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.
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.
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.
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!