What is an Outreach Group?
FORCE outreach groups help local members connect for support, awareness, resources, education and fundraising. FORCE outreach groups are not independent entities, but operate under FORCE’s central administration.
What do Outreach Coordinators do?
Outreach coordinators assist FORCE with starting and growing local groups and act as a liaison to the local hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community. Activities include:
- Organizing and running quarterly face-to-face meetings for members
- Providing peer to peer support
- Sending monthly email communications (template provide by national)
- Building strong relationships with local Certified Genetic Counselors
- Viewing quarterly national webinar trainings
- Performing local fundraising events generating $3,000 - $10,000 annually
Additional responsibilities may include contacting local media, distributing brochures to doctors and CGCs, staffing FORCE exhibitor tables at local conferences and providing talks at hospitals, support groups and seminars.
Who is an ideal Outreach Coordinator?
- A motivated individual who is passionate about FORCE and raising awareness about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) and is willing to make a 2 year commitment.
- Someone who wants a rewarding opportunity to make a difference by empowering individuals and families.
- A person who is directly affected by HBOC or has a connection through family members or friends and can provide unbiased information.
- This leader will possess strong computer and communication skills and have 5 – 8 hours a week to dedicate to the position.
- Coordinators need to be in the right “frame of mind” to reach out to others successfully. If you are struggling with your own health, or were recently tested and unsure of your next steps, we do not recommend starting at this time.
- Outreach Coordinators need to be open and unbiased to the decisions made by others. Our community is diverse. People affected by HBOC come from very different backgrounds and will make different decisions with respect to managing or reducing their risk.
What does FORCE provide to help you get started?
- Training on how to start, grow and run an outreach group
- Brochures and display materials
- Access and training to a Constant Contact e-mail tool and list of FORCE members in your area
- A FORCE local web page listing information about your meetings, activities and local press
- A FORCE e-mail address and business cards
- Marketing tools
How do I become an Outreach Coordinator?
- Identify if an outreach group exists in your area by visiting this page.
- If it does, please sign up to be a member of the local group and attend a local meeting. Send an email to the local coordinator introducing yourself and explain that you would like to volunteer. If a co-coordinator position is available, we will follow up with next steps.
- If a group does not exist, email Sandy Cohen to find out how you can become an outreach coordinator.
“FORCE was instrumental in giving me the courage to do the risk reducing surgeries that helped keep me cancer free so that I can see my children grow up. Now I want to do the same for other women.”
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