BENEFITING: Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi
I have learned from volunteering at the DFM that if each of us were to do SOMETHING, we could make a monumental difference, one by one, step by step, heart by heart. My work as a volunteer at the Diabetes Foundation has been encouraging, to say the least. There is great satisfaction being a part of something larger than myself, knowing that in some small way I have contributed to helping to educate and provide resources to those that are struggling to live with diabetes successfully. Access to and distribution of printed materials has allowed me to share encouragement with others who are facing such a difficult, life altering diagnosis. When I started volunteering my thought was simply to go and help out with some "office work". Never could I have imagined that I would personally gain so much! From day one I was meeting people whom I knew were expressing a genuine interest and concern with others well-being. Both physically and emotionally. I know what that feeling is all about! A good friend, who works for the organization, suggested that I consider doing some volunteer work that would use the abilities I already had and at that time they were incredibly short handed. The seed she planted gave me the desire to reach out and discover there was something I could do that might make a difference somehow... and in a very enjoyable work environment! The new personal relationships with employees and other volunteer workers has been an unexpected blessing! It has allowed me to also use my abilities to educate and aid folks in the diabetic community, whether they be caregivers or patients. I was born with Juvenile Diabetes (type I), as well as, a heart condition and had recently found myself somewhat mobility challenged due to the long term effects of the diseases. I couldn't drive or work a regular 9 to 5 and was feeling confined and depressed. By teaching me to reach out effectively to others they have helped me to enrich and better my own life! The staff at DFM are some of the most caring and generous people that I have ever met! I hope to continue to volunteer with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi as long as I am able... and encourage others to volunteer with this most worthy organization!