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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.
  • 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.

Individuals who work for a laboratory that sells genetic tests are not eligible to be volunteers.

Role What You Do Time Commitment This is for you if... Openings
Community Liaison Raise awareness in
your local community
Create your
own schedule
You're self-motivated and willing to pursue speaking engagements and fundraise in your community. Yes
Message Board Moderator Moderate online conversations 4-8 hours per month You can access online message boards from home. Yes
FORCE Research Advocate Participate on grant review panels, IRB's, research advisory boards and guideline panels Varies You have a passion for research and a willingness to speak up for the HBOC patient community. Yes, especially cancer survivors
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.
Current Openings for: ovarian cancer survivors;young previvors under 30 years old; ATM, PTEN, CHEK2, PALB2, TP53, BRIP1 mutation carriers
Peer Support Group Leader Run local Peer
Support Groups
5-10 hours
per month
Be the face of FORCE in your community and run a local peer support group in one of our existing locations only.

 

Current openings in: Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Columbia, Dallas, Harrisburg/Lancaster, Long Island, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, Virginia Beach
Educational Materials Development Volunteer Review and develop educational materials. Varies You have comfort with scientific and medical jargon, or excellent copy editing and proofreading skills Yes

Volunteer Roles

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

All FORCE VOLUNTEERS agree to:

  • Complete VolunteerFORCE Academy online webinar trainings
  • 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.)"
  • Sign a FORCE volunteer and confidentiality agreement and renew every 12 months
  • Read the Volunteer e-newsletters and respond to FORCE communications in a timely manner
  • Help fundraise for FORCE with a suggested goal of $250
  • Notify your Director 14 days in advance if you need to step down

COMMUNITY LIAISONS

  • Pursue speaking engagements sharing FORCE's presentation to educate the community and report results
  • Represent FORCE at local conferences
  • Plan local awareness and fundraising events

MESSAGE BOARD MODERATORS

  • Share compassion by offering FORCE resources and empowering the individual online

FRAT PROGRAM ADVOCATES

  • Complete FRAT training, which consists of a series of expert-led webinars on topics including basic cancer, breast and ovarian cancer, genetics, statistics, clinical trials and research, patient protection, ethics, and government regulatory processes.
  • Actively seek or consider research and/or public policy advocacy opportunities (as they arise) to weigh in on the shape and direction of research to assure that our community’s interests are represented
  • Encourage enrollment in the ABOUT Network

GENETIC EXPERT VOLUNTEERS

  • Eligibility for genetic experts in areas where FORCE Support Groups do not exist
  • Organize, promote and run quarterly support meetings and report results

PEER NAVIGATORS

  • Provide one-to-one phone support and personalized email communications with someone matched to your situation and report results

PEER SUPPORT GROUP LEADERS

  • Organize and run quarterly face-to-face support meetings and report results
  • Send monthly email communications to your Director
  • Provide one-to-one support
  • Participate in an external event by exhibiting a FORCE table or by speaking

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEERS

  • Work with the VP of Education to complete projects including website review, clinical trial curation, literature reviews, reviewing new and existing materials, writing new materials, editing, and/or graphic design.

 

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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