August 10, 2012
For the past few years, I have been volunteering at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. As a person with epilepsy, I find being at the foundation to be extremely comforting. Everyone here is so genuinely kind and caring, and ready and willing to help with anything that they possibly can. Two years ago, my friends and I produced a benefit concert to raise money for the EFGC. Although I was only a volunteer, people at the foundation volunteered THEIR time to help me. They helped us secure insurance for the event, they provided us with educational materials to give to audience members, they helped find donation items for a raffle at the event, etc. We absolutely could not have done it without them. Recently, I began the new Youth Council, and the foundation has been incredibly supportive. They help us with funds, advertising, resources, etc. Now that I am on the Youth Council, I spend a significant amount of time volunteering, and I get no greater joy than being here at the foundation. The EFGC has given me a place where I am accepted, where I feel normal, where I can be myself, and where I can help make a difference. They have made an enormous impact on my way and have helped me in ways I cannot describe, and I want nothing more than to give back to them as much as I possibly can.
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