This post is part of #GivingTuesday's #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
Dor Mullen, Founder, The Suppers Programs
What inspired you to start giving?
The chronic diseases that are destroying people's quality of life are mostly preventable. They relate to ways of eating and habits of living that are hard to change without support. I wanted to develop a recovery-style program that would help people with diabetes, digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions like arthritis and preventable mental health challenges.
What does giving mean to you? Why do you continue to give your time, talents, money, or more to your community?
Helping people reverse their preventable suffering gives me the "helper's high". It gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I see people lose diagnoses they thought were irreversible. I continue because the need is endless. The need for The Suppers Programs will continue as long as people have relationships with food that drive their diabetes and inflammatory conditions.
What would you tell others who are looking to start giving back? Share a piece of advice will help them get started.
Live according to your passion.
If you don't have a passion, give in an area you like.
If you don't know what that is, follow an inclination.
But start. Giving begets more desire to serve.
Please share a favorite moment or story from when you volunteered or donated to an organization.
The woman who recommended me has a very good story. When I first met Audelle at an American Diabetes Association event, she was completely skeptical that a recovery-style support group could help her reverse her advanced type 2 diabetes. She couldn't maintain the style of eating she wanted to pursue -- nearly vegan -- without lots of social support. She has become an advocate for our model because she was able to reduce units of insulin with better control, lose weight, lose dress sizes and improve her cooking skills and her mood once her needs for social support and good nutrition were met. She became a facilitator and a member of the board of trustees. She has a giving story too! I attached her photo too.