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Volunteer and Join the Fight

Complete the Volunteer Application

Share your interests and skills and we'll match you with the right opportunities when available. Complete our volunteer application today.

All volunteers are required to complete VolunteerFORCE Academy training and will receive a certificate upon graduation. It’s a comprehensive series of online webinars and resources that provide knowledge and skills needed to effectively support others.

Volunteer FORCE Academy

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the largest HBOC peer support network

Help others facing hereditary cancer and advocate for our future. Please take a minute to review our volunteer opportunities and then complete our volunteer application.

VolunteerFORCE is right for you if you are:

  • Affected by HBOC or connected through family or close friends.
  • Passionate about FORCE & HBOC awareness.
  • Willing to make a 1-year commitment renewable annually.
  • Open & unbiased about others’ decisions. People affected by HBOC come from many backgrounds & make different decisions about managing or reducing risk.  It’s important everyone feels safe & supported.
  • Computer literate with good communication skills.
  • In the right “frame of mind” to support others. If you’re struggling with your own health or next steps, we recommend you wait until you’ve worked through your own decisions. Women who are choosing surgery should wait at least 6 months post-surgery before volunteering.

Role What You Do Time Commitment This is for you if... Openings
Project
Volunteer
Donate your time for
pro-bono projects
Varies You have medical writing, social media experts, fundraising, graphic design, other professional skills that can help FORCE be more effective. Yes
Community Liaison Raise awareness in
your local community
Create your
own schedule
You’re self-motivated and willing to provide information to doctors and healthcare providers and/or fundraise in your community. Yes
Message Board Moderator Moderate online conversations 1.5-3 hours
per week
You can access online message boards from home. Join waitlist
Helpline
Volunteer
Answer our toll-free Helpline 2 hours every
other week
You can take calls from home. Yes
FORCE Research Advocate Sit on research panels Varies You have a passion for research
and a willingness to speak up for
the HBOC patient community.
Yes
Genetic Expert Volunteer Lead HBOC support group meetings 5 hours every
3 months
You’re a trained genetic expert. Yes
Peer Navigator Provide 1:1 support to another person facing HBOC 2-3 hours per assignment You’re a Previvor or Survivor
willing to work with someone 1:1
to empower them on their journey.
Coming soon – Join waitlist
Peer Support Group Leader Run local Peer
Support Groups
5-8 hours
per week
Be the face of FORCE in your community and run a local peer support group. Current openings in: Ann Arbor, Chicago,  Connecticut, Denver, Indianapolis, Long Island, Memphis, Milwaukee, Orange County, Orlando, San Antonio,  San Diego, Salt Lake City, Savannah, St. Louis

Volunteer Roles

Outlined below are all of FORCE’s volunteer roles with the specific responsibilities for each.

All FORCE VOLUNTEERS agree to:

  • Complete FORCE 101, HBOC 101, ABOUT Network Webinar Trainings, review FORCE position statements and updates throughout the year (All of these materials will be emailed to you)
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • The following statement: "I do not have a conflict of interest by volunteering for FORCE. (I am not a doctor, genetic counselor or other healthcare professional who works with HBOC patients, or work for a laboratory that sells genetic tests.)"
  • Make a 1 year commitment
  • Read the Volunteer e-newsletters and respond to FORCE communications in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only (no third party fundraisers)
  • Notify your Director 14 days in advance if you need to step down
  • Sign a FORCE confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months

PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Work with your specific manager to complete project deadlines

COMMUNITY LIAISONS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Pursue speaking engagements sharing FORCE's presentation to educate the community and report results
  • Distribute educational brochures to doctors, hospitals and genetic counselors
  • Represent FORCE at local conferences and report results
  • Plan local awareness and fundraising events

MESSAGE BOARD MODERATORS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Be available for your shift
  • Share compassion by offering FORCE resources and empowering the individual online

HELPLINE VOLUNTEERS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Be available for your 2 hour shift every other week
  • Notify the Helpline Director at least 24 hours in advance if not available for your shift
  • Share compassion one-on-one, over the telephone, by listening and finding resources to support and empower the caller

FRAT PROGRAM ADVOCATES

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Complete the FRAT webinar training program and assessments
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Actively seek or consider research and/or public policy advocacy opportunities (as they arise) to assure that our community’s interests are represented
  • Engage in continuing education opportunities (related to cancer research, public policy, etc.) offered by FORCE or other reputable organizations
  • Encourage enrollment in the ABOUT Network

GENETIC EXPERT VOLUNTEERS

  • Eligibility for genetic experts in areas where FORCE Support Groups do not exist
  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Submit $250 administration fee renewable every 12 months
  • Organize, promote and run quarterly support meetings and report results

PEER NAVIGATORS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Provide one-on-one support over the phone with someone matched to your situation and report results

PEER SUPPORT GROUP LEADERS

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • Use our position statements to maintain integrity and consistency in FORCE messaging
  • Read FORCE communications and respond in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise a minimum of $250 annually and promote FORCE fundraisers only
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Organize and run quarterly face-to-face support meetings and report results
  • Send monthly email communications to your Director
  • Provide one-on-one support
  • Participate in an external event by exhibiting a FORCE table or by speaking

 

I was so grateful to FORCE and the strength and support that the organization had given me that I felt inspired to give back to others and signed up to be a helpline volunteer. I continue to feel inspired by the strength and perseverance of so many members.

- Marisol Rosas

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