Friday, September 18, 2009

Volunteering at CHERUBS

CHERUBS has is the world's largest, oldest and most active CDH organization. Being such, we have a lot of work to do and a lot of families to help! We depend on our volunteers to do this. CHERUBS is completely run by volunteers - other CDH parents who chose to give back and help make a different and to help other CDH families. They dedicate their time and hearts freely and we appreciate them so much!

If CHERUBS has ever helped you - allowed you a place to talk or ask questions when you needed it. Helped you to make friends with other CDH parents. Supplied you with information during one of the worst times of your life. If we've done this and you are able to have some spare time to give back, please do so. This is a group effort and we need and welcome any CDH parent who wants to volunteer to help other CDH families!

Some of the Volunteer Positions at CHERUBS include:

Volunteer positions for those with a lot of time and dedication and a huge willingness to help the CDH community:

State & International Representatives - Our Reps are well... representatives of CHERUBS. They are our hearts at the local level, working with families and hospitals. They represent us at local get-togethers, events, fundraisers, conferences, etc. They match families together, visit parents in the hospital, plan local events. Some run their blogs or sites. They are the local faces of CHERUBS and what we do and what we stand for and this position is one that requires a strong moral compass, a lot of compassion for others going through CDH, a willingness to sometimes put their own CDH emotions and journey aside to focus on other families, courage to stand above innapropriate behavior and be a local leader at the support group level, professionalism and class to remember that you are representing a charity and that you are part of an international group, and mostly it requires a completely unselfish heart to give of yourself to others without going into the position wanting support for yourself. But the rewards are amazing.... knowing you were there for a CDH family in their darkest hour. Knowing you matched up 2 local families who can now depend on each other for support. Or watching a cherub meet another cherub for the first time at a get-together. It's amazing.

This volunteer position is one of the hardest at CHERUBS. It's easy for parents to sometimes lose focus on who they are supposed to be helping (other CDH parents). This position has a great title and a lot of responsibility, but it's not for everyone. It requires a dedication to CDH parents and to CHERUBS - since after all, that's who you are representing.

We are looking for 2 Co-Representatives for each state and country - 1 parent of a survivor, 1 grieving parent. We have a lot of positions to fill! If you would like to volunteer, please let us know!

*We highly recommend you read the Volunteer Checklist to make sure that you're ready to volunteer directly with other CDH parents.

Volunteers positions for those who want to help a larger scale, with a few hours a month to help and a lot of ideas and energy to contribute:

The following are all great committees that need more members:

Conference Committee - help plan our international conferences, find conference sponsors, find volunteers for the conference, help us at the conference, help set round table discussions and more.

Awareness Committee - help us to come up with, plan and execute many different projects to help promote CDH awareness. This includes helping us on our new Congressional Bill to help protect CDH Awareness from the trademark on "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness"

CHERUBS HOPE Totebag Committee - help us to find the items that we need to keep this totebag project going. Whether it's helping to make blankets or collect items for the bags or putting together handprint kits, or recruiting members and the public in donating to these bags, we have a lot of work going into these bags and need help! This project is a WONDERFUL project to help other CDH parents and to honor / remember your cherub while working with other CDH parents!

Fundraising Committee - help us come up with fundraising ideas and events and recruit participants!

Grant Committee - help CHERUBS to research and apply for grants for various projects.

Angel Ball Committee - local NC committee to plan the event, find sponors, volunteers and more for our Halloween Angel Masquerade Ball

Volunteer positions for those who want to help and work directly with other CDH parents but who only have a little bit of time to help:

*We highly recommend you read the Volunteer Checklist to make sure that you're ready to volunteer directly with other CDH parents.

Card / PM Volunteers - Volunteers that send out birthday, memorial, and holiday messages through our site

On Call Parents - Volunteers willing to listen to other CDH parents who are having a rough day and need to talk. You must be willing to publically post your phone number and e-mail address and to take calls at all hours of the day or night sometimes.

Volunteer positions for those who want to help but have very limited time:

Research Committee - this committee searches for the latest CDH research articles and submits them our Research Library. They also help to review our newsletter research section, our CDH Research Survey Results and test our research site. This is the perfect volunteer position for anyone who likes to do internet research!

Translation Committee - this committee translates our materials into other languages. We currently need translators for all languages who can help with the newsletters, baby book and more.

5 Easy Steps To Volunteer!

1. Read over the Volunteer Roles to see what each position does.

2. Read over the
Volunteer Checklist to see if you're ready to work directly with other CDH parents or in another capacity.

3. E-mail us at and give us the following information:
  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Your Phone Number
  • Your E-mail Address
  • Your Cherub's Name and Date(s)
  • Which volunteer positions would you like to volunteer for?
4. Read, print, sign and mail the following 3 documents back to our home office at CHERUBS, 3650 Rogers Rd #290, Wake Forest, NC 27587, USA.
5. We'll contact you shortly! Thank you for volunteering to help CHERUBS help families affected by CDH!

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