Community Ambassador Program Continues to Flourish
The Northeast Region is pleased to announce that a new group of trained volunteers joined the Community Ambassador Program. The volunteers, largely from the New York City suburbs and Connecticut, will further the organization's community and corporate outreach efforts.
Approximately 1.5 million people are living with lupus in the United States. Yet, awareness of the disease is alarmingly low. Among the general public, many have never heard of lupus or do not understand the disease. Lupus is a chronic illness with serious health consequences that impact every aspect of life including relationships, mental health, employment and economic security. "If we want to end lupus, we need to engage more supporters. Our first step is awareness and education," stated Sue Gloor, Regional Director. "We are grateful to our community ambassadors for leading this grassroots education program and sharing their stories. Their work is critical to our mission."
The Community Ambassador Program began in February with 23 trained volunteers. In 2017, the Northeast Region has participated in 43 community and corporate events with the help of these dedicated volunteers. Events included health fairs, workplace "lunch & learns", and fundraising events. Fifteen new ambassadors joined their ranks in November and will strengthen LFA's reach in suburban areas.