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.