Giving back to the community

Quad Plus’s philanthropic initiatives focus on building meaningful partnerships that transform our communities. Working with our dynamic partners, we strive to support the diverse needs of the communities where we live and work. Our company and our employees focus on bringing a positive, lasting change to our community.

Scroll down for more details on some of the organizations and foundations that Quad Plus supports.

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KAT6 Foundation

The KAT6 Foundation is an organization devoted to understanding mutations in both the KAT6A and KAT6B genes. KAT6 syndromes are ultra-rare diseases resulting from mutations in the KAT6A or KAT6B genes. Today, there are only 500 known cases of KAT6 syndromes worldwide. The foundation funds and supports international research by connecting families to current research studies. They advance scientific research aimed at developing treatments, and spread awareness of KAT6 syndromes so they can be more easily identified, treated, and studied.

Brynna Goes, the niece of Quad Plus employee Steve Pioppo, was born with KAT6A in 2016. Brynna, Steve and Quad Plus are working to help raise awareness, drive research, and builds funds to assist families in need. The doctors, scientists, researchers and teachers use these funds to work directly with the Brynna’s family and other families to help the children develop and thrive.

Paddle for Life

Paddle for Life is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Pacific Cancer Foundation and allows the Foundation to continue providing free support services to Maui County’s cancer community. 100% of all donations raised during Paddle for Life will go right back into Maui County to help individuals affected by cancer.

Quad Plus is proud to support Shannon Adams as she participates in the 14th Annual Paddle for Life fundraiser on Saturday, October 8. Participants, cancer survivors and supporters, paddle six-person outrigger canoes over a 22-mile journey off the coast of Maui to raise funds for the Pacific Cancer Foundation.

Please join Quad Plus in supporting Shannon’s fundraising efforts.

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Gigi’s Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse is a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers. Their goal is to change lives through free, results-driven programs for individuals of all ages, families and communities.

GiGi’s Playhouse is an inspirational and dedicated place for families to celebrate their child and benefit from free programs that unleash joy, confidence and continuous improvement. Playhouses empower children and adults to achieve their “Best of All” and to pursue their dreams.

Founded by GiGi’s Mom, Nancy Gianni, in Hoffman Estates, IL, the organization now includes 31 community Playhouses including the first global Playhouse location in Mexico. Last year, over 26,000 individuals with Down syndrome benefited from free programs and positive empowerment.

John, his daughter and the Quad Plus family are very active in supporting GiGi’s Playhouse and the GiGi’s Playhouse mission.

Ulman Foundation’s 4k For Cancer

A leading voice in the young adult cancer movement, The Ulman Foundation is working at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. Since inception in 1997, The Ulman Foundation have been working tirelessly at both the community level and with their national partners to raise awareness of the young adult cancer issue and ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive. The Ulman Foundation’s work over the years and to present day is guided by both their mission, vision and values and priorities and goals set forth within their strategic plan.

Joe Crosetto is an engineer in our Industrial Automation division. In the summer of 2019, he travelled with a group of students on a 70-day, 4000+ mile ride from Baltimore to Seattle, raising money and awareness for the Ulman Foundation.

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Cortney’s Place

Cortney’s Place, a family-founded nonprofit disability organization, provides an inclusive, stimulating, and meaningful community-based day program for adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

In 1985, Jim and Cindy Carpenter welcomed their firstborn child, Cortney. Born with multiple complications, she endured numerous life-threatening operations in the first weeks of her life. Despite being diagnosed with congenital nervous system malformations, leaving her non-verbal, non-ambulatory, and unable to care for herself, Cortney grew and faced each challenge with strength, dignity, and determination. When Cortney turned 22 she “aged out” of the school based program she had attended, and the Carpenters began their search for a safe, nurturing, and engaging day program for Cortney. They were disappointed to discover that most day programs were underfunded, uninviting, and only able to offer limited activities.

As a result, in 2007, the Carpenters founded Cortney’s Foundation – a safe, engaging, and innovative environment for individuals with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) who have aged out of the public-school system.

Today, Cortney’s Place is a specialized day program for up to 42 adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Our caregiver to individual ratio is 1:4 and we currently have 33 individuals enrolled. Cortney’s Place curriculum components include Music Therapy, Healthy Cooking, Hydrotherapy, Pet Therapy, Health and Wellness Programs, Art Classes, and Technology Classes. We strive to ensure that the individuals participating are stimulated cognitively, physically and socially to meet their personal goals, to work toward becoming more self-sufficient, and to elevate their overall personal potential.

Sidney is the nephew of Ron Malcolm, one of our industrial engineers based in Arizona. Cortney’s Place has been very special place for Ron’s nephew and the whole Malcolm family.

We’re honored to support their cause.

Lincoln-Way Central Robotics and Engineering Competitive Team

Lincoln-Way Central Robotics and Engineering Competitive Team is a local Highschool robotics team that competes in building and programming autonomous and human-driven robots. The team was recently started in 2017 with only a few members and then in 2018, the group’s membership skyrocketed. They focus on honing the skills and minds of students interested in learning Robotics and Engineering.

Quad Plus has donated supplies and tools as well as a Robot Kit and playing field so that the team can get some practice in and simulate an actual competition. The school may even be able to host future competitions because of this. Quad Plus has also been supporting the team with engineering assistance. The team has been meeting everyday after school to work on different aspects of the challenge, but Wednesdays are their official meeting days. Last Wednesday, Zack Galdes and Keith Schimick spent an hour with the team to help with design questions and robot construction.

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Education and Training Foundation

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is the sector-owned, government-backed workforce development body for the Further Education and Training sector. Its role is to commission and deliver professional learning and development for teachers, leaders and trainers to support government policy and meet sector needs. Their charitable purpose is to improve education and training for learners aged 14 and over.

Quad Plus, with the help of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, visited schools and colleges around the Manchester, England region to help engineering students expand their engineering education. The Education & Training Foundation and Quad Plus partnered on a project called “Taking Teaching Further.” We met with the students, lecturers and educational facilities to help bridge the gap between what you learn in school and engineering work in the field. It was our goal to provide real world advice for the students to hit the ground running when they graduate.

Shorewood HUGS

Shorewood HUGS was founded in 2008 by a group of 5 moms that wanted to give back to the community in which they raised their children. Their goal was to host unique events and raise funds to give back to the community by fulfilling wishes.

In 2010, The Hugs & Wishes Program was created as a way to help those in the Shorewood area who may need assistance, disabled, struggling through a difficult time or need a special hug.

Their Wishes Program, now the heart of their organization, has fulfilled over 500 wishes since inception.

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AVON Walk to End Breast Cancer

Since 1992, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has been working to help to prevent, treat, and ultimately eradicate breast cancer. The Crusade supports awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to care, support services and scientific research.

AVON 39 The Walk To End Breast Cancer, a project of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, takes place in seven U.S. cities and covers 39.3 miles in two days. Since its launch in 2003, the AVON 39 series has raised nearly $590 million thanks to more than 220,000 participating women and men from across the country, including Avon Associates and Representatives.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

While most people know them for their research, they do so much more. They promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. They research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. They fight for lifesaving policy changes. They provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer.

The American Cancer Society’s mission is simple, to free the world from cancer. Until they do, they’ll be funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. All so you can live longer — and better.

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Children’s Home + Aid

Since 1883, Children’s Home + Aid has been a leader in responding to the changing needs of disadvantaged children and families in Illinois. For more than 125 years, Children’s Home + Aid has paved the way by establishing best practices and shaping laws in child welfare, early childhood and juvenile justice. Today, Children’s Home + Aid is recognized as a leading provider of quality programs and services to children and families in need.

Children’s Home + Aid remains committed to improving the lives of children and families throughout Illinois. As a leading social service agency, Children’s Home + Aid serves nearly 40,000 children and families in need each year. It delivers over 70 social service programs throughout 40 Illinois counties. Although it has grown significantly over the years, Children’s Home + Aid remains dedicated to the idea that all children should grow up in an atmosphere of love and stability, and should be helped to reach their full potential.

Children’s Home + Aid addresses immediate community needs and responds with direct services and support. Their services include Adoption Services, Early Childhood Care and Education Services, Counseling Programs, and Parent Support.