Volunteers of the Month


UMass nurses ready to welcome campers on the first day of Purple Camp!

UMass nurses ready to welcome campers on the first day of Purple Camp!

Our Volunteers of the Month for August are an amazing group of nurses from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA! These 18 nurses, led by Nurse Manager Mary Bonner, were integral to the success of our Massachusetts Purple Camps. During our MA Purple Camp for Kids , they provided caring, compassionate, 24/7 nursing coverage.

Susan Linn, President and CEO, remarked, “This group of kind, caring, nurses make all the difference for camp: whether it’s taking a second look at a child at camp who is feeling overtired, fixing up a cut, or helping a child recover from a seizure, these nurses are not only top notch professionals, but people.

Elaine Kiriakopoulos, Chief Operating Officer, praised the efforts of the nurses, saying, “The summer camp programs are a vital resource the foundation is committed to providing for children and families.  Our team at EFNE is fortunate to have the unwavering support of nurses, physicians and researchers from epilepsy centers across New England.  The UMASS Memorial nursing team exemplifies the extraordinary support provided to our EFNE community. The UMASS team have volunteered countless hours assisting EFNE in preparing for camp, and then participating as medical caregivers at camp, to ensure that every child has a safe, fun and positive experience at camp. Watching the nurses at camp, they provide more than seizure first aid to our campers, as their generous spirits help the children in building new friendships, mastering new skills and making summer camp memories to cherish a lifetime.”

The UMASS volunteer team shared hundreds of hours of their time with us and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you UMASS nursing!

Thank you so much to:

Aimie Peloquin, Colleen Bavosi, Don Chin, Hayley Rader, Jess Blanchard, Jess Brodeur, Kara Lewis,, Kate Walsh, Kathy Alicandro, Katie Simone, Katie York, Lexi Paquin, Mary Bonner, Moriah Hicks, Peter Daoust, Roy Shay, Tammy Wylie, and Theresa Harney



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Interested in joining our volunteer team?

Fill out our volunteer application here: http://bttr.im/wo2nl.

For a list of available volunteer positions, please visit our page on VolunteerMatch!

Questions? Contact Jenna at (617) 506-6041 x115 or jwhitney@epilepsynewengland.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Epilepsy Foundation New England! Our volunteers are critical to the success to our programs and services.



1) Fill Out Application
Our volunteer application is available online here. A paper application is also available. To request one, please email Jenna at jwhitney@epilepsynewengland.org or call (617)506-6041.

2) Interview
After we receive your application, you’ll have a brief phone or in person interview with the Volunteer Coordinator. 

3) Reference Check
Following your interview, we’ll call the reference listed on your application to discuss your qualifications as a volunteer. (Certain positions may require more than one reference.) Be sure to list someone who knows you well! 

4) Background Check
Certain volunteer positions, including all camp volunteers, all support services help desk volunteers, and all volunteers working 1:1 with clients, will require background checks. If you have questions on this process, please contact Jenna at jwhitney@epilepsynewengland.org.

Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with Epilepsy Foundation New England!