January Calendar

Happy 2023! We are thrilled to continue in-person classes at the CIL, so please join us this January! We are still offering one online class per week for those of you who prefer that option.

Independence Hacks (ILS) classes will be on Tuesdays in Ocala, Wednesdays on Zoom, and Thursdays in Gainesville. All classes will be from 10:30am – 12pm.

Youth Leadership and Social Group classes are still on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm. So far, they will continue to be conducted online until further notice.

For every online class, the meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass!

Please be sure to share this with anyone who would like to participate, and contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or tpoucher@cilncf.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

ID: Graphic with beige background with white bold text heading that reads, “January Calendar”. Below header are three beige ‘notification’ graphics, each labeled “Tuesdays”, “Wednesdays” and “Thursdays” respectively. Each correlating day’s class titles and meeting times are written beneath it’s respective weekday. The meeting ID and password is written on the bottom of the image. The CIL logo is at the bottom right.

Happy New Year!

All of us here at the CIL wish you a very Happy New Year! Cheers to 2023!

ID: Image is CIL Staff in front of CIL Gainesville building. There are graphics of hanging stars above with group picture with gold dots in various shades descending the image. Happy New Year text is written directly below the photo and the CIL logo is on the bottom center of the image.

CIL Staff Annual Luncheon

Toward the beginning of December, CIL staff were able to gather together in person at our Staff Appreciation Luncheon for the first time in three years! Our CIL team had a wonderful time participating in a variety of holiday games, including a spirited game of White Elephant, enjoyed some savory and sweet treats at a much deserved catered lunch, and supported team members who achieved their milestone awards this year. A few of our CIL board members were also able to join us for lunch, as well as an old staff member who recently retired! It felt so good for all of us to be together again and celebrating all that we have accomplished this past year at the CIL!

Happy Holidays!

All of us here at the CIL would like to wish you a joyous and peaceful holiday season, and all the best in the new year! These last few years have been difficult and challenging, however, because of your continued dedicated and generous support, the CIL served over 2,700 people with disabilities this past year! We are so grateful for all who have supported us this past year and throughout our 41 years. It is because of you that we are able to make such a difference in the lives of our consumers and we could not be more thankful. Cheers to the new year and all that it will bring!

ID: Image has a dark green background with text on the top left that says, “From all of us here at CIL, Happy Holidays!” Directly below is an illustration of two people, carrying gifts to stack onto a pile of gifts, located on the right side of the image. The bottom is a red banner with the text: We wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Thank You Marine Corps Toys for Tots!

CIL would like to thank the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program, for all they do to make kids dreams come true for the holidays!

CIL has been partnered with this fantastic group for many years now. However, this year they (and Major Dennis Wait) were exceptional! They worked with the CIL to provide toys for 24 families with disabilities and that totaled 57 kids! By the time CIL staff had picked out the allowed number of gifts for each child and the family, plus 5 bikes, there were so many bags of toys, we were not sure how we would get it all back to the CIL. Major Wait was amazing and said they could deliver them for us! They helped us load everything into their trailer, brought it all to the CIL and then unloaded it as well!

We cannot thank them enough for making this wonderful process so painless and beneficial to so many!!!  Thank you also to our generous CIL staff members who were able to take time out of their day to play Santa for our families in need!

Giving of Ourselves

For December, ILS has once again made, “Giving of Ourselves” the theme this month.  We spend a couple of weeks making crafts to give to others as gifts. We have a “wrap” party where we wrap the things we made. Consumers take them home and have gifts they made to give others. Then we enjoy some fun – pizza, games and they all get a little something for themselves from the CIL.

ID: Picture is Terri and CIL student volunteer Kaitlyn, helping to wrap consumer gifts in the activities room at CIL Gainesville. There is a red border with snowflakes around the picture.

2nd Annual Christmas in Dixie

It was chilly and packed with the holiday spirit in Dixie County earlier this month! Kevin Towles, Consumer Specialist in our Ocala office, ventured out for the 2nd Annual Christmas in Dixie event, on December 16th, to spread the word about the CIL, our services, and all that we can offer to the community.  There were over 200 attendees who braved the cold weather and enjoyed the event.  Special thanks to Kevin for his continued dedication to the CIL and tabling at these seasonal community events.  Every event we attend helps us reach even more individuals in the rural counties we serve. 

ID: Image has a grey background with white specs, resembling snow falling. There is a green ivy garland with red berries, displayed across the top, with a blow in the middle. Below are two picture. The left picture is Kevin and the Grinch. The right picture is Kevin at the CIL table with a CIL banner behind it. On the table are brochures about CIL and its services. 

Light Up Ocala!

The CIL tabled at this very popular community event in Ocala – Light Up Ocala, which is a longstanding community tradition to kick off the holidays that attracts thousands to downtown Ocala. This year marks the 38th anniversary of the holiday merry making event! Light Up Ocala had over 100 vendors including crafts, art and plenty of food options to choose from! Live entertainment filled the air with festive sounds and an interactive kids zone kept the whole family entertained. 

Kevin Towles, Brandon Palermo and Lucinda Haile (with the Ocala CIL) was at the Light up Ocala on November 19th. They passed out info about CILNCF and talked to old consumers, new consumers, giving out info about CILNCF and helping others. With the cold weather and getting around the event, it was the best time that everyone had in a long time!

ID: Image has 4 pictures. Top left picture is Kevin, Brandon, and Lucinda behind the CIL table with brochures of services and resources from the CIL. Top right picture is of the Light Up Ocala event at nighttime, showing trees lit with Christmas lights and event goers pursuing the event. Bottom left picture is Brandon, Lucinda, and Kevin at the CIL booth interacting with consumers; one consumer has her dog with her at the table. Bottom right picture is Kevin and Lucinda at the CIL booth, with the CIL banner behind them. There is a red border around the entire image. In the center is the text “Light Up Ocala” in an iridescent red cursive font, with a green background.

Join us for CIL classes in December!

The holiday season has officially arrived and the CIL is so grateful! We are so excited that in-person classes have been BACK at the CIL, so please join us this December! We are still offering one online class per week for those of you who prefer that option.

Independence Hacks (ILS) classes will be on Tuesdays in Ocala, Wednesdays on Zoom, and Thursdays in Gainesville. All classes will be from 10:30am – 12pm.

Youth Leadership and Social Group classes are still on Tuesdays from 3:30-5pm. So far, they will continue to be conducted online until further notice.

For every online class, the meeting username is 352-378-7474 and the password is cilclass!

Please be sure to share this with anyone who would like to participate, and contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or tpoucher@cilncf.org with any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

ID: Beige background with the CIL logo at the top left and to the right of the logo is a black text heading that reads, “December Calendar”. There is a Christmas tree graphic in the top right corner. Underneath to the left are strings of Christmas garland with “Tuesdays”, “Wednesdays” and “Thursdays” written above, in white text. The class titles and meeting times are to the right in black text, next to their corresponding weekday, and the meeting ID and password is written in bright orange text at the bottom of the image.

Thera-Mate Pro Training at CIL in Ocala on December 6th!

Please join us for a training event at the CIL in Ocala on Tuesday, December 6th, at 9:45 am! The CIL, in collaboration with Thera-mate AND Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology will be providing a training on Thera-Mate Pro, which helps those with limited mobility better take care of themselves and their hygiene needs.

Please call (352) 368-3788 to reserve a seat, space is limited!

DATE: Tuesday December 6th, 2022 at 9:45 am

LOCATION: The Center for Independent Living
2760 SE 17th Street, Suite 300 Ocala, FL 34471

ID: Image is a flyer for the event, containing all of the information mentioned above. The FAAST logo is at the top of the image and the Thera-Mate Pro logo is underneath. The CIL logo is towards the bottom.