Savers Story

Thanks to our partnership with Savers thrift stores, you can support the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago by simply donating gently used clothing and household items you no longer need. The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago receives payment for your generous donations, and you will get a tax receipt!

 Here’s how it works:  you pack the bags, and we’ll bring our donation truck (a pick-up can be scheduled at www.donateillinois.org).  You can also donate goods at one of our many attended donation stations and drop-off boxes – or visit a convenient Community Donation Center drop-off location at these Savers stores.

What do we do with your donations?

Every time you give, Savers pays us cash for the goods we sell to their stores. The more we bring to Savers, and the more our community donates and shops at their stores, the greater the good we can accomplish together. It’s a cycle of good deeds that benefits the community and the people we serve in many ways, and provides a critical base of financial stability for the vital programs and human services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.

 Here’s a look at our local impact:

  • Each summer, we offer Camp Blackhawk, a week-long retreat for kids and teens living with epilepsy, free of charge. Campers come together in a safe and medically monitored setting and enjoy all the fun activities and friendships that come with a trip to camp, while leaving behind the challenges that epilepsy can bring to their daily lives. In this unique setting, campers are all surrounded–some for the first time–by dozens of other kids who know exactly what having epilepsy means.
     
  • The Foundation’s Studio E: The Epilepsy Art Therapy Program, is an ongoing multi-week workshop offered at different times of the year to adults and children living with epilepsy. At no cost to the participants, this program offers individuals the chance to express themselves through the artwork they create. Led by professional art therapists, the group creates pieces using a variety of art mediums, enabling them to strengthen their artistic voice and learn from others in a safe, welcoming environment.
     
  • The Interpretations Writing Program, a free program designed by the Epilepsy Foundation to help those living with epilepsy address their condition through the art of the written word, is a month-long workshop that meets on weekly basis. Whether it’s with poetry, fiction, or an autobiographical look at epilepsy’s impact on their lives, writers have the opportunity to share their personal stories and highlight their talents as a person living with epilepsy.
     
  • Seizure Smart Schools is an education initiative that focuses on improving the public’s knowledge about epilepsy. Over the past year, 215 presentations were made by the Foundation’s director of education and two part-time educators. The presentations cover a wide variety of topics and cater to the specific demographics of the attendees, including students, teachers, school nurses, and school personnel. In total, over 10,000 people took part in these presentations, greatly increasing the understanding of epilepsy among thousands of caretakers, an essential group to educate on behalf of children living with epilepsy. 
     

Did You Know? SAVERS Good Deeds

  • Green from the Start: Savers is one of the largest recyclers of used clothing in the world and has been in the business of keeping reusable goods out of landfills for nearly 60 years.
  • Donate and Make a Difference:The goods offered in Savers stores are always tied to local nonprofit organizations, like ours. Over the past 10 years, Savers has paid its collective nonprofit partners more than $1.5 billion which helps fund vital community programs and services.
    • Ultimate Thrift Experience: Savers‘ shelves are filled with tens of thousands of unique treasures and quality everyday items – all inside a department-store-like environment that’s easy to shop and easy on the wallet. Merchandise is neatly organized into specific departments, with labeled shelves and racks that make it easy to find bargains for brand name apparel, authentic vintage finds, housewares, furniture, collectibles and much more.
    • To learn more about how Savers makes a difference in hundreds of communities, go to www.savers.com
    • To learn more about the Savers Cycle, click on the icon below: