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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 the 346,500 Mississippians with diabetes. The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi is the one diabetes organization totally dedicated to all Mississippians from our children to our seniors, who live with 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-one 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. The Foundation has been able to expand our services to the grassroots level. The Foundation is better able to serve Mississippians with diabetes and provide more programs statewide and research at University of Mississippi Medical Center.
The DFM is the one organization totally dedicated to all Mississippians, who live with diabetes as well as their families. Every dollar raised by the DFM stays in the state to fund research and educational programs and to provide services.
Through our three locations in Jackson, Oxford and Hattiesburg, the DFM strives to better serve Mississippians with diabetes; provide more programs statewide; and increase research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center
Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Volunteer Information
Senior Day at Belk
would include passing out materials and helping with glucose screenings if qualified.
Answering the phone, simple data entry, filling information packets for mailing, general office duties.
It’s Not a Sweet Subject
This is an in-service program that is offered to public and private schools throughout the state. It requires some knowledge of diabetes, but is a rather simple presentation. We provide materials to distribute to the teachers. The program is usually held during the staff meeting at the school either before school or right after school is dismissed.
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. Sometimes we are requested to help with blood-glucose screenings, and volunteers can be trained to use the glucometer (device that measures blood sugars).
National Diabetes Month
November is National Diabetes Month and the DFM distributes packets of information to the hospitals, diabetes educators and physicians’ offices throughout the state. 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
In The News
5 K raises money for diabetes research
381 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. ...