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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Autism, Disabilities, Health

Mission: Easterseals Midwest helps individuals with developmental disabilities - including autism - learn, live, work and participate in the community.

Target demographics: individuals with developmental disabilities

Geographic areas served: Easter Seals Midwest serves families and children throughout the state of Missouri and several counties in Kansas and Illinois.

Programs: Autism Services,Employment Services, Early Childhood Services, Community Living Services

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Life Skills for 4 years, first as a fund-raising and event volunteer, then as co-chair of their golf tournament/dinner auction fundraiser, and now as a member of their board. I was immediately touched by the people they serve, realizing that they, through no fault of their own, needed help from an outside organization like Life Skills. People with developmental disabilities can be productive members of society if they're given a chance, and the wonderful people at Life Skills do just that. I had always wanted to give back to the community in some way, and volunteering with Life Skills has been an extremely rewarding experience for me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Life Skills since April, and I have nothing but positive experiences from doing so. Life Skills not only puts together events for a variety of people, but they also chose a variety of places to hold them at. This is good because every event is different which makes it more exciting for everyone! You can tell when you attend these event that the staff and volunteers are passionate about what they do and they always have a smile on their face. It makes it a very welcoming environment. I work at Life Skills and I can say that look forward to volunteering at these events because, overall, it benefits the clients and their families :)

Board Member

Rating: 5

I set out to give back to my community, however I received much more than I could ever give. Time and time again, my heart has been touched not only by the amazing clients we serve, but by the amazing people that deliver that service. This organization is anchored by the perseverance of our clients and employees. More amazing stories, to be continued...

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization that is so VITAL to our region. Life Skills has the expertise to meet each individual on their own playing field to assist in making their life as productive as possible. Life Skills is equipped to help each person excel and "hit their own home runs!" Life Skills empowers people!

Kathey C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifeskills is a wonderful organization that truly makes a change in people's lives. It is my pleasure to be affliated with LifeSkills when I hear the families' stories about how much their lives and the lives of their children have improved with the help of LifeSkills. It is truly a charity with a very big heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LifeSkills is an amazing organization. I strongly believe in their mission and have been volunteering for them for about a year now, mostly at fundraising events.

Emily does a great job coordinating volunteers and making sure we know our volunteer responsibilities. I've volunteered for several different organizations and LifeSkills is by far one of the best organized and rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was a great experience. The directions were clear and our questions were answered. We weren't left in the dark, as can happen at large events. We were considered regarding our possible needs also.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Life Skills/TouchPoint Autism services for almost 10 years now. I have volunteered at the yearly golf tournament, the Walk/Run & Roll from its inception, at the various resource fairs and as personal as helping individual clients move from one apartment to the other. At every event Life Skills shows it's appreciation to those that give their time and energy in the service of their clients. It is a pleasure volunteering for this organization because their dedication to those they serve is evident in everything they do. They are entirely committed to making every client an integral part of their community and not shoved aside and hidden from sight. Life Skills/TouchPoint Autism services is the leader in this field and I am honored to be a part of them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After volunteering with Life Skills for the past 3 years, I can honestly say my life has changed for the better. From sharing a joke with my Friend in Deed buddy to working with the wonderful Life Skills staff, being a L/S volunteer is an amazing experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been a volunteer for a short amount of time, but I look forward to being involved a whole lot more. This is a great organization that is ran very effectively and it is really special to know how many lives are affected in a positive way through Life Skills.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Life Skills for almost 10 years. Most recently serving on their Board. The management team is second to none. Their passion around serving those with developmental disabilities is truly amazing. I am pleased to serve on their board and proud to be associated with their vision of serving those individuals with developmental disabilities!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Rarely does one find an organization run as well as LIfe Skills. Most are aware of the deeply compassionate care Life Skills clients receive, along with the massive increase in Autism services provided by the Touch Point arm of the organization. As a Board Member, I feel it is important to point out a few practical issues LIfe Skills (LS) solves. As a community based provider, LS clients feel the same pride as we felt when we got our own place. Living, working and interacting with the community is paramount to our clients. In decades past, people with disabilities were sent of to habilitation centers (barrack style living) at the advice of doctors. it was the only way people knew how to help in those days. Now we know greater quality of life for our clients is found in the community, which also exposes neighborhoods to more diverse lifestyles and allows neighbors to interact with our clients. The many LF clients who work, pay taxes and add their talents to their workplace. I am proud to be a small part of LS, it allows me a way to help change people's lives in a proven and practical way. -Weston McKee

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Life Skills at numerous events this past year and it has been a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I can tell the top priority of the organization and the staff is the clients. My favorite event was the Family Event at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Each Life Skills client and his/her family were invited to experience areas of the garden after it had closed. The amount of joy and excitiment coming from each client made me truly believe this organization is changing lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with life skills for the first time and it was one of the best expriences I had ever had with volunteering. I would do it again for sure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Life Skills at a few events and I have enjoyed every minute of it. It is easy to see how well their staff prepares and cares for each event they host. All of members of Life Skills were very courteous not only toward me as a volunteer but even more so toward all of the guests at their events. The dedication in the organization is wonderful, Life Skills is an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a senior in high school that found out about Life Skills through some of my parents' friends. My sister and I got together a group to work for a school-wide service day and have loved it ever since. This past summer, we worked mostly in preparation for the auction, and I could not have been more pleased. Each time my sister and I would come in, there was a list of things for us to do and we were instantly put to work. Volunteering was very enjoyable and always productive. While volunteering throughout the summer, my sister and I really got to see the progression of our work as we saw the things we helped with happen in the auction. I would volunteer again in a heartbeat!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with LifeSkills as an entertainer at a fundraiser 3 years ago. It was fun, I got paid a few bucks and my involvement could have just ended there, but the passion and commitment I witnessed in all of the LifeSkills employees stirred something in me. I got in contact with the volunteer coordinator and have been involved in numerous events ever since. Not as a paid entertainer, but as a volunteer! Each and every event I've been involved with I have to just say WOW! And, what else can I do to be involved! And When's the next event? Not only do the many dedicated employee's serve LifeSkills clients, they go out of their way to take care of their volunteers! Their Passion, Commitment, Dedication....it's contagious! In addition to all of the wonderful praise and accolades one could go on about LifeSkills and it's mission to serve, they are just good caring people! Fun to hang around and kick back with after a succesfull event! I look forward to volunteering at many more events in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered to help Life Skills with a few different events and every time has been an absolute pleasure. Their staff are very dedicated to their work and providing enjoyable and helpful events. I would strongly recommend this organization to help anyone who struggles with, or knows someone who struggles with developmental disabilities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a first time volunteer at the Life Skills golf tournament and charity dinner fundraiser, and my experience far exceeded my expectations! The Life Skills staff members had clearly invested countless hours into preparing for an event of such magnitude; it was really special to be a part of it all. From the silent auction to the oral auction after dinner, to just the production as a whole ran so smoothly. But at the heart of it all you could really tell all of the staff had their hearts in the right place. Making the lives of their clients better was clearly at the forefront of everyone's efforts, and was definitely the main focal point of the evening. I've already committed to volunteering at another event later this year, and I can't wait to be a part of the Life Skills team again!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for about two years and have enjoyed every occasion that I was given to help. I have seen truly caring individuals invest their time and talents to assure a better life for the clients. The feeling of Family permeates every event, fund raisers to in-house activities and community outings.