CURE Childhood Cancer Association

Spring Volunteer Newsletter 2019

Words from the Volunteers

Words from the Volunteers

How did I get involved with CURE? 

I first heard of CURE through my employer, AP Professionals. Each holiday season, we participate in local give back initiatives and this year, we chose CURE! Up until then, I was not familiar with the organization or their mission. As a group, we made a monetary contribution, but I decided to independently check out their volunteer opportunities as my own give back. I reached out and was invited to help with their annual holiday party. It was an evening event where diagnosed children (fighting or treated!) along with their parents and siblings, were invited to decorate Christmas cookies, enjoy pizza and snacks, make holiday themed arts and crafts, listen to music, visit with Santa Clause AND every child, including siblings!, left with a gift. It was magical!

Between the look on the children’s faces and connecting with so many families, the experience was surreal. It opened my eyes to so much and certainly instilled some gratitude that so easily goes unnoticed. While there, I volunteered closely with a woman whose child (now an adult 🙂 ), is a cancer survivor. She shared stories of her own experiences with CURE and that sealed the deal. I had fallen in love with CURE!

After the event, I stayed in contact and sought out additional volunteer opportunities. I was later asked to become part of their newly established ‘Volunteer Committee’ and couldn’t have been more honored! At our February meeting, I was able to learn more about their mission and better understand the calendar of events. As a newly added member of the CURE family, I’m ecstatic to see what the 2019 year has to offer!

If interested in becoming a recurring volunteer, a one-time volunteer or simply learning more about what we do, reach out to myself, Nicole Warren or Adella Ivison – all are welcome!

Reasons to Volunteer your time

In my work, I meet volunteers all the time. I’m curious to learn the reasons a person is inspired to give back. I’d like to share with you some of the most compelling reasons I’ve heard over the years as to why people volunteer. Perhaps you already volunteer regularly and can relate or, better yet, maybe you’ll become inspired to jump on the volunteer bandwagon! I promise it’ll be one of the best “rides” of your life!

1. There is a personal tie to the cause.  A particular cause calls to you because you, or someone close to you, have personally experienced the hardship this cause is aiming to minimize or eradicate. It touches your heart and empathy drives you to give back and make a difference in the lives of those going through the same situation now.

2. Volunteering is a great way to build a resume. Perhaps you are out of work and looking for something to bide your time and keep your resume fresh. Many volunteers are able to develop new skills in volunteer positions they commit to.

3. It is a good way to bridge the gap between yourself and others who may perceive you as “different”. Volunteering with an organization like CURE, allows the chance for people from different backgrounds to come together as one, with a like cause.

4. Volunteering sets a good example for others. Lots of folks “talk the talk”. But very few actually make the time and effort to “walk the walk”. By volunteering, you inspire others to get involved to make a positive change in the community. It also sets a good example for children on how to spark a passion for volunteering in others.

5. Meeting like-minded, motivated, positive people is super easy. The way someone chooses to spend their spare time is a true reflection of their values and priorities. Connecting over shared passions for a cause while helping others is a great way to meet new friends. By volunteering, your “circle of friends” can get a whole lot bigger in just a short amount of time.

6. Volunteering can offer unique and exciting opportunities. Depending on the project, you may get “behind-the-scenes”.  There might even be opportunities to meet famous and influential people who are spokespeople or involved in your particular cause.

7. “Doing good” is important. Every day we are bombarded with disheartening news stories. Volunteering presents a proactive way of doing something to make the world a better place. Even the smallest gestures make a difference. And if we all band together, those small gestures can add up to a big change!

8. Volunteering creates empowerment. Maybe someone offered you a helping hand when you were down and out. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to pay that favor forward or “give back”.. Often times, a word of encouragement and a little assistance to those in need can help them get back on their feet. And when they do, they’ll most likely do the same for others. And the cycle continues.

9. Volunteering has never been easier. Organizations recognize that do-gooders have varied skills and talents to bring to the table. These organizations have begun taking a real interest in putting the talents and expertise of volunteers to use to produce the greatest good. 

10. Volunteering can help you get or stay healthy. It’s true! Events like the CURE 5K are excellent ways to stay motivated in your personal goals of weight loss or simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When you know you have others relying on the funds you’re raising, it’s a lot easier to tie up those laces and get moving.

11. Volunteering gives greater perspective and self-awareness. It is possible that you will come face to face with some pretty heart-wrenching situations. As a volunteer, you will be expected to keep a calm and positive demeanor. Dealing with these situations can make you question your perspective on the world and the choices you make in your personal life. Though this can a bit overwhelming at first, developing a keener sense of self-awareness is an amazing transformation many volunteers experience.

12. Volunteering is good for you. Studies show that volunteering releases tension. By helping others in need, you take the focus off of your own problems, putting into perspective how precious having a healthy, fulfilled life really is. Many volunteers realize that, while not perfect, their life is a blessing to be celebrated every day. In my opinion, this is priceless.

Volunteer Recognition


Volunteer Recognition

When we speak of the perfect Volunteer, we think of someone who is always there to lend a hand no matter how short notice.  Someone who puts others before themselves not some of the time, but all of the time.  That is Sora.

Sora and her husband Marv were the awarded our John & Judi Sturge Committed Volunteer Award last year.  This award is in honor of two of our founders, who tirelessly devoted themselves to our families. It comes with free admission to our Annual Recipe for a CURE Sunday Brunch.  Since Sora is the driving force behind set up of the dining room during the Brunch, I know being an honored guest instead of volunteering gave a very interesting perspective.  I know she would have rather of been setting up those tables!  I’ve had the pleasure to work with Sora many times and I am pleased to have her on our Volunteer Committee.

Upcoming Events

April 20th:  AP Enterprises Property Services Easter Egg Hunt

 

April 27th:  CURE’s 10th Annual 5K and Fun Walk

 

June 2nd:  Survivors Day Picnic

Event Recap

Gilda’s Club Winter Break Kids Cook was great fun again this year.  Even though Mother Nature was a bit temperamental, many families joined us this year as Chef Kevin Toole taught the kids how to make a fun Taco Bar and Banana Sundae.  Each kid got to take home a Taco Spice Packet that they got to make themselves!

We had 5 volunteers join us at this event.

Our Annual Senior Select Hockey Tournament was a great success!  Over 50 hockey players from various schools in the area participated this year.  We raised $4,000 to help kids like Cooper, our official puck dropper, in his fight.

A big thank you to our volunteers, Lynne & Randy, for photographing the event and to our interns, Mariah & Allie, for helping out!

Our Annual Trivia Night Event was held at the Italian American Community Center this year and we had over 15 teams participate. A great time was had by all!  Along with an amazing dinner provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, we raised over $5,000. A big thank you to our Board of Directors, made up of volunteers committed to our families, for organizing this event.

2019 Calendar of Events

April 6th:  Cradle for a CURE Knighthawks Game

April 20th:  AP Enterprises Property Services Easter Egg Hunt

April 27th:  CURE’s 10th Annual 5K and Fun Walk

June 2nd:  Survivors Day Picnic

July 13th &14th:  Corn Hill Arts Festival (waiting on verification)

July 29th:  4th Annual Patrick Carr Memorial Golf Tournament

August 3rd & 4th:  Park Ave Festival (waiting on verification)

August 25th:  Our Charity Events Motorcycle Poker Run

September 21st:  Morton Fun Day

September 29th:  Annual Recipe for a CURE Sunday Brunch

December 11th TBD:  CURE Holiday Party