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posted: Oct 6, 2017

Celebrate Operation Snowball at Portillo's Hot Dogs on Oct. 24, 2017 and Raise Funds for OS Inc. 

The Board of Director of Operation Snowball Inc. wants you to celebrate Snowball during Red Ribbon Week by coming out to Portillo's on Tuesday October 24th. Two locations, Schaumburg and Naperville Portillo's, will donate 20% of the dinnertime sales to Operation Snowball Inc. (see details and flyer below). So put on your favorite Snowball/Snowflake shirt, gather some friends and family and celebrate prevention and Operation Snowball! Don't forget a warm fuzzy!

Here are some specifics to remember: 

Good only at locations below

Before you order: mention the fundraiser and show this photo below and 20% of the evening sales goes to Operation Snowball Inc.

Valid at counter or drive-thru but must mention Operation Snowball fundraiser before you order.

You can support this event by printing off the image and posting it anywhere that will give you permission.... library, school bulletin boards, church... get permission first!

You cannot hand out flyers or create any kind of promotion or distraction on the property of Portillo's... 

You can copy the image and paste to your favorite social media and promote it like crazy on FB, Twitter, Instagram, etc. 























posted: Sept. 25, 2017

Looking for New Discussion Group Activities? 

The next time you are searching for new discussion group activities for your Snowball and Snowflake try a google search by topic instead of the cliche 'Team Building' or 'Group Games'. Here is a great toolkit of activities based on 'Empathy'. The website Startempathy.org also offers this toolkit in Spanish. You will find that this collection of activities can easily be adapted for the Snowball and Snowflake discussion groups.

Make finding new discussion group activities/conversation starters a challenge for your youth leaders. This is great 'outside-of-the-box' skill development. Assign leaders a topic to search and then in your next meeting review, discuss and plan on how to train others on these new finds! Search topics such as 'activities that teach' : empathy, conflict resolution, consensus building, healthy relationships, citizenship, volunteerism, drug prevention, and career planning. You'll be amazed at the number of activities and Youtube videos that result in your search!

We would love to hear from you about resources you've discovered so we can pass them along to other Snowball Chapters looking to enhance their facilitator trainings and event's discussion groups! 



posted: Sept. 22, 2017

OS Inc. Wins the Mike William's Logo Contest for August. Receives $1000 Donation!


  The Springfield-based company: Mike Williams Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning,  holds a monthly logo contest for non-profits. The most 'vote-getters' receives a $1000 donation. Thanks to all of our Snowball Chapters and friends of Snowball we were the winner for August. The added bonus is that this donation will be matched (2x) by the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations! 

We'd like to express our gratitude to Mike Williams Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning! They exemplifly 'community support' as they hold this fun contest monthly for non-profits throughout central Illinois. They not only help with a donation but their contest increases awareness about OS Inc. and other non-profits that serve the community. 

Make sure to visit our facebook page  and twitter feed to give a thumbs up to our posts thanking Mike Williams for their generousity and community support.




OS Adult Training Event:

"Marijuana and Illinois: Pot's Impact on the Land of Lincoln"

Presented by Tony Coder of Smart Approaches To Marijuana

Sept. 5, 2017

 Attention Snowball adult leaders!  Gain information and insight to prepare your youth leaders and inform Snowball participants about the multi-faceted issues concerning marijuana today. This is a hot topic training led by the national organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM). Don't miss this opportunity! This Illinois Association of Behavioral Health training is sponsored by Operation Snowball Inc. with a reduced price for Operation Snowball Chapter adult leaders. 

Sept. 5, 2017

9am - 4pm

Marriott Chicago/Naperville Hotel

Naperville, IL

Cost: Snowball Chapters $50.00 pp/ Non-Members: $75.00 pp
~ 6 CEUs (LCSW, LCPC, LPC, LSW, IAODAPCA)
Lunch will be on your own


Advanced registration and payment required: Click here to register 

This training is an opportunity to understand the reality of states who have already legalized,  the likelihood of legalization initiatives in Illinois and create a strategy to protect public health and safety with partners. In 2017, marijuana legalization has been beaten in every state where a commercialization bill has been introduced and partners concerned with public health and safety have been the forces that are leading the way. Illinois could follow that model to protect children and the vulnerable and not allow the  marketing practices of the next “Big Tobacco.”

This event is held in advance of the IABH Annual Conference which has a separate fee , for more information about the IABH Annual Conference being held on Sept. 6-8, 2017 Click here










Posted July 7, 2017: 

Summer of '17 Fundraising campaign from July 7 to July 21

The volunteer Operation Snowball Board of Directors is kicking off the Operation Snowball Summer of '17 fundraising campaign from July 7th - July 21st. As our new fiscal year began on July 1 we reflected on our successes in the past year, but also acknowledged the reality of financial stressors created by state budgets and shrinking funding sources.  In order to meet our mission of Operation Snowball we rely on the support of Illinois state prevention grants as well donations from foundations and dedicated individuals like you. Your donation is met by a generous match by the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations. Your donation is tripled... $25 becomes $75... $50 becomes $150... and so on! Thank you for your support! 

Click here to donate 


Posted June 22, 2017: 

A Big Round of Applause to Our International OS Chapters

The OS Chapters in Lithuania take pride that all of their 35 Chapters of Snowball follow the standards and guidelines using the OS Manual. Making sure all leaders utilize this manual is very important to them in preserving the mission of Snowball throughout Lithuania so the manual was translated into the Lithuanian language!  Click here to take a look at the manual. Although in a different language, it is fun to look at the songs and activity section on pages 43 - 46 as you will recognize 'Boom Chicka Boom', 'Snowball Monkeys', 'Singing in the Rain' and other Snowball songs!



Posted June 14, 2017:

SnowballFEST! A great success!

Operation Snowball Inc. held its last training event of FY17 on June 7th in Bolingbrook IL. SnowballFEST! was attended by 15 Chapter’s youth and adult leaders, the furthest coming from Springfield and Streator. The 94 guests participated in a team building presentation by M and P Presentations LLC which utilized live Twitter and Instagram group challenges (search #Snowfest17 to see the posts!). Steve Mazzarella, OS Board member and volunteer for Naperville’s Chapter, presented on leadership values and self-worth. This high energy day included OS Awards at lunchtime honoring outstanding youth, adults and chapters and a special surprise of a live Skype call from Lithuania by Darius Zingsnietis who coordinates the 35 Chapters of Snowball that operate there. A great day of skill-building, motivation, networking and celebration.


Posted May 24, 2017:

SNOWBALLFEST! June 7, 2017

Registration has closed for this event. Walk-In Registrations will NOT be Allowed on the day of event. 



REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED FOR: SNOWBALLFEST - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

NO-WALK IN REGISTRATIONS ON

DAY OF EVENT 


Registration fee: $10
Registration Deadline: May 24, 2017


Featured Speakers: M & P Presentations, LLC: 'EAT, BREATHE, TEAMWORK'

The training day will be an interactive, fun and skill-building day! We will celebrate the end of the Snowball (and school) year too with great speakers, OS awards, fun and maybe even some surprises! Lunch is provided.  

M & P will be celebrating the whole day with us too! How cool is that?!

Training is open for ALL Snowball Chapters - their youth leaders, adult leaders, volunteers, school and community supporters of Snowball and Snowflake. 

If school is out, no problem, just register as an individual, register, pay and be there! Make sure to grab a Snowball buddy and get them to come with!


About Registration: 

Deadline is May 24, 2017. Event seating is limited to100.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS ALLOWED. 

We hope that you continue to visit our webpage for future events.

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Q & A should be directed to Ron Jakubisin ron@ilabh.org or 217-528-7335 Ext. 16




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