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Why volunteers love Feed My Starving Children

November 15, 2012

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The night before our family volunteered at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), my eight-year-old daughter couldn’t sleep. She couldn’t wait to go. During our entire two-hour shift, she bounced with excitement. She’s not alone. I’ve been there with groups from work, church and the neighborhood. No matter how old they are or how many times […]

The value of trees

June 20, 2012

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“It pays to plant trees!” That phrase — and the bold, green tag it was printed on — caught my eye during a walk through downtown Downers Grove, Illinois. Taking a closer look, I learned it was part of a clever campaign by The Morton Arboretum to share the economic value of trees. A tree-lined […]

Navigating assistive technology

May 28, 2012

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Assistive technology helps people with disabilities better connect with the world around them. For example, a child with autism might communicate through an iPad app that converts pictures to speech (learn more about how Easter Seals is working with iPads). Disabilities vary widely – from speech to dexterity to mobility. A person’s needs often change […]

Engineering at its best

May 18, 2012

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“It’s a common misconception that math and science are the only things that contribute to engineering. Teamwork is also a great part. And of course creativity.” – Student at The Tech Challenge 2012 – Shake, Rattle and Rescue The Tellabs Foundation was pleased to sponsor this year’s event, which challenged students to design ways to […]

Noah’s Hope

May 14, 2012

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Life with Batten disease is a daily struggle for 8-year-old Noah and 6-year-old Laine. It’s also a heartbreaking battle for the people who love them, especially their parents, Jennifer and Tracy VanHoutan. Batten disease — or Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis — is a rare and genetic illness marked by seizures, loss of muscle coordination and […]

IIT’s Idea Shop in action

March 9, 2012

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It’s fun to see grants that grow into something special. I had another opportunity this week to do so at Illinois Institute of Technology. IIT’s Idea Shop bought new machines for its Rapid Prototyping Laboratory with funds from a Tellabs Foundation grant. With these new tools, the possibilities for student innovation seem infinite. New designs […]

Grants that grow

March 6, 2012

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Grants that start something new are sometimes called “seed money.” Recently I was reminded how exciting it is to watch a seed grow by one of our grantees, Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region (Easter Seals DFVR). In October of 2010, a grant from the Tellabs Foundation helped this nonprofit buy iPads and […]