KYP Volunteer Co-Chairs Inspired to Get Involved

As we’ve reported on previously, the Komen Columbus Young Professionals committee has grown exponentially in its short two years. Last year we divided the committee into two groups:

  • Membership and Volunteer Recruitment
Events and Fundraising Planning

Each sub-committee has its own focus and meets monthly to ensure its on track and keeping members engaged. We’ll publish several blogs in the coming weeks that will focus on each sub-committee and spotlight the great things they’re doing in the community. First up, the ladies in charge of the volunteer recruitment portion of KYP, Maria Massenelli and Danielle Wampler.

Danielle speaking at the KYP Second Quarter Meeting in July.

Danielle became involved with Komen Columbus when she interned for the affiliate during her senior year at The Ohio State University and then stayed on to work for the affiliate full-time the following year.

“Although I no longer work at Komen Columbus, I am lucky that I am able stay involved in a volunteer capacity, and more specifically, with the Komen Young Professionals Committee,” Danielle said. “KYP affords me the opportunity to get involved and lend my support to a cause I truly believe in.  It has also allowed me to develop new friendships, enjoy social events, increase my breast health knowledge, and network with other young professionals in central Ohio.”

Danielle and KYP member Nicolette volunteering at Whole Foods Giving Grill.

Maria’s family, like so many others, has been personally impacted by breast cancer.

“I have a passion to help educate young men and women on the disease and was excited for the opportunity (with the creation of KYP) to become more involved in an amazing organization devoted to finding a cure,” Maria said.

Maria met Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy G. Brinker in October.

Danielle and Maria work to help coordinate KYP volunteers for community and affiliate events and provide those volunteers with basic breast cancer and Komen education. Together they have helped schedule the following volunteer opportunities for KYP members:

  • Helping the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) packing Newly Diagnosed Resource Kits that will be distributed to area hospitals for newly diagnosed young women
  • Assisting with Columbus Young Professional’s Six-Year Anniversary Fundraiser
  • Stuffing the YSC “In Living Pink” Gala Invitations

Those interested in learning more about the KYP are invited to attend the KYP’s Third Quarter Meeting on Saturday, September 17 from 10-11:30 am at the Komen Columbus office in Westerville. The informal meeting will include KYP committee updates, a presentation by a nutritionist and an optional Yoga class.

Both Danielle and Maria would encourage new members to get involved to meet and connect with other young professionals in the community.

Maria helped organize a breakfast education event featuring a young breast cancer survivor.

“Involvement within the group can be as little as attending the quarterly meetings, networking at a social event, giving an hour of your time to volunteer, or participating in a subcommittee,” Maria said.

“The KYP Committee is a great way to get connected to other young professionals, build friendships, network, enjoy a wide array of social events, and volunteer your time, while supporting a tremendous cause and an incredible organization doing remarkable things,” Danielle said. “Together we can end breast cancer forever!”

Interested in getting involved? Email or check out our Facebook page for more info.