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Little City to Expand Therapeutic Campus Thanks to Nearly 500 Volunteers from Discover

On Friday, Sept. 16, troops of volunteers from Discover will visit Little City’s Palatine campus to complete multiple projects emphasizing health and wellness for individuals with disabilities

With the help of nearly 500 volunteers from Discover, Little City’s Palatine campus will continue improvement on its therapeutic campus benefiting hundreds of the children and adults it serves. This Friday, Discover volunteers will be present from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. working on multiple projects that will benefit individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Discover volunteers are returning to Little City for a third year to help individuals with disabilities as part of their 4thAnnual Discover Cares Month, in which employees across the country volunteer within their communities.
“Everyone at Little City is very grateful for the continued support of the Discover volunteers,” Little City Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers commented. “We are excited to have the opportunity to expand our therapeutic approach throughout our campus with the help of these volunteers.”

This year, volunteers will be working on multiple projects around the campus that help promote health and wellness. Projects include building a soccer field, yard work, laying mulch, painting picnic tables and benches and painting homes in colors that are therapeutic for the children and adults with disabilities that reside there.
“Last year we brought 200 volunteers to Little City and built a playground in a day. This year, Discover is bringing nearly 500 volunteers to Little City to help further transform the campus into a creative and rewarding environment.  We are honored to work along side such a deserving organization,” said Discover Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Glenn Schneider.
In addition, they will be building discovery tables that help promote sensory integration, which will be placed throughout the campus. Discover volunteers will also be building a mock town, Little City Safety Town, created to teach individuals life skills, such as stopping at a stop sign and how to cross a street.
Discover donates and funds all the projects and supplies that are needed for the day.

About Little City
Being a leader for 59 years, Little City continues to be inspirational and transformational in developing its 56-acre therapeutic community in Palatine. From a modest beginning of three homes and 16 residents primarily with Down syndrome, Little City has grown into a recognized leader offering a wide array of innovative services to more than 1,000 clients weekly. In addition to the Palatine location, Little City has a Community Services Office in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, adult service centers in Palatine and Waukegan, and 13 adult community homes and one children’s group home located throughout suburban Cook and DuPage Counties.

Today, Little City’s comprehensive program portfolio includes vocational training and employment placement, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness, recreation and therapeutic activities, disability awareness and community education, a day school and an award-winning arts program. Visit www.littlecity.org.

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Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services