American Diabetes Association Salutes Volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week
April 7, 2014
The American Diabetes Association (Association) honors our volunteers during the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (NVAW), April 6-12, 2014. It is a time for the Association to acknowledge their distinguished volunteers who are bringing its mission to life across the country.
“National Volunteer Appreciation Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to get involved in their communities,” said Dwight Holing, Chair of the Board. “It’s the perfect opportunity for the Association to give credit to those who accomplish so much to help Stop Diabetes and a great way to demonstrate to the nation that by working together, our volunteers and staff have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.”
During this year’s NVAW, the Association will highlight the impact that can be made when volunteers apply their professional skills and talents to their volunteer experience by featuring an outstanding volunteer in the April issue of Diabetes Forecast, the Healthy Living Magazine of the Association, as well as individual volunteer stories through the Association’s social media channels. Individuals and their respective communities will be encouraged to take action and be at the center of social change, discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference in the diabetes community.
Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year’s 40th anniversary demonstrates the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions to help in the movement to Stop Diabetes.
To find a life-changing volunteer opportunity to help make life better for people with diabetes in your area visit our Volunteer Center: www.diabetes.org/volunteer. To become a part of the Association’s volunteer online community, visit www.facebook.com/AmDiabetesVols.
About the American Diabetes Association
Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)