What Volunteers Mean to the Nebraska-Iowa Chapter

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During the 2024 National Volunteer Week (and every day!) we recognize and thank you, our amazing JDRF volunteers, for all that you do to drive our mission forward. We are deeply grateful for all the ways in which you tirelessly work for a brighter tomorrow and a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D)!

Because of our volunteers, cures are not a matter of if, but when. We are honored to partner alongside you to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs for all people with T1D. From all of us at the Nebraska and Iowa Chapter, thank you for the progress you have helped us make, and the progress that is to come.

AnnElise Walsh, Executive Director, and the Nebraska and Iowa Chapter staff

Please take a look below at our volunteer spotlights and messages of gratitude from our Nebraska and Iowa staff.


 “Volunteers are essential to JDRF and our mission. Behind every successful JDRF event big or small, there are volunteers who donate their time and energy into making it happen. I am forever thankful for the friendships I have made with volunteers and for all they do for JDRF!” — Carley Farnsworth, JDRF Development Manager

“JDRF volunteers are the heartbeat of our T1D community, offering time, skills and passion to get us to a world without T1D. The selflessness and dedication they have drives positive change and impacts more than just our community here in Nebraska. We could not do what we do without our volunteers, and I am truly grateful for each one of them.” — Luci Foster, JDRF Development Manager

 “Volunteers are crucial to JDRF! It is because of our volunteers and all of their hard work that our events are successful and run smoothly! We truly could not do this without them!” — Morgan Nielsen, JDRF Development Manager

 “I am grateful for our JDRF volunteer’s passion and dedication that they bring to every project, meeting, and event. They are driving our shared mission forward.” — Carly Pfitzer, JDRF Development Assistant

 “JDRF volunteers provide their unwavering support and partnership which is accelerating life changing T1D breakthroughs. My gratitude is limitless — we see you, we value you, and we appreciate you!” — Anna Raur, JDRF Sr. Community Engagement Manager

 “Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. They are not only volunteers but they are family.” — Jeanette Steinfeldt, JDRF Market Director

 “The most rewarding part of my job at JDRF is working side by side with volunteers who want a cure as badly as I do. These people give of their time, talent and treasure and the results speak for themselves. The talent and dedication of our volunteers is second to none and I am so blessed to call them friends and partners.” — AnnElise Walsh, JDRF Executive Director

 “I cannot thank our AMAZING volunteers enough for all they do! Their dedication and generosity to our mission has had a huge impact on our community and inspires me every day.” — Krystal Yager, JDRF Development Manager