Volunteering with JDRF

Volunteer for the Cure!

Our success is driven by an effective volunteer-staff partnership -ultimately, it is the passion of our volunteers that sets JDRF’s tone and agenda. This has been true since our founding in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile (type 1) diabetes, who were determined to find a cure for this disease. Now we number tens of thousands of volunteers working through more than 100 Chapters, Branches, and Affiliates in the U.S. and around the world.

JDRF volunteers and staff work together to forge and implement ideas designed to speed the path to the cure, whether it is raising funds or finding ways to make our research more productive. The result is a constantly changing mix of ideas and programs that challenge, educate, motivate, and ultimatelywork to help us reach our goal sooner, while still, in a typical year, being able to send more than 85 percent of our expenses to research and education about research.

At the Northern Nevada Branch, we have a host of volunteer opportunities available for many ages, abilities and time allowances. Below are several ongoing volunteer needs; if you are interested in any of these positions, please call the Northern Nevada Branch at 775.786.1881 or e-mail them us at northernnevada@jdrf.organd be sure and put Volunteer Help in your e-mail subject line.

You may also download our Volunteer Interest Form, print and complete the form, and send to our office.You can e-mail or fax it to 775.827.0131.

Youth Ambassador – JDRF Youth Ambassadors are children with type 1 diabetes who

are matched with Corporate Walk Teams, Ride to Cure Diabetes Riders, etc.to put a face

on type 1 diabetes that is close to home and helps them understand the everyday challenges

of livingwith diabetes.Their stories of living with diabetes will motivate and emotionally spur

anyone to fundraise, complete a 100-milebike ride, etc. A Youth Ambassador may be asked

to participate in an internal kickoff and other Walk related events, write an article for a company newsletter about type 1 diabetes, display their picture on internal recruitment materials, serve as a spokesperson, inspire a Walk Team or Ride participant through letters and email,create special thank you messages, etc. For more information, please complete the Youth Ambassador Interest Form and return it to the Northern Nevada Branch.

Government Relationswe need everyone to help with advocacy efforts! For more, see our separate Government Relations page on this local site.

General Office Work – We periodically have general office work needs thatmay be done at our office or at home.This is a great opportunity forstudents needing to fulfill community service hours.Please contact us at northernnevada@jdrf.org for more information.

Committee Involvement A limited number of volunteers for the annual Walk and Gala are

needed to perform event-focused work, including making arrangements for food, decorations,

entertainment, publicity, and corporate solicitation.

Publicity/Outreach Volunteers – Workers are needed to help deliver public-relations material, to distribute Bags of Hope to local hospitals, clinics, and retail outlets, and to mentor newly diagnosed patients and their families.

Be part of the Excitement!Volunteers are needed for day of assistance with the Walk,

Gala and Third Party events, helping with registration, logistics,food, and auction


Third Party Events– Contactthe JDRF office at 775.786.1881 to discuss hostinga third party event to help raise money to advance our mission.