What does your donation do? Your contributions enhance the lives of disabled adults by ensuring that each individual gets not only what they need, but what they want, to live their best life!

ODDO the octopus

These are just a few of the many things that your money helps to provide:

  • Dental care that is not covered by Medicaid
  • Admission to a concert, play, or sporting event
  • Adaptive equipment (communication boards and tablets)
  • Special birthday dinners
  • Arts and crafts supplies used in programming
  • New carpeting and furniture in group homes
  • A new pair of jeans or coat
  • Money for client to buy their favorite musician's CD
Glenn with education technology

The list could go on, but the important thing to realize is that state funding only covers the bare necessities. Your help ensures that clients enjoy a quality life.

If you are local, you probably see Open Door vans all over the community on a regular basis. It is through donations that the wheels on Open Door buses keep turning and by your generosity that individuals served are able to go to so many places and do so many things!

Open Door Birdcrafters
Open Door Birdcrafters
Open Door Birdcrafters

Birdcrafters of Open Door

Open Door provides the individuals we serve the opportunity to earn a wage. One of the ways that they can earn an income is by participating in a program called Birdcrafters of Open Door. This group makes wooden birdhouses, squirrel feeders, and benches. They are mentored by the Woodcrafters Club, an assembly of local retirees. The individuals we serve learn to follow instructions, gain woodworking skills, and practice safety rules in our woodworking shop.

Support Open Door individuals by taking home a birdhouse, today! (Suggested $20 donation) Birdhouses are on display at:

Open Door Administration Building
405 S. Wells St.
Sandwich, IL 60548

For more information, call (815) 786 8468.

Austin working on a bird house

Meet Austin

Austin is a working member of the Birdcrafters of Open Door. He loves using the sander and helping build the benches. He builds custom homes for House Wrens, Black-Capped Chickadees, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches and Prothonotary Warblers. The birdhouses he constructs do not require perches, as Austin has read that perches encourage larger birds and animals to get inside and take the eggs.

ODDO the octopus
Open Door understands that there are many community needs, and it can be difficult to decide which organizations are deserving of your hard-earned dollars. We thank you for considering Open Door as a charity worth supporting. Your generosity goes a long way to provide a wide variety of services and experiences for our clients. Your donation makes a difference, and those in need greatly appreciate it!