Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The Eating Disorder Foundation!
We are honored that would consider joining us.
Our staff, our volunteers and our Board of Directors strive to
maintain a culture of non-judgment, loving-kindness, compassion,
openness to innovation, dedication to self-realization, and an
unshakable belief in serving the eating disorder population. We
provide all volunteers a cultural orientation to help you become
more familiar with this special culture.
Our commitment to you, our volunteers: We want anyone who gives their time and energy
to The Eating Disorder Foundation (EDF) to enjoy a successful volunteering experience. We are committed
to offering our volunteers opportunities for meaningful work and to providing on-going support
through monthly volunteer meetings and frequent informal check-ins between individual
volunteers and the volunteer coordinator. We hope to nurture and inspire your spirit of volunteerism.
Receptionists play a vital role at The Eating Disorder Foundation, as they are often the first
point of contact for a member, visitor, or caller. The receptionist will be asked to answer incoming
calls, respond to basic questions, and/or route the caller to the correct EDF representative. We will
provide the receptionist with a list a frequently-used phone numbers and a resource directory.
Administrative volunteers are necessary for the smooth functioning of EDF. They provide
important support to the Executive Director and Executive Administrator. This position is well-suited
for individuals who prefer to assist in a behind-the-scenes manner.
Ambassadors represent The Eating Disorder Foundation and work to help people feel
comfortable and welcome at A Place of Our Own or EDF events.
Ambassadors may select to be present at the center on a consistent basis or may volunteer only for
special events. Aside from being our welcoming committee, ambassadors are the eyes and ears
of The Eating Disorder Foundation, making sure that no one who
visits A Place of Our Own goes unnoticed and keeping
EDF staff aware of members’ and visitors’ needs and desires. Ambassadors embody EDF’s culture.
The Eating Disorder Foundation’s Speakers’ Bureau educate the community about eating
disorders. Speakers work in close alignment with the Education and Outreach Committee, as well
as the Parent Outreach Committee. They may give presentations at schools, community
organizations, and health fairs. An individual must attend the Speakers’ Bureau training
before presenting on behalf of EDF.
Individuals who volunteer to help EDF with home and yard care play an indispensable role in
fostering a “home-like” feel for A Place of Our Own.
They not only keep our home and yard presentable, but they help keep the environment in
harmony. This is another great behind-the-scenes opportunity that really makes a
difference for everyone at A Place of Our Own.
Event staff volunteers play important logistical roles to help EDF events run smoothly. This
is a great way to get involved on a one-time or less frequent basis.
Join a Committee
Advocacy and Research Committee
The purpose of the Advocacy & Research (A&R) Committee is to
provide current information regarding legislation, research
and other initiatives as it pertains to eating disorders.
This committee will organize Community meetings to invite
public discussion of current initiatives and to gain input
and support from those in the community, and for the purpose
of educating professionals and community members about our
activity. In addition, the A&R Committee will update the community on
legislative initiatives, research, and other eating disorder
related information. The A&R Committee will be responsible for letter-writing campaigns
and outreach to local legislators, if deemed suitable by EDF Board of Directors.
Education and Outreach
The purpose of this committee is to develop, revise and coordinate school and community
presentations, Speakers Bureau trainings, eating disorder awareness events and volunteer
Parent Outreach Committee
The purpose of this Committee is to provide awareness, education and support to parents
through presentations, support services and educational programs.
The purpose of this Committee is to provide awareness, education and support to A Place of Our Own
facilitators in particular and professionals in the community in general. This Committee assists
EDF by helping develop, review and update policies and procedures for A Place of Our Own
programming and facilitators. This Committee supports eating disorder professionals in the
community by arranging quarterly networking meetings that provide updates on the services
of fellow professionals and educational guest speakers. This Committee also assists the
Education and Parent Committees with clinical questions and concerns as they arise in the
course of their activities.
The purpose of this Committee is to provide information and awareness
of EDF's A Place of Our Own to the community, to facilitate
a connection between EDF's services and people in the community who could benefit from these
services, and to implement ideas of how best to bring this information and awareness to the
Other Opportunities to Get Involved
are currently looking for help in the following areas:
- Web Designer experienced in creating dynamic and interactive websites. Experience
in overall design (layout, themes, look and feel, graphics) and use
of a mix of web technologies and graphic design products
such as Adobe applications or Microsoft Expression
- Web Developer experienced in working with a mix of web technologies
including experience integrating websites with back-end systems such as databases
and applications software packages
- Applications Software - experience implementing, administering and/or managing
business application software. E-tapestry experience a plus.
Volunteers who would like to contribute their creativity can
make a difference at The Eating Disorder Foundation. Arts
and crafts projects can provide EDF with one-of-a-kind,
hand-made items to use or to sell for profit to support
programming. For example:
- Holiday decorations
- Bird-house painting
- Visual arts (photography, drawing, painting)
- Performing arts (acting, dance, poetry reading/story telling)
- Making cards (to send to members/facilitators/family
& friends as part of EDF’s “personal touch” program)
- I.C.E. jewelry-making
Activity or Club Leader
We welcome you to share your passion with The Eating Disorder Foundation! We are interested in
offering all kinds of hobbies and activities to the EDF community, either as one-time events (activities)
or as on-going, more regularly scheduled occurrences (clubs). An activity or club leader will be
paired with an EDF intern or staff member. We hope to bring community and fun to
A Place of Our Own through these types of offerings.
Some examples may include a book club, knitting club, various crafts, etc.