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Sharing Connections Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: Sharing Connections links people in need of goods & services to create a home with people wanting to share their resources. We listen to the community to understand these needs and educate and inspire individuals, groups and organizations to be part of the solution.

Programs: Reclaim furniture, clothing and household goods from community donors and redistributes them to economically disadvantaged individuals and families.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The name of this organization pretty much says it all.
Furniture and household items are donated by someone who no longer desires an item & given to someone who could use the item. How simple but, fabulous a concept! Leeanne McGrath is living proof that one person can make a difference. My life was forever changed the day I met Leeanne.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past 16 years I have been a volunteer at Sharing Connections.
The thing I enjoy the most is helping our guests select the items they desire to make their place a home. It is so rewarding to me, when they leave our warehouse with furniture and household items for a fresh start in their life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer of 14 years and have never met people as genuine as the staff and volunteers. Everyone unselfishly gives of their talents, time, and many times funds. Each guest is treated with compassion and dignity. What a marvelous goal to hope each guest leaves Sharing Connections a little happier, more comfortable in their residences, and more hopeful as to what the future may bring!

Kristyn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at Sharing Connections since 2005. This is an amazing organization that helps fufull the furnishing and clothing needs for people in the Chicagoland community

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Sharing Connections since 2009. They are an amazing organization that helps families, veterans, domestic violence victims & individuals make a house a home. They provide, beds, cribs, sofas, kitchen tables and many other household items to our neighbors in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering in May of "99 when I retired from my nursing career. I needed something to do that was worthwhile. My neighbor, Leeanne McGrath, is the founder of Sharing Connections and she was operating this charity from her home. It is always better to give than to receive. Often times you want to help but don't know how best to do it. It only takes one person to get the ball rolling and Leeanne did just that. I have met so many wonderful people who volunteer there and some have become forever friends. Most heart-warming is seeing our clients come in, often with their little children, and leave with a new lease on life.
Come and join us in our quest to spread hope. You won't regret it !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Sharing Connections this year and it has been such a great experience. They community that they have fostered is such a warm and happy one. Not only are we able to help out families transitioning from homelessness but we are able to get together with like minded people who love helping others. It is a top notch organization that I am very proud to be a part of.

Mark D.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people who take pride in what they do! Everyone is always in the mood to help, and they are all very kind

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with non-profit boards and can honestly say that Sharing Connections benefits not only from its committed and loyal volunteers, but from the guidance and support of the board. These business leaders volunteer expertise on accounting and legal matters to process improvement, marketing and fundraising. As a result, Sharing Connections stays on the incredible trajectory, collecting more furniture and donations to serve more clients in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer! I enjoy working with all the volunteers and seeing the smiles on clients faces.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best company I have ever volunteered for! Nice people and very deserving clients.

Sara C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family has been associated with this great organization for years! I am now a proud volunteer/Intern for them. I got to see first hand how great they are with their clients, volunteers and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen 1st hand through volunteering at sharing connections the delight of the clients when they get to furnish their new home. They love being able to pick out their furniture and to have new beds to sleep in and for some their 1st bed in many years! It is a wonderful service provided by Dharing Connections and many leave with renewed hope for their future!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have become a recent volunteer for this wonderful organization that "Furnishes Hope" for individuals and families in need. I'm impressed by the dedication and passion of the volunteers and by their hard work and organizational skills. This allows for this nonprofit to keep costs down by employing a lean staff. It's an honor to be affiliated with this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this amazing organization for 14 years - and have been joined by many friends and family as volunteers. It is so amazing to be a part of a grassroots organization that truly dedicates itself to furnishing hope. Fantastic and supportive volunteer base, staff, board and amazing donors. Over 9,800 individuals directly helped in 2018 and I look forward to playing my part in helping even more!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharing Connections holds a special place in my heart! Although I have not had the opportunity to receive services from there, I have been where most of the people come here are. I lived in a Domestic Violence shelter with my 2 boys for a while. We had to leave everything behind and start new. Sharing Connections gives people HOPE! SHARING CONNECTIONS gives people everything they need to make an apartment or house a HOME! From beds to dressers, kitchen table and chairs to sofa and end table to lamps! Pictures or frames to decorate even cleaning supplies and personal care items to get them started even clothing!! And the people who volunteer there are amazing!! We give hope to everyone that comes here! I love volunteering here.

Abby K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering here, it's such a warm and welcoming environment and such a great place to have a positive impact on the lives of others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for 4 years and have had the most incredible experience. Everyone is delightful and makes volunteering here fun. The volunteers and staff here serve the clients with respect and work very hard to make sure the client is served to the best of their abilities.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharing Connections is an awesome organization that I'm proud to support in any way I can. I've been involved since the mid-2000s and actually SEE the impact they make on neighbors less fortunate than many of us. They make it so easy for me to share something I no longer need with someone who needs it. How genius is that?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Sharing Connections since I left my full-time career in 2005 and cannot imagine an organization with more passion for its mission and compassion for its clients and their families.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has the most dedicated group of volunteers and staff that I have ever seen. Each and every member of the team will do whatever needs to be done to achieve the mission of furnishing hope for those in need. I am proud to be associated with all of the good that is being done!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is amazing to watch the volunteers and team at Sharing Connections make such a difference in the community. Each person that comes in for help is treated with total respect and dignity and walks out with the hope for a better future. They continue to strive to do the very best that they can and it shows.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been with Sharing Connections for many years....3,500+ hours....all the assist and help we give our clients has rewards for me too. Making people lives better, hands on, gives me purpose with my life and a feeling inside that cannot be described. Pure pleasure might be a good way, helping families, veterans especially for me, my Dad would be proud of all we do, as he was in WW11, decorated veteran, Thanks for letting me help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I may have only just started volunteering my time at Sharing Connections, the amazing people and the amazing work that they do there creates such a wonderful mindset that I carry with me. As a volunteer you can see your hard work pay off in the smiles of the clients and the hopefully shrinking inventory. Many a family has come into their establishment and allowed their lives to be changed forever. I know Sharing Connections has changed many lives before mine and I hope they continue to thrive in their work and impact many more lives after me.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Each and every day, Sharing Connections lives up to it's motto of furnishing hope. Whether it is a veteran transitioning out of homelessness or a family displaced from a fire, the staff and volunteers at Sharing Connections do their very best to furnish hope to struggling individuals and families. For the families that visit Sharing Connections, no matter where they are on their journey through life, they always leave happier and less stressed than they were when they first arrived.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve donated items to them and been to their warehouse and see the people they help. Great organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sharing Connections is an awesome organization. They help those in need with a "hand up" to enable them to not only help then get by but to feel better about themselves. Their great work of helping those in need in the Chicagoland area is second to none. Kudos to the other great volunteers their as well as the staff at SC as all are engaged to make this world a better place. It is a fun place to volunteer knowing your work and time is well spent!!