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Susan G. Komen seeks area volunteers

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0rientation scheduled Thursday night at library in Elizabethtown

By Amber Coulter

Area residents can learn Thursday about how to help those they know prevent and face breast cancer.

Representatives of the Louisville affiliate for the Susan G. Komen foundation host a breast cancer awareness volunteer orientation from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Hardin County Public Library branch on Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown.

They hope to recruit volunteers in Hardin County to perform various tasks, such as educating visitors at health fairs and community events about breast cancer, performing administrative work and serving on Race for the Cure committees.

It is important to get as much help as possible, Affiliate Coordinator Amanda Caffee said.

“The volunteers are the backbone of this organization,” she said. “We definitely always wish we had more volunteers.”

The Louisville affiliate office serves Hardin County, 10 other counties in Kentucky and four counties in southern Indiana with a staff of three full-time employees.

That means the office depends on volunteers to serve as ambassadors and help introduce more people to the organization, Caffee said.

The orientation will address how the foundation began, how the local affiliate got started and opportunities to volunteer.

Local organizations reinvest 75 percent of the money they bring in back into their service areas for breast health education, screening and treatment programs. Hardin Memorial Hospital has received a grant through the Louisville office, Caffee said.

The rest of the money raised goes directly to breast cancer research, she said.

“They’re not only helping their mother, their sister, their neighbor, their co-worker, their friend,” she said. “They’re also helping breast cancer research, as well.”

For more information about volunteering, e-mail volunteer@komenlouisville.org or call Mission Coordinator Kristen Blum at (502) 495-7824.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.