To celebrate National Volunteer Week, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is sharing seven key benefits of volunteering for CF Canada. Cystic Fibrosis Canada depends on volunteers to help raise awareness and funds in support of cystic fibrosis research, advocacy and clinical care. Our amazing volunteers help Canadians living with cystic fibrosis know they are not alone in the fight against this fatal, genetic disease.
- Learn more about cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. 4,300 Canadians are currently living with cystic fibrosis, but this disease is misunderstood by a lot of people. Becoming a volunteer for CF Canada is a good way to learn more about this disease and the issues impacting the CF community.
“We have learned so much while organizing the Shinerama event. By being involved with this event we not only gained more information on cystic fibrosis but have also been able to meet people who are affected by the disease on a personal level.” Georgia Hajduk & Jacqueline Karathra
“The greatest highlight so far in my involvement with Shinerama has been watching [our] volunteers grow and evolve into the incredible leaders they are today. We started the year with about 75% of volunteers not understanding what exactly CF is, and now I have an incredible team of strong volunteers.” Jessica Parnell
- Make a difference in your local community
Volunteering with your local Cystic Fibrosis Canada Chapter is a great way to give back to your community. You’ll have the opportunity to show your support for local people and families affected by cystic fibrosis, to educate your community about this rare disease and to work together with others towards a cure.
“To advocate is to use the right words at the right time to as many people who want to listen. For me it is about telling what living with such a complicated rare disease is, so more people can understand and accept.” Sandy Stevens
- Support the search for a cure
Volunteers are integral to CF Canada’s mission of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. With every dollar raised, every important conversation, every community event and every minute spent by our volunteers, we get even closer to the day we find a cure.
“Watching the advancements unfold in the last five years has been rewarding and inspiring. I watched an interview with Dr. Mark Montgomery years ago and someone asked him why we should support CF Canada and his reply was “Because we’re winning.”’ Kelly Tibbets
“It’s simple! If people like you and I get involved in the cause, we’ll be able to help advance research and save lives. It may be my husband’s life, your son’s, your daughter’s or even your own! I want to continue supporting families affected by the disease and making a difference for them.” Jenny Lalancette
“It’s important to support CF Canada because CF is a horrible disease, with a very hopeful future. Statistics continuously show the improvement in life expectancy, and quality of life of individuals with CF even just over the past decade. CF researchers are constantly producing hopeful results, but this research is costly to come by. Any and all support is instrumental in the search for better treatments and an eventual cure.” Nicole Filipow
- Add experience to your resume
Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop new skills that could be useful in your professional life. Whether it’s participating in events, administration, public speaking, advocacy or just helping out as needed, it’s important to always learn and discover new things. You can add it to your resume and recruiters are always happy to have candidates who invest their personal time in a good cause.
“I have learned so many things from my involvement with Shinerama, some good, some not so good- but overall everything has been an incredible learning experience for me.” Jessica Parnell
- Meet new people and share your experiences
Volunteering is a great way to meet new, like-minded people and expand your social network. This includes people from the CF Canada community who may have family or friends living with CF or may live with CF themselves.
“Meeting and supporting other families dealing with CF. We also enjoy working with a very dedicated group of volunteers that have been working here in Niagara, some for over 40 years to help find a cure.” Gary and Colleen Donovan.
- Opportunities to suit your availability
Cystic Fibrosis Canada knows that everyone has different kinds of availability, so we’re happy to work with you to find the best volunteer opportunity to suit you and your interests. We have short and long term opportunities with varying levels of commitment depending on your preferences. Simply get in touch and ask us what’s coming up and we’ll be sure to let you know where help is needed.
“We have had various roles throughout the years in our involvement with CF. Our family has been carwash and barbecue organizers, participants in walks, volunteers in car washing for fundraising, and also donors.” Gianna Nero
- It’s easy to sign up
Signing up to volunteer with CF Canada is easy. Fill in our commitment free expression of interest form here and your local CF Canada representative will be in touch to discuss upcoming opportunities that might suit you. We love our volunteers and we encourage you to contact us today if you’re interested in becoming one.
“The most rewarding aspect of my commitment to Cystic Fibrosis Canada is knowing that the work we do as volunteers has a direct impact on the people living with the disease. The funds that we have raised have helped to advance research and improve the quality of care by leaps and bounds over the past few years. Through my involvement, I have also met families and volunteers with whom I have developed wonderful friendships over time.” Jean-Sebastien Ferron
Become a volunteer with CF CanadaVolunteer with us now!