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AID seeks volunteers for telethon fundraiser

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – The 15th annual Association for Individual Development Telethon is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 15 at Waubonsee Community College, 47 Waubonsee Drive, Sugar Grove.

AID is a nonprofit organization providing services to children and adults with developmental, physical and mental disabilities. Currently, it serves nearly 5,000 clients through 20 programs that include advocacy, housing, training, job placement, behavioral and crisis intervention, among other services.

The annual all-day telethon features stage acts and entertainers, as well as clients who talk about what AID has done for them. AID has served the area for 52 years.

AID spokeswoman Wendy Bialek said the organization still needs about 100 more volunteers to answer the phones as pledges come in during the telethon.

“We have 500 volunteers altogether – that includes the volunteer talent and the back stage crew,” Bialek said. “Our biggest need is always for the phones. We need 200 volunteers just for answering phones.”

A phone volunteer would answer phones for one hour, she said. Bialek said it also would be a big help if phone volunteers brought in their own phone lists of their personal contacts and friends they can call while on-air.

The fundraising goal for the telethon is $125,000, Bialek said.

“We usually get pretty close to that,” she said. “I’m always eternally optimistic.”

Potential volunteers can call Bialek at 847-931-2294 or email wbialek @the-association.org.

The association will broadcast live online at www.the-association.org.

Potential donors can call 630-466-2494 during the telethon to make their pledges.

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