Community Donation Center Offers Convenient New Way to Support Epilepsy Services

For 65 years, the Chicagoland community has generously supported the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago in its mission to provide programs and services for the more than 125,000 people in the Chicago area living with epilepsy and their families, and fund vital research to find a cure. Recently, the Foundation announced a new way for supporters to give.

March 15 marked the grand opening of a new Community Donation Center in Downers Grove, IL, where residents may drop off donations of gently used clothing, accessories, small appliances, and other household items. Contributions of gently used items are part of the simple and convenient, yet impactful way for the community to support the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. In a new partnership with Savers thrift stores, the company pays the Foundation for every item donated, which provides an ongoing source of revenue for its vital community programs in the Chicago area.

Philip Gattone, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago said, “Residents in Chicago often ask the Foundation how they can help. The Community Donation Center located on-site at the new Savers thrift store offers an easy, yet valuable way the local community can support the Foundation beyond monetary donations or volunteer work. With this new location, and our partnership with Savers, anyone can turn otherwise unused goods into sustainable funding to help families impacted by epilepsy across greater Chicago.”

Some of the ways that donations of gently used items will enhance programs and services of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago include:

  • Enabling the Foundation to train more than 6,000 teachers and school nurses
  • Offering counseling to more than 2,500 individuals
  • Allowing the Foundation to send 60 kids and teens with epilepsy to a seizure-friendly summer camp
  • Providing medical care for nearly 400 individuals
  • Supporting 20 unique programs for parents, families, and children living with epilepsy

The new Community Donation Center is located on-site at the new Savers thrift store at 2900 Highland Avenue in the old Circuit City location, and is open seven days a week: from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to donating at the Community Donation Center in Downers Grove, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago offers a pick-up service where they’ll drive out to residents’ houses to retrieve donations of gently used goods, making it even more convenient for local residents to support the Foundation.

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5 Comments

  1. Elaine erickson
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    We live in Hoffman estates. Our daughter has epilepsy. We would like you to be our household goods organization. Do you ever have pick up truck in the Palatine area? Everyone around here uses AmVets or Purple Hearts out of convenience.

  2. gauriemma
    Posted April 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Elaine, we would be honored to be your charity of choice for your household goods donations. If you go to the clothing/goods donation link here on our site (click on the picture of the truck), you can schedule a pickup online. You can also call 1-855-968-3662 between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm (M-F) and 8 am – 5 pm (Sat). Thank you so much for your support.

    Garett Auriemma
    Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

  3. elaine erickson
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 4:03 am | Permalink

    We never received a confirming email for today’s pick up. Our front porch is loaded with at least 20 bags and boxes awaiting pick up for today. I hope someone arrives or we will be forced to forward the donations to a different charity. Also, we need two reciepts as two households are donating and one household was told that it does not reside within a pick up area.

  4. Angela Fink
    Posted June 6, 2011 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I received a card from the organization for a donation pick up. I had already had a pickup scheduled with Amvets/Purple Hearts. When they did now show up, I called the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. My neighbors two boy’s have epilepsy so I was glad to help. The drivers were great. They even rang my bell because I forgot to put the stuff out for the pick up. They were supper friendly too! I just called for a pick up of the 20 bags of clothes that I had from our neighborhood garage sale. They are coming next week!

    • gauriemma
      Posted June 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      Happy to hear about your experience, Angela. Thank you so much for your support!

      Garett Auriemma
      Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago

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