In conjunction with the 2012 Volunteer Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, we held the 8th annual ShareUnion. ShareUnion, a gathering of ShareYourStory (www.shareyourstory.org) members from around the U.S. and around the world, had nearly 60 attendees from 20 states, Canada, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
Staged by the March of Dimes volunteers who maintain the site and ensure that every new member is welcomed and every post is answered, ShareUnion is a unique family engagement event. Not only do participants learn tools to cope with loss, their child’s birth defect, prematurity, or special need, they also learn new and deeper ways to engage with the March of Dimes. Eleven members of the ShareYourStory volunteer leadership committee additionally attended the VLC to gain further knowledge of their important role within the Foundation.
Our keynote speaker, South Carolina NICU Family Support Specialist Hope Lienau shared her family’s story of heartbreak and love. She also spoke of her first contact with the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program, how she began as a mission volunteer and then became a NFS Specialist.