Volunteer Spotlight: The Living Legacy Foundation’s Donate Life Ambassador Program

What is a Donate Life Ambassador? (Choose the best answer)

a. A brand champion for organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation

b. An active community member, spreading the word about the importance of donation and transplantation

c. A donor family, transplant recipient or living donor

 d. All of the above

The correct answer is d.

And now it is even easier to become an ambassador for our life-saving cause. The Living Legacy Foundation’s Donate Life Ambassador program, LLF’s volunteer program formally known as the Donor Awareness Team, is offering more opportunities for volunteers to share their inspirational stories and help promote organ, eye and tissue donation in communities throughout Maryland. Beginning in the early spring, LLF will be forming targeted outreach groups. These teams, made up of energetic volunteers, community partners and LLF staff, will look for outreach opportunities, plan events, or host projects to educate Marylanders about donation and transplantation.

“Our focus this year is to continue to engage our dedicated volunteers by providing them more opportunities to get involved with our organization,” said Latrice Price, volunteer coordinator for The Living Legacy Foundation. “Whether it is by helping staff an information table or putting together information packets in the office, our volunteers are a vital part of achieving our mission.”

Along with the rebranding of the program, The Living Legacy Foundation has re-tooled the training program offered to volunteers, which also has a new name – Donate Life University. In addition to offering the ‘traditional’ trainings and workshops, such as Telling Your Story and Quilt Square Making, LLF is now offering classes to learn more about the organization and each department.

“We are excited to partner with many of the organization’s clinical departments to offer volunteers a more in depth look at the entire donation process,” added Jennifer Gelman, director of professional education. “Volunteers receive a brief overview of LLF and the workings of an organ procurement organization, however, these new training sessions allow those interested to learn more about a specific department or process.”

Additionally, The Living Legacy Foundation Donate Life Ambassadors program still rewards volunteers with the DL Bucks incentive program. Points are earned in a variety of ways from attending events, helping out in the LLF office to securing a sponsor for the Donate Life Family Fun Run. Points can be redeemed for LLF/Donate Life Ambassadors merchandise, which includes hats, jackets, coolers and much more.

Interesting in become a Donate Life Ambassador? Contact Latrice Price at 410-242-7000 or lprice@thellf.org to find out more information about the next orientation session.

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About Jennifer

Jennifer Gelman is the director of Communications for the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland. She is responsible for creating and executing educational and awareness programs for LLF’s donor service area, along with overseeing the company’s volunteer program, and the relationship with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. With nearly ten years of experience in non-profit and cause-related marketing, on a national and local level, Jennifer is focused on raising awareness and creating an open dialogue about organ, eye and tissue donation throughout diverse communities the organization serves. Follow Jennifer on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennifergelman
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