April is National Volunteer Month April 1, 2022 by Kylie Karley This month, the (much-deserved) spotlight is on you: our volunteers! April is National Volunteer Month, and NephCure is dedicating it to acknowledging the important role our volunteers serve in our community throughout the year. By generously giving their time to further our mission, our volunteers truly help us save kidneys and save lives. The past two years have changed the way volunteers serve in many ways, and in some instances completely paused certain volunteer activities. It’s been a difficult time for both nonprofits and volunteers as we push through and adapt to the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic — we’re incredibly appreciative and humbled by our 263 volunteers who have stuck through the transition or who are jumping back in full force to fight for rare kidney disease patients. To our volunteers: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We can’t emphasize our gratitude for your dedication enough, and we love working with you! NephCure offers a variety of unique and engaging opportunities for volunteers across the globe. Our volunteers make essential contributions to our mission by: Serving as Regional and State NephCure Community Leaders Serving on NephCure’s Board of Directors Leading committees for signature NephCure fundraising events, such as our Countdown to a Cure galas, nationwide series of Pig Jigs, and more Participating in our advocacy work through the NephCure Action Network Planning community fundraisers, including local walks and golf outings Providing one-on-one support to other patients and families in need through our Patient Connections support program Sharing their stories through our Voice of Patient program Helping with social media marketing And more! In celebration of our volunteers this month, we’re excited to launch our new NephCure Service Award Program as a small token of our appreciation for our volunteers’ dedication and generosity. Volunteers will receive an annual service award pin recognizing each year of their contributions to NephCure, with special awards for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service. To our current volunteers: look out for service award pins coming your way! We’ll also be recognizing those who have gone above and beyond with the Dedicated Service Award, NephCure Impact Award, and Leadership Award. Stay tuned to learn more about our award recipients and the amazing work they’ve done for NephCure. Are you interested in helping NephCure save kidneys and save lives? Contact Kelly Helm at email@example.com to learn more about volunteer opportunities.