Volunteer Spotlight

Janet HohertzJanet Hohertz

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I mainly do general office work and computer support for the office. It is high volume detailed work that is necessary to ensure donations are properly recorded.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have been volunteering for five months.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County?  It is very fulfilling work and I know that my time is appreciated. Everyone at the office is so good to tell me that all the time. I feel like I am doing something worthwhile with my spare time.

What is the best part of being a Komen Volunteer?  I would have to say that it is feeling appreciated that is the best part of my experience.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? I have come to understand how the Affiliates contribute to the overall organization and their goal of helping men and women in Dallas County.  What they do means so much more than financial numbers at the end of the day, although that is a huge part of it. They help save lives.

What have you learned through your experience? I have come to understand just how much they need volunteers to make progress from week to week. They need us.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? If you’re looking for a rewarding and fulfilling way to spend your time, please consider volunteering with Komen Dallas County.  Every moment of your time will be spent wisely and efficiently and your work will be greatly appreciated.

Debra Schweiss
Debra

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? Whatever needs to be done…speaking at health fairs and community events, appreciation events, making goodie bags and office work-so far. I’m really looking forward to preparations leading up to and day of at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I’m a newbie- only six months, but i’m committed… until there’s a cure.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Connecting-both within the organization and the individuals we provide information, education and a good ear for listening. Its great to spend time in the company of others with a shared mission and with those for which we might make a difference in their health/life.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? I feel as if I’m a member of a team fighting with and for everyone that  has been affected by breast cancer. With each person we speak, provide information, encourage/empower to overcome the fear of being screened, tested or financial obstacles- we throw a good punch. With every dollar raised to fund awareness and treatment, we get closer to winning. I imagine my favorite day as a Komen volunteer will be the day I’m no longer needed, because we have a cure!

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? Komen Dallas County is a great group of people dedicated to providing information, education, funding and HOPE for a huge, often underserved, community.

What have you learned through your experience? There is a lot of fear associated with the word “cancer”. While many are uncomfortable talking about breast cancer, it has become clear that most women want the information, education, and someone to listen to their concerns or fears. I’ve learned that it only takes a little time and empathy to reach out: making someone comfortable and empowering them to take the steps to breast health and /or early detection.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? You CAN make a difference! At my first health fair, I spent 20 minutes with a very nice lady who had celebrated her 50th birthday, but was terrified to have a mammogram. After listening to her fears, providing her information and sharing my own personal story- she promised to immediately make an appointment to schedule her first mammogram. She said no one had ever spoken to her so intimately about breast cancer and early detection. My heart knows I made a difference that day.

 

Jan LucioJan Lucio (2)

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I volunteer in the office doing computer work, at the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, and I enjoy being part of the Speakers Bureau to promote the Race and breast cancer awareness

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I came to Komen four years ago, when my hair started growing back in after chemotherapy.  My dear girlfriend worked at Komen HQ and introduced me to the glory of pinkness!

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I love that the Dallas County Affiliate is led by women. Strong, women, with a passion for the cause and for the cures. I enjoy the opportunity to learn more about our grantees and how they impact the priority zip codes in our community, where the need for mammograms and treatment is greatest.

What is the best of being a Komen volunteer? I love the new office space, and I enjoy the support I get from the staff and the community. I enjoy the variety of opportunities: stuffing envelopes, data entry, speaking, shopping-cart races, etc. Komen Dallas County is very grateful for volunteers and appreciative of the work that we do to help.

What have you learned through your experience?  I have learned that others share my passion for the cures, and all of us know that it takes money to fund the research to find the cures to defeat this disease. I have been made aware that many people in Dallas County are generous and approachable when it comes to requests for donation. I have learned that the work done by our grantees is vital in the survivorship of the women of Dallas County.

What would you share with others who are considering  volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Volunteers events are fun. You can volunteer in the office or in the community. You can work two hours or all day. You can choose how much you want to commit and you always know you have made an impact.  Komen volunteers are well respected in the health community and in the philanthropic arena. The Dallas County staff shows its appreciation to their volunteers.

Sharla MyersSharla & Pat Smith

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I have volunteered at the Race for the Cure, I was Pledge Chair for the Race for the Cure for three years, I have been on the Board for the last six years and I currently serve as Board President.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? More than eight years, since 2005

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have loved all of it, but my favorite part has been being impacted by Komen Dallas County and meeting the people in the community whom we have helped. That truly warms my heart!

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? Knowing that I am part of an organization that is truly making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? I fully believe that Komen Dallas County saves lives, and nothing could be more meaningful than that!

What have you learned through your experience? My mom died of cancer, and I think the most important thing I have learned  is that breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence.  It has been such a joy and pleasure to meet so many survivors and to know that we actually can make a difference if we really want to.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County?  It has been one of the most wonderful and fulfilling things I have ever done, and I would encourage anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer to come on board and help in the fight!

Evelyn RosalesEvelyn Rosales

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I have volunteered as a speaker and educator for Komen Dallas County by attending health fairs and other events in the community.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? My first volunteer experience was in February 2013.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I’m a health care worker who loves what I do-educating patients. I am also a social butterfly and truly enjoy meeting new people.  It is fulfilling to give back to the community by providing helpful information that can make a difference in people’s lives.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? Making an impact in a woman’s life – whether that means providing her with a pink ribbon sticker or information on locations where she can receive treatment. It ALL makes an impact.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? Komen Dallas County represents hope. it offers a variety of resources in the community, both financial and educational. It provides hope for all women who are affected by breast cancer – whether through personal experience or through the experiences of women they know and love.

What have you learned through your experience? Reverence. Komen Dallas County has provided so much perspective in this experience.  I have learned that all women can use a little guidance. Many women need questions answered or fears addressed. So many times we take what we need to know for granted. Not knowing what to do when it comes to breast health can be the difference between life and death. We need to show respect for every woman’s questions and concerns and share the information so that they, too, will give other women the knowledge to not fear breast cancer any longer.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Working with Komen Dallas County is an enjoyable experience and it helps so many women. I will continue to be a volunteer as much as I can to help reach more women in Dallas County.

LaKisha WellsLaKisha Wells- Health Fair

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? Anything they ask LOL!! I currently serve on the Education Committee and I’m am also a member of the Speakers Bureau.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have been a volunteer for three years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I enjoy the connection with people. I enjoy talking with women and men about their breast health.  I’m fulfilled when I give someone our grantee cards that may be uninsured or under-insured, the look on their face when they realize there are resources out there is priceless.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? The best part of being Komen volunteer for me is educating.  I’ve learned that many women and men just lack information when it comes to their breast health.  I believe that everyone has a purpose, and my purpose is to educate as many women and men as I can.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? Oh my what does Komen mean to me!? WOW! Komen means the world to me. I love the organization, I love what it stands for, I love our mission, I love that we cater to the community and I love that they allow and encourage me to make a positive impact on the community.  The Komen Dallas staff are my pink sisters and I love that they work so hard daily to fulfill the mission. The least I can do is volunteer at health fairs, speak, and whatever else they need for me to do!

What have you learned through your experience? I have learned that one person can make a difference!

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Volunteering is a selfless act, and I applaud all volunteers because your heart and soul is into whatever you believe in and you will sacrifice your time to ensure that you are doing your part. I am most fulfilled when  I’m volunteering and I couldn’t imagine not having the opportunity. If you have ever asked yourself “What’s my purpose?”….try volunteering I promise you will quickly step into your purpose!

Melanie & Todd OwenMelanie Owen

 

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? We coordinate the volunteers for the annual Komen Dallas Race for the Cure.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have been with Komen Dallas County for nine years and Todd has been with them for six years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? The difference that is made in people’s lives within the community. Not only the direct effect with services like mammograms, but the awareness. Cancer can make people feel so powerless but all of the people that came out to support each other and raise awareness of early detection give whole community the power to fight. The whole town gets involved thanks to Komen Dallas County.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? The survivor tent is located next to the volunteer check in so every year we get to see all the women who have beat the fight.  It is an honor to be part of their support group.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? They are our “Komen Family”! To us, they are friends and such a hard working team  for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, but year round they are continuously making the county a more aware and supportive community.

What have you learned through your experience? With coordinating the volunteers, we learned that people want to help and it means so much to be able to give back. Through volunteering, we have learned how much hard work goes into putting together an event. Especially to have such a big event where so much money goes back to the cause.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? One of the greatest things is the flexibility on time constraints and ability. There is something for everyone.

Andrea Bennett

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County?Susan G Komen 4-4-13-2938
I serve as a member of the Education Committee. As a member of the Education Committee I work on community outreach and education. This includes meeting with churches in the community to increase awareness about breast health  and what Komen Dallas County can do to help. This year I am also the “I Am the Cure” Chair for the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure. I will be organizing the “I Am the Cure” volunteers to help spread the word about breast health and healthy living at this year’s Race.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have been involved with Komen Dallas County for almost two years. I first became involved with Komen in 2009 volunteering with the Oregon and SW Washington Affiliate.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? What I enjoy most about volunteering is connecting with churches in the community. I am privileged to meet some of the sweetest people in Dallas County  and that always makes my efforts rewarding.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? The best part about being a Komen volunteer is knowing  that I am making a difference. It is great knowing that I have a group of supportive people all working toward the same cause.

What does Komen Dallas County meant to you? Komen Dallas County represents my heart and my passion for a healthier and a happier community. The impact that we make in the community means the world to me and keeps me motivated to be a voice for our cause.

What have you learned through your experience? I have a learned that a little effort goes a long way. It only takes participating in one event to realize what a difference that you can make in someone’s life.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Volunteering is a selfless act that can make a big difference in our community of Dallas County. Join our cause by volunteering, I guarantee that you will forever be grateful to be apart of such a great effort and an amazing organization.

LeeAnn Hinkle

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County?pic29790 (3)

I serve as the Team chairperson on the Race committee. My responsibilities include motivating team captains to build their teams, assisting with individual team kick-offs, managing the team t-shirt contest and addressing various questions from team captains. I also work with my company PwC and our Race team Pink Ribbon Angels, with whom we raised over 13,000 dollars last year for Komen Dallas Country.

 How long have you volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have been volunteering for three years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I enjoy hearing everyone’s stories and admiring everyone’s passion for our cause. Each person has their own unique reason for supporting Komen Dallas County and that brings in a diverse group of supports to work with.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? Knowing that together we are making a difference on a local front for women and their families fighting breast cancer.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? One thing I have learned during my time volunteering is that breast cancer does not discriminate. It impacts all types of women from all different walks of life. Komen Dallas County isn’t cookie cutter impersonal organization but rather one that listens to each person individually and determines how Komen Dallas can help them specifically.

What have you learned through your experience? I have admiration for those fighting breast cancer. The positive outlook displayed and determination is invigorating. Also, I have learned through small individual efforts they can make a collective difference. When I first started and I learned that just getting 5 people to fund raise 30 dollars each for the Race could  provide one  mammogram, I realized that we could make a difference just by getting friends to come out for Race day.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? The reward and satisfaction of knowing that you are helping women and their families within Dallas County is indescribable. We all assume most people have health insurance to cover health care costs , but there are still co-pays to take care of, prescription’s to pay for and transportation to doctor appointments. We must help with all of these needs, so that women and their families can continue to fight and recover.

Tina Hollins 
Tina Hollins

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I volunteer at community events and health fairs, and I work in the office on Affiliate projects.

How long have you been a volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Over two years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Working to increase people’s knowledge of breast cancer risk and breast self-awareness.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? Telling the world about Susan G. Komen and who she was and about the fight against breast cancer.

What have you learned through your experience? I have learned about the breast facts for the life and what breast cancer is. I also learned why breast cancer grows and about other resources where I can learn even more.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Volunteering is so special and rewarding, knowing that we as individuals are doing our part in the world to spread the news of breast cancer and early detection, about saving lives and knowing that we are working with the community to help bring information to individuals. I love what I do everyday of my life.

Sharon Ray 

What type of volunteer word to you do for Komen Dallas County? I volunteer mostly at health fairs.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Three years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I truly love meeting new people and allowing them to tell their stories. It is a great feeling to give someone information that can help.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? I would have to say the best part for me is making new friends and getting the word out about what services are available.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? Komen means people working together to find a cure for an awful disease.

What have you learned through your experience?  I have been able to learn that there are a lot of people that really don’t know what services are available for them. Volunteering gives you an amazing feeling of being able to help someone you don’t know.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteer with Komen Dallas County? I think that breast cancer affects us all and if being able to give information to people to better inform themselves, then I am doing something good. I thank Komen for allowing me to help when I can. 

Angela Thornton 

What type of volunteer work do you for Komen Dallas County? Health fairs and community events, the Komen Dallas Race for the Cure, and I serve on the Caddyshack for the Cure Golf Tournament and Concert Committee.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Six years with Komen Dallas County and I also volunteered with the Greater Fort Worth Affiliate before that.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I enjoy meeting other women in the Metroplex and hearing how Komen relates to their lives whether through a personal experience or that of a family member or friend.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? I love seeing so many smiling faces at each event. I have always felt welcomed and each Komen Dallas County representative greets me with a smile and grateful handshake. I leave each event feeling like I have made a difference. Being able to spread awareness of breast cancer to other women is our goal and I feel like I learn something new about Komen during each event. I appreciate how the organization focuses on the importance of working together to raise money to find the cures.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? The loss of my mentor, Kathy Penn in 2007 is when I feel like I “found Komen” and realized what a huge impact the organization has on the community it serves. Kathy is the reason I started to participate in the Race and then to volunteer and help Komen spread awareness in my community.

What have you learned through your experience? I have learned that even a couple hours of your time you can make a huge difference. Handing out breast health educational material and information about Komen Dallas County grantees and connecting women to necessary resources for breast screenings and other services could save a life.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? There is camaraderie in having a shared experience with others. Meeting others that have also experienced survivorship or loss gives you more passion to volunteer.

ShaNa Madkins 

What type of volunteer work do you for Komen Dallas County? Currently serve as a committee member for the 2013 Impact Awards. My role on this wonderful committee is RSVP, Check-In & Thank You Chair. For the last two years I have volunteered to do various jobs at the annual Komen Dallas Race for the Cure.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Two years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Having the opportunity to work and give back to a great cause and meeting new people who are just as passionate about the cause as I am.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? The best part of being a Komen volunteer is having the opportunity to give back to others and work for a wonderful organization that has helped so many women and men fight a horrible disease.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? An organization that is dedicated to providing breast health options to the uninsured and under-insured women and men living in Dallas County. Komen Dallas County puts the needs of the underserved first – which means a lot to me!

What have you learned through your experience?I’ve learned that being a volunteer is a very fulfilling experience. I feel it is very important to give more of yourself because when you are helping others and seeing a smile on their faces your heart seems to smile.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? Just to do it, it is an opportunity to help others.  It’s not just helping with office staff: it’s being part of the passion.

Linda Wilkins 

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? I have served on the Affiliate’s Board of Directors for the six years, and during that time I have been responsible for recruiting outstanding individuals to serve on our Board.  My law firm Wilkins Finston Law Group LLP has also sponsored a Race Team, Wifi for the Cure, and we’ve enjoyed hosting parties and raising money through our Team.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County?  Six years.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County?  Meeting so many passionate and committed people and working with our great staff!

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? Sharing the commitment to the cause and seeing the results in the grants that we make in the community to carry out our mission.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? It is a way to help all women obtain the screening and treatment they need to fight this terrible disease.

What have you learned through your experience? We have accomplished a lot, but we could do so much more if we could increase our fundraising.  Dallas folks are generous, we just need to give them more opportunities to support us, in addition to our Race which is so successful.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? There are many opportunites now to serve, and you will be met with open arms!

Gloria Tidrow 

What type of volunteer work do you do for Komen Dallas County? Fun office projects, mailing Holiday cards, putting  together gift bags for top fundraisers and other important projects. It is a great way to get to know the awesome staff of Komen Dallas County.

How long have you been volunteering with Komen Dallas County?  Since September 2012.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I enjoy being a part of an organization of outstanding women who are dedicating their career to making a difference in the lives of women struggling with cancer.

What is the best part of being a Komen volunteer? The BEST part of being a volunteer is having an opportunity to give back to others and being part of an energetic team.

What does Komen Dallas County mean to you? Komen Dallas County means an organization dedicated to cancer research and resources for women at risk in Dallas County.

What have you learned through your experience? Volunteering for a nonprofit organization is an ongoing “learning” experience with every opportunity. It is inspiring to be part of an organization that has focused on cancer research and prevention. I am a retired educator/counselor and volunteering gives me a chance to continue to help women and families deal with the health/emotional challenges the face in life.

What would you share with others who are considering volunteering with Komen Dallas County? I have shared with my friends who are in the volunteering world that with Komen Dallas County it will be one of the most rewarding experiences they can have as a volunteer.

 

 

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