Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.86 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services, Cancer

Location: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 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  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My wife works for this organization and I have had the pleasure of volunteering at several of the charity's fundraising events. The team works well together and always puts the families they serve FIRST. You can tell when you visit their Wellness Center that the employees treat it as an extension of their home to ensure the best care and comfort for the kids during a challenging time in their lives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had heard about Wigs 4 Kids from a friend who used their services while undergoing cancer treatments. When I was much younger, I used to donate my hair to Wigs 4 Kids. I had recently moved to the area and decided to come check out Wigs 4 Kids and their Wellness Center. I was overwhelmed with the amount of services that they offer to kids. Between wigs, counseling, music, art and drama therapy, nutrition classes etc. - and all FREE OF COST! They never turn a child away - and are always there to help. What a great way to run an organization! The kids of Michigan are lucky to have Maggie around to help them when going through a difficult time.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Volunteering with Wigs 4 Kids has been and is a great opportunity. The staff is very supportive of the families and you can tell they really care. I helped out at their annual event and it was nice to see the difference that they make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

A completely dedicated company that supplies wigs and well-being for children without hair for free. All proceeds go directly to the kids. Maggie Varney, Board Members and volunteers are outstanding. I cannot give enough kudos to this wonderfully run organization. Please look at their website and donate. Sincerely,
Jeanne Ingram

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?

A lot

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I used to donate my hair to Locks of Love, however, I had moved back to Michigan in 2006, I read an article in the NY Times about Wigs4Kids, and was happy to know that this organization gives much more than just wigs to children with hair loss; they uplift these kids morale, and allow them to become part of their family. They provide assistance with grooming and feeling good about themselves, especially in their time of despair. Best of all, Wigs4Kids is located right in my neighborhood of St. Clair Shores, Michigan. I walked in to a warm welcome from Maggie Varney and her staff and had my long hair cut for the last time. (Before I started dyeing it). Whenever I donate to charity, I make sure that the moneys will be well spent and not wasted. This is obvious in the spirit and the growth of Wigs4Kids, especially these last few years. Once a year Wigs4Kids throws a wonderful fundraising dinner with lovely donated prizes and inspirational messages from the wig recipients and the founder, Maggie Varney. Everyone who attends finds the evening a great experience, one we talk about all year long! We always look so forward to the next one!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching them grow from a very small space to a complete wellness center, just opened this month.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its dedication to its mission.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

superb.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help so many children in pain.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Wigs4Kids is all about the kids. It's a positive force in kids' lives who are fighting against negatives. It gives Kids who've lost their hair to cancer or other reasons the chance to again be just like all the other kids. Kids can be so cruel to anyone who is less than perfect. If you're struggling with cancer, why should you have to struggle with that too?!? Adults can go anywhere for a wig but Kid's wigs have to be made for them. And once you're one of Maggie's Kids, you're always be taken care of by W4K. There are so many ways to help. Grow your hair and donate! Participate in the W4K events and volunteer your time and if you donate money, know that all $ go to the Kids. Everyone is a volunteer.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

win the lottery and set up a foundation to keep it going forever.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I had never had any type of cancer but the thought of cancer to any individual was crazy and I thought I had to something at school we have a club called Relay for Life and we raise money for them and my hair had always been long and I really thought of cutting my hair for a long time and decided to cut 13-14 inches I my hair and it was my first time and I donated my hair to Wigs for Kids and now my hair is growing and I will donate my hair again and again.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would encourage individuals to help out and create a club at school...:)

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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had been driving pass Go Green Salon for several years, and I kept thinking to myself.......I will stop in there sometime. Well one day I did, I was greeted by the sweetest woman, and quickly realized there was a great synergy there. I have volunteer a few times now and just love it! the young people that come in there to get a wig..............well they get so much more. They are received with compassion, love, kindness, understanding, laughter and joy. Some of the children have cancer and some have Alopecia, and I will say these children make the rest of us want to be brave like them. Thank you Maggie and your team for caring enough to do something about this, and to show that they are not alone, and that there are people who care, willing to come along side and help out!

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer with Wigs for Kids for a little over two years, and I'm amazed every time I'm involved with them, every person that comes through there doors leaves with a smile on their face, their self-esteem brighter, confidence within themselves much higher, and they all feel like they are part of a family. Wigs for Kids not only do they makes Wigs for Kids they build stronger, happier, more confident people. I am blessed to be part of such a wonderful place, Maggie and the staff are an amazing group of people that never stop giving.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing!

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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