Lupus Foundation Of Northern California
Rating: 4.77 stars 120 reviews
Issues: Health, Cancer
Location: 2635 N First Street 211 San Jose CA 95134 USA
Geographic areas served: Northern California
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The LFNC helped me to form a great support network. The staff is very helpful and effective in guiding patients to the right resources. The positive experience motivated me to take up volunteer roles at the LFNC after starting as a patient.
The Lupus Foundation of Northern California has three staff: the Executive Director, the Communications Director and the Outreach Director. But each staff has made adjustments to ably and satisfactorily perform the tasks needed in the office as well as in the implementation of the various programs designed to bring awareness to the people about lupus and help lupus patients.
The Lupus Foundation of Northern California utilize and coordinate the volunteerism spirit of the community from the lupus patients themselves, volunteers who want to be a part of the program and professionals who share their expertise to help alleviate the conditions of the lupus patients. The Foundation is performing its fair share in bridging the gap... between lives with and without lupus far exceeding expectations.
Good people for a good cause. I've volunteered now at three fundraising events with the Lupus Foundation of Northern California. These events serve not just to raise money but awareness of lupus. That many of the staffers have lupus or have someone close who does makes it that much more deeply personal.
I've met some great people in the foundation. Everyone is cheerful and very accommodating! I feel that my efforts here are towards a worthy cause.
I've been volunteering for a couple years now. It feels good to help others with the same disease my mother has. The community are always welcoming. We need to stay strong together to overcome this battle.
I thoroughly enjoy being a volunteer for the LFNC. The staff welcomes you to be part of the "LFNC Family" and the other volunteers feel like family as well. Having Lupus, myself, I appreciate the effort to bring awareness to the community about this disease.
LFNC gave me the opportunity to start an internship with them and through this I was able to discover all the wonderful things they do. With a small staff and the help of clients and volunteers they are able to reach out to the community and make every single one of them feel welcome. Everyday their tremendous effort is seen and they make sure they make every one feels like family. The time I have spend as an intern with them has been marvelous and I am very thankful they gave me the opportunity to work with them.
Thank you LFNC for making a difference in our community!
LFNC is one of the greatest resources for people with lupus and for supporting lupus awareness. They are sweet, kind, caring, and intelligent people. I've never had a bad experience with them, and no matter how much I call them or how busy they are, they are always will to help--patiently in fact. As a volunteer, I know firsthand from testimonies people have felt urged to randomly give me that they regularly make a deep and impacting difference in the lives of lupus patients, their families, and their friends. Great job, and keep up the amazing work, LFNC!
As the daughter of the former CFO of Orange County Volunteer, I have volunteered at many non-profits since I was very young, but never have I encountered a community so warm, welcoming, and giving as that of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California, the LFNC. The staff is dedicated to selflessly serving the lupus community by providing venues, setting up conference rooms for support groups, detailing online sources, issuing insurance for all volunteers on duty--and that's just the beginning of the list. By volunteering with LFNC, as I do, you become a part of this community and culture of giving and helping those who are struggling during some of the most difficult moments in their lives with the debilitating and often invisible and ignored disease. I cannot commend LFNC enough for their hard work and dedication, and it is my pleasure to be associated with them.
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LUPUS foundation of Northern California is a great non-profit organization. It offers very informative conferences, seminars to educate people on LUPUS. It also provides many helpful programs such as LUPUS support groups and 5K running etc. Just as its mission, this organization provides a center and resource and hope for people who are suffering with LUPUS, which I vote the highest 5 stars for nonprofit organization.
In times of trouble, I’ve turned to the Lupus Foundation of Northern California for knowledge, advice, and comfort through special programs and the San Francisco Lupus Support Group/Sub Chapter, both of which I’ve been able to participate in. They've been given me opportunities to share my story at their conferences, in return I receive plenty of support. I’ve been a member of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) since 1999 (it was formerly known as the Bay Area Lupus Foundation). I’ve been co-facilitator of the San Francisco Sub Chapter for the past 10 years. Since my co-facilitator has moved to Sacramento this year, I now facilitate the support group. Thanks to them I was able to meet other facilitators around Northern California at our state capitol. We were able to share lupus stories and our ideas on how to improve what we do for our support group members.There’s a reason for why things happen—good or bad. I’ve always had a calling in life and that is to educate and spread awareness about lupus. The LFNC gives me the opportunity to fulfill this purpose. I am very thankful for the opportunities they give me!!
I volunteer as a co-facilitator of the San Francisco Lupus Support Group. Without the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC) our support group wouldn't exist. I am thankful to the LFNC b/c they've given ME the opportunity to spread lupus awareness not only through the support group but by giving me the honor to share my lupus story as a speaker at educational programs, fundraising events, and public Bay Area fairs. Their educational programs, as well as their website, online weekly newsletters, seasonal "Newsletter" magazines, Bay Area support groups, and their lupus library, unite not only lupus patients, but also the SF Bay area and outer Bay area communities. They help patients learn how to cope with lupus through their informative activities with a small staff (3) and volunteers who are personable, compassionate, and tender. With the partnership with the nationwide Lupus Research Institute, the LFNC does their best to raise funds and support the goal to find better treatments, a cause and a cure for lupus. This is just a smidgen on why the LFNC should be considered one of the top nonprofits in the United States.
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+ Participating as a speaker for their mini-conferences and seeing the amount of people who attend these events + Seeing the number of participants grow throughout the years in the "Walk for Lupus 5K Run/Walk" + How effective the organization's outreach is by seeing new donors and retention of current donors
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Volunteering as a co-facilitator & participating with LFNC continually renews my spirit in spreading lupus awareness knowing that I can help others dealing with the disease. It is my outlet in being able to inspire others through my story of survival from kidney failure, CNS lymphoma, and MRSA -- all caused by lupus and its treatments.
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Extremely happy that I am able to live my life's purpose!
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I have volunteered at LFNC since I retired nearly 7 years ago. It has been and continues to be an amazing trip. I have watched the organization grow and change as the world around it grows and changes. However, its mission and goals remain consistent. It continues to promote lupus awareness, to educate and provide information to patients, their families and caregivers through conferences, education classes and electronic newsletters. It also continues to support external research through fund raising activities like the 5K Run/Walk or the Gala. Volunteering 7 years ago most often meant filing, folding, stuffing, and mailings. Now, it is much more likely I will be asked to work on the computer, entering and editing data and researching. There are many fun activities to be done. In addition, I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people, staff, board members, lupus patients and their families, as well as other volunteers. I look forward to many more years of helping out at this great nonprofit organization.