Goal: 180 Donors
170 Donors
94% Complete

We received $15,318 from 170 Donors for The Friendship Circle of Illinois!

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About the Friendship Circle

The 2010 Illinois Census reports that 606,097 people living in Cook and Lake Counties have a disability. For children and young adults with disabilities, the simple social experiences that typically developing youth take for granted can be a huge challenge. Like everyone, they yearn for close friendships, for shared laughter, for a high five or pat on the back. But unlike everyone, they cannot always express this desire in a way their peers understand. Many typical teens have limited exposure to those who are differently-abled, and therefore shy away from interaction.

The Stuart I Raskas Friendship Circle of Illinois has been bridging the gap between children with disabilities and the rest of our community for 12 years. Our proven model of 1:1 peer support facilitates mutually beneficial social interaction. We serve individuals with a variety of diagnoses affecting cognition, mobility, sensory processing, and social emotional development from Grayslake to Chicago. Our volunteers represent 13 different schools, and over the past two years, they logged 3,100 hours of community service. We bring people together, because everyone deserves to be included.

Camp is a quintessential childhood experience. The memories formed last a lifetime, and so do many of the friendships. But if you thought camp was only for the summer, think again! For the first time ever, Friendship Circle will offer a camp from December 24th to the 28th, while schools are on break. Your generous support will provide a venue, camp director, junior counselors, field trips, therapists, camp supplies, and scholarships for families in need of financial assistance.

How does the Campaign Work?

We are raising funds for FC Winter Camp. We are focusing not only on dollars, but on donors. We want to reach 180 donors this week, including 10 new Chai Club members (our monthly donors’ club), and we need your help! If we can accomplish this goal of 180 partners, our generous friend David Rosenberg and an anonymous friend have committed an additional gift of $5,000.

How can I help?

You can help us by giving a donation, and referring a donor - Warming Hearts and passing it on. Consider joining our Chai Club, for as little as $18 a month, and give the gift of friendship all year long! Spread the word on social media using the links to the left, and check back here to track our progress.

This winter, make sure no one gets left out in the cold! Help us warm the hearts of children and teens with disabilities at FC Winter Camp.


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