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What is GiGi's?

Our Mission: is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, and educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.

Our Vision: is to see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools, and communities.

Volunteers Wanted

With GiGi's being 99% run by volunteers, we are always looking for more people to join us! It is a great way to get involved in your community and learn new skills. Fill out a form to learn more.

Bags & Brews Tournament

Referral Partners 365 has named GiGi’s Playhouse McHenry County and the benefitting charity for their Bags & Brews Tournament to be held on Sunday, May 21st at Parkside Pub in Huntley.  There will be live music, food & drinks, raffles, 50/50 and more! Put together a team or just come out and enjoy!

My literacy story…

I have been going to GiGi's in McHenry for literacy, since they moved to Elm Street. Jack has had a difficult time learning to read and doing basic academics for a long time. He was a sick kid for the first half of his 13 years, so we needed somewhere he could go that was familiar, comfortable and wasn't school. We had been to GiGi's for play groups and he has always been relaxed there. When we got matched up with Hope, it was a great experience. We were able to make some books and flash cards that were of things Jack had interest in. Sesame Street, popular logos, favorite movies. When we made a picture book of what "Jack likes…" we were really onto something! The program has been great by making it a fun and comfortable place to learn at his own pace. We still have our days where Jack would much rather try to "teach" Hope about all things silly, but all and all, we have seen progress every year!

I can't thank everyone enough for such a great program that can adapt to all reading levels, handled with an amazing amount of patience and with lots of love and kindness.

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