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Our community powers our success

Since 1969, Empowering Abilities has made a positive impact for those with disabilities, all thanks to our generous community. You can help bolster the positive effect Empowering Abilities services have by advocating, volunteering, and sharing your resources.

For more information on how to support Empowering Abilities, contact Carol M. Foster, Chief Administration Officer at 563-391-4834 or via email.

Give today!

Making a donation makes a lasting impact. Help fund life-changing opportunities for people with special needs.


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Ways to give to Empowering Abilities

Gifts of all kinds to support the individuals with special needs served at Empowering Abilities are appreciated and celebrated. Whether you have assets now that you would like to share or would like to give in the future, there are many options for every situation.

When making a gift to Empowering Abilities, you may choose to designate where you would like your donation to go. You may choose to support a particular program or project. You can also designate your donation to be added to the endowment fund where earnings from the fund will be available for many years to come.

Gifts of cash are always welcome. Simply make a check out to “Empowering Abilities” and drop it off or put it in the mail. If you want to make the gift in memory of or in honor of someone, just enclose a note. If your company has a matching gift program, simply enclose the form along with your check.

Empowering Abilities accepts gifts of homes, farms, and lots under certain stipulations. Contact the Development Office at 563-391-4834 for more information.

Several options are available when gifting life insurance. Some of these options can be carried out by simply completing a form that can be obtained from the insurance company.

Here are several options:

  • Purchase a new policy or donate one you currently own and no longer need
  • Name Empowering Abilities as the beneficiary or partial beneficiary to a policy
  • Assign ownership of a life insurance policy to Empowering Abilities

Leaving a legacy through your will offers many options, such as:

  • Specifying a specific amount of money
  • Leaving a specific piece of property (a house, jewelry, collections, etc.)
  • Designating a percentage or fraction of the estate
  • Leaving a residual bequest after all other bequests are satisfied.

Download our “Will Bequest Made Easy” brochure

You can transfer stock through a simple form available by contacting the Development Office or have your broker contact us. By making a direct transfer of appreciated securities to Empowering Abilities, you can avoid capital gains tax.

Naming Empowering Abilities as a beneficiary of retirement account assets and leaving other assets to heirs can avoid some tax liabilities for the heirs.

Want to read inspiring stories and get useful information about different ways to make contributions now and in the future? Read Leave Your Legacy magazine.

Empowering Abilities wish lists

We are often in need of various items throughout our programs in order to improve and enhance services. Explore the programs below to see what items are on the wish lists. We appreciate all donations, however, we are unable to accept any mattresses, large appliances, old computers, or televisions.

Games and Activities … $500

Having updated indoor and outdoor games and activities allows us to provide a better quality program for the individuals attending Daily Discovery services.

Three Massage Therapy Mats … $115 each

Full body massage therapy mats help folks who experience poor circulation. They are also helpful to calm folks when they are experiencing stressful situations.

Puzzles with knobs (10) … $20 each = $200 

For individuals who are unable to manipulate regular puzzle pieces, these puzzles have handles on the pieces.  They are educational, adapted, and fun!

 Wheelchair Repairs and Adaptations … $300 to $500 each

Wheelchair adaptations are often needed as people grow or their medical conditions change. Wheelchair repairs are often necessary as wheelchairs age. The average cost of adaptations or repairs is $300 to $500 each.

Sensory Items … $250 

A variety of items are needed for sensory stimulation–things that residents can touch, smell, feel, and hear.

Community Activity Fund … $350

This fund is used to provide funds to individuals with limited resources so they are able to participate in community activities.

Pantry Items … $200 – $400

This fund is used to replace basic needs items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and non-perishable food items.

Looking for more ways to get involved?

 No matter your resources, there’s always a place to help and get involved at Empowering Abilities. We welcome everyone who is willing to share their time and talents to help enhance the lives of people in this community.

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H.A.N.D.S. Auxiliary

HANDS (Help Achieve New Direction and Skills) is a group of volunteers who support the program and services at Empowering Abilities by hosting fundraisers throughout the year, including a trivia night and a golf outing.

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Empowering Abilities Board Members

Board of Directors

Empowering Abilities has a dedicated, hard-working board of directors who provide leadership and direction for the organization. Members of the board of directors share their expertise and help steer Empowering Abilities in a positive direction.

Meet the Board

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Booster Organization

A group of Empowering Abilities family and friends who provide activities to enhance the lives of participants and advocate for issues affecting people with disabilities.

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Legislative Information

You can help by staying informed and advocating for issues that affect people with disabilities. People with disabilities should have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

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