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1913 W. Townline Rd. Peoria, IL 61615


March / April 2018

A Message from our CEO

We all are thankful for the people in our lives that have been there to protect and keep us safe and healthy, instructed us in who we are and what we can be and
supported us when we needed help, direction and comfort.

March is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Month and those of us at EP!C that work with the 147 women and men that protect, educate, support and often
comfort the 450 people we service…THANK YOU!!!!!

EP!C Bon Appétit 

You’re Invited to the 7th Annual Bon Appétit.

Thursday, March 22nd

Peoria Marriot Pere Marquette

501 Main Street | Peoria, IL

5:00pm Doors Open – 6:30PM Dinner & Program

Please RSVP by March 10th to EP!CPeoria.org/BonAppetit


Third-Party Fundraisers

Join EP!C’s League of Business Partners!  We invite your organization to host a third-party event in support of EP!C.   The sky’s the limit.

For more information please contact Carmen McCarthy at 309-689-3606,

cmccarthy@epicpeoria.org or visit EPICPeoria.org

EP!C Harvest CSA

“CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  A CSA allows individuals to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown by our EP!C Harvest participants.  Sign up either weekly ($500) or bi-monthly ($300) to receive a box containing 6-12 freshly harvested, in-season veggies.

Season produce offered include heirloom tomatoes, new potatoes, peppers, carrots, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet corn, onions, hot peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower beets, kohlrabi, melons, various fruits, microgreens and herbs.

Ready to join?  Contact Lauren Coyle at 309-689-3607 to get answers to your questions and to request sign-up materials.


Volunteer Spotlight

Our EP!C Volunteer of the Month for February 2018 is Kodi Tharp!  Kodi began volunteering for EP!Casso in
September 2017 to fulfill a college course requirement.  She enjoyed it so much that after finishing her course she decided to keep volunteering two days a week.  She also helps in other areas of EP!C when needed and without hesitation.  We are grateful to Kodi for all her hard work and give her an EP!C thank you!

For more information on volunteer
opportunities please contact Carmen
McCarthy at 309-689-3606 or

Individual Spotlight

Mark joined our EP!Casso Art Studio & Gallery just as it was evolving into a place where beginning artists could learn art skills, create artwork, display their works and ultimately sell their pieces. With Mark’s enthusiasm to create and sell his artwork, he was invited to join the art business classes. There, he has the opportunity to acquire a higher level of art skills in order to create marketable artwork.

Mark’s artwork is now being displayed not only in EP!Casso Art Studio and Gallery, but also in the community at markets and in local businesses such as the Peoria Public Library North Branch.  Mark’s work has been commissioned and he has donated to fundraisers such as our annual Bon Appétit event.  Mark’s signature pop out trees style has brought him a personal income as he receives a percentage of the proceeds.

EP!C Achievement

Marisol Raydon was named our
Employee of the Month for January 2018.

Marisol puts each person before herself making sure [the individuals] are doing something they love.

Frank Johnson is our Employee of the Month for February 2018.

Frank assists other departments and committees just because he wants to be helpful, not because he has to…He goes above and beyond.



EP!C Mission and Vision

At EP!C we enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We envision a world where people with disabilities are respected, engaged in community life, and have every opportunity to achieve their personal best.

“Chris Johnson retires from Taco Bell after 20 years”.

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