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September / October 2018

A Message from our CEO

As we approach the season of autumn, we are conscious of summer coming to an end and winter not far away and I can’t help but to think of how this is similar to the cycles of a family.

We experience changes throughout our life along with supporting other family members through the seasons of their life. People with disabilities look for the support of their families throughout their lives as do all of us.  Family is not only defined as having the same parentage or bloodline, it is also based on factors such as loyalty, respect and love.  

Throughout the seasons this next year, look at spending time with a person at EP!C.  Share with someone what you enjoy doing, or help a person experience an opportunity to learn or grow.  Please go to to visit our website with opportunities to volunteer or to donate towards items on our wish list.  You can also contact a professional at EP!C to find out how YOU can become part of the EP!C family. 


Are you a guardian or family member of an individual at EP!C?

Register for an account for our NEW Family/Advocacy portal. This protected part of our website allows you to have 24/7 access to information about EP!C such as our site locations, policies, and more.

Sign up for your login today!


Shortly after being employed at EP!C, Sharon decided to make a career out of helping people.  “Just knowing I am making a difference in someone’s life, regardless of how small, is the reason I come to work each day.“ – Sharon Boyd

EP!C is an equal opportunity employer where we work to enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by empowering people to achieve their full potential.   

EP!C is an employer that develops and rewards its employees. We are looking for dedicated and qualified employees who want to take their career to the next level. EP!C can offer competitive pay and an excellent benefits package that can be valued at an average of $45,000. With opportunities to make your own schedule, lead or join a committee, and serve our incredible individuals, you will be a great asset to our team. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, pass a reading comprehension test, a drug screening, and criminal background checks. 

A career of changing people’s lives will change your life. BE AN EP!C EMPLOYEE.


May’s EP!C Volunteer of the Month is Ameren Illinois!  Twice a year, they send a group of volunteers to EP!C to help with major projects in our Harvest Garden – often bringing their own tractor and tiller!

June’s Volunteer of the Month is Craig Mitchkes!  Craig volunteers in our Harvest Garden program. His background, working for the state of Illinois with local agriculture, has been a great help to our program.  

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


We can’t thank Kaylie of Harvest Joy Photography enough for volunteering her time and donating her services to capture the happy faces of EP!C. 

We are excited to use these new images in our marketing campaigns, social media and website.
If you are ever in need of professional photography she comes highly recommended!  

You can see more of Kaylie’s photographs at


Our Employee of the Month for July was Kayshaun Springer. Her nominator said, “Kay is a great role model for the people we serve and the people she works with. She is someone you would want to see out in the community with the individuals we serve because you know she will be exhibiting a positive reflection of EP!C.”

*August Employee of the Month was unable to be recognized in time for this newsletter edition. 


Orlando Edwards was named our Employee of the Year for 2018! Back in May, he was named Employee of the Month and was among a fantastic group of deserving candidates.

Orlando has created a real bond with the individuals here at EP!C. He puts their needs and wants before anything. EP!C’s Employee of the Year is voted on by their peers. The winner of Employee of the Year is finalized by the Executive Leadership team. 


We are excited to welcome Chad Cunningham, as our new Director of Donor Engagement and Major Gifts. He comes to us with over ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. This includes time with Easter Seals in Chicago and Peoria. 

Chad lives in East Peoria with his wife Kindra and 3 children Lydia, Marion and Daniel. He’s looking forward to sharing EP!C’s story and giving tours of our facility. Chad can be reached at 309-689-3771 or


Pick up will be available at EP!C starting Friday, September 7th.

9″ MUMS – 1/$10 or 3/$25

Availability is limited.  First come, first serve.  For more ordering information, please contact Katie Murphy at 309-689-3724 or

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