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Leadership Update: It's All About Our Volunteers

This is the leadership update from July's e-newsletter.

Despite the heat, this summer ACHA volunteers all over the country are working hard to make a better future for every person born with a heart defect. ACHA volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide variety of passions and skills. Some patients and their families serve as Heart to Heart Ambassadors, reaching out personally to assist individuals struggling with CHD. Some speak out in their communities to patients, families, lawmakers, and the press, getting the word out about the unmet needs of CHD survivors. Thousands of volunteers around the country participate in Congenital Heart Walks, whether by serving as chairs, team leaders, or by walking to show their support. In addition to those personally affected by CHD, many healthcare professionals also volunteer, as advocates, medical reviewers, researchers, community leaders, and members of our Medical Advisory Board. Virtually everything ACHA does relies on the generosity of our volunteer community.

One very special way to serve ACHA is through service on the ACHA Board of Directors. The organization itself is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, each one donating dozens of hours each year to ensure that ACHA stays effective, fiscally responsible, and impactful. ACHA is currently seeking individuals interested in serving as a board member. For more information about board service, including board requirements, click here. The deadline to nominate yourself or another individual is this Friday, July 19. Click here for more information.

ACHA is very lucky to have this large and growing group of passionate volunteers. To better serve these wonderful individuals, ACHA has hired its first Volunteer Coordinator, L. Lynn Cohen. Lynn joins ACHA with more than 15 years experience of volunteer management experience and a commitment to expanding and enhancing the volunteer experience at our organization. ACHA’s expanding volunteerism also reflects our growing program offerings. In the last six months we have directly assisted 1,990 people who contacted the office seeking assistance, convened five regional events, and offered 12 webinars viewed by more than 400 people. To support all these new activities, ACHA also has hired a Program Coordinator, Cheryl Poccia. Cheryl comes to us with extensive experience working with healthcare-related programming. To learn more about Lynn and Cheryl, please visit our ACHA staff webpage.

Have a wonderful summer!

Amy Verstappen
ACHA President/CEO

Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013