I have expressed my disgust in the past about my local JDRF chapter. I used to have a great relationship with them in the past. They would allow me to attend events that cost money, they would send me personal emails about events that they had upcoming and things were great. Here’s the kicker, I worked for a local diabetes supply company at the time who was donating money for different walks and events.
After not being at the company, the relationship began to dissolve. I was no longer receiving as many emails or invites to things. I was denied to speak about the DOC and hand out Diabetes Advocates information. Heck, I wasn’t even allowed to get votes from them for my Diabetes Heroes video. Yet, they were constantly requesting money and things from me with their newsletters.
I have always loved JDRF because I love the things they are doing. I love giving back to the kids and giving kids hope is great, so I always enjoyed attending JDRF events that were focused on kids. I give them credit for attempting some sort of adult functions, but they occur once in a blue moon and the ones that are more frequent are like $50 tickets per person to get in. Which means, that I will be attending with my wife and we will need to drop $100 every time we want to go to a JDRF function. I’m sorry, but I’m not loaded with that kind of money. Let’s also not forget that CSI Marketing Solutions (company I own) has donated plenty of money to them over the last 3 years, but that doesn’t matter come ticket time.
I see that somebody who previously lived in my area, now lives elsewhere (I’m not naming names, because I don’t know if they want names to be named), and they are having a completely different experience with their local JDRF. This tells me that it’s not JDRF who has the problem, it’s my local chapter. But, I don’t know how far up the chain it goes. Some of the day to day people in the chapter have always been great to me, but the directors seem to be the ones that put the hammer down on any sort of ideas that I’ve had in the past.
I am almost to the point that I want to begin supporting the local JDRF chapter in Pennsylvania where I am originally from.
How many others have frustrations like mine with their local JDRF chapter?
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