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This year, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Anixter Center and its three divisions—CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society and Lekotek—are part of a national call to action that will change the calendar, help make history and transform lives. We are celebrating a day dedicated to giving. #GivingTuesday is a day when across the country charities, families, businesses, students, retailers and more come together to make a big difference in the lives of others.

This #GivingTuesday is your chance to help make the holidays great for adults with disabilities. $500 will provide decorations, gifts and more for all the adults with disabilities living in one of Anixter Center’s residences. Every $500 raised will help another house!

Make your donation below. If you have any questions about #GivingTuesday, wish to donate offline or want to volunteer your time or talents, please contact Carleen Emde at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-973-7900 x249.

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Please join us for a free presentation on:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
4:00-7:00 pm
Presented by Chicago Hearing Society

at
Anixter Center,
Polk Conference Room,
3rd Floor
2032 N. Clybourn
Chicago, IL 60614


This presentation will be done using Sign Language and a CDI. Please RSVP
by 11/3/14 to Kim Eischen at 773-904-0143 VP or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Reservations are required. Free parking in the lot behind Anixter Center.

Light dinner will be provided.

 

 






 

One of Anixter Center's popular social and recreation groups needs your help to stay functional.

Anixter Center Receives Grant to Upgrade Lighting from Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation

Chicago, Ill. (May 12, 2014) —Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities, has received a $31,200 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to install energy efficient upgrades to its lighting systems.

The upgrades are planned for 14 Anixter Center buildings, including residences for people with disabilities, buildings where programs and services are provided to people with disabilities and administration offices. Among the many benefits of these lighting upgrades are better lighting quality across buildings, savings on energy bills and reduced energy usage, which, in turn, will help protect the environment.

The upgrades are being installed now and, when completed, are expect to reduce kilowatt usage by more than 200,000 hours, yielding significant annual savings for Anixter Center.

"Savings like this that occur year after year are so important to organizations like Anixter Center," said Kevin Limbeck, Anixter Center President and CEO. "The money we save on energy will allow us to reach out and help even more people with disabilities."

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People with disabilities build full lives with help of Anixter Center.

Hear the Cheers! Campaign Scored $18,200 to Help Young Female Athletes

Money Will Purchase Hearing Aids through Chicago Hearing Society

Sixth-grader Eliza Peters’ dream was to raise $10,000 to help young female athletes with hearing loss. Teaming up with Sarah Spain of espnW and ESP Radio and the Chicago Hearing Society, a division of Anixter Center, Peters shattered that personal goal and will be able to help more fellow athletes than she ever thought possible.

In less than a month, Peters’ Hear the Cheers! Campaign to provide hearing aids for young female athletes raised more than $18,200 from approximately 290 donors located throughout the country.

Peters knows firsthand how important hearing is to an athlete. Thanks to her hearing aids, she can hear every cheer when playing basketball or running cross-country. But she also knows not everyone could afford hearing aids and that most insurance plans do not pay for the expenses related to hearing aids.

So she started Hear the Cheers! As word of the campaign spread, especially through social media, the donations rolled in and the total grew.

All donations will be used by Chicago Hearing Society to provide hearing aids, and related audiology services, to young female athletes around the Chicago area, including Kane County, where Peters lives.

Anixter Center is pleased to announce a new deaf literacy program geared to the deaf and the hard of hearing community.  The new program is made possible by the generosity of a grant funded by Rivers Casino. To facilitate the new program, Melissa Manak has joined Anixter Center as the Deaf Literacy Deaf_Literacy_iPadInstructor.

“We are delighted to have Melissa as the Deaf and Literacy Instructor.  Melissa grew up in the deaf community and is uniquely qualified to drive our new deaf literacy program” said Katie Yamashiroya, Director of Anixter Training Institute. “Everyone at Anixter Center and particularly those who serve the deaf and hard of hearing community are excited to add this program to the many services Anixter Center is proud to provide”.

Melissa Manak said “Our goal is to increase employment and self-sufficiency among the deaf and hard of hearing community through greater job, life, literacy and computer skills. We are also looking for volunteers for the program; a great teaching experience on a volunteer’s resume.”

As the Deaf Literacy Instructor, Melissa will work closely with the deaf community and the educators around the Chicago area to attract both students and participants in the program.  For more information, please contact Melissa Manak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 773-796-5809 (VP).

9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raises more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center

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Northmoor Country Club host Tom Silberman with daughter, Louise,
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More than 100 golfers enjoyed a day on the greens at the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing. Hosted at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park on June 25, the event served as an opportunity to honor the late Lester J. Anixter by playing the game he loved in support of Anixter Center.

Guests played a spirited 18-hole scramble where they competed for several awards, including the highly coveted hole-in-one award of a 2012 Jaguar XF, which was graciously donated by Howard Orloff Imports. While on the course, guests were also able to meet and greet with Chicago Sky center Carolyn Swords.

Golfers ended the day with a cocktail hour and delicious dinner at the clubhouse, where they had an opportunity to bid on incredible silent auction items, including thirty pounds of chocolate courtesy of Blommer Chocolate Company and prized Chicago sports memorabilia. During dinner, event chairman Peter Silberman led a live auction filled with luxurious vacation packages, golf excursions and more.

Thanks to the generosity of the event’s sponsors, including the Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation, Adams Plastics, LP, Summit Executive Centre, AIM Specialty Health and those in attendance, the 9th Annual Lester J. Anixter Memorial Golf Outing raised more than $143,000 to support the mission of Anixter Center.

Karen Meyer of ABC 7 Chicago tells the story of Anixter Center's support of Employment Services referral, Kuumba Hogu.

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