Wheaton, IL Founding Chapter

Wheaton, IL Founding Chapter 2020-07-20T00:09:22+00:00

Playitforward Kids originated in Wheaton, IL in October of 2014. 

Since then we have helped thousands of our local residents, neighbors, friends, and community organizations.  Our hope is to spread kindness through teaching our children to be kind and to help them grow up to be kind adults.  Our mission is for them to learn how fun it is to be kind and carry that throughout their lifetime.  If you would like to join one of our events, reach out through the appropriate chapter, and we will get right back with you!  If you would like to be a partner organization with Playitforward kids, please contact Kristy at 773-480-6200 or Kristy@playitforwardkids.org!

Kim Olson
Kim Olson
Playitforward kids Volunteer
Becky Illingworth
Becky Illingworth
Playitforward kids Volunteer
Kim Olson and Becky Illingworth team up to continue the Playitforwardkids Chapter in Wheaton.  
We are so excited for this opportunity to help continue to bring Play it Forward Kid’s message to the children of Wheaton. Both of our families have benefited from participating in these events in the community. They have led to cherished conversations on how anyone, even the smallest child, can help others. We look forward to continuing that mission of teaching kids kindness and empathy in a fun and age-appropriate way!
Kristy Sorensen
Kristy Sorensen
Founder, President and Mom of Playitforward kids
When I began Playitforward Kids within the Wheaton community, it was just a tool that was used to help my children learn how to be kind.  I believe that this characteristic needs to be taught by showing our children what empathy looks like and modeling those behaviors.  We have so many people in need all around us.  It’s super fun to reach out to them with our children and show them how easy it is to be kind and help our fellow neighbors.  It was well received in the community, so I thought it would be great to extend the invite to others.
It has been a complete joy to see Playitforward Kids expand to other local areas in Illinois within the last few years. How grateful I am to see how we are embraced and welcomed to help our fellow community neighbors, friends, and organizations.
In August of 2020, I relocated to Sarasota, Fl.  Two very special Playitforwardkids Moms in the area took over this chapter, and will continue the traditions we have set forth here while I pursue my dream of spreading kindness and Playitforwardkids to other areas of this country.  
Please join us by coming to an event, or get involved in your own community. I would love to hear from you on how we can partner and playitforward all over the world!
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