info.  Phone- 847-292-0870 ext. 606 Email skray@avenuestoindependence.org

Being Thrifty is Nifty

By joining the Thrift Shoppe as a volunteer you will become part of a dynamic team, interacting with staff and customers and helping to raise much needed funds for those with developmental disabilities. Contact Will Sterba for more info.  Phone- 773-631-6230 Email- wsterba@avenuestoindependence.org

Tinker in your Free Time

Do you like to tinker with electronics? Help the environment and Avenues by supporting the Recycling Avenue program and volunteer to help test and sort electronics, research electronic items for resale, pick-up Recycling Avenue  bins in the community or attend off-site recycling events. This entrepreneurial endeavor was created by Avenues program participants and helps keep thousands of pounds of used electronics out of the landfill each year. Contact Ron Reeves for more info.  Phone- 847-541-5250 ext. 104  Email reeves@avenuestoindependence.org

Calling all Chicago Young Professionals

Join our Young Professionals Group and help them kick off this summer's second Annual networking/fundraising event. Contact Stacie Cragg Phone- 847-292-0270 ext. 121  

Email cragg@avenuestoindependence.org                                         

Waste Not, Want Not

Would you love to have a garage sale but don't have the time or have you found unique items from spring cleaning?  Donate all your fun finds and gently used clothing and household items to the Avenues Thrift Shoppe located at 7710 W. Touhy.  Volunteers are always needed at the Thrift Shoppe.  For more information click  here !.

How to involve your
church/workplace/school/social group 

Avenues’ is always looking for groups to assist with various projects.  Some tasks might include planting and gardening at our residential facilities, spending some time with  the Recycling Avenue crew or volunteering at one of our many events throughout the year.

Have an idea on how your group can make a difference for individuals with developmental disabilities?  Please share, we would love to hear your ideas! Share your expertise with program participants and help them on their path to independence. 


These Avenues Volunteers are Paving the Way!

The AT&T Pioneers group has been volunteering at Avenues to Independence for over 30 years.  They got their start with Avenues after the Des Plaines River flooded in 1986 and they knew the organization was in need of some help.  Every Thursday this group meets to work on projects at the Wheeling Work Center.  They have done everything from picking up bins for the Recycling Avenue program to constructing a computer lab. 

For their countless hours of dedication and willingness to make a difference the group was given the Project Excellence Award by the AT&T National Pioneers Organization at the Wheeling Work Center. Because of the combined talent of this group Avenues’ has save tens of thousands of dollars that would have been spent on hiring outside contractors. 

 Ed Flaherty, Marv Anderson, Don Spindler, John Kolassa, Gus Zahareas, Mike Prindiville, Ron Reeves, Skip Mower, Gerry Steffgen, Marsha Mower, Duke Graczyk, Carl Heldmaier, Harry Webber and Jackie Steffgen

Upcoming Summer Events

Friday June 16

Annual Dinner & Dance

Northbrook Chicago Hilton 

To find out more about the Annual Dinner & Dance

Click here

Monday July 24

Avenues/ Gorman Golf & Tennis Classic

Park Ridge Country Club

To volunteer at one of our upcoming events

Contact Stacie Cragg

Phone- 847-292-0270 ext. 121  

Email cragg@avenuestoindependence.org