Anixter Center is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Highland Park Community Foundation, which will be used to support Anixter’s ACT Program.

Located in the vibrant downtown of Highland Park, ACT is an innovative, flexible, person-centered program that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead active lives in their community. ACT works in partnership with participants, families, and businesses to build a Highland Park where everyone can thrive. Participants design their daily calendar, which includes a range of activities, including volunteer work and exercise classes. ACT is designed to engage participants and increase independence, self-confidence, and align with their personal goals and interests.

Ally, who has attended ACT for years, shares that “I love art therapy and yoga. I like ACT because it’s right in my community.”

“The Highland Park Community Foundation’s generosity allows Anixter to continue delivering its life-changing work. At ACT, participants have opportunities to access the resources they need to thrive—and connect more deeply with the Highland Park community.”
-Waheedath Murarsheed, Vice President of Disability Services

The Highland Park Community Foundation annually awards grants though a competitive application and review process. For more information, visit

Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center (Anixter Center) is an innovative not-for-profit, community-based organization that serves people throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Anixter Center drives life-changing impact to improve our communities. Our mission is to provide an array of services and supports for people with disabilities and related challenges to live, learn, work, and play in the community. Community facing, focused on universal practices that benefit everyone, and a core belief in partnerships drive our vision to ensure we have inclusive communities where all people thrive.

About Highland Park Community Foundation: The Highland Park Community Foundation was established in 1992 at the request of the City of Highland Park to build and maintain a permanent endowment fund. As the philanthropic heart of the community, the HPCF improves and enriches people’s lives with annual grants to nonprofits that provide educational, social service, and cultural programs for Highland Park and Highwood residents. The Foundation’s avowed purposes are to expand opportunities and address the unmet needs of the community – needs that are not met by governmental or other sources.