You're probably familiar with TeamMDF, our corps of volunteers doing everything from educating medical students about DM to hosting grassroots fundraisers. Another way you can make a difference in the MDF community is by volunteering to launch and facilitate a support group in your community.
Support group facilitators are all types of people. Some are caregivers, some have spouses with DM, or they may have the condition themselves. Often a facilitator may have a background in nursing, social work, or education, but no particular background is necessary. All you need is a passion to help others dealing with DM learn more about their condition and how to maintain a greater quality of life.
Providing an environment of social support for persons with DM is critical to one's psycho-emotional and physical well-being. At MDF we support our support group facilitators and will help you to achieve this goal. To this end, we hold online trainings as well as phone mentoring with our Outreach Director, Leslie Krongold, a longtime veteran support group facilitator.
If you are interested in starting a support group in your area, please contact Leah Hellerstein, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.