Independent Living Services consumers attending Profiles Enrichment Center, the organization’s adult day program, have found a philanthropic niche for themselves — and area hospitals.

Kathy Weatherl, director of day services at Profiles, said that ILS consumers, typically on the receiving end of kind works and volunteer efforts, find immense satisfaction knowing they are giving back to others.

Weatherl contacted Conway Regional Health System in search of volunteer opportunities for the day school’s consumers.

“The e-mails came flooding in,” Weatherl said.

Ongoing projects by Profiles consumers are hand-written birthday cards for the hospital’s homebound patients receiving home health care, get-well cards for children undergoing outpatient surgery and memory boxes for parents who have experienced the perinatal loss of an infant. 

Profiles’ Sunshine Optimist Club is holding a children’s book and adult magazine drive during the month of July.
Collected reading material will be donated to the hospital’s waiting rooms.

“These are the little extra somethings that the hospital may provide. And that is what we are doing for them, meeting the small and above and beyond needs,” Weatherl said.
A consumer group has also been involved in Arkansas Children’s Hospital’s Knitting for Noggins. 

The hospital accepts knitted hats for infants, children and teens. According to the program’s website, 140,000 homemade hats have been donated.

More than 350 have been crafted by ILS consumers.

Partnering with hospitals means that ILS consumers have an opportunity to help the community that helps them, Weatherl said. 

“It’s our opportunity to do outreach. People give to our consumers all the time. In these ways, they are able to fulfill the needs of someone else.”

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