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Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.82 stars   83 reviews 8,727

Nonprofit Issues:

Health, Human Services, Cancer

Address:

30126 Harper St. Clair Shores MI 48082 USA

Mission:

Wigs 4 Kids is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that reaches out to Michigan children and teens with hair loss to help them regain self-esteem. Our program assists young people, aged 3 through 18, with hair loss from cancer treatments, alopecia and other conditions by providing age-appropriate, custom-fitted wigs at no cost. Wigs 4 Kids supports these young people as they struggle for social acceptance based on physical appearance and helps kids improve their self-image by enabling them to look more like their peers. Wigs 4 Kids is funded solely on the basis of contributions and gratefully accepts donations.

Results:

Since our inception in 2003, Wigs 4 Kids has provided over 1,000 wigs & support services to Michigan children in need.

Target demographics:

Michigan children experiencing hair loss between the ages of 3 through 18.

Geographic areas served:

Michigan Area

Programs:

custom-made wigs, support classes & social groups

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586-772-6656
www.wigs4kids.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Wigs 4 Kids is a wonderful local non-profit. I have had the pleasure of volunteering here and was treated with the utmost respect and compassion for my help. I was able to work on a variety of projects that truly mattered to the mission and all that Wigs 4 Kids does for the children of Michigan. I am so thankful to have been hired here as a result of my volunteer experience. I wholeheartedly recommend this organization as a great place to spend your time and volunteer!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student pursuing a career in social work, I have had the great fortune to spend a bit of time at the Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon in St Clair Shores. Wigs 4 Kids is an OUTSTANDING nonprofit organization. They offer a number of services to individuals and families who are coping with illness/medical treatments that result in hair loss. The kind caring staff members at Wigs 4 Kids truly make a difference in the lives of their clients (children and families).

I have had the pleasure of working directly with social worker Corey Faulkner who helps individuals as well as families cope/recover from social, psychological, emotional as well as physical side effects of hair loss. I would, without reservation, refer any individual dealing with a hair loss related illness to Wigs 4 Kids.

I am happy to be apart of such a wonderful organization, and I look forward to many more opportunities ahead.

Lisa Q

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I read all of the reviews about Wigs 4 Kids on this site prior to volunteering here. I brushed off the last review (by tbennettbaker) because with a mission like this, how could they NOT be caring, wonderful people!?

Boy, was I wrong.

I've volunteered at numerous non-profits over the past fifteen years in a variety of capacities, but this was by far the most degrading and upsetting volunteer experience I've had to date. I did not feel like my work had any impact nor would I suggest volunteering for this organization in any capacity. I was openly mocked by the employees and owner and left at the end of the day almost in tears because of their utter lack of professionalism and communication skills.

Did I make a few mistakes while completing my volunteer tasks? Sure, but who doesn't make a few mistakes in a new, busy work environment when they're a little nervous? But instead of telling me to take my time; that they appreciated me stopping by to volunteer, and creating a positive, safe work environment, they instead threw more paperwork at me, made me feel rushed, gave me poor instructions, and then proceeded to treat me like an incompetent child when I couldn't complete the task PERFECTLY the first time with the said poor instructions... More or less, you need to be psychic to volunteer here. That's the only way you can accomplish the tasks that they give you up to their "standards". Using common sense is not good enough; you need to be able to guess what they want without seeing an example, asking someone OR being told.

My one piece of solace for how I was treated was the fact that everyone treated everyone else the exact same way: loud, catty, and highly unprofessional. I don’t think I was treated that way because of anything I did, but instead because that’s just how they treat everyone unless a client is standing two feet away. That was probably the most disturbing part of the day: watching how the owner could pause in mid-rant and plaster a smile on her face to hug and greet a client and then return to loudly belittling you or the other employees within the span of five seconds. That happened repeatedly throughout the course of the day. I honestly feel bad for the employees here because of that.

Bottom Line: Should you donate your hair here? Yes, there really aren't many organizations that offer this service. Should you get your hair cut and styled here? Yes, the stylists seemed friendly and professional. Should you volunteer or seek employment here? No... For an organization that prides itself on helping children with their self-esteem they did a fantastic job at attempting to crush mine over less than a dozen wasted pieces of paper.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Thank you for your feedback regarding your volunteer experience at Wigs 4 Kids. I am so very sorry if I in any way or my team offended you. The purpose of your volunteer experience may have been to teach us how to continue to strive to improve as an organization, team and individuals. Thank you. Respectfully, Maggie Varney

Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered for four hours. The place definitely has a great value and mission. It's definitely an inspiring and upholding place for clients who are going through cancer treatment. It was a warming and welcoming environment "for the customers". However, behind the scene was a terrible experience. You cannot be a leader but mistreat your staff. You cannot be rude to your staff in front of customers. If you're going to be a leader, you have to treat "everybody" with dignity and respect. The boss was a hypocrite who tries to present herself as a great, caring, and loving person for the kids. You cannot put your standards higher than the people who works for you. If it wasn't for them to help run your place, you will not be where you are today. Another staff was asked or "demanded" to take care of another task with an attitude and high tone in front of a customer. I am sure the staff feels degrading. This boss had little patience when it comes to hearing what anyone else has to say. It was a horrible experience volunteering for this place. If you're going to donate or take their service, I recommend it. But do not volunteer or work for the owner of this place. She treats you with no respect. She's all over the place and cannot make up her mind of what she wants you to do. She will try to manipulate you for not having "enough skills" when really she's the one who does not have clear instructions. This is to all students who are interning. Definitely not a great scene for helping out in the back.

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I thank you for your feedback, honesty and candor. We are very fortunate to work with hundreds of volunteers, many of them students and interns. I obviously agree that we have a great mission and do wonderful work here. Thank you for the time you gave to help our program.

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

We donated my son's hair of 10"... He always got called a girl, but he didn't care, because it was one gift we could afford to give. We heard about the organization through the salon we go to. We decided to give to this one, because one of the bigger organizations would charge for the wigs and this is free!!!. For the kids who need it. We received the postcard with the thanks and it will always be a reminder to him..

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I convinced my neighbor, ( a gentleman) to donate his long hair he was gettg ready to cut. He hadn.t considered this idea. I did all of his registerg and mailg for him. The certificate u mailed him thanking him for his donation made him relize what an impact his donation meant. It put so.ething in his hands he could touch and look at to remind him there r wonderful people like u that help in ways we dont even consider. U guys rock!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have known the Founder of this organization for 11 years. Met her professionally, when i was assigned by my editor to write a story on this new non-profit. Since that time Maggie and I have become like-minded, close friends. I'm now an Advisory Board member of Wigs 4 Kids, and have the deepest respect for what Maggie and her staff do to support our sweet "kids" in need. It's fulfilling to see the love at the Wellness Center for our "kids." For any negative remark or review there may be, there are easily 10 positive reviews to back that up. There's a sense of purpose in supporting this organization. I'm happy to be on this journey with Maggie, the kids, her staff, and our board.

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My 8 y.o. daughter gets excited to donate when the time is right. My wife and I take her to Wigs for Kids every time, we have donated her hair 3 times now and will continue to support this worthy local cause.

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Actually I was disappointed finding out what happened after my daughter chose this charity to donate her hair this time around. When my husband dropped it off, since it was "local" instead of a thank you and something for the scrapbook. They were more invested in making him but a tshirt for $25. Was the hair (very long, very thick) not a huge donation? Apparently not appreciated to even give the child a tshirt. No they wanted cash too. Definitely won't be the place she donated to the next time around.

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T-shirts are available for purchase inside our Wellness Center, yet we never require our hair donors to buy them. We are so fortunate to receive over 6,000 hair donations a year and we greatly appreciate each one. As much as we are grateful for our hair donors, there is no way we could provide a t-shirt to everyone. If we gave a t-shirt to one child, we would have to give a t-shirt to all. This is not a lack of appreciation, as the funds raised go directly to the children we serve and to continue our mission. It takes $800 to turn hair donations into a wig for a child in need and as a nonprofit, our t-shirt revenue helps make this program possible. Respectfully, Maggie Varney Founder & CEO Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for 11 years. I have learned so much by being a part of this organization. Not only had my personal life been affected so has my career life. I have never met such a dedicated person like Maggie. She cares for all her kids and all her volunteers and board members. This organization not only helps the life's of the kids but also their families, friends and schools. I am a better person because of this organization.

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

WIGS4KIDS Is a Non-profit organization which in my mind supersedes many!!!! Parents have enough to worry about with costs of healthcare, medications, and other bills not paid due to leave of absences from work. I have been involved with WIGS4KIDS for ten years now and have seen the impact personally on each and every child that has walked through the doors. Maggie is kind, courteous, understanding, vibrant, educated and loving. She has the passion no other women has that I have ever met. Even during her own health battles, she put these kids first. Not only has this organization helped these children, it has also broadened my horizons, taught me valuable life lessons it has also taught me great working skills. To anyone who needs services of this kind, the support, education, and determination this organization has is by far the greatest around.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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