3 Things to Smile About This Week
- Posted by Katie Zwiener
- On April 9, 2020
- Chicago, chicago metropolitan area, Chicago suburbs, children services, children survivors dv, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Domestic Violence, domestic violence agency, Easter, non-profit, northwest chicago, WINGS, WINGS Program
This week, cases of COVID-19 are escalating and the challenges the world is facing can feel overwhelming. As an organization, we are working as hard as we can to keep up, and we’re sure you are too.
We’d like to invite you to pour yourself a cup of tea, sit back, and take a break from the news for a few minutes. Here is some of the good news that’s happening in our community right now:
This fundraising superstar
You may remember Maci, the resourceful young woman who has been selling crafts in WINGS’ resale shops to support our work.
When the coronavirus outbreak happened, Maci’s in-person work had to stop. But that didn’t slow Maci down! Maci and her mom Lisa have continued her tireless work for WINGS in support of domestic violence survivors. They’ve been finding other ways to support- like donating in-kind items!
Maci is absolutely tireless, and inspires us to be as well!
A giant pile of packages
No- it’s not our Birthday – yet – but it’s starting to feel like it!
This pandemic has changed so much about how we operate as an organization. Standard practice of collecting donations has proven challenging for the 200 clients currently in our care
Thankfully, when we called out for support, for needed items, many members of our community sprang to our aid.
Marianos rushed to our aid and provided us with pre-made food from their deli counter. The incredible staff at Fusion Risk Management have banded together to donate needed items, and Fred and Carol Wells have been shopping our Amazon wish list.
They’re not alone, so many of you have stepped up to fill the gap, and we feel so lucky to see the packages are piling up! They will be sorted and used to help the families that we are currently sheltering.
These Easter Baskets
The holidays are such a special time for kids, and this Easter is no different.
Though the pandemic has changed so much about how we operate – what it has not changed is the generosity of our supporters.
Together faith and community groups, alongside some of our generous donors have provided more than 200 Easter baskets for the children in our programs. Imagine the joy they will bring when reach their recipients!
If this made you smile, make sure you’re following us on Facebook to find out more about the amazing work being done in our community.
WINGS provides housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to the Chicagoland area to end domestic violence.