American Diabetes Association Salutes Atlanta Volunteers

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Encourages Participation During National Volunteer Appreciation Week

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will honor volunteers during the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week (NVAW) from April 6 -12, 2014. The national event is a time for ADA to acknowledge distinguished volunteers who bring its mission to life in Atlanta and around the country.

“National Volunteer Appreciation Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change— discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference,” said Dwight Holing, Chair of the Board for the American Diabetes Association . “It’s a great chance to highlight the impact that can be made when our volunteers apply their professional skills and talents to their volunteer experience.”

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, including nearly one million people in Atlanta. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This year’s 40th anniversary demonstrates the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions to help in the movement to Stop Diabetes.

The Atlanta Chapter of the American Diabetes Association is asking all volunteers and individuals living with and affected by diabetes to attend our annual L.E.A.D. event. Come help Launch Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, Engage as a volunteer, Advocate for Diabetes and Deliver awareness. L.E.A.D. will be held on April 17, 2014 from 6pm-8pm at the Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station. Please R.S.V.P to Karishma Parag at kparag(at)diabetes(dot)org by April 14, 2014.

To find additional life-changing volunteer opportunity to help make life better for people with diabetes in your area visit our Volunteer Center: To become a part of the Association’s volunteer online community, visit

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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