NEDA came into my life in 2013. I volunteered at a walk on a whim and quickly learned that I had found my home in this organization that reached thousands of people who, unbeknownst to me, were striving to end this war with their bodies and attain the same self love that I had been striving for secretly for over 10 years. Now, with the support of NEDA and the many loving people NEDA has brought into my life, I have grown in my ability to tell my disordered eating tale, to own what I've been through and where that's brought me, and I could not be anywhere near as mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy as I am today without my involvement with NEDA.
Since my first walk and volunteering experience at the Philly Walk in 2013, I have volunteered at numerous other walks including D.C. and NYC, was on the planning committee for Philly's 2015 Walk, and most recently, Co-Coordinated a walk in Northern, NJ which was a huge success! I have always felt supported by NEDA's Staff through all of my volunteer and planning efforts, and know that they are constantly receptive to our ideas and hopes for fundraisers, projects, and goals for a walk. My experiences working with NEDA as a volunteer will undoubtedly help me in my future career and a clinical mental health counselor and I could not be more grateful!
I had an incredibly encouraging experience in working with NEDA. I felt valued and supported as I planned the first Charleston NEDA Walk.
I am so impressed with the NEDA staff that helped me to plan this walk and encouraged me every step of the way. Jessica offered knowledge and support and so much kindness to me during the planning process.
Although I was introduced to NEDA as a parent of a daughter with an Eating Disorder (ED), I am now active as a NEDA Walk coordinator for Pittsburgh. My decision to get involved and give back stems from the great resource that NEDA was to our familiy in our time of need. The ability of Walks to bring hundreds of sufferers and their loved ones together is so empowering for all involved. The knowledge that one is not alone in their struggle and the ability to hear positive stories of recovery provides much needed hope.
Coordinating a Walk takes a lot of effort and the National organization provides outstanding support. The staff makes it as easy as possible to execute a successful event and is there to help every step of the way. The ED informational materials that are provided for the event are greatly appreciated by participants. It is rewarding to see walkers take a few with them to pass out to others who would benefit from better awareness of EDs. Afterall, it all starts with awarness and the understanding that EDs are serious illnesses needing early detection and treatment.
Advocacy efforts are also a critical part of this wonderful non-profit. The team is constantly looking for opportunities to impact legislation and makes us aware so that our voices can be heard. I am proud to be associated with NEDA and have seen first hand how they have made a difference in the lives of ED sufferers.
I was Walk Co-coordinator for the Raleigh, NC Walk in April 2016 and I can't say enough about the fantastic assistance that National Walk Coordinator Jessica Hickman offered. She made organizing our walk a smooth and seamless process and it inspired me to co-coordinate the 2017 Walk!
I also attended the 2016 NEDA Convention in Chicago, IL in September and was so impressed by the knowledge, expertise, and support provided. I hope to attend another convention in the future.
NEDA came into my life in 2009, when I was looking online for resources for my sister, who has since passed away. I called the Helpline, and the person on the other end talked with my for 2 hours, helping me find support for my sister in the area. It is unfortunate that I didn't know of NEDA before this date; we may have saved her life! Anyway, in 2014 I decided to look into the possibility of coordinating a NEDA walk in my community, so that maybe I can help others! I had my first walk in April of 2015 and we raised just over $10,000! This past November we had our 2nd Annual NEDA Walk and raised just over $12,000!! The national Walk Coordinators, during both occasions, were so supportive and wonderful to work with! They were there for me and my team throughout the process. NEDA not only takes time with people in need of support for a loved one/friend, but they also work hard at maintaining great relationships with all the fundraisers and walk coordinators! NEDA definitely deserves 5 Gold Stars!!
I am a warrior! I am recovering from anorexia and have felt so supported by NEDA. As I have moved into a strong recovery phase, I have acted as a NEDA walk coordinator and I can not begin to describe how much this has moved me further into recovery. I am no longer the person who does not value themselves or believes they do not deserve the best. NEDA has help so many individuals to become strong people that can change the world.
I coordinated the DC NEDA Walk last year and had a great experience working with NEDA. They are professional, organized and above all, passionate about what they do. Every encounter with NEDA has been positive and continues to encourage my belief that they are an organization of integrity. I could not be more pleased to work with them one more year. NEDA offers great resources for individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Years ago, when I was battling an eating disorder, their website and resources provided a message of hope and helped me get the treatment I needed.
They helped me bring awareness for eating disorders to northeastern Indiana and allowed me as a walk coordinator to attend the national conference in Chicago
I was the coordinator of the first Spokane NEDA Walk. Spokane has such a great need for eating disorder treatment and awareness, and the NEDA Walk has bridged the gap from no awareness to a community excited to change. It is an honor to work with NEDA, and I couldn'r be more proud to be part of the organization. Jessica Hickman was so helpful and personable and the entire NEDA Team is outstanding.
My struggle with eating disorders began in high school. Years later, when I finally admitted to my problems and was diagnosed at a treatment center, NEDA provided a wealth of information. Like many parents of children with ED's, mine were confused about my disorder and unaware of the proper steps to take in order to help me regain health. NEDA not only gave them access to fantastic and reputable resources, but educated them on the intricacies of eating disorders in general. NEDA helped my parents understand that recovery would not solely involve physical re-nourishment, but also a strong emphasis on mental health since these illnesses are often so deeply rooted in trauma and/or emotional struggles of the past. While my parents received priceless information, I viewed NEDA as a support system. I was ashamed of my problems, but being introduced to this organization helped me find solace in knowing I was not alone with my struggles.
Over the years, NEDA has grown to be a nonprofit organization that I respect and value wholeheartedly. Their educational and support services are unparalleled and have helped me reach a nearly full recovery -- both by providing a support network AND in educating my family/friends so that they could best help me regain health. Now, I volunteer with NEDA as a fundraising walk coordinator in Northern New Jersey. The experience of getting a NEDA walk from planning stages to completion has been incredibly inspiring. During the whole process, I always feel like NEDA staff members are behind me 100%. Staff members make me feel incredibly appreciated for the work I do, which is an amazing feeling.
Through NEDA, I have been introduced to countless individuals who motivate me daily. I truly believe this nonprofit has made a lasting mark on my life, and will continue to do so with the support of more communities nationwide. I look forward to my next walk with NEDA and I can't say enough good things about this organization. They were an integral part of helping me regain control of my life (and find happiness!) through the long journey of recovery, and that is something I will never take for granted.
As 2016 coordinator of Miami's NEDA walk, I could not have been more grateful to have Jessica Hickman to lead me throughout the entire process. My experience working with NEDA was beyond my expectations and it was an amazing and rewarding journey.
I have attended many walks, however this was my first year as the walk coordinator of the 3rd annual West Chester PA NEDA Walk! Jessica Hickman was with me every step of the way, answering my many questions and always supporting me with suggestions, encouragement and kindness. Jessica is professional, organized and passionate about what she does. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that saves lives, touches our communities and advocates for change! I'm looking forward to planning our walk in 2016 and feel confident that it will be, yet again, a stellar event with Jessica by my side! Thank you!
This was my second year working with NEDA, my first as a walk coordinator. It was a great experience. Jessica Hickman at NEDA was always available to assist our efforts in Louisville. She was positive and encouraging. NEDA is very easy to work with. It was apparent to me that they are always working towards making positive changes for the walk program and reaching more people!
NEDA is a great organization to work with. Everyone at the head office is easy to work with and very helpful. This organization truly cares about their cause.
NEDA has been an amazing volunteer experience for me. I gained very valuable skills and everyone in the office is super friendly and supportive!
This org helped me in the hardest times of my eating disorder - now living a recovered life and have the privilege of coordinating a NEDA Walk this fall.
I was a volunteer-intern this past summer 2015 at NEDA, and my experience on the Development/Fundraising team far exceeded my expectations. I gained a greater understanding about non-profit management and had hands-on experience in fundraising and special events planning with a special focus on further developing NEDA's national walks. By working closely with staff members, I gained invaluable skills in communications and organization. My time at NEDA truly piqued my interest in corporate social responsibility and exposed me to the vital role that companies play in fostering a culture of giving. The inspiring, hopeful, and driven community at NEDA helped further my professional and personal growth incredibly, and for that I am forever grateful.
I was the walk coordinator for the first NEDA walk in El Paso-October of this year. I worked with both Julie and Jessica during this process and they were very helpful, supportive, encouraging. This was my first time doing anything like this and the community I live in is not well aware of the dangers surrounding ED. So it was an uphill battle. But NEDA was with me every step of the way. Very easy to get a hold of, always willing to discuss ideas or concerns.