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Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Charity Profile
The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the state's premier nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, patient services and advocacy. The mission of the Foundation is to provide hope through research, programs and service to every child, every adult and every family touched by diabetes. One hundred percent of the funds raised by the Foundation stay in the state to fund research and educational programs and to provide services. And, ninety cents of every dollar raised goes towards the Foundation's charitable purposes.
We are Mississippi's Diabetes Team working for all Mississippians. We were chartered in Mississippi in 1965 as the Diabetes Association of Mississippi by a group of local Mississippi physicians. For the next 25 years, the DFM was the American Diabetes Association Mississippi affiliate until 1998. February 10, 1998, the Board of Directors voted to become the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) . The DFM has expanded services to ensure that all Mississippians have diabetes management and prevention education, access to testing supplies and medicines plus educational programs for health professionals caring for children and adults with diabetes.
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Volunteer Information
Mississippi's Walk for Diabetes
Seven cities and 373,000 reasons to Walk! Walk as an individual or as part of a team! Volunteer to set up/tear down the Walk sites or to hand out water and snacks to walk participants. Walk sites are Gulfport, Jackson, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Columbus, Oxford and McComb.
Sweet Subject School/Daycare Diabetes Education
Help the DFM get ready for another school year by packing up emergency boxes for schools and day cares across the state!
From time to time, we are asked to exhibit at health fairs in the Jackson area. We always need volunteers to operate the exhibit and pass out information during these events.
Diabetes Awareness Campaigns
The DFM distributes packets of information to the hospitals, diabetes educators and physicians’ offices throughout the state during National Diabetes Month (Nov), Diabetes Discovery Wee (March) and other times throughout the year. We need help in assembling these packets, and mailing and delivering this important information.
We Care 2
This is a program to reach out to newly diagnosed children and adolescents and their families. The opportunities available for this program include assembling backpacks of information, meeting with children and their families, and spending time making phone calls to follow-up with families throughout the year.
Camp Kandu is a weekend camp for children with diabetes and their families at Twin Lakes in Florence, MS- once in the fall and once in the spring. Volunteers are needed on the camp committee to mail letters and camp applications as well as participate in the day of camp activities.
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Donation Information
All donations stay in Mississippi to support the programs and services of the DFM including
We Care 2 – The Foundation provides a special backpack with our mascot “Sugar” and information for newly diagnosed children and their parents.
Parent-to-Parent Network/Children’s Support Group – Our support group for parents and children with diabetes.
Camp Kandu – Our weekend camp for children and their families at Camp Twin Lakes in Florence. The camp is held twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Children with diabetes attend for free. The DFM also provides funding for Camp Hopewell, a weeklong diabetes summer camp in Oxford.
“Sweet Subject” School Diabetes Education – Our free program for schools and daycare centers to educate teachers and staff members about caring for children with diabetes. Schools having students with diabetes are given a box of emergency testing supplies and items for managing high and low blood sugars.
D.O.C. – Diabetes On Call, our free education and referral program.
Helping Hands – our free emergency assistance program supplying diabetes-related medications and supplies to those in need.
Diabetes Health & Awareness Day/Health Fairs/Screenings – the DFM hosts an annual Diabetes Health & Awareness Day in many cities around the state. Mississippians with diabetes can participate in comprehensive health screenings and find the latest information in diabetes management. The Foundation also provides information and on-site education at health fairs statewide.
Empowerment for Everyone- The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi participates in church ministry activities and provides diabetes education and information free of charge to churches around the state including African-American, Latino and other high-risk groups.
Education & Research
Professional Education Sessions – The Foundation is committed to quality diabetes care for all Mississippians who have diabetes. The Diabetes Foundation provides an annual professional education symposium on the latest in diabetes management for physicians and other health care professionals.
Diabetes Super Conference – Because the Foundation understands that people with diabetes ultimately provide the majority of their own diabetes care, we offer an annual Diabetes Super Conference where Mississippians with diabetes can learn the latest in diabetes management.
Diabetes Research – The Foundation is committed to funding research to improve the lives of those with the disease. The DFM has recently concluded an eight year research project into improving health disparities with the Mississippi Delta Regional Institute at UMC.
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In The News
5 K raises money for diabetes research
1216 days ago From WDAM-TV
HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI - By Jeff Daley, Reporter - email HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About 300 people gathered at Pride Field on the USM campus Sunday to participate in the Mississippi Walk for Diabetes. The participants gave a $20 donation each to take part in the walk. ...