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Review for Lupus Foundation of Northern California, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I facilitate SF Lupus Support, a subchapter of the Lupus Foundation of Northern California (LFNC). The following is an excerpt from a speech I gave at a recent fundraising event for them. I’ve been connected to the LFNC since 1999 when I started attending the San Francisco Lupus Support group meetings. And I later participated in annual Lupus Educator Training programs led by founder and former executive Jo Dewhirst. Back then, the LFNC was called the Bay Area Lupus Foundation. But because of its amazing outreach from Redding and far south to Santa Maria, the name was appropriately changed.

For the LFNC, supporting people living with lupus is the heart of their mission. Within an ethnically and economically diverse population, they do this by providing programs and services that increase the understanding of all who are affected by this disease.

I hope you consider the LFNC as a Great Non-Profit. Without them, all of us affected by lupus wouldn’t receive true, local support that is needed for our unique lupus community in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.
Thanks so very much for your time and for listening!

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Lupus Foundation of Northern California, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Lupus Foundation of Northern California, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

+ 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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Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

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.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Extremely happy that I am able to live my life's purpose!

Role:  Volunteer & I volunteer as a co-facilitator of the SF Lupus Support group, which was created by the Lupus Foundation of Northern Cali.