Volunteer Opportunities

Below you will find a list of the volunteer opportunities available at JDRF.  We hope you find this helpful in selecting volunteer activities that best suit you, as we partner together to find a cure for diabetes.

Board of Directors
JDRF has a governing board of directors which is responsible for support of the local chapter and its staff.  The primary role of the board is to provide direction and identify resources in the community.  Board members and JDRF staff work as a team following JDRF international directives to set policies and goals for the chapter.  Working together, the board and staff can utilize the resources the board brings to JDRF and maximize volunteer involvement, thus ultimately realizing success for the chapter.  Potential board members are identified through the Nominating Committee and voted on at JDRF’s Annual Meeting in June.

Corporate Development Committee
This committee has a singular focus; to drive revenue to the chapter across all chapter programs and events. The committee, led by the chapter’s VP of Program Development is comprised of individuals committed to pursuing relationships with corporations in the market we serve to generate revenue. Collaborating with chapter staff, this committee will execute a process of approaching target companies and leveraging existing relationships to offer companies an opportunity to partner with a “best in class” non-profit through sponsorships, team fundraising, third-party events and other avenues to benefit both JDRF and the partnering company.

Education/Outreach Committee
Responsibilities include increasing public awareness of JDRF and diabetes, support to persons with type 1 diabetes and their families, mentoring, public relations, education, membership, promotion of the Chapter’s fundraising events, newsletter production, press releases, public service announcements, resource library, speaker’s bureau, health fairs, promotion of Diabetes Awareness month, fostering JDRF sponsored research in Wisconsin, and developing rapport with medical professionals, diabetes educators, and the media.

Gala Committee
This spring fundraiser includes a reception with silent and live auctions, sweepstakes drawing, fund-a-cure, dinner, and entertainment.  The committee handles developing the evening program, soliciting donations for the auction, getting corporate sponsors, ticket sales, publicity, catering, entertainment, decorations, and both auctions.

Golf Committee
This late spring fundraiser includes a day of golfing at an area golf course, complete with a lunch, hole-in-one prizes, reception, silent and live auctions, and awards dinner at the resort.  This committee is responsible for recruiting corporate sponsors and underwriters as well as golfers for the event.  The committee also oversees all auction solicitations, publicity and promotional materials, catering, and awards.

Government Relations Committee
Carries out the programs and initiatives of the National Government Relations Committee and the State Leader.  Recruits a base of volunteers in each Congressional district to communicate with Congress and educate legislators on policy issues pertaining to diabetes research.  Establishes open lines of communication regarding legislative issues with the American Diabetes Association, the National Diabetes Research Council, and other public or private sector organizations supporting diabetes research.  Organizes grassroots advocacy in all the Chapter’s Congressional districts.  Works with the JDRF National Office to coordinate Children’s Congress and the Promise to Remember Me Campaign.

Kids Walk Committee
This committee only meets during the months of February through June, and responsibilities include helping with organizing materials for the program, doing Power Point presentations, money handling and school recruitment. Presentations include teaching diabetes awareness and healthy lifestyle at area schools during the daytime. The volunteers return two weeks later to count the money raised during the two week fundraising.

Major Donor Committee
Responsibilities include identification and partnering with key players.  Discuss and monitor cultivation and solicitation strategies.  Secure major gifts toward goal and demonstrate a personal commitment to the success of the program.

Marketing Communications Committee (MarCom)
This committee was established to support all of the chapter programs and events using a creative combination of PR, Social Media, Marketing and Advertising as applicable. In order to achieve measurable results, this committee will prioritize focus areas for maximum impact and success. Works closely with staff, chairpersons from other committees and the executive committee to set realistic goals.

Office Support
The JDRF office is responsible for maintaining large databases of information for each event, as well as correspondence, and accounting for all materials and monies coming and going out of the office.  Volunteers are needed to help with everything from computer data entry, publicity, newsletter writing, creative design, copying and stuffing, answering/making telephone calls, mailing help, technology support, accounting, and pre-event support.

Ride Committee
A national event for JDRF, the ride now takes place in multiple locations.  Riders raise a minimum fundraising requirement and choose between riding 34, 62, or 100 miles.  The committee works on recruiting riders, gathering corporate sponsorships and underwriting, the youth ambassador program, publicity, promotion, newsletter writing, rider mentoring, pre-ride kickoff, and post-ride awards party.

Walk Committee
The Walk to Cure Diabetes is a national JDRF program, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter has two Walks during September, one in Milwaukee and one in the Sheboygan area.  Walkers are recruited through a corporate and family program, and money is raised through sponsorships, sneaker sales, corporate and family pledges.  Committee Functions include recruiting corporate sponsors, promoting corporate and family walk teams, Walk day logistics, publicity, food, entertainment, walk checkpoints, corporate breakfast, kickoff luncheon, and post walk awards reception.

Walk Day Of Volunteers
Needed to assist with various activities that take place on Walk day including but not limited to, set up, signage, registration, checkpoints, finance, serving beverages, taking lunch tickets, greeting walkers, running supplies, and take down after the event.  Volunteers also needed for pre-Walk kickoff lunch and post-Walk awards ceremony.

Young Leadership Committee (YLC)
The YLC exists to raise awareness, amplify the fundraising impact and extend the reach of JDRF in the Southeastern Wisconsin area through the active engagement of local young professionals. YLC hosts various fundraising, networking and social events in the greater Milwaukee area that aim to attract hundreds of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 dedicated to finding a cure for T1D. The committee is responsible for the inception, planning and the ultimate success of several social functions and fundraisers throughout the year aimed at benefitting JDRF. Additionally, the committee hosts occasional networking opportunities at area restaurants or bars to foster an environment of year-round involvement.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this Volunteer Interest Form and send it to our chapter at the address listed below.

Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
3333 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 107
Wauwatosa, WI  53222
Main: 414-453-4673
Sheboygan Area: 920-803-8820
Fax: 414-453-4919