People living with cancer can find support through their local Gilda’s Club network, an organization designed to foster the cancer community and provide support and care. Gilda’s Club is a worldwide organization that offers free cancer support in hundreds of communities. Founded by Joanna Bull in 1991, the organization has succeeded in creating an affiliate network of clubhouses that help bring together those that are learning to live with cancer, their families, their friends, and their children. If you’re looking for a new nonprofit or charity to support his year, here are just seven reasons why Gilda’s Club should make your list:
1. Gilda’s Club is run entirely on philanthropic contributions. In order to fulfill its mission, Gilda’s Club needs funding for dozens of community-building projects. Just a monthly contribution can help support lectures, workshops, and social events.
2. Gilda’s Club is supported by local medical communities. The organization earned a status of credibility with many medical circles, and you’ll find a handful of doctor-recommendations and referral networks at each clubhouse. Your donations are going towards a worthy endeavor!
3. Gilda’s Club offers support for children and families with cancer. Even though the founder had ovarian cancer, the efforts of Gilda’s Club are not reserved for women only. The Gilda’s Club mission is to help men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
4. Gilda’s Club offers emotional, psychological, and physical support for members. Your donations are going towards a variety of efforts, not only fundraising and counseling.
5. You can support growth and development programs such as ‘Family Focus’ and ‘Team Convene’. These support groups offer practical and effective solutions for those living with cancer, and training professional support staff to run the programs is an important part of Gilda’s Club initiatives.
6. Your donations can go towards addressing the social and emotional needs of cancer survivors. Surviving cancer offers a new life during the post-treatment stages, and you can help a survivor cope and adjust to a completely new lifestyle.
7. Your financial support can continue offering free services at clubhouses. Clubhouses are designed to coordinate a variety of activities for those living with cancer; your donations will help keep these communities thriving!
Even if you’re not able to donate money to Gilda’s Club, you can donate time by volunteering at a clubhouse in your community. Just check the website to find the closest affiliate in your city or town, and help out with organization, public speaking, or even contributing to board meetings.