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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Health, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Pediatrics

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.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 200 children and families recover from the side effects of hair loss.

Geographic areas served: Michigan Area

Programs: custom-made wigs, support classes & social groups

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids has changed my life for better. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis and never could have overcame Hairloss with a smile on my face without the staff of W4K. I am confident in everything I do because of how beautiful the hair pieces are, and because of the support the team at Wigs 4 Kids offers. It's a personal experience and they make you feel like family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have supported Maggie & Wigs4Kids for many years and will continue hopefully for many more. The generosity of spirit evidenced by Maggie, her staff and all the W4Kids volunteers is inspiring. Please join me in continuing to support Wigs 4 Kids. Large or Small - your donations are always appreciated and You become part of what keeps the mission of helping kids moving forward. I hope Maggie doesn't mind my borrowing her sign-off but it's so very true... The Kids and I thank you...............

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1 Shelley36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 kids is the most amazing organization I volunteer for! Maggie and her team make sure everyone that comes in the door walks out with a smile!This is the most dedicated organization for Kids in need of a wig. Wigs 4 kids of Michigan provide emotional support for the family's and lots of compassion!This in my eyes is Heaven!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wigs 4 Kids a hidden gem that resides in the heart of St. Clairvoyant Shores, MI. As a volunteer I have been able to work with an amazing staff and also become a part of their family. They do wonders for the families that have loved ones in need of their services. No one is ever turned away. Maggie Varney is truly heaven sent and I can't think of anyone or anything that could ever repay her for everything she has done. Wigs 4 Kids is truly an amazing organization.

6 LaVeta D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the Wigs 4 Kids staff and see the amazing work that this team does for children that have experienced hair loss due to illness. First, I was surprised to learn that there is an organization to help this particular community, giving free wigs and free support services to families with this unique need. Learning this inspired me to see the work in action and to see how I could help!
At my first meeting there, I was introduced to the intricate structure and depth of the Wigs 4 Kids program. There is a very holistic approach to boosting the confidence and self-esteem of the children they help.
The most heart-warming sights that I've seen, included: The humble compassion and sense of pride shown by adults & children who donated their own hair. Then, most awe-inspiring, were the shy smiles, bright eyes, and beautiful hair styles that were made for and chosen by children who had been helped!!
I have immense respect and appreciation for the conscious, wise, visionary - Ms. Maggie Varney & her dedicated team! They have created and maintain a venue that gives enrichment and joyful experiences to families. I'm so proud to have been allowed the opportunity to help this team!
Additionally, I felt so appreciated for volunteering. This team is grateful and considerate to the people that time to help. Everytime that I have been there, the atmosphere of Wigs 4 Kids has been a pleasure to encounter; filled with peace, and love, and bustle! There are amazing and effective happenings at this well run non-profit and much to be done. Wigs 4 Kids is a purposeful place!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi, I am a mother of 2 girls that have Alopecia. My First child was 5 years old when she was diagnosed and may second child was just one year old. They were both diagnosed at the same time which was very stressful. My first child was going to kindergarten and I was very scared for her of what kids would say to her because kids can be very cruel. One day my sister-in-lav found Wigs 4 Kids on the internet and we called to set an appointment. They were so generous and they told us we could come right away. When we arrived a woman with a very big heart welcomed us and her named is Maggie Varney, She nicely told us all about the program, how we would get the wigs right away and that the whole program was free including the wigs, hairstyling,hair cuts, ect. After year my first child's hair started growing back and my second child got her first wig. 8 years passed and my second child is still in the program. All the workers there are very kind, polite, and love the children Thank god there is a program that helps kids not feel feel insecure.

Sincerely,
Emina Didic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

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.

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Maggie V. 07/01/2015

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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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Maggie V. 11/05/2014

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.

2 Stephanie93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.