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May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

After 40 years in the education world,I looked for a meaningful place to volunteer, after retiring. At the Niles Resale store, there is an abundance of things to do that support the whole WINGS program. The need for compassion and safe refuge for women and their families who are in a domestic violence situation is imperative. The revenue from the stores along with funding helps provide not only a safe house, transitional living, but advocacy for women who must "right their upside down lives".

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

I have been involved with WINGS for about 20 years- with longevity comes in depth knowledge of the organization. I have followed some of the clients when they 1st came to WINGS homeless and scared to the time they graduate WINGS and some I have been lucky enough to see return to volunteer and serve on the Board! The staff at WINGS are dedicated hard working as our the volunteers that give these women that extra hand so they can soar in the future! I am proud to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to WINGS- they operate on a lean budget getting the most from my donations!

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I have watched WINGS grow from 10 beds to over 100! Way to go WINGS!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 14, 2009

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December 14, 2009

I have been a volunteer at WINGS for many years. This program really makes a difference in our ladies' lives and their children. We give them a place to live and feel safe when no one else does. We give them food and clothing. We give them the required skills and tools to get them on their feet, make them strong and ready for the next step in their lives. I am proud to be affiliated with such a wonderful organization.

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

watching a woman graduate and be on her own successfully.

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

try to find a way to have a continous stream of income.

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

observing the growth and the increased feeling of selfworth of the individual ladies.

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

dedicated, hard working and caring. The world is a better place because of them.

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

invest the funds so that it would have a monthly income to support all of our homes and safe house so more energies could be spent on supporting the women and their children versus raising funds to keep our homes open.

Ways to make it better...

we had more time to plan.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

obtaining funding so no woman would have to be turned away because we did not have the funds to support her and her children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an excellent organization. Most people think homelessness or battered women are only poor or uneducated women. That is totally wrong. People also think it is only a city issue. That is totally wrong. The subburbs need a place for woment to go

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 13, 2009

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December 13, 2009

Volunteering for Wings has brought such a great pleasure to my life. They do a wonderful service for women and their children. I have only been a volunteer for just over a year, but I felt so welcomed from the very start which makes the experience even better.

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

very welcoming and eager to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 12, 2009

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December 12, 2009

The staff at Wings has made me feel I am an important part in helping them with their efforts in helping victim/survivors of Domestic Violence.

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

seeing how important it is to increase public awareness about Domestic Violence.

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

feeling I am continuing my effort to help women and children to lead a safe life.

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

Increase the amount of women and children served as they choose to leave an abuser.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I have been a volunteer at WINGS for years and not only are the women and children who use our facility greatful for everything that is done for them, but the volunteers are treated great as well. I love doing the back packs at the beginning of the school year. Reminds me of how happy I felt as a kid getting new notebooks and gym shoes, and pencils and markers. I also love to wrap the Christmas presents. We play Christmas music at our holiday site and you feel like one of Santa's helpers for sure. I love to see how generous folks are with their donations for our food pantry and our coat drive. These are much needed items during difficult times in this economy.

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

in seeing the looks on the kids faces when they come in to collect both items that were donated for them or to shop in our food pantry. It just melts my heart that we can do that for them. Oh, the excitement with them trying on the Halloween costumes.

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

Everyone I get to work with. Beth and Beth and Dawn. They have the biggest hearts and a wonderful, kind attitude. They are grateful for the smallest things I do for them (WINGS).

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

Always wonderful. No doubt there.

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

Give a face lift to the office. Add a sink with running water to the kitchen area. (we have to wash dishes in the bathroom sink).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

I have volunteered for WINGS in various capacities for more than 12 years. I have witnessed first hand the "hands up" rather than "hand out" stance of the organization, and the power that hands up attitutde brings for so many women. This organization truly makes a difference in the community.

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

Watching women find the strenth to take the hands up offered by Wings and make the leap to find independence once again.

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Ways to make it better...

The caring staff make the volunteer experience a pleasure. More staff and donations would always help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

This organization not only provides a safe haven from abuse but also provides counseling for themselves and their children. Let's not forget they are given vouchers to go to the resale shop to find clothes, warm coats, etc. since they left their homes with just what is on their backs, or to find an outfit appropriate for a job interview. All this to get families back on their feet ready for independence. I first became familiar with WINGS while working full time. Our company volunteered 30 people to a day of assistance and the women's organization regularly collected clothing to be donated to the resale stores. Since retiring, I am now a weekly volunteer helping to prepare home style cooked meals, gardening produce in the summer, office help as needed and organizing/wrapping gifts during the holiday. Happy to be able to give.

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

truly dedicated to their job of helping those in need of assistance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

We have worked with Kati and Beth on the car wash fundraiser for a good number of years. Their dedication is hard to beat and the services that WINGS provide are very comprehensive. The fundraising assists the mentoring program and Kati the Director, and Beth are out there working hard from before it begins to after the close. The demand for assistance outstrips their ability so anything you can do to help wil be valued, and well spent.

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

Dedicated and kind. All are committed to the cause and the good they bring to others in need. They can articulate the needs and the program deliverables well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009

I have been volunteering with the Wings Program for over 15 years, assisting the women with tax preparation. During this time I have been priveledged to meet and work with women (and their children)as they progress through different stages of the program. It has been very rewarding to see the women become independent and really improve their life and that of their children. It may sound trite but I have learned more from them, than I could ever teach/inform them.

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

Seeing the progress the women make as they move through the different stages of the program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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