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Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: The mission of the Lester and Rosalie ANIXTER CENTER is to provide an array or supports and services for people with disabilities to live, learn, work, and play in the community.

Target demographics: people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges (i.e. being deaf)

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 8,000 children, teens, adults, and seniors with a broad spectrum of disabilities-most of whom are living at or below the federal poverty level.

Geographic areas served: Greater Chicago

Programs: Employment Services (Job training, readiness, competitive placement), Education (Stuart G. Ferst Therapeutic Day School, Jack Ehrlich Adult Literacy Program, Lekotek-early intervention for young children with special needs), Health (Chicago Hearing Society's (CHS) Hearing Health Clinic and Hearing Aid Bank, Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Services for deaf and hearing individuals, CALOR-Outreach, Education, Prevention ), Community Support (Community integration for adults with developmental disabilities, New Focus (a program for adults with traumatic brain injuries)

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered some time at the Anixter Center. ALL of the people there were so great and there was such a great vibe to the place. Smiles were everywhere and it was truly a great day and a day I won't soon forget. Really impressed and inspired by the time I spent there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Anixter Center for the past 4 years with my company MB Financial Bank. This place is amazing!! The staff & clients are wonderful. I am so blessed to volunteer at such an amazing organization.

Best,
Charisa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunterred at the Anixter center for my corporate day of caring. It was a fantastic experience to interact with everyone there. I think the staff at this center do an awesome job and do a great job in providing care and help clients in their care be independent. I will be back here soon to volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now been a volunteer tutor for the Anixter Adult Literacy program for nearly 2 years. It has truly been a life changing experience. I have grown to love and admire my student. The staff at Anixter are passionate and dedicated - and go above and beyond to be sure that I have the tools, resources, and support I need to be a tutor. It is a very, very special place and organization and I hope in the future I can spend more volunteer time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We worked with the Anixter Center for our corporate volunteer day. We had 60 of our employees engage with clients on carnival games, bingo and crafts. It was an amazing day. The Center staff is so welcoming, well organized and just wonderful people to work with. Our employees loved meeting the clients and had so much fun getting to know them. We also helped the Center with cleaning, organizing and painting projects. We had very positive feedback from our employees - they just loved being part of giving back to this organization that is doing to much for our community! Please consider supporting them with your corporate philanthropy and volunteerism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Came here to volunteer with DePaul and it was a great new learning experience! Highly recommend people volunteer!

Donor

Rating: 5

My sister has been a client of anixter center for 15 years. Only wondetful stories and experienecs and deciated staff.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a past board member, current donor and volunteer for Anixter Center. I continue to be impressed with the array of services (birth to cane) that is offered to clients. Clients and family members of clients are able to maintain a consistent level of services through various life stages. The Anixter Teams a part of the family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was a client of Anixter Center and received wonderful and empathetic service. Anixter Center provides top notch services in a friendly and positive environment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm proud to say that my story with the Anixter Center truly spans my entire lifetime! My family has been a recipient of Anixter's services through the Chicago Hearing Society for decades. When I had the opportunity to give back to the Anixter Center through volunteering, I jumped at the chance! Since the center offers such a variety of services to people, it also offers a variety of opportunities to volunteer and directly impact the lives of the clients. This place is truly the definition of community, where clients and volunteers can work together in an inclusive and enabling environment to positively contribute to each others' lives, and the community at large!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to support and help organize a dance event for the Anixter center. It was awesome to get to know the folks and truly see how our work impacts their lives in a positive way.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anixter Center is a great place! I've enjoyed everytime I've come out here to help the center out and to have fun with the clients. I couldn't be happier with what they're doing!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My nephew is severely autistic and at age 22 had aged out of the health services system. But my family's needs did not simply end because he was now legally on his own. We needed help to create a continued learning environment as well as a safe home for him. Anixter Center has provided that for him and for many other young adults. THANK YOU.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't be happier with the house my son is at. I know the staff cares and does their best and I can see the strides my son is making. It's been a little over a year and I know we have been blessed to have Anixter Center in our lives

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization! Thanks for serving the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anixter serves a hug number of folks with different disabilities to help them live up to their potential! Great staff and programs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a lifelong volunteer and charitable and community organizer, I know some things about how precious of a resource volunteers are. I also know something about how volunteers can be abused and neglected. Anixter Center IS JUST ABOUT THE BEST ORGANIZATION I HAVE VOLUNTEERED FOR IN NEARLY 40 YEARS! They appreciate and respect your time-- they give you the training you need to be effective and are very supportive of the work you do with them. They are always thankful and show it in many small and large ways. I feel like I have been welcomed into a family in the 15 months I have been with them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Anixter Center for many years as a volunteer and donor. Anixter provides critical services to people with a range of disabilities. All of the staff are compassionate and inspiring. They make the most of their resources, serving clients with joy and dedication. Anixter Center is unique in the level of quality and care it delivers every day to thousands of clients. Chicago is lucky to have Anixter in its midst.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Anixter Center twice and have throughly enjoyed both visits! My experiences at Anixter have been very enlightening by providing me with insights on a population I seldom have interactions with, helping me walk in their shoes some, so to speak. Outside of that, the staff (especially Jen) is very accommodating, organized, helpful and friendly. Great experience all around!

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Sari2001 07/15/2015

S-Thank you for giving people with disabilities "the ability to soar" to their highest potential. We are so glad that you have had meaningful volunteer experiences. I hope you return soon--and bring your friends-as volunteer opportunities abound! Anixter Center's success is due largely to dedicated volunteers like yourself.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience volunteering for this organization. There is a multitude of areas that you can help out with and there is something for everyone. The interaction with the clients is truly a memorable and fulfilling experience seeing the joy they receive by meeting new people.

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Sari2001 07/15/2015

H- Thank you for being an Anixter Center volunteer. You are making a positive difference in the lives of many people with disabilities. We greatly appreciate your service!