We are into week two of National Celiac Disease Awareness Month– and it is the perfect time to get out, get busy and give back. It is part of an occasional series this month on The Savvy Celiac. Last week we focused on donating gluten free food to food banks. This week I am focusing on donating your resources to celiac causes– both in time and finances.
Volunteering your Time for Celiac Awareness
One way to give back is to volunteer your time to the cause. This could be by helping out at a local conference, food fair or support group. You could also come up with your own fundraiser or way to donate your time, by checking out the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.
In Canada, the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association has an area where you can inquire about volunteering for their events– including jobs as coordinators and committee members.
Even the National Institutes for Health highlighted some of the top organizations to connect with for volunteering.
If you’re looking for a specific area to just do a quick Google search of “Celiac (your city) volunteer” and you hopefully will get some results.
Dedicating Financial Resources to Celiac
This one can be more difficult especially given the economy at this time. But there are ways you can donate and there are ways you can organize a donation effort.
The University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center has a program called Going the Distance where you can do whatever event you want and raise money for the research center.
The 2011 Gluten Free Labeling Summit is still looking for donations to help cover costs for their event last week. You can find out more about how it all went in an article from last week. This single event kick-started the Food and Drug Administration’s effort to finalize the gluten-free labeling plan required by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004.
Or you can take care of both by learning more about the celiac fundraisers for the University of Maryland Baltimore also known as the 10th Annual Walk/Run for Celiac Disease. I am sure all of them need volunteers and would appreciate donations during their events this month. You can find out more about that at celiacwalk.org.
If you’re in the Twin Cities Area, I know we need volunteers and are asking for donations. You can learn much more about our local event at twincitiesceliacwalk.org. The date is Saturday, May 21st.
Now is the time to take advantage of the opportunities that are available. We hope it will be a meaningful and fun experience.