Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in being a part of the largest HBOC peer support network! Help others facing hereditary breast, ovarian and related cancers (HBOC) and advocate for our future.

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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 hereditary cancer peer support network!

Help others facing hereditary breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic and related cancers (HBOC) 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.
  • Residing in the United States or Canada
  • 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. Individuals 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
Fundraising Champion Raise $1,000 or more with local fundraising efforts  Varies You have an idea to raise awareness and funds in your area. Yes
Message Board Moderator Moderate online conversations 5 hours per month You can access online message boards from home. Yes
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
Genetic Expert Support Leader Lead HBOC support group meetings 5 hours every
3 months
You’re a trained genetic expert. In States: AR, HI, LA, MS, NE, RI, VT, and WY
Peer Navigator Provide 1:1 phone 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.
Ovarian, pancreatic & metastatic breast cancer survivors; Men living with prostate cancer; ATM, BARD1, BRIP1, CDH1, CHEK2, Lynch Syndrome, NBN, NF1, PALB2, PTEN, RAD51C or D, STK11, TP53, mutation carriers or tested negative
Helpline Volunteer Return phone calls and provide support and resources Varies You have the flexibility to return phone calls within a 24 hour period Yes
Outreach Leader Provide local support 5-10 hours
per month
You provide peer support and share resources via email or phone locally.

 

In States: AR, HI, LA, MS, NE, RI, VT, and WY
Project Volunteer Review and develop educational materials. Varies You have comfort with scientific and medical jargon, or excellent copy editing and proofreading skills Graphic Designers, Writers

 

 

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

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered