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Chicago Wolves & Willow House Family Fun Day!


We still have FREE tickets available for the annual Willow House Family Fun Day!

This event allows for Willow House families, volunteers, and friends to spend time together while also enjoying watching the Wolves play. This year they will be facing the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday, April 2nd at 4:00 PM at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
These are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please RSVP to info@willowhouse.org by Tuesday, March 28th with your name and the number of tickets you would like to reserve. Hope to see you there!
 


Willow House Volunteer Profile


Welcome to a new segment which will highlight a wonderful Willow House volunteer over the next few months. This month, we are delighted to share an interview with Anita McGing, who volunteers at the Libertyville monthly support group.

What made you want to volunteer as a facilitator? 
When I was 13 years old, I lost my dad very suddenly. After he died, no one ever talked about him or his death with my siblings or myself. I never had a chance to grieve his death. When I heard about Willow House, I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of it and offer the opportunity for kids to grieve in a healthy, safe environment.

How long have you been volunteering?
It will be four years this summer.

What is your favorite part of being a facilitator? 
Feeling like I may have made a small difference in someone else's life. It is so humbling.

What would you recommend for newer volunteers in the future? 
1. Take your time to watch and learn from the incredible leaders at Willow House. 
2. Sometimes, the best thing you can do when you are unsure of what to do or say is to just be that listener or person who is with them as they cry.

What is the most rewarding thing you’ve been able to witness in your work with grieving children? 
Oh my goodness. So many things! I have had new members tell me that they are really glad they came (and then come back the following month!); I have had the privilege of being with a couple of kids when they have opened up and talked after keeping their feelings in for so long as well as share something very deep and painful for the first time; I see the kids making connections with each other on a regular basis, even in small ways; I have also seen some slowly make their way to a new place of acceptance.

What are three descriptive words that you would choose to describe your experiences at WH? 
Powerful, rewarding, and invaluable.  
 


Hope & Healing Campaign Update

 
If you didn't catch it before, take a look at Julia's Willow House Story...
"Julia had a friend over to play. We have the list of “Things Daddy Used to Say” on the fridge. Julia started reading the little quotes to her friend who had asked about it. Great discussion ensued. "Why did he say that? What's that about? What does that mean?" Julia answered with very matter of fact replies about each and every memory with her playmate.

Then more questions... "Where did you make that?" Julia replied, "Oh, at Willow House. The place your mom donated to. Remember?  It's really a good thing for us and other people too." Then Julia goes on to say, "Some kids at Willow House have lost a brother or sister. So, now they are the oldest in their family. Other kids’ moms died, like our daddy died."
 

Julia’s girlfriend is asking good questions the whole time. And then…"Wait. Kids die too?" Julia frankly replies, "Yep. They get sick or hurt or something happens that makes their body stop working.""

This is just one beautiful example of how Willow House supports grieving children and families. In a safe, comforting space, they express feelings. Yes, even feeling sad or mad.
 
Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to the Hope & Healing campaign for your generosity thus far. Our immediate goal is to raise $25,000 and we still need your help!
 
Donate Now
Please help Willow House continue to bring hope to children and families who have lost a loved one. Here are a few ways you can help.:
  • Make a personal donation in memory of your loved one
  • Ask your family & friends to make donations
  • Organize or ask a group to do a fundraiser – your school, place of worship, workplace, scouts, sports team or other organization with whom your family is affiliated
  • Ask the organization where you work to consider making a gift, grant or special event sponsorship​
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Willow House
Volunteer Opportunities


 
 
Willow House is reaching out for volunteers to help us fulfill our mission. If you are interested in helping with any of the opportunities listed below or have a special skill that would be helpful, please call us at (847) 236-9300.
 
-  Board of Directors
-  Office Volunteers
-  Fundraising Event Volunteers
-  Special Projects Volunteers
 
The Willow House Board of Directors is interviewing volunteers interested in joining the Board. Please contact Acting Executive Director, Stefanie Norris directly regarding this volunteer opportunity.
 


Join us!

 
Join us at for the annual Willow House Spring Gala, an unforgettable evening of gourmet cuisine, live music, dancing, silent & live auctions and a cash raffle, all to benefit grieving children and families!
 

 
Saturday, May 6, 2017
The Arboretum Club
Buffalo Grove, IL
 

 
Be sure to purchase Gala Tickets before April 28th. If you cannot attend, don't forget to buy raffle tickets for your chance at the...
 
$2,000 grand prize!
 

 

Expressive Arts Night at Willow House

Paint Night!
Monday, March 20
6:30  - 8:00 PM
 
2231 Lakeside Dr
Bannockburn, IL 60015

Light snacks and refreshments will be available.
 
Expressive Arts groups are open to Willow House families AND their friends. For more information about this group and to RSVP, please email us at info@willowhouse.org or call (847) 236-9300.
 

Thank you to Robin Nasatir and the Painted Penguin for donating supplies for the evening.

For more painting, you can visit the Painted Penguin pop-up shops open from March 10 - April 15th. Locations: Northbrook Court Mall, Fox Valley Mall, Yorktown, and Stratford Square
 


Willow House Guest Speaker Nights


We are excited to announce a series of Guest Speaker Nights at Willow House!
 


March 30th: 6 - 7:30 pm

Understanding EMDR
Help for Healing from Heartache
Presented by: Felice Block, M.A., LCPC
 
 

More information about the following night coming soon:

April 27th: 6 - 7:30 pm
David Jacobson, Funeral Director
Chicago Jewish Funerals
 
Since 1998, Willow House has provided support to children, teens, adults, and families who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one, and also to schools and communities coping with grief and death. Willow House services are open-ended and provided at no cost to thousands of Chicago-area families, including survivors of 9/11 and those grieving a death from suicide.
Willow House Empty Chair Project

Peer Support Groups
Survivors of Suicide Loss
In-School Support Program
Community Outreach and Education
Crisis Support Services
Special Remembrance Events
Please contact us for more information: (847) 236-9300 or info@willowhouse.org
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