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

"Volunteering with FORCE has been the silver lining in my genetic mutation diagnosis."       Jane E. Herman

Whether you’re a cancer survivor, a person at high risk, or connected through family to someone affected by hereditary cancer, you can profoundly impact the lives of individuals in our community. Join the VolunteerFORCE team to educate, support, raise awareness, fundraise, and advocate for others.

In return for sharing your time, your talents, and your experience, you’ll gain:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and skills via training to support others effectively
  • Outstanding opportunities to do meaningful, fulfilling work that fits your schedule
  • New connections and friendships within the hereditary cancer community and beyond
  • Deep appreciation and gratitude from others

Complete our volunteer application so we can find the right opportunity for you. Thank you!

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 hereditary cancer patient community. Yes
Genetic Expert Support Leader Lead HBOC support group meetings 5 hours every
3 months
You’re a trained genetic expert.


Rhode Island

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
State Impact Leader Provide local support 5-10 hours
per month
You provide peer support and share resources via email or phone locally.



Rhode Island 

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 for the strength and support the organization gave me that I felt inspired to give back to others and signed up to volunteer. I continue to feel inspired by the strength and perseverance of so many individuals.

- Marisol Rosas

FORCE:Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered