Diabetes Foundation Of Mississippi, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 800 Avery Blvd. Ste 100 Ridgeland MS 39157 USA

Mission: Our mission is simple- we save lives every day! The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) is the state's premier nonprofit health organization working to prevent diabetes and associated complications as well as work to improve the lives of every child, adult, and every family touched by type 1 or type 2 diabetes. We accomplish this through education, support, advocacy, medical assistance and research.
Target demographics: every child, every adult and every family touched by diabetes!
Direct beneficiaries per year: We visited over 100 children, newly diagnosed in the UMMC Batson Hospital and brought them our We Care pack, we assisted over 390 patients with emergency medicine, trained 300 school nurses and much more!
Geographic areas served: throughout the state of Mississippi
Programs: Research, Education, Advocacy, Children's Programs, Helping Hands (REACH) We operate Camp Kandu, a camp for children and their families, to become more educated about managing diabetes while the children ages 3-12 make new friends and learn about diabetes; We help the uninsured with lifesaving diabetes medicines; we conduct CME programs for physicians, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and other health professionals; we hold a Super Conference for patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and bring in nationally renowned speakers to provide the latest in diabetes management and much, much more!
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have learned from volunteering at the DFM that if each of us were to do SOMETHING, we could make a monumental difference, one by one, step by step, heart by heart. My work as a volunteer at the Diabetes Foundation has been encouraging, to say the least. There is great satisfaction being a part of something larger than myself, knowing that in some small way I have contributed to helping to educate and provide resources to those that are struggling to live with diabetes successfully. Access to and distribution of printed materials has allowed me to share encouragement with others who are facing such a difficult, life altering diagnosis. When I started volunteering my thought was simply to go and help out with some "office work". Never could I have imagined that I would personally gain so much! From day one I was meeting people whom I knew were expressing a genuine interest and concern with others well-being. Both physically and emotionally. I know what that feeling is all about! A good friend, who works for the organization, suggested that I consider doing some volunteer work that would use the abilities I already had and at that time they were incredibly short handed. The seed she planted gave me the desire to reach out and discover there was something I could do that might make a difference somehow... and in a very enjoyable work environment! The new personal relationships with employees and other volunteer workers has been an unexpected blessing! It has allowed me to also use my abilities to educate and aid folks in the diabetic community, whether they be caregivers or patients. I was born with Juvenile Diabetes (type I), as well as, a heart condition and had recently found myself somewhat mobility challenged due to the long term effects of the diseases. I couldn't drive or work a regular 9 to 5 and was feeling confined and depressed. By teaching me to reach out effectively to others they have helped me to enrich and better my own life! The staff at DFM are some of the most caring and generous people that I have ever met! I hope to continue to volunteer with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi as long as I am able... and encourage others to volunteer with this most worthy organization!

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My name is Kristi Pennington Shanks, and I am 29 years old. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12. Soon after my diagnosis, I became connected with the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi. DFM has helped educate and counsel my family and I through many situations associated with this disease. Not only was the staff available in times of need, but they treated me like I was a part of their team. They have always had a genuine care for all of their members. For the past 17 years, the DFM has been by my side through several major events in my life such as: college, marriage, pregnancy, kidney failure, and most recently kidney/pancreas transplant. It's so nice to have skilled professionals at the DFM that I consider "family" to provide advice, support, and direction. The DFM has been with me every step of my walk throughout life with diabetes (which hasn't always been easy) from my childhood to now my motherhood. I am very thankful for them for caring, loving, and providing comfort to my family and I throughout my ups-and-downs of life with diabetes.

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DFM always does everything first class. Mississippians are fortunate to have such knowledgeable staff at DFM. Their conferences, workshops, and fundraisers are second to none. The lives they touch daily are blessed by their caring spirit. To know that the funds raised by their tireless efforts stay in MS is truly what sets them apart from others.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I've been a volunteer with DFM for several years. Diagnosed with Type I in 1960, I've witnessed many benefits provided by DFM to individuals with diabetes and their families also. DFM provides educational information to families after being diagnosed, many times while still in hospital. Each year DFM provides a camp for children with diabetes which is staffed by drs and nurses so the parents know their child is being cared for. Annually, DFM hosts a "Super Conference" with experts from all over the USA making presentations to everyone interested in learning how to improve diabetes management. Vendors are on hand to show new items and answer questions. Also, annually they provide one or more continuing education programs for diabetes health care professionals. Throughout the year, diabetes educations programs are conducted to schools, colleges, fire departments, law enforcement and civic groups. DFM assists the needy in securing insulin and testing supplies and has recently added the allert dogs to this list. DFM is made up primarly of volunteers which enables about 90% of funds raised to go directly toward benefiting people with diabetes in Mississippi. Thank you for allowing me to provide a review. Frank Cockerham

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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