Volunteers joining DLNW staff member, Arcadia Trueheart, at an office training.
We are excited to share the recent growth of our Latino outreach program, Done Vida Noroeste. A committed group of enthusiastic Spanish-speaking volunteers is beginning to reunite. While many are long-time participants in Donate Life Northwest, we invite all interested members of the Latino community to join our efforts. After a reunion dinner and training session, volunteers have given presentations at Easter Seals Latino Connection and Oregon Child Development Coalition, as well as tabled at the Mexican Consulate and at information fairs with Latino Network and Promotores de Salud. We are also renewing our presence in Spanish media on TV (Salem Capital Community Television and MetroEast Community Media) and radio (La Zeta, La Gran D, and La Campeona). And last but not least, the Done Vida Noroeste Facebook page is active with all-Spanish content about volunteer events, donation stories, and information. If you speak Spanish and would like to join this outreach effort as a volunteer speaker, organizer, or translator, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Arcadia Trueheart: firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 418-4035.
We've been plowing ahead at full-steam now that summer is upon us. It seems that each weekend there has been something going on somewhere. In the coming weeks we'll be listing different community fairs, events, and similar opportunities that you can join this summer. If you know of a great event in your community - a farmer's market, parade, or similar - let us know. For now, here are some upcoming events:
New development coordinator, Laura Ellsworth, has been paying it forward with the Donate Life family since 1999. After she received a kidney transplant, volunteer work soon led to a staff role as program coordinator, and she helped launch the Oregon Donor Registry.
When her career took her to other organizations, Laura continued to serve the DLNW community as chair of the fund development committee and a top fundraiser on the board of directors. She has also been chair of the patient affairs committee for the United Network for Organ Sharing and has long enjoyed competing in the Transplant Games of America.
The development coordinator role is both a homecoming for Laura and an exciting opportunity to engage in new ways with her Donate Life community. She got off to a great start as the top raffle ticket seller, and is excited to be recruiting and sharing tips with table captains for the Lifesavers Breakfast.
On behalf of all who wait, thank you to everyone who shared your personal inspiration and helped reach the $5,000 X2 Spring Match goal. Grateful heart recipient, Roy Abramowitz, will match your gifts!
One gift, in particular, really shared both the urgent need and the incredible impact of Donate Life programs. Marty and Casey give to carry on the legacy of their son, Charlie, who passed away at age 21 after waiting too long for a liver transplant. While they grieve the loss of their son who did not get a donation in time, Charlie's parents also celebrate his cornea donations that helped two people see.