Gina Whetstone via Crowdrise
July 16, 2013
BENEFITING: OE ENTERPRISES INCORPORATED
EVENT DATE: Oct 13, 2013
This year OE is celebrating 15 years of amazing runners.
About me... If you know me, then you know I’m the type of girl who likes to set numerous goals, push myself and I’m always looking for a challenge. Last year I decided to take my running hobby to the next level and run a marathon. I searched the Chicago Marathon’s site for local charities to run with, thinking that the only way I could get through the training is to run with a group. Luckily I found on organization close to home, Opportunity Enterprise, OE. I thought, perfect I can run with a group AND help out the local community. Since my number one, reason for signing up with a charity was for personal gain I personally funded the minimum amount necessary to run with the group. I didn’t think it was fair to ask people to help me raise funds when I wasn’t giving my heart to the charity, only my feet.
Throughout training I slowly started to find out more and more about OE and was truly touched. I plan to get a little more involved with the organization this year because I have so much to give, whether it is my energy, time, resources, or thoughts and I can direct them all to better the lives of those around me, but for now it’s through the Chicago Marathon. I ask of you to join me in raising money for the disabled children or adults in our community by donating to my page, to OE, or maybe even take a trip to OE in Valparaiso Indiana (there might be another way you can help). We live in such a harsh world, but we have the power to change that, please make time to be generous and give to those in need.
What is OE? Opportunity Enterprises provides programs and services for more than 1,100 children and adults with disabilities in Porter County and throughout Northwest Indiana.
Opportunity Enterprises works to maximize self-sufficiency and enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Funds raised by the Marathon Team this year will support growth and development at OE Lakeside and the programs that are, or soon will be, housed there – Enriching Possibilities, a curriculum based program for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities, the Renewed Horizons Adult Day Center, which serves senior adults with special needs, and Daily Living Skills, a program which teaches basic skills to individuals with severe to profound disabilities. These three programs serve about 150 clients on a daily basis. Funds raised to date have allowed us to begin construction on two projects: the expansion of our day services building at Lakeside, which will nearly triple the number of clients which can be served there, and the construction of an apartment building including handicapped accessible units which are very difficult to find in Northwest Indiana. With your help, OE will be able to raise the remainder of the money needed to complete construction, including the purchase of furniture and supplies, and also to support the programs offered at Lakeside.
Why is Lakeside Important? As our community grows, OE has to grow with it. Did you know that in the State of Indiana, there are more than 19,000 individuals who could potentially come into a service like OE? In Northwest Indiana alone, there are approximately 2,500 people waiting to be served. By continuing to expand our facilities and programs, OE will be able to serve more and more people with challenges and disabilities for generations to come. In 2007, Opportunity Enterprises acquired OE Lakeside, a 158-acre parcel of land and water on Lake Eliza. Soon afterward, OE renovated the existing facilities and moved Enriching Possibilities and Renewed Horizons ADC from our work center on Evans Avenue to this lush, natural setting. The moment these programs moved in, however, more space was needed. Thanks to a very successful capital campaign, OE was able to raise over $3 million to expand facilities at Lakeside.
FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUT... http://www.oppent.org/mission/