Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller

Since our early days as the Lake County Association for Crippled Children, TradeWinds’ success has been rooted in philanthropy and volunteer support.

When it became apparent that a building was needed to better serve children with special needs in the 1960s, hundreds of people donated their time, their money and their expertise, forming a volunteer spirit and vision yet to be matched in its magnitude:

The ‘Labor of Love’ was a true testament of what people can do when the cause is greater than themselves. When it was finished, TradeWinds received a Presidential Commendation for being the largest rehabilitation center built entirely by volunteers in the United States.

Then, nearly 50 years later, as maintenance costs escalated, taking a bigger bite out of the agency’s operating budget, TradeWinds was offered the opportunity to move into an existing building by an anonymous donor.

While it was necessary to finance renovations before moving into our new home, since moving, Tradewinds has been able to:

  • Reach more people,
  • Provide more services,
  • Offer more opportunities, and
  • Celebrate more success!

Thanks to many generous supporters, including those who have pledged nearly half of the $3.7 million goal for our building renovation fund, TradeWinds is doing more in our new location every day.