For the last seven or eight years I’ve volunteered at the PBCC Conference, working the merchandising counter but mostly handing out totebags. I was also part of a group who recorded a Peace/Christmas CD whose proceeds benefited the Coalition.
How did you first get involved volunteering with us?
A very good friend of mine works for the coalition. After she explained to me all the good the Coalition does in the state of Pennsylvania, I felt privileged to help in whatever way I could, whether it be volunteering or spreading the word about this amazing bunch of women whose fight it is to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of the women in this state.
What would you say is the best part of volunteering with PBCC?
I always feel a humbling sense of accomplishment when I watch the PBCC staff work to make putting on this big conference look so easy. Most people don’t understand all the effort that goes in to presenting the conference, and how many long and sleepless hours these brave and unyielding women put in to make it happen. Knowing that even in some small way I help to make that process easier makes me feel good about myself.
Any advice for someone who is thinking about volunteering but hasn’t yet taken the plunge to do so?
Do it! It’s such a small sacrifice of time and energy, but you feel like you’re part of something so much larger, and become part of an effort that means so much to so many people. Every day we take for granted organizations like the PBCC. And though there are so many organizations that involve breast cancer, there are none that spend the time advocating for women’s rights and health issues like the Coalition. That is what’s truly important in the state of our union. You can raise all the money you want for cancer research, and, yes, that’s a very important thing, but you still need to address the day-to-day hurdles that women face while dealing with this dreaded illness. That’s the strength of the Coalition, and that’s their purpose.