First established in 1974 through presidential proclamation by Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration “to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.”
In honor of the 2018 National Volunteer Week, Feeding Matters would like to recognize several of our dedicated and committed volunteers.
Elizabeth Suarez has been one of our Spanish speaking volunteers since 2012. She has helped us with translating our website for our Spanish speaking community as well as helping out at events.
How did you first get involved with Feeding Matters?
Working as a nanny for Shannon Goldwater’s triplets who have struggled to eat since they were born.
What is your most prized memory of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
Listening to the testimonies of the families that Feeding Matters have helped and changed their lives.
What is your favorite part of volunteering with Feeding Matters?
The contact with families that turn into friendships.
What does being involved with Feeding Matters mean to you?
If I can lessen the burden in any way, shape or form, I feel happy that no one is on this journey alone.
In your opinion, how does volunteering with Feeding Matters differ from other organizations?
The commitment to families and the outreach in the medical community are equally important and go hand in hand.
What is your biggest hope for families navigating pediatric feeding disorder?
That it is recognized as a standalone diagnosis and that clinicians receive the proper continuing education to support families.
To join Feeding Matters’ fight to create a world in which children with pediatric feeding disorder will thrive, visit feedingmatters.org/volunteer.