Vote for your favorite charity in Oak Park each month; the charity with the most votes each month will receive a $2,025 donation
Oak Park Apartments, which rents more than 1,000 Chicago suburban apartments in the Oak Park area, announced today it will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by donating $2,025 to one charity each month in the Oak Park area for six months. Visitors to the Oak Park Apartments web site can vote for their favorite local charity. The competition opens April 1 with the first charity winner announced early May.
For 25 years, Oak Park Apartments has breathed life into old buildings and made the Oak Park area a destination for younger residents. “We grew up here and we have always worked to provide great space for people to live and a strong community to be part of. Oak Park is home for us, and we want everyone who rents from us to feel the same way,” says Oak Park Apartments’ Owner Bill Planek. “With our charity giveaway, we want to give those residents and the rest of the community a voice to decide what charities we support.”
The list of charities includes social service agencies, cultural institutions, and more, including Hephzibah Children’s Association, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Wonder Works Children’s Museum and the Oak Park Food Pantry. Once a charity has won, it will not be eligible to win a second time. Visitors of Oak Park Apartments web site will also have the opportunity to write in charities they would like to support when voting opens on Friday, April 1.
“These charities are a big part of what makes Oak Park and Forest Park such successful communities,” says Co-owner Bob Planek. “Throughout our 25 years, we have grown substantially and feel that we should do our part in supporting these organizations.”
Oak Park Apartments is the largest renter of apartments in Oak Park and Forest Park and also manages many local condominium associations. Twenty years ago Oak Park Apartments began using compact fluorescent light bulbs and since then has continued to “green” its properties. Working with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a leader in creating more livable and sustainable communities, Oak Park Apartments also performs energy audits on its buildings and has reduced energy and water consumption by 20 percent in just four years. Oak Park Apartments also runs 18 Chicago Avenue, an indoor sports facility, which is home to various sports teams from the community and is open to business. For more information on Oak Park Apartments or to vote for your favorite charity, visit www.oakparkapartments.com beginning April 1.