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
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.