When EO gets involved, we get to spread some positive information about the characteristics of people with developmental and other disabilities. That category is very broad, and as you might expect, one size does not fit all. The next step of our mission is to emphasize that we will be bringing PEOPLE first, and that any disability is secondary and in some cases, may not be visible in any way.
Then comes our favorite part. For weeks a delegation from EO goes to CMU where the Methods of Adaptive Physical Education students have an opportunity to adapt or accommodate regular physical education and sports activities. The EO delegation changes some from week to week, and from year to year, but overall, we are faithful in our partnership. While this in many ways is not considered inclusive, it is something that has spread joy and learning opportunities for many years, and one that we hope will continue long in to the future.
EO Recycles, since its inception, has grown both in the number of people it employees and volume of materials it diverts from the landfill. EO Recycles has never had a permanent location that was solely for recycling. We have been able to function and thrive to some extent in certain buildings, however, it is time that we have a “Home for EO Recycles.” In order to make this dream a reality we need your support. Please take a minute to review the information about EO Recycles and pledge a donation to help this beneficial service remain a viable option for Fayette and all of Howard County!
A Timeline History of EO Recycles
Currently employs 7 people; 1 full-time individual and 6 part-time individuals with developmental disabilitiies.
Was diverting over 10 tons per month from the landfill at its peak operation.
This building will allow for EO Recycles:
To hire 5-10 more employees.
Return to peak diversion numbers.
Expand local recycling opportunities to things like:
Car seat recycling.
Benefits to the community:
Environmentally friendly practice.
Creates jobs for the community, particularly in a small job market.
A permanent home for the Recycling Center will create less confusion.
A building custom-made to our work makes Recycling “cleaner” or “neater.”
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Teresa has worked for The Attic for almost 5 years! She has recently accepted a position in Boonville working 40 hours a week as a Dietary Aid. We will miss Teresa, however, we wish her the best in all of her endeavors!
Every year we have a big party in July to celebrate another year of providing services in Howard County. This year was our 34th year! We are fortunate to be able to celebrate with all of our friends and families. We want to give a special thanks to St. Joseph Catholic Church for the use of their hall, our DJ Russell Gerling who always plays great music, Settlers Inn for providing the wonderful food, and Small Town Expressions (Leslie Anson) for taking such great photographs.
The Theme "Around the World"
Every January we pick a theme for the year and focus our groups, our fundraising, and our events around this theme. This year's theme was created by Cassondra Martin!
This year the award went to Michael Love. He was nominated by an EO Stakeholder and chosen out of the nomination by a panel of judges. Michael was described as someone who doesn't say a lot but you should listen when he does. He gives 100% and is a survivor, he has the quiet will to overcome and endures. He is a faithful family member and is a great friend to many, and admired by all. Congratulations Michael Love!
We chose a collection of "Around the World" appetizers to go with our theme. We had taquitos, toasted ravioli with marinara, egg rolls, BBQ meatballs, and stuffed mushrooms.
We invited everyone to wear an outfit from around the world and had prizes for first, second, and third place. A big thanks to our judges Donna Walls and Dinise Mustain and to all of our participants!
First place went to Erika Dickey as the Statue of Liberty!
Second place went to Constance Crump with her beautiful traditional African attire.
Third place went to Christina Heilman with her traditional Indian Saree.
There was lots of dancing and laughing! We made great memories!
We have so many exciting activities and events going on around here we wanted to share some of the pictures to let everyone know what we have been up to.
As many of you know, Popeye's opened its doors in Columbia recently. It was so busy we waited a little bit to go but we finally made it!
If you haven't seen it yet you should come check out our gardens outside of our main building. We installed a large raised bed as well as a sensory garden and are also maintaining a plot at the Community Garden.
We have been working on several art and craft projects as well.
We kicked off Employee Appreciation Week with breakfast bright and early Monday morning.
On Tuesday we delivered ice cream and cookies to everyone! But our favorite part of the week was our celebration on Thursday night!
This years theme is "Around the World." We had four teams and each team was given a country. Each team did a presentation and a dance for their country. The first team had China.
Next up came Scotland.
It was tough to pick a winner, everyone was so creative. But we had to go with Team China.
We then enjoyed an awesome meal together and were able to pass out goodies to all of our employees!
On March 16th Endless Options, Inc. hosted an event to bring the community together and show the similarities in all people. We then served cake and refreshments at our Howard County Service Coordination offices to celebrate five years of local service coordination.
We had an amazing turnout at this event and were fortunate enough to have a drone available to take aerial photos, courtesy of our Board President, Paul Byland.
We look forward to hosting this event for many more years. Make sure you check out all of the pictures and mark your calendars for March of 2017!
Starting next week, May 9th, we will be in the home stretch of our fundraising campaign for the property purchase. We have a goal of $10,000, and our efforts in March got us 32% of the way there. By June 30th we hope to meet that goal.
We need your donations, large and small. No amount is too small. All donations are tax deductible.
Here’s a few ways you can donate:
EO Recycles is a civic partnership in that we serve the recycling needs of Howard County, not just Fayette. Recycling is for everyone.
EO Recycles is busy with keeping our current site across from the post office sorted, swept, and in good working condition. We hope everyone has heard the news that we are now able to sort and sell the recycling. We appreciate you continuing to bring us your recycling.
Meanwhile, work continues on the new site. Today we watched the demolition of the old house at the property where we hope to build. This is coupled with the process we have been going through with the city to change the zoning from residential to commercial and to gain approval for our conditional use. We are moving ahead full steam and very excited about our progress. Look for our upcoming ad on ways you can help.
Check out before and after photos below!