Congratulations to Polly DeLange for Being Named a Charitable Foundation Community Champion!
3 November 2014
Administrative Assistant, REM Iowa Community Services
Polly DeLange dedicates her free time volunteering at a local non-profit organization called Winnie’s Wishes, a resale store in downtown Davenport, IA. Winnie’s collects gently used clothing, jewelry, formal dresses, furniture, appliances and many other items to sell at the shop, and donates the proceeds to Winnie’s Place, a shelter for women and children who are homeless and/or victims of domestic abuse. When these women are ready to move on from the shelter, they are invited to the shop to select furniture, dishware, lamps, and other items to furnish their new living spaces. Some women even become volunteers at the shop.
Polly became involved with Winnie’s Wishes 3 years ago, right around the time the shop opened. She was looking for a way to help people in her free time and Winnie’s was the perfect fit. Now a seasoned volunteer, Polly serves as a Team Lead at Winnie’s, managing and recruiting volunteers in addition to running the shop two Saturdays a month. Polly has encouraged nearly all other colleagues at REM Iowa Community Services to support the shop in various ways: staffing the store, donating items, attending special events, etc.
“I just love working at Winnie’s,” said Polly. “You can feel the love the women there have for each other, and it’s inspiring to work alongside other volunteers who share the motivation of supporting a common cause. It is a truly heartwarming place.”
“Polly has great passion for helping people in need and has been a community champion for many women and children in our area,” said Brenda Isenberger, Area Director of REM Iowa Community Services. “Her caring attitude and friendly smile are contagious, and she can inspire hope in individuals who do not have any. Without volunteers like Polly, Winnie’s Wishes would simply be just a wish.”
To learn more about Winnie’s Wishes and Winnie’s Place, which are ministries of Churches United of the Quad City area, please click here.