This month we are taking our GET to Learn to Feeding Matters, an organization dedicated to furthering advances in pediatric feeding disorders by accelerating identification, igniting research, and promoting collaborative care for children and families.
We asked Jaclyn Goris, MHI, Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives to give us the rundown on volunteering for Feeding Matters.
Here is what Jaclyn had to say:
Feeding Matters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – dedicated to the social sector and to improving research and treatments for children with pediatric feeding disorders.
A pediatric feeding disorder is a severe disruption to eating, drinking, or digesting that may cause medical problems and compromise growth and development. It is conservatively estimated that severe pediatric feeding disorders affect more than one million children under the age of five in the United States. When caring for a child with a pediatric feeding disorder, families often feel isolated and alone. Feeding Matters is a lifeline for these families and for the healthcare professionals who care for children with pediatric feeding disorders. We promote awareness and understanding of pediatric feeding disorders while advancing research and improved treatments.
As an organization, we would not be able to have an impact on the over 60,000 individuals that we do without the tireless efforts of volunteers in our community. We have volunteers that help in many capacities including project based roles, leadership on our councils, and experts that help with our resources. Each volunteer comes to us looking to make a difference and it is our role to find them the right fit in our organization where their skillset matches what we need and they are able to get what they need out of their work as well.
In 2016, Feeding Matters had 146 volunteers that dedicated 3,710 hours which totals $301,695.20 of in-kind time. This is an impact that should not go unnoticed. Due to our volunteers, we were able to make a larger impact without having to spend the funds ourselves. As all organizations do, we steward our funds well so it is important for volunteers to know the actual monetary value that they are contributing to an organization.
We are grateful to our community of volunteers as their efforts nourish our work to help us create a world in which children with pediatric feeding disorders will thrive.
If you are interested in learning more about Feeding Matters or how to volunteer with us, please consider coming to our annual luncheon. This large community event is on Monday, October 16th, at the Arizona Biltmore and is expected to have over 900 guests attend. Our luncheon is vital to raising funds for our programs and bringing awareness to pediatric feeding disorders to our community. To learn more, please go to www.feedingmatters.org/annual-community-luncheon.
Join us on September 27th, from 5:30-7:30 as we participate in activities benefiting Feeding Matters. Be sure to pre-register!
They are located at:
7227 N 16th St. #110
Phoenix, AZ 85020
An afterparty featuring drink specials and complimentary appetizers will immediately follow at The Vig Uptown.