Ways to volunteer
Below are some suggestions for volunteering; of course, this is not an exhaustive list! We welcome your creative ideas.
Host a table
Hosting an information table or booth is a great way to raise awareness about chronic pain and the services U.S. Pain Foundation offers. Good locations for tables include: local libraries, hospital lobbies, town halls, community centers, and so on.
Give a talk
Giving a short talk at your workplace, school, or a local city council meeting can be intimidating, but it’s an effective way to get more attention on chronic pain. The most powerful talks are those that share a little bit of your personal story. Email us about how to get started!
U.S. Pain has a variety of materials and resources that you can hand out, ranging from magazines to information booklets to bracelets. All materials are free to order and ship straight to you. We especially encourage you to share them with health care providers.
Respond to a survey
U.S. Pain regularly conducts surveys on key topics in pain management. The results are then used to help draw attention to challenges patients face. Survey opportunities are usually sent by email, so make sure you are subscribed!
Write a blog
Submit an idea for an article for our blog, “Remedy.” Note that we request you submit an idea proposal first, before writing the article itself, so we can decide whether the topic is a good fit or give you other suggestions. We’d love to hear from you!
Start a group
Start a national, local, or specialized support group as part of our Pain Connection support group network. Leaders are required to attend a training, which is held 1-2 times a year and led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW.
Take action on policy
U.S. Pain Foundation regularly creates online action campaigns with template letters you can sign and send to your representatives with just a few clicks.
Meet with your reps
Your representatives want to hear from you! We can help you arrange a meeting with legislators (or their staff members) to talk about issues that matter. Email us for tips!
Share your story
Sharing your story through our Storybank helps us connect you with advocacy opportunities! As a thank you, we’ll send you a free kit with resources.
Join or help share events
U.S. Pain Foundation hosts regular events, both online and in person. Participate in events/webinars and help promote them on social media!
Suggest an event speaker
We are always looking for experts (including health care providers and patients) to speak at upcoming events. If you have someone in mind, let us know!
Pain Awareness Month
Each September, we dedicate 30 days to raising awareness about chronic pain. We usually do this through a specially themed initiative or campaign.
Host a fundraiser
U.S. Pain Foundation relies on donations to offer its programs and services. Hosting an in-person fundraising event in support of the organization can be fun and rewarding! We’re here to help you get started.
Set up an online fundraiser
Hosting a Facebook fundraiser is an easy way to tap into your online community to raise funding for U.S. Pain Foundation. We are so grateful for your support!