Bag of Hope Volunteers & Mentors

The Bag of Hope Program is part of the Greater Western Carolinas Chapter’s Outreach Program. The mission of the Outreach Program is to provide education and support to anyone who has a personal connection to diabetes. The Bag of Hope Program connects children and their families with other local families who have a child with diabetes at the time of diagnosis. The bags contain a comprehensive collection of educational and comfort materials intended to introduce a newly diagnosed family to the larger JDRF family and its mission to find a cure for diabetes. All Bags of Hope include Rufus the Bear with Diabetes, an Accu-Chek blood glucose monitor, a support dvd, and educational books for children and their caregivers.

If you are interested in being on call to deliver Bags of Hope to newly diagnosed children and their families in the hospital or in being a mentor to someone who is newly diagnosed in the Charlotte-metro area or in Asheville, please contact Laila Tai at ltai@jdrf.org or 704.561.0828.  For Upstate South Carolina, please contact Laura Geloni at lgeloni@jdrf.org or 864.770.0276.