What we do matters…..

…..and our success starts with our employees

At Little Friends, we strive to be a premier agency with the goal of providing the best support and services to families and individuals with special challenges throughout the Chicago area, and this starts with our committed employees. Our employees come together to make up our team to help our families and individuals to reach their fullest potentials to live, learn, work, and thrive in their communities. We challenge ourselves and our employees every day to be innovators in the field by providing a place where employees can be creative and take leadership in the work they do.

To support our employees Little Friends provides the following benefits:

  • Industry competitive salaries

  • Full-time and part-time positions throughout the week to meet the needs of employees wanting to make a difference in our families and individuals’ lives

  • Medical benefit options to choose the right option for you and your family (for eligible employees)

  • Dental benefit (for eligible employees)

  • 401(k) retirement plan for your future

  • Life insurance (for eligible employees)

  • Long-term disability and Sick Bank

  • Professional development opportunities to help employees grow in their careers and skills

  • Training opportunities to support staff within their positions

  • Employee recognition program

  • Employee assistance program

  • Paid time off (for eligible employees)

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For questions, or to contact a member of the Human Resources staff, please e-mail HR@lilfriends.com


Employee Spotlight


Larry Walanka

The success of Little Friends comes from staff across the agency coming together to be part of one team. Today, we are thrilled to recognize our team member, Larry Walanka, Controller in the Finance Department. Larry started with Little Friends in 2007 as a temp in the Finance Department. Larry was so impressed with the organization that when a full-time position became available, he immediately applied.

Throughout Larry’s time with agency’s Finance Department, he has been able to take on different roles and responsibilities. With his knowledge of Little Friends and the Finance Department, Larry has been able to implement efficient, timely, and accurate deliverables including financial statements.

Larry has enjoyed the many opportunities to volunteer at events and found it very rewarding to represent Little Friends and its’ mission. Larry stated his favorite was always Ribfest where he could proudly represent Little Friends and experience the music (which is a personal passion of Larry). Another highlight for Larry was the opportunity to travel to the Spectrum and Colorburst locations to see the clients as well as the operations. “I was very impressed with Tom Pendziszewski and his staff. Their professionalism and the adult programs are assets to Little Friends.” Larry stated “while things change over the course of time, one thing that remains constant is our clients who bring so much to Little Friends. They are the reason Little Friends remains strong today and will in the future.” 

Larry, thank you for all you do for Little Friends to continue to support our clients, students, and families.