Celebrating Volunteer Appreciation Month

For not-for-profit groups like ours, the help we get from volunteers makes a huge difference. At Center for Independent Futures, volunteers help us run a variety of activities, keep the office looking nice, and make our technology run smoothly. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, so we want to take the time to honor a few of our excellent helpers.

Volunteer Appreciation Month Highlights

One activity we offer, heARTwords, is run by volunteer Paul Fields. During heARTwords, participants partake in a writing workshop where they can share their experiences and feelings through writing. Paul encourages participants to explore their creativity in these safe spaces, showing off the talent in this community. We showcase the work of participants, like Sandy and Jake, on our blog. Thanks so much to Paul and all the volunteers who support the work of heARTwords!

K.C. & Shamim Esmail contribute behind-the-scenes assistance at the Evanston office. K.C. helps us keep the office organized — which is very appreciated in this busy office. Shamim keeps us operating efficiently by helping us with technology around the office. Because of K.C. and Shamim, we have more resources available to support individuals.

Members of Art Club working with a great volunteer honored during Volunteer Appreciation Month
Art Club creating beautiful masterpieces.

Amy Wojtas Koetz volunteers her time to help at Art Club. Several of our community members participate in Art Club, using the time to express themselves and their experiences. Thanks to Amy, we are able to see beautiful pieces of art from our community at this creative outlet on Mondays.

Join the Volunteer Club

Finally, we would love to shout out our very own Volunteer Club. Led by staff member Joe Jackson, our community comes together to build community here in Evanston. Each month, the group decides to support a different cause or group, enriching the lives of those around us.

Volunteer at Center for Independent Futures

Do you have a fun activity or helpful skill you would like to contribute to Center for Independent Futures? Reach out to center@independentfutures.com to find out about volunteer opportunities today.

Attend Our Annual SPARK Celebration

Performers pose at a past annual SPARK celebrationOn Friday, April 27, the Center for Independent Futures community celebrates a stellar year at our signature event, an annual SPARK gala, hosted at the Hilton Orrington in downtown Evanston.

Great Event & Dessert Sponsors

We are grateful to our annual SPARK sponsors PSAVSidley Austin LLPFirst Bank & TrustNorthwesternInland BankMonahan Law Group, and Brian Rubin and Associates, for their support. This year, craft beer will be supplied by Revolution Brewing and Temperance Beer Company, and desserts will be provided by Flat Top GrillNothing Bundt CakesBennison’s BakeryLawrence Deans Bakery, and Beth’s Little Bake Shop.

Experience Chicago with exciting city getaways featured in our silent and live auctions. This year’s packages include tickets to see Ed Sheeran, Elton John’s Farewell Tour, and U2. We will also be auctioning an original Monet-inspired piece painted by staff member and artist Rob Larson.

PSAV  will help us set the scene for a fun night of dancing, and Collaboraction will provide our entertainment for this star-studded night. At the end of the night, be ready to dance to the sounds of Euphoria Band!

How to Join the Fun

For more updates, join the Facebook event here. As our largest fundraiser of the year, all proceeds from this event directly contribute to programming, services, and sustainability.

If you’re interested in getting involved with SPARK by volunteering, contributing, or learning about sponsorship opportunities, contact Niki Moe at (847) 328-2044 or nmoe@independentfutures.com.

Purchase your tickets today!

 

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