Volunteer Spotlight: Donna BlackPublished by Feeding Matters on Mon, 2018-12-17 00:00
It is with deep appreciation for the time, commitment, and passion of our dedicated advocates and volunteers that Feeding Matters is launching a monthly Q & A series. They help with events, participate on committees, and coach in our Power of Two program. The advocate and volunteer spotlights will share the stories of our growing network of change agents, the driving force behind our vision to create a world where children with pediatric feeding disorders will thrive.
Donna Black has been a loyal volunteer since 2015. She is always willing to lend a hand, no matter what the project, volunteer shift (early morning hours) and location. Her professionalism is appreciated on all levels.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Scottsdale and have been married to my soul mate, Randy, for 31 years. We have two sons, Joshua who is 29 and Spencer who is 27. We also have two beautiful grandsons, Joshua Jr. who is 8 and Cody who is 5. My husband and I love to just hang out together. I work at a wonderful university, Grand Canyon University, helping individuals pursue their education.
How long have you been a volunteer with Feeding Matters?
I discovered Feeding Matters two years ago and have felt drawn to them and the mission they have to help kids and adults alike combat the challenging issue of feeding issues.
In which volunteer activities have you participated?
I have been a table captain for the 2016 and 2017 Feeding Matters Community Luncheons, assisted with attendee check in at the 2016 SOFFI Training Workshop and 2017 Pediatric Feeding Conferences.
What motivated you to become involved?
My youngest grandson was born with Cystic Fibrosis and in my initial meeting with Feeding Matters I discovered that he fit into the area they were discussing. Cody was very fussy with what he would eat when he was about 2 and it is really important for him to get as many calories as possible to help him grow. When I met with Feeding Matters, I discovered that it was an actual medical issue that may be preventing him from eating certain things. This definitely opened up my eyes and made me more aware of the things I could do to ensure that Cody and other kids like him get needed help and guidance to be healthy.
What has been your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
Meeting the individuals that have been faced with helping a loved one overcome or just adapt to the challenges of pediatric feeding disorders.
- In your opinion, what sets Feeding Matters apart from other organizations?
I feel that the focus they put on not only the people suffering from pediatric feeding disorders but the family members is what sets them apart. They are a support system that seems to be never ending and they are diligent in advocating to get pediatric feeding disorders recognized medically so that those who suffer can get the help they need.