Carmel Cooke

Carmel Cooke

Financing Dreams!
Lisle, IL
Raised $4,825
Goal $5,000
97% 97% Complete

About Carmel Cooke

I realize there are so many good causes out there to support and with current economic conditions, particularly in the State of Illinois, the need keeps growing.  I'm asking you to take a moment to read about what we do here at Ray Graham and consider supporting our mission.

I've been with the organization for 13 years now and I'm amazed at what we do with so little.  Back in 2005 the State had consultants come in and determined they were only funding $.75 on the dollar for the services providers like Ray Graham provide.  Since then, 12 years ago, we have received one increase of 2% in what they fund us.  Imagine if you were basically making the same salary as you were 12 years ago.

Ray Graham supports almost 2,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead the best lives possible.  Sure this means the basics of a roof over your head, healthy food, and access to medical care.  What Ray Graham does however, is to set that bar a lot higher.  Just this year we have supported folks to go to Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, cave camping, (yes, that's a thing), spend a night in a haunted hospital, spend a night on a deserted island, spend two days at a rock festival.  All these things were specific interests of someone supported.  Our team made it happen!

So thank you for considering helping me reach my goal so that the thousands of people served by Ray Graham Association can continue to receive these crucial services!   Please hit that Give Now button and contribute what you can.  Every dollar counts.

Founded in 1950, Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities is a non-profit organization that provides a broad array services and supports for nearly 2,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Services include Residential, Employment, Life Skills, Recreational, and Family Support at many locations throughout DuPage County and the surrounding area.