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Greg Elfers: The man with the plan

RBGG associate Aaron Fischer was featured in the October 2012 edition of American Diabetes Association’s Volunteer News for his advocacy work on behalf of people with diabetes faced with discrimination in the workplace. The Colorado office of the American Diabetes Association serves Colorado, Montana and Wyoming. The training can be taken on any internet-enabled computer; allowing volunteers to conduct coursework from home is a great convenience. One volunteer being recognized this week is Sam Dagogo-Jack, MD of Memphis, Tenn. in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dagogo-Jack, a professor of medicine and researcher, will be honored during this year’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week, held April 15 through 21. Several standout volunteers will be featured on the Association’s blog during NVAW.

As the owner of 13 prime dining restaurants, he always pays attention to details and handles everything with a high level of customer service. The committee chairpersons need your help in several route support functions such as communications, safety, medical and signage. To become a part of the Association’s volunteer online community, visit www.facebook.com/AmDiabetesVols. My mother has type 2 diabetes and although she’s very healthy (and checks her blood glucose every day), she’s not the best role model for people with diabetes, and at the age of 88 she feels like she has earned the right to do what she wants when it comes to diet and exercise, but we keep working on her. Maurice is one of the most hands-on leaders I’ve seen, and the staff is clearly focused and committed to delivering effective programs. For the past 75 years, our mission has been to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Logan also visited Camp Midicha in June, one of the Association’s diabetes camps iMichigan, where she interacted and spoke with campers n and parents in several activities.

To accomplish this mission, we fund pioneering research; provide education, outreach and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health care professionals and the public; urge lawmakers to support critical funding for diabetes research and programs; and disseminate the latest scientific findings to people with diabetes and the general public. Everyone had a terrific time and the ADA group was recognized on the huge electronic video display during the game. Prepare an annual grant application schedule and prepare and submit program reports.. I feel very fortunate to have this broad base of experience, and it has helped me understand field operations from the perspective of local market staff and volunteers. I’ve been there, so I can feel their pain and share the excitement that comes with being on the ground and fighting the disease. Dameron Hospital Auxiliary:  openings are available at the coffee cart, reception desk, surgery information desk and the gift shop in sales. This aspect of my job really brings our mission into focus when it comes to why we do what we do.

Events like Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes and Tour de Cure are dependent on the help and support of so many volunteers. What do you think inspires people to volunteer? Opportunities to give monthly, make a Memorial Donation or make an Honor Donation are also ways to celebrate and remember loved ones affected by diabetes. I feel very blessed because I have the opportunity and the privilege to work with national volunteers, like the board of trustees and executive committee members, but I also get to work with volunteers locally and see the impact that a strong staff and volunteer team can have in a local market. One thing we’ve stressed  over the past several years is that we, as staff, can’t do it alone. Christine T. So there is a high level of importance on developing local volunteers in the field.

This includes both leadership volunteers and day-of-event volunteers, who come in to help with mailings or to hand out water at an event. She is co-chair of the Father of the Year Awards Dinner and has helped the Association increase its programmatic activities in Riverside. Not as much as I should, I’m sure! But I have been a longstanding member of my local Kiwanis Club . Ironically, my role there gravitated toward the fundraising aspect and for several years I would head up the sponsorship development for our major golf outing. I learned that it’s one thing to do this as a staff person and something else entirely to do it as a volunteer! It was quite a learning experience, but I was pleased to be able to apply what I’d been asking of volunteers over the years.

Diabetes truly does affect everybody, either directly or indirectly. I’ve come to better understand the magnitude of this disease on the country and on the world. Kennedy has been an active volunteer for the ADA’s North Texas Office since 2012. I personally think it would be hard to find someone out there who was not, in one way or another, touched by diabetes. I think our role here is to make sure that people don’t lose sight of the fact of the devastation of the disease and the impact of the disease. That’s what the Stop Diabetes movement is all about. Road to Recovery program:  The American Cancer Society needs drivers to transport cancer patients to and from their treatments; for more information, please call (209) 941-2679.

I think that’s the most important job that we all have as staff and volunteers. Thanks to Greg for sharing his own story and his thoughts on the value volunteers have at the American Diabetes Association. Be sure to check out volunteer opportunities with the Association!

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