“There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.”– Nelson Mandela
Come Join Us – Volunteer
Members and volunteers are the “mainstay” of the Diabetes Coalition’s initiatives, and are ultimately responsible for each event’s success. We depend on our volunteers and remain indebted to them for their time and commitment to the Coalition’s mission and vision.
Diabetes Risk Assessment Screenings
While the Diabetes Coalition engages in various assessments, prevention, and community educational outreach events throughout the year, the majority of these activities occur during our Know Your Numbers Diabetes Prevention Screening Campaign. This campaign “kicks-off” in the fall, celebrates November – National Diabetes Month, and continues through January culminating with Diabetes Awareness Day – the Coalition’s signature, community-wide annual screening event.
We bring our screening and educational initiatives to our communities. These events are held in churches, schools, businesses, health care centers, food pantries, shopping malls, and many other locations. Wherever the Coalition is needed, we go!
Multi-ethnic and non-English speaking populations are also targeted, by having our bilingual volunteers assigned to help with screenings, who include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, licensed dietitians, community health workers, university, and vo-tech students, and seniors. In addition to English, we also offer risk assessment tools and resource materials in Spanish and Creole.
If found to be at risk for diabetes, or in need of other services, individuals are linked to a health care provider for further assessment and/or connected to other professionals.
Volunteer Requirements for Diabetes Risk Screening & Educational Events
- For events offering diabetes risk assessment with health biomarker tests, which include rapid result AIc tests and other screening evaluations, the Diabetes Coalition requires medical professionals (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, etc.) to provide only those services that are defined by Florida Statute as “within the scope” of their professional license).
- Under the direction of an instructor and/or designated Diabetes Coalition team member, college, university, and vocational technical school students enrolled in health-related fields may also participate in the screening events.
- Non-medical volunteers are also needed and are vital members of our screening teams, working to support in the pre-preparation, coordination, successful implementation, and completion of our screening and educational events.
- All volunteers completing diabetes risk assessments and health biomarker tests must complete training, prior to participating in a screening event.
November – Diabetes Month and Diabetes Awareness Day
Volunteers are needed to help with pre-campaign and event preparation activities, Diabetes Awareness Day, and post Know Your Numbers Diabetes Prevention Screening Campaign, data assessments and analyses.
- Preparing screening site packets and “filling goodie bags” to be given to each screening participant during the Know Your Numbers Diabetes Prevention Screening Campaign and at other screening events throughout the year.
- Pre-event set-up for Diabetes Awareness Day in early January, which is hosted by the Palm Beach Outlets, in collaboration with the Diabetes Coalition, and Palm Health Foundation.
- Diabetes Awareness Day Volunteers – administer diabetes risk assessments, health biomarker tests, and other activities during the event.
- Post-event clean-up – after the Diabetes Awareness Day celebration.
- Volunteers to work in collaboration with the Coalition’s Data & Resource Committee to enter the Diabetes Risk Assessment and Health Biomarker Screening Data gathered during the year, which also includes data from our Know Your Numbers Diabetes Prevention Screening Campaign.
All volunteers administering the Diabetes Risk Assessments and/or Health Biomarker Screening Tests are required to complete volunteer training prior to participating in the screenings.
Annual Diabetes Educational Symposium
Each year the Diabetes Coalition hosts the Diabetes Educational Symposium. The audience for this event is health care providers (physicians and nurses) and other health care professionals.
The goal of the symposium is to provide a venue for the dissemination of research, knowledge, and evidenced–based “best practices” from leading experts in the field of diabetes, translating these findings, and “lessons learned” into clinical practice and improved patient outcomes.
The Coalition depends on our volunteers to assist with pre-preparation activities for the symposium, which includes putting materials and individual program packets together.
Volunteers also help during the event – welcoming participants, checking in attendees, and making sure that all individuals requesting CME/CEU credits have received and completed the required forms.
All volunteers assisting with Risk Assessments and A1c Glucose Tests are required to complete volunteer training prior to assisting at the diabetes screening sites. You will be notified regarding training dates.
Please click below to complete the Volunteer Registration Form. Completed forms will be emailed to Debby Walters. Debby will follow-up with you to confirm volunteer assignments. If you have any questions, please contact Debby at: firstname.lastname@example.org .