Wigs 4 Kids

Rating: 4.82 stars   84 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: 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  

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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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  

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 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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