S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Thanks Volunteers at Recognition Luncheons

S.L.E. Lupus Foundation Thanks Volunteers at Recognition Luncheons
The S.L.E. Lupus Foundation recently held three Volunteer Recognition luncheons at our offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx to express our appreciation for our volunteers’ ongoing service and support.  Our staff recognized more than 30 volunteers at these luncheons for the many ways they help the organization.

“The volunteers extend our ability to reach out into the community to raise awareness of lupus,” said Diane Gross, National Director of Program Development at the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation. “And when they talk, people listen in a special way because only patients can convey what it is really like to live with lupus.”

Extra Arms and Legs with Extra Heart
Our volunteers provide extra arms and legs in many areas of our work, staffing health fairs, assisting in office work, as well as providing information to lupus patients and their families by sharing their personal story for media and other interviews.  

Volunteer Salina commented, “Lupus caught me by surprise in a life threatening way. I like volunteering so I can educate others about lupus so it won't catch them by surprise as it did me!  I love to do things with my heart, not for the recognition. But I put a lot of long hours into my volunteering, and it is rewarding to be recognized for that.”

“These volunteers bring a level of enthusiasm that no one who doesn’t live with the disease could share,” said Jessica Rowshandel, MSW, Director of Social Services. “People see a lupus patient who’s out there helping others, and they see hope for themselves.”

But as grateful as we are to the volunteers, many of them expressed appreciation for the help they receive by helping the organization help others.  "S.L.E. Lupus Foundation has been very supportive to me and my family over the years – I feel like I want to give something back,” says Kim.  Another volunteer, Barbara, said, “I don’t know why you’re thanking us because we should be thanking you for the opportunity to get out to talk to others with lupus or who think they might have lupus.”

“We couldn’t do our job adequately without our volunteers. Their experiences and understanding of living with lupus is crucial to increasing awareness and engaging others in our programs, and they inspire us,” said Ms. Gross.

Get into the Loop™ and Join Us
We always welcome new members to volunteer their service or contribute their own story of living with lupus. You can help out with phone calls and mailings, working in our offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx or from your home. Come out and help cheer our Team Life Without Lupus at the New York Marathon Sunday morning, November 3. Talk to us about manning a booth at a health fair or invite us to speak at a group you are involved with.

Contact us at 212.685.4118 or email lupus@lupusny.org. Find more information on how to get involved. Visit our website at: http://lupusny.org/help/get-involved