Her favorite part of the birthday event is when bios are read for residents celebrating their birthday that month. “It’s interesting to learn more about the birthday celebrants,” Peterson said.

Founded in 1958 by Elna Lorentzen, the Women’s Auxiliary helps raise funds for The Danish Home of Chicago. The group’s purpose is to assist in the social well-being and improve the quality of life for residents. Anyone, including members of the public, can join the auxiliary.

Peterson became involved with the Women’s Auxiliary after seeing all the great work they did while her dad was a Danish Home resident from 2004-2008. Once she became semi-retired, she had more time to commit to the auxiliary.

“I wanted to get more involved with The Danish Home. It’s a great community and like a big family there – a very special place,” Peterson says.

Stolfa also joined the Women’s Auxiliary shortly after her mom moved into The Danish Home in 2007.

“The Danish Home did so much for my mom and took good care of her. I saw an opportunity to pay it back by doing volunteer work,” Stolfa said.

The Women’s Auxiliary has about 150 members and about 20 on the board. In addition to fundraisers, members’ annual membership fees go toward the auxiliary’s efforts to support The Danish Home.

“You don’t have to be Danish or affiliated with The Danish Home to join. We have lots of volunteers who donate their time and money to support The Danish Home,” Peterson said.

Learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary.