Lisa Ruth Krueger has worked for Iconica for over eleven years. We have always been impressed with her volunteerism. She has given her time to multiple groups from the Lion’s Club, youth groups, food based organizations, to the American Diabetes Association. We recently rolled out our day of volunteering and hope that other employees will take it upon themselves to help out at a nonprofit of their choosing. Lisa Ruth not only volunteered her day, but a whole week at Diabetes Camp for kids. She has done this for six years. Not everyone would volunteer a whole week of their vacation time! We hope to hear more stories from our staff volunteering and how they use their time helping out in the community. Lisa Ruth is an inspiration!
Here is her story:
Why is American Diabetes Association important to you?
My best friend’s son was diagnosed ten years ago at the age of five. I did not know anything about the disease but knew it was life threatening. This volunteering opportunity has allowed me to learn more about the disease instead of being fearful of it. I now know how to take care of children with Type 1 diabetes (T1d for short), so I can watch my friends’ kids and make a difference in children’s lives.
What was your reaction when you heard about the volunteer hours available at Iconica?
I was ecstatic! This really helps us give back to the community on a personal level.
How did you use your volunteer hours?
“I used my hours volunteering at a week-long American Diabetes Association camp at the Lions campground in Rosholt, Wisconsin for kids ages 9-16 with Type 1 diabetes. Many kids say they love the camp because they feel “normal” for that week. The camp is two weeks long for 150 campers. I volunteered during the second week.
The campgrounds are owned by the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, which runs twelve weeks of camps every summer, two of which are for Type 1 diabetes camps. (Other weeks are youth/adult blind, youth/adult cognitively challenged, Youth / adult deaf / hard of hearing). The Lions Clubs of Wisconsin cumulatively pay for the camps, with no charge to the campers. The ADA camp weeks do have a supplementary fee of $135 to help offset the costs for the necessary medical supplies.
I was assigned as a non-medical volunteer to a cabin and was responsible for checking and recording blood glucose checks with my cabin a minimum of four times a day, and when activities were scheduled throughout the day we were assigned to areas of the camp so the campers could come and check at any time if they felt low or high. We were also assigned to night rounds at least one night during the week, where we would test campers at midnight and at 2 AM.
During camp the campers don’t have to lug around their blood glucose meters, test strips or treatment – we do that for them so they have a chance to not worry about that for a week. Letting kids be kids for a week is a highlight for them as well as the volunteers.
Visit the American Diabetes Association’s website: https://www.diabetes.org/
“We wanted to make an effort to tie together our staff, company, and community. With some of our employees already volunteering and others looking for opportunities, giving staff paid time to volunteer made sense to us. All full time employees have eight hours to dedicate per year at a nonprofit or community project. We were thrilled to roll this new program out. Lisa Ruth Krueger was the first employee to take advantage and volunteer for the American Diabetes Association.”
– Amanda Lutz, HR Manager.