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.
I have been a Sharing Connections volunteer for 15 years working in various capacities. It is so uplifting to me, to reach out a hand to help someone else get back on their feet. I am constantly amazed by the donations that we receive. The donations that touch me the most are the ones from young children. There are many kids that have requested items we need, for their birthday presents. Then they bring the items to us to give to people we serve. Wow!
HOPE is the word that comes to my mind when I think of Sharing Connections.
I have volunteered at Sharing Connections the past 14 years. I have done many different things for Sharing Connections. But, the one that I enjoy the most is working directly with our recipients. People come to us for various reasons. Homeless transition, domestic violence, military veterans, natural disasters, or catastrophic illness are a few examples. Many have been sleeping & eating on the floor. I would say that the average person that walks in our door is feeling overwhelmed by life. Many times they feel ashamed & embarrassed to ask for help. After we help them choose items they like, to make their living space a “home”, they have a new outlook on life.
I have had people cry on my shoulders and tell me that “this place is such a blessing.” Or “you don’t know what this means to my family.” They leave Sharing Connections with a smile on their face and the hope that this is truly the beginning of a new & better chapter in their book of life.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Amazing organization helping people get furnishings & beds to make their house a home
I recently helped a 70 year old veteran by providing him a bed, dining table & chairs, dresser, lamps, kitchen accessories including pans, dishes, glasses, silverware. While I was helping him choose a recliner to fit his needs, he burst into tears. He explained to me that he had been riding the train so that he could sleep in a safe place. He had not not slept in a bed or had his own place for 2 years. That is what Sharing Connections is all about, helping furnish hope to those in need.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.