Had it not been for the amazing people at the LFNC I may have spiraled out of control. In a period filled with panic attacks, high anxiety and multiple brain issues they kept me grounded. The support group has been an amazing resource and is inclusive of everyone, No one is ever turned away for lack of resources which puts this in the top of the Lupus Organizations. There is always a friendly face or a welcoming voice and plenty of food! A great organization to get involved with whether you are a patent or just looking for more information.
Every year, the professionalism, dedication, and hard work exemplified by the LFNC's staff continues to amaze me. It is clear that they care about lupus patients and creating an awareness of this autoimmune conditions in the community at large. They facilitate numerous patient education classes, support group meetings, fundraisers, walks and new programs. One of the newest programs to launch out of the LFNC is the Lupus Buddy Program in which patients are paired together as a personalized support system. The LFNC hosted a Buddy Program celebration with a Qi Gong specialist, a Chinese alliterative medicine specialist, and a therapist. The attendees loved the event! The LFNC is a place of support, trust, and care for many newly diagnosed and seasoned patients when no one else around them understands their disease and their journey with this disease. Thank you, LFNC!
Thank you for your kind review. Your dedication and hard work on behalf of lupus patients helps us at LFNC to do our job and inspires us each day.
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!
My sister contacted LFNC over 20 years ago while living and working in SF and newly diagnosed. She's has had a journey and along the way LFNC has provided support and I'm so proud of of my sister. She now lives well with Lupus. Together we support and advocate for Lupus patients and are part of the amazing and dedicated Board and staff at LFNC. LFNC, thank you and keep up the great work for the Lupus community! I can't say enough about the dedication and commitment of LFNC!
Thank you for your words and your long-time advocacy for the lupus community!
Very grateful for all the work that LFNC does for Lupus patients and their families over the years! A terrific group of dedicated, caring, committed staff and volunteers that provide education and support through their conferences, fundraisers/walk/run, and meetings. LFNC - truly provides support for patients, caregivers and the whole Lupus community. Keep up the great job! Thank you.
I've been volunteering for the foundation a few years. Staff are wonderful to work with. Before I started to volunteer, I didn't know anything about Lupus. The foundation is doing great work to support Lupus patient as well as promoting awareness. As a volunteer, I always have a great time helping out at the office or at the event. I also met other volunteers and they're so wonderful to work with.
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!
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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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.
I have volunteered at LFNC for about two years in the office and with their 5K run/walks and they were all very wonder experiences. The staff is friendly and kind to the volunteers and dedicated to Lupus patients and families. I have met many nice people and made some good friends volunteering at the organization.
I Volunteered LFNC for the 5K run/walk it was a very nice experience. All of the volunteers of this organization are so kind. Met lots of wonderful people all coming together for great cause.
I contacted LFNC many years ago when my lupus journey first began. LFNC was extremely helpful then and continues to be a strong organization that has definitely exceeded my expectations. Dedicated, caring, kind group of individuals who care deeply about helping lupus patient and their families. Can't say enough how it has helped me and continues to do so.
Lupus foundation of Northern California became a great help to me when I was first diagnosed with SLE Lupus 9 years ago. Through my rheumatologists office visits I found a flyer of the Alameda subchapter support group. I make it a priority to make all the monthly meetings, because they are encouraging and the group members have become like family. Through the years of attending this support group and going to educational class/seminars the LFNC hosts locally, I am now leading their Youth Support Groiup the Hangout once a month. Its a privilege and honor to be able to volunteer and help the foundation to continue reaching out to our community and instilling hope in the lives of those of us affected with this illness day in and day out. Their dedication and love the staff outpours to us is amazing.
Lupus Foundation of Northern California has been a great resource of information for me. They send out very informative information weekly in their news letters that are helpful and give updates on events that are coming up, giving you the opportunity to volunteer as well. When I go visit the office they always make me feel like family. They have now given me the opportunity to lead one of their Youth Support Groups and its been a great experience. The conferences that they set up for lupus patients are also very good, I have attended two of them and every time I learn something new even after having lupus for 7 years.
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I have been a volunteer for the LFNC for approximately 27 years. I first became involved when I was newly diagnosed and was seeking information and support. The organization was there to meet my educational and emotional needs. The administration is very supportive and encourages members to become involved, therefore I used my professional experience as a registered nurse to help teach classes, lead support groups and volunteer in other capacities. This nonprofit really stands out in its mission to raise awareness of lupus, support those who suffer from lupus and their families, support legislation to increase funding for research, and directly supply funding for lupus research. For this reason, LFNC should be one of the top great nonprofits in the country.
The Lupus Foundation of Northern California has been a part of my life for the past 15 years. First, as a newly diagnosed client seeking information and support. The organization provided literature, videos and classes. I also found support in one of their subchapter support groups. I met others suffering the same issues and made friends for life. As I became familiar with the chronic nature of the disease, I decided to give back by becoming a volunteer. I utilized my background as a nurse to assist as a spokesperson, teacher and coleader of a support group. During this time I earned how many people have been served by this great nonprofit.
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I have volunteered at many non-profits, but LFNC stands out among them because of the dedication of the staff and how much they care about supporting lupus patients and their families and friends. In addition to providing important information, LFNC does an incredible job advocating on their behalf, to get them the support and resources that are needed at the state and national level.
I've always been impressed with the dedication of the staff and volunteers at LFNC. They do an incredible job of educating and supporting individuals with this very severe and confusing disease, as well as helping families and friends understand and support those who have it. In addition, their advocacy work is truly admirable.
I have volunteered for LFNC for almost twenty years in Sonoma County. I love the people I've met in our support groups. We have made a queen-size butterfly quilt as a fundraiser and made more than $1,000 by selling tickets. The members of the support group are very encouraging to each other.
I started off getting involved in LFNC as a Lupus patient and soon fell in love with the organization. All the effort and these amazing people put into helping people who felt so hopeless and alone when they were first faced with their diagnosis is obvious the second you meet them. There seems to be a very warm welcoming energy about the foundation and all the people there. I felt right at home only after a few visits. Then before I knew it I was volunteering because I wanted to be a part of what they did in making a difference in people's lives. I am so grateful to have found this organization. It was a huge resource of support that helped me get back on my feet and get my life back.
I first came across LFNC when I was diagnosed with Systemic Connective Tissue disorder. I was going through a very rough time in my life and this organization became a second family. One that understands and is supportive in every way possible. They helped encourage me to never give up hope on battling this horrible and confusing disease. With the support from them and from my family and friends I have been in remission for about 6 months now. I have been volunteering at LFNC all through out my battle with SCTD/Lupus and have even spoken at a meeting regarding my remission and my journey in how I got there. LFNC has done so much for me I can't say enough. I fully support them the way they have supported me. I recommend this organization to anyone who wants to be a part of an amazing cause.
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