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SEASPAR

Discover Abilities. Achieve Potential. Realize Dreams.

aka South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation   |   DOWNERS GROVE, IL   |  https://www.seaspar.org/

Mission

SEASPAR provides dynamic recreation programs and quality services for its residents with disabilities in southeast DuPage and southwest Cook Counties, Illinois.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Matthew Corso

Main address

4500 BELMONT RD

DOWNERS GROVE, IL 60515 USA

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EIN

36-3264898

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Special Olympics (N72)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem that SEASPAR works to address is filling a gap in public services provided to individuals with disabilities, specifically related to leisure and recreation, in the twelve communities that we serve. In many ways, people with disabilities in Illinois fall off the radar of public services once they turn 22 years old and leave school. Families have very few options for activities for members with disabilities, especially as disabilities have become more significant and prevalent while improved health care has extended life expectancies. Having external recreational opportunities for a person with disabilities benefits his or her family and makes it easier for a person to live at home, as the availability of group housing is also dwindling. SEASPAR serves all ages and all disabilities, providing opportunities not typically offered by park districts, municipal recreation departments, or private recreation service providers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Recreation Programming

SEASPAR offers year-round recreation programming for individuals of all ages with all disabilities, including weekly programs, special events, day camps, Special Olympics training, and adapted sports. Residents served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs are eligible to participate in SEASPAR programs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Recreation Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 numbers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 reflects shortened year (June 1-December 31, 2021) due to organization's fiscal year change.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Recreation Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 numbers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic and a different method for counting participants. 2021 reflects shortened year (June 1-December 31, 2021) due to organization's fiscal year change.

Hours of programing delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Recreation Programming

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 numbers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 reflects shortened year (June 1-December 31, 2021) due to organization's fiscal year change.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Recreation Programming

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 numbers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Recreation Programming

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 numbers impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. 2021 reflects shortened year (June 1-December 31, 2021) due to organization's fiscal year change.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ultimate goal of SEASPAR’s work is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through dynamic recreational programs and services. This is accomplished in both short- and long-term ways; e.g., a participant may enjoy social interaction with peers during a SEASPAR fitness program while also improving his or her gross motor skills over the course of a program season or even years of participation.

To that end, the goals of the recreational programs and events we offer are to: improve physical and emotional health; increase self-esteem and opportunities for self-expression; enhance independence; develop social skills and relationships; develop cognitive and fine/gross motor skill; and integrate participants into the community.

The primary goal for our organization over the next three to five years is to increase participation in our youth programming, initiating relationships with SEASPAR that will be lifelong. This will help ease the transition as the children age out of school programming and keep them engaged in productive activities in the community.

Another short-term goal for SEASPAR is to further address the prevalence of autism by offering additional programming for individuals with that specific disability, as well as accommodating the growing population of multi-need individuals.

Finally, we plan to seek out new partnerships in order to share resources, expand our offerings, and reach new participants.

SEASPAR’s primary strategy to sustain our success is to continue monitoring trends in disabilities and recreation as well as our own program registration patterns to maximize our resources and offer programming that is attractive and meets the evolving needs of our participants.

We will continue evaluating the quality of individual programs, improve programming as needs evolve, and ensure that our offerings are dynamic and responsive. We will also continue offering a fee assistance program to ensure that our offerings are accessible to participants with financial need.

In order to increase participation in our youth programming, we will develop a marketing plan specific to this demographic that would increase our presence in schools, community events specific to children, parent support groups, and service providers for early intervention and child therapy programs.

To further address the prevalence of autism, we have built a second multi-sensory room, which provides therapeutic recreation benefits primarily to individuals with autism, ASD, and ADHD. Our first was built in 2014 in the western section of our service area, and this new room was built in the eastern section of our service area, ensuring equal access to this unique amenity across the communities we serve. We also plan to ensure that individuals with multiple needs are provided with adequate support in programs by seeking out additional volunteers and part-time staff.

Finally, new partnerships will be sought with schools, special needs cooperatives, and other community organizations to ensure that we are maximizing our resources, expanding our programming, and reaching potential participants as efficiently as possible.

SEASPAR’s twelve member entities are the primary resource for funding and space for our programming. These member entities, whose residents with disabilities are eligible for SEASPAR programming, include the Village of Brookfield, Clarendon Hills Park District, Darien Park District, Downers Grove Park District, Village of Indian Head Park, Park District of La Grange, Community Park District of La Grange Park, Lemont Park District, Lisle Park District, Village of Western Springs, Westmont Park District, and Woodridge Park District, all in DuPage and Cook Counties in Illinois. In the 2022 fiscal year, these organizations contributed nearly $1.6 million (62%) of SEASPAR’s revenue.

In addition to their financial contributions, these member entities provide program space for SEASPAR, including both temporary space for individual programs and events as well as permanent space for programs like our EAGLES Adult Day Program and multi-sensory rooms.

Additional financial contributions are made by our generous donors, sponsors, and fund development event attendees, who contributed a total of $96,716 (4%) of SEASPAR’s revenue in the 2022 fiscal year.

SEASPAR’s staff and volunteers truly make our programming possible. Our 15 full-time staff are experts in their fields, and nearly all hold the national certifications of CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) or CPRP (Certified Park and Recreation Professional). The majority of these staff develop and oversee the areas of recreational programming that are primarily staffed by our 130 volunteers and 150 part-time staff (2022 data). (An additional 40 part-time staff provide inclusion services for our member entity programs so that individuals with disabilities can participate in their home park district or recreation department with accommodations if they so choose.) These staff and volunteers are also ambassadors for our organization, representing SEASPAR in a positive light and recruiting new members for the team. As our organization continues to grow, we will continue seeking passionate staff and volunteers to keep our programming at the level of quality our participants and their families have come to expect.

External partnerships are also a strong part of SEASPAR’s operations. We partner with the Downers Grove and Lemont park districts to offer Home Front Health, a free program for veterans who have a disability rating of 10% or higher. We offer cooperative programming with a variety of nursing and rehabilitation, senior living, independent living, and vocational service providers. We also offer a cooperative program to provide field trips and activities to students in special education programs at schools that serve our member communities.

In the 2022 fiscal year, SEASPAR served 524 participants with 457 programs.

Of these participants, 43% were children, which is an increase from 28% in 2021, reflecting a positive result of our marketing plan to increase participation in youth programming.

Over the last year, we have become more data-driven, soliciting input from participants and families on a seasonal basis and examining our registration data closely to identify trends. Programming and customer service efforts are evaluated based on this data. Also in the vein of customer service, we have streamlined our program registration process.

The largest barrier to program delivery is currently staffing, and SEASPAR has and will continue to promote its employment opportunities as the life-changing experiences that they are.

SEASPAR will continue evolving our programs with time and trends, but still offer our successful core programming. We will evaluate how to best balance our resources with the ever-growing needs of our participants.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEASPAR

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Bill McAdam

Downers Grove Park District

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/13/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/06/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.