As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (2002-2004, Republic of Kiribati/K-29) and a mom, I’m a strong believer and supporter of “it takes a village” especially when it comes to creating safer home, play and work environments.
With that said, it still amazes me the number of Illinoisans that have done just that. In 2004, the IPC created an online poison prevention education program and since then, thousands of Illinois residents have created awareness about the free, confidential and expert IPC helpline (1-800-222-1222) and shared poison prevention education with their family, friends, patients, staff and community. It’s been a win-win situation for all involved!
Since April 21-27 is National Volunteer Week and this being IPC’s 60th anniversary year, we thought this would be the perfect time to say thanks to those who’ve taken it upon themselves to share the IPC’s mission and reduce the harm from poisoning in their own families and communities. You’ve reached those who may never have been reached!
As we all know too well, you can provide the best service or tool in the world but if people don’t know about it, feel comfortable with it and/or know how or when to use it…it will cease to exist (even if it’s free and confidential).
The IPC is proud to honor and celebrate all the individuals and community educators who ordered and shared poison prevention education materials with their family, friends, patients, colleagues and/or community throughout the past 12 months (April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013). A very special thanks goes out to the IPC Volunteer Satellite Education Network.
Click here for a list of honorees, spotlights, pictures/videos, events AND information about the random prize drawing!
Click here if you’d like to learn how to access a variety of FREE educational materials and presentation tools.
It truly makes my day when you call and ask for ways to educate your community about poison prevention. In fact, it makes me absolutely giddy (as witnessed by my office mates). So please, continue to call us with your questions, suggestions and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-906-6136. It has been the greatest pleasure to serve you and all Illinoisans for the past 8+ years. Cheers, Vickie