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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

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I initially volunteered with my kids when they were in grade school and liked Sharing Connections mission. Years later I got the opportunity to help the mission succeed as a board member. I have enjoyed my time being associated with such an inclusive group and the ability to make such a difference in our clients lives.

Kristyn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to part of Sharing Connections Organization since 2005. I have been a sorter/greeter, I spent 4 years on the Board & I am currently the Golf Chair. In addition I volunteer once a week as a client Aid helping our guest select furniture and household goods. It is with a humbled heart that I get to see the pleasure and pride of ownership these individuals and families have in selecting the items to make their house a home.

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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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lkuntz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for about 2 years now and I am able to see both sides because I also refer families into the program for help. I am able to see the family's gratitude and how it makes them feel to receive the help on the other side as well. Sharing Connections is an amazing place to not only volunteer but it is this amazing place that brings hope, and a belief that there really are people out there that care to families who may never have experienced that feeling before. Sharing Connections can be that transforming moment in their lives where they see the goodness in the human experience again. Thank you to our donors, to the staff and volunteers that make Sharing Connections what it is and to the children and families who benefit from this little gem.

Lisa Kuntz, Volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of donating and volunteering with Sharing Connectons, Inc. I've had such great experiences with them that I was easily able to convince my employer to make them our Charity Partner for 2020! From the office staff to the volunteers, they TRULY CARE about every single person that comes through their doors. I've seen the way they interact with their clients. They are professional, kind, and empathetic. I literally can't say enough great things about them!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great group that does so much for the people that live here in Illinois, and need help.. I am a happy to be associated with this wonderful organization, and my daughter has also volunteered


for this group...
Besides volunteering, we have had a social event where I have asked my guests to bring something for the organization..our front porch was covered with much needed things for Sharing Connections...




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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a client aide volunteer for over 15 years. Sharing Connections provides beds, furniture, and household necessities to families in need. It is extremely rewarding to work with the families and share in their excitement and gratitude. Everyone is treated with respect regardless of their domestic situation. I am proud to be part of an exceptional nonprofit organization.
Debbie Edwards

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Sharing Connectings for at least 10 years and it's an honor and priviledge to be able to help others in need. The staff and volunteers work very hard to provide guests with their furniture needs in a most respectful way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to work with Sharing Connections and will attest to the pride they bring and put into their work. They are driven to make real change in the community. They are welcoming and kind.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love the uniqueness of the work that Sharing Connections does---collecting new and gently-used furniture and housewares and distributing it to people in our communities who cannot afford beds and cribs to sleep in, dining tables and chairs where they can share meals, do homework, and play games with family and friends, and a comfortable chair to sit a weary body down into after a long day at work (or searching for work). After all, a home without beds, tables & chairs and other basic items merely make these living spaces “permanent shelters”. By providing basic home necessities, Sharing Connections can help create “permanent homes” for people in need.

I never dreamed I'd be a part of this amazing adventure that is Sharing Connections---and I wouldn't have it any other way.

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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

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!

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.

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!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Sharing Connections since 1991. Brought baby items to Leeanne's garage for redistributing to another family in need. She has done amazing work! Her vision to take this small initiative and grow it into a fully-functioning non-profit agency serving the Chicagoland area is nothing short of amazing! This agency helps so many individuals with small requests like clothing and personal care items, to whole home full of beds, dressers, kitchen table/chairs and cooking utensils. It's wonderful to experience a 'Sharing Connection moment' by participating in such a wonderful cause and agency! 4/19/2018 update - they are having a Mom's donation drive. Give $100 and a crib/bed will be bought so all children sleep safely. As a Mom, I want all kids safe and in a crib/bed and tucked in nightly!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Sharing Connections since 1991. Brought baby items to Leeanne's garage for redistributing to another family in need. She has done amazing work! Her vision to take this small initiative and grow it into a fully-functioning non-profit agency serving the Chicagoland area is nothing short of amazing! This agency helps so many individuals with small requests like clothing and personal care items, to whole home full of beds, dressers, kitchen table/chairs and cooking utensils. It's wonderful to experience a 'Sharing Connection moment' by participating in such a wonderful cause and agency!

1 Amy S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Extremely motivated group with goals and visions to to help as many people as they can to help transition into their own home. Truly amazing work done

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with a large volunteer base committed to the cause of "Furnishing Hope". Because of the size of the volunteer base and the lean paid staff ratio, the funding provided by people, churches, companies, foundations, etc is being used in an efficient and caring way making sure overhead doesn't diminish the benefits directed to our client community. Truly an impressive organization on so many levels.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for over 10 years at Sharing Connections, I have helped to serve many many of our very deserving guests. I have been heartened by the increasing number of veterans that have been referred to us. It is so rewarding to be able to offer not only furniture for their new home, but also many varied household items for their kitchen, bathroom and bedroom along with clothing. Our guests seem a bit apprehensive upon arriving at SC and it is our job to help them feel comfortable, cared for and ready to go back making a new home and new life for themselves and their families. One of my most satisfying moments a few months ago was when one of the movers from a moving company, that was assisting our guest came up to me and told me two years ago he was one of our guests. With a huge smile on his face, he told me because of us he has a comfortable home, a new job and a very promising future ahead of him. It's doesn't get any better than that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked at Sharing Connections for over 10 years and having been able to help hundreds of families start over to begin a new chapter in their lives has been a blessing to me as well as them. It's wonderful to offer the families donations of all kinds of furniture and household goods to make their new place a home and somewhere they want to be and also to be proud of. Sometimes they can come in a bit dejected and feeling defeated, but by the time they leave with all of their new items, they have tears of joy and get a great big hug to begin again and face the world with hope. There is nothing more rewarding for a volunteer and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Sharing Connections for almost 14 years. My roles have included Client Care, Sorting, Christmas Program, Adult Christmas Baskets, and various others. One does not continue to return weekly if they are not happy to be volunteering at a specific place. Working with our guests is so rewarding - for them and for me. When a guest is starting a new home and turns to Sharing Connections for assistance - they come in with some reluctance, not knowing what to expect. Leaving with furniture, dishes, clothing, bedding, home accessories, clothing, appliances, rugs, towels, personal care and cleaning supplies - and many other items that have been donated - well, they now have items to make that empty space a home. Giving a hug to a guest as they leave gives them and us good feelings. Sharing stories and tears, listening with caring and understanding - these are the exceptional personal touches that Sharing Connections can offer.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member, I see Sharing Connections from the inside-out. Its leadership, staff and volunteers are aligned in servicing those in need with dignity and respect, while ever mindful of deploying donor resources prudently and in the way that honors the mission. Instances of former clients coming back years later to Sharing Connections as volunteers speaks volumes for what the organization represents to the people it serves. I encourage others to make a positive difference by supporting Sharing Connections!

Debbie K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have donated to Sharing Connections for a few years but as a newly retired gal, I needed to find my passion here in Downers Grove. I volunteer now 2 mornings per week. I witness the generous donations from stores and companies who understand the struggles of our veterans and domestic abuse victims.
I witness the dedication of the hard working staff!
I especially witness the efforts of the volunteers who have been here for years and call this their calling!
What a terrific place Leanne has built! Let's keep this passion going for the needy!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As both a long-term donor and a professional involved with Sharing Connections, I continue to be impressed with the organization. Striving to meet the needs of the local community, the volunteer base is large and staff could not be more dedicated.

It's refreshing to see how appreciative both staff and volunteers are with all donations; they take great pride in making sure they are used to meet the needs of as many guests as possible.

It's humbling to see the positive impact Sharing Connections has on the lives of those in need locally, and I couldn't be more proud to be part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of being a part of Sharing Connections in a variety of rolls, all of which have been a positive experience. But it is when I connect one on one with a Guest, that I am able to witness the hope we provide during transitional times in people's lives.
I will never forget the veteran who came with a hand drawn floor plan of his new apartment. He had such excitement and gratitude as we carefully picked out his gently used furniture. By the end of his visit, he not only received furniture but almost everything he needed to set up his new home, all of which had been donated by individuals and corporations! He left giving many hugs, a smile on his face, and most of all hope for his future.
This is just one of many stories I have witnessed while volunteering at Sharing Connections. The organization truly does furnish hope.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization to be involved in. Working with people who care so deeply for those in need and treat them with such dignity and respect warms my heart and gives me hope for the future of our country and our world. It is a well run organization that sticks to its mission with passion and focus.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see the great impact that Sharing Connections has made to individuals and families in need. Whether it is an individual , a family or a veteran in need, Sharing Connections provide comfort and support. I am a volunteer and part of the truck pick up team. Seeing the wonderful folks in the western suburbs that donate great items is heartwarming. Your donations of lightly used furniture as well as money can help us continue to fill this urgent need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I want to preface this by saying that I am lucky enough to see first hand the impact Sharing Connections makes ! To be able to play a role in serving over 6,000 individuals each year and see the look on the face of the parent when they receive a bed for their child makes all the difference in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Sharing Connections. Having volunteered here for over eleven years, I have witnessed so many rewarding moments. Families will come in where the entire family is either sharing one bed or all are sleeping on the floor with little more than a floor mat to lie on. When people see beds , words cannot express their gratitude, but the tears in their eyes say it all.

What a great organization and a great mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enjoy seeing the joy this organization brings to people's lives. When a family comes in and are able to furnish their new home when all they had before was empty rooms they are very appreciative. I really enjoy the time I spend volunteering there and find it a truly rewarding experience.

Carter L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at this non profit has been a great experience! The personal that is on staff here are the most kindhearted and thoughtful people. Along with the great personal, the volunteer staff has also been a joy to work with. The volunteer staff is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that a guest properly outfitted with the furniture that they require. Not to mention they make sure that everyone that comes here is comfortable and happy. The volunteers and staff make sure that all the furniture is properly taken care of and ensures that the furniture meets the highest quality level.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working here at sharing connections has been a rewarding experience just knowing that what we do here helps people in need. The workers here are very nice and dedicated it makes me feel good knowing what I do here makes people in need very happy....Thank you sharing connections for having me time well spent God Bless You All....JG

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CARING is the word that sums up my experiences as a volunteer for 11 years at Sharing Connections. I chose "charing" because it captures the essence of what has to happen in a community to enable Sharing Connections to exist. Without the support of donors who want to help by sharing their personal finances, goods, services, and time to assist others who find themselves in times of need - well, this organization would not exist. Every time I am there my heart is warmed through the exchange of time and stories with our guests and the volunteers and the staff. Creating a warm and genuinely caring place for our guests to come and maintain their dignity is a high priority. Watching as a guest who is starting a new journey in life finds their vehicle being filled with household items that they so need - well, many times there are tears exchanged in the hugs we share. Caring is more than watching from a distance - caring up close and personal can change a person's life forever. Volunteering at Sharing Connections filled a void in my own life - and though the interactions with guests, staff and volunteers this void was soon overflowing with caring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Sharing Connections for over a year and look forward to my Saturdays working alongside Julio, Abbey, and the other volunteers. I found out about Sharing Connections when I was donating a couch. The process of picking up the couch was so seamless I decided to look at volunteer opportunities. Thank goodness I did. The appreciation and sense of relief the guests have when they fill up their trucks with much needed items is incredible. I watched three kids, their eyes as wide as if it were Christmas, watching their new mattresses being put in their truck. Those experiences are why Sharing Connections is such a great place to volunteer and I am so grateful that we found each other.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Sharing Connections for 5 years and have seen how this group impacts a family in need. We try to give a family in need furniture, bedding, household items, clothes, and much more. All of these items are donations from the communities around us, many who have donated to us for years. I have seen a mother cry when we were able to give her children each a bed, something they never had. Several homeless veterans have come through, looking for a second chance and so happy to receive the items they needed. At Christmas, we join efforts with Marine Toys for Tots, and one mom broke down when we were able to give her son a bike. At Christmas, we receive all sorts of new toys, gift cards, coats, homemade hats and scarfs that the community knows we will give to clients. I am amazed every year at the generosity of people!