WIND’s successes are due to the many committed volunteers who help facilitate our programs, act as feedback coaches for our jail population, create new content tailored to the needs of our participants, discover new sources of funding for us, and so much more! Here are a few of the many wonderful volunteers who make a difference.
Judette Kurasz, Vice President, Financial Literacy Manager at Byline Bank
It has been an incredible privilege to work with WIND and most especially the participants. The ladies have taught me so much and when you hear someone use the phrase I get more out of the experience … this is certainly true for me. Each visit unwraps emotions, laughter and honest conversations. I believe that getting to know the ladies is an honor!
Brooke Williams, Volunteer, Northwestern University Student
My experience with WIND has been nothing short of transformative and eye-opening. WIND stands as a beacon of hope and support for incarcerated women, those transitioning out of incarceration, and those at risk of becoming entangled in the criminal justice system. The organization’s mission resonates deeply with its tireless efforts to create a just and equitable society for all women. The stories I’ve encountered during my time with WIND serve as a powerful reminder of resilience but also shine a light on the need for a comprehensive approach to address trauma and incarceration.
Bianca Varlesi, Northwestern University Graduate 2023
It has been so impactful working with the enthusiastic and resilient women WIND serves, both at the transition home and at Cook County Jail. As a feedback coach with WIND’s Writing for Empowerment module, I have had the opportunity to uplift women’s voices and support their healing and renewal. These women are truly an inspiration, and I feel honored to be a part of this organization.