In honor of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, 2013, the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF) recognizes our dedicated volunteers! IDF has a nationwide network of volunteers committed to increasing awareness of primary immunodeficiencies in their local communities. Many serve as peer support volunteers to offer encouragement and understanding to others as they live with a primary immunodeficiency disease. Others provide information on local resources, host educational meetings, advocate for public policy, and often organize fundraising events throughout the country. Thank you to each and every volunteer for sharing your time and talent—you are absolutely vital to the work of IDF!
If you know an IDF Volunteer, be sure to thank them during National Volunteer Week. You should also consider becoming a volunteer yourself. We know your time is valuable, so we offer flexible options for even the busiest people. Check out the possibilities:
Advocacy Volunteers are trained as effective advocates to engage in federal and state legislative issues. They are part of a grassroots action group network of volunteers to represent as many states and congressional districts as possible. Volunteers participate in IDF Action Alerts, distribute media alerts and stories locally to media and recruit other volunteers to become involved.
Awareness Volunteers create understanding about primary immunodeficiency diseases and IDF by regularly distributing materials to medical facilities, home healthcare companies, schools and other locations in local communities.
Fundraising Volunteers coordinate local fundraising special events. They can creatively plan and organize local events, including the THINK ZEBRA! program, for their communities and help financially support IDF and its mission.
Peer Support Volunteers must be either patients or immediate family members of a patient with primary immunodeficiency disease. These volunteers are trained to provide peer support to patients and family members.
Plasma Program Volunteers must be either patients receiving immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy or immediate family members of a patient with a primary immunodeficiency disease receiving Ig therapy. These volunteers visit plasma centers during the IDF Plasma Center Partners Program. The visit includes the opportunity to tour the center and thank the staff and donors for their lifesaving commitment.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, click here to register. An IDF staff member will contact you to discuss all the opportunities available in your area that best match your interests and meet the needs of our mission.
Thank you, IDF Volunteers!