OBI is a 501(c)3 organization that provides vocational opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. For services provided to each person in our program, we receive a per diem from the Developmental Disability Administration (DDA). This funding covers our basic operational expenses but does not allow for supplemental program development that can only be afforded through our fundraising efforts. We need community support to truly enable us to grow and meet the increasing demand for our services.
Why Support OBI?
We have asked these two questions of our donors, “Why OBI? What does it mean to you to support an agency like ours? ” The overwhelming response is that OBI helps people live full lives and promote a quality of life that would not be achieved without the support and services we provide. According to Greg Cantori of The Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation, “We are honored in supporting OBI in providing a wonderful home that creates an outstanding ‘Opportunity to Build’ on the unique passions and talents inherent in every single person who passes through their doors.”
Walking through our warehouse or visiting a job site, you experience how proud and empowered these adults feel. We say “Our smiles work!” as it so succinctly describes the positive influence our vocational training has on the individuals in our program. These adults with developmental disabilities are working; they are happy and excited about what they are doing; and they are contributing and productive community citizens.
How to Support OBI
Make a monetary gift. DDA funding allows us to provide the basics but it is through your generous financial support to our Annual Fund and Endowment that we are able to develop and advance our program.
Join us for our three annual fundraisers – our Mardi Gras is every February. Come out and celebrate the “Olde New Orleans” tradition in style at OBI. Swing onto the green and ace a hole at our June Links Challenge. Then enjoy a family day in September at our Bowl-A-Thon.
Be a volunteer. Enjoy a personally rewarding experience serving on a committee or on the board of directors to help foster new relationships and bring necessary resources to strengthen our future.