Giving Thanks to Our Volunteers
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to give a rousing “Thank You!” to our Awareness All-Stars, the volunteers and fundraisers who help us make everyday tasks and gargantuan goals possible. This year, they hosted Cupcake Parties, manned tables, organized events, wrote articles, lent expertise, distributed resources and scaled a mountain, among other contributions. Because of their work, we have more people coming to us for information on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet than ever before.
One of my favorite things about working at NFCA is talking to our passionate volunteers. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and their personal stories always remind me that what we do really does make a difference. I’m sure I’ve learned more from them than they have from me, but all that knowledge helps NFCA better serve the community, so let’s consider it a good trade.
In particular this year, I’ve been blown away by the efforts of our youngest volunteers, who have proven that you’re never too young to be empowered. The kids participating in our Awareness All-Stars Fundraiser have been doing incredible work, and I’m thrilled that we’re more than halfway to our fundraising goal. We also have teens contributing to Kids Central, and still others finding their own ways to support NFCA. These kids are driven and ambitious, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next Alice Bast were among them.
I encourage everyone to read some of our volunteer stories on NFCA’s Awareness All-Stars blog, and make sure to visit our Awareness All-Stars fundraising page. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, consider making a random donation to one of the stellar kids who have joined our mission. They have been working hard to meet their fundraising goals, and an unexpected boost from the community is a great way to say thanks.
We’ll continue to showcase our volunteers and their efforts throughout the holiday season and 2012. Watch for photos of our volunteers on our Facebook page, and check the Awareness All-Stars blog for more volunteer success stories.
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