VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – Joni Margolin
“I feel accomplished when I’ve finished a job well done…It has been my pleasure to volunteer for CSC.” -Joni Margolin
Joni Margolin first heard about Cancer Support Community by doing an internet search for volunteer opportunities for cancer related organizations. Her sister died of a brain tumor in 2013. They had been through 8 years of dealing with the devastating results of illness to remission and back again. Through this time they used a support group in Chatsworth, where they participated in the yoga classes and other activities. This helped her sister feel that she was not alone in her fight.
Wanting to do more than just a walk for cancer, Joni did some internet research. This led her to find Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara (CSCVVSB), which not only helps the patient but helps family members to cope with their loved ones illness. Joni personally uses the bereavement group. She feels that CSCVVSB is so organized and presents so many functions that the people truly feel like they belong to something much bigger than just themselves.
She volunteers because she wants to give back to an organization that helps so many people feel like there is hope after diagnosis. CSCVVSB does this by the important programs they have to offer. Joni’s first volunteer job was working on Let’s Bake a Difference. She was an essential part of calling bakers and getting them to participate in our fundraiser. She continues to be successful at calling people to get them involved with the special events, helping us to raise the funds necessary to keep our programs going at no cost to our participants.