Ways to Volunteer

Support Group Leader or Telephone Contact

NAAF has support groups all over the world. Though they have different sizes, average age and group specific objectives, they share a common mission; to provide individuals with alopecia areata, their families and their friends a safe, comfortable and trusting environment in which to share their personal experiences with this challenging disease.

There are lots of cities and towns across the country and around the world WITHOUT support groups. If you would like to learn more about what it means to be a telephone support contact or support group leader please contact

Youth Mentor

NAAF’s Youth Mentor Program connects children living with alopecia areata and their parents to dedicated young adult mentors to formulate lasting bonds while providing support and guidance on dealing with the day-to-day challenges stemming from alopecia areata. NAAF wants every child/guardian who wants a mentor to be connected with one, so that they know they are not alone. We are thrilled to offer this program to our NAAF community!

If you are between the ages of 17-30, and motivated to help children living with alopecia areata and/or their parents, and you are willing to make the commitment, you can mentor! 

You can help children and their parents by sharing your experience about how you navigate the world living with alopecia areata and what type of coping skills you use. You can also share time and fun activities that bring about a sense of “normalcy” so that kids just get to be kids!

Enroll as a Youth Mentor today!

Legislative Liaison

The Legislative Liaisons program is open to anyone in the alopecia areata community who wishes to establish and cultivate relationships with their U.S. representatives and senators in order to educate them about alopecia areata and encourage their support for our legislative objectives. Liaisons are assured, well-informed Americans speaking on behalf of themselves and their 6.8 million fellow citizens who share this disease.  To be an effective Legislative Liaison you do not need to be an expert on politics, you just need to have the desire to make your voice heard. Your Members of Congress are elected to office to serve you (their constituent), but they can only work on your behalf if you inform them of the issues that are important to you.If you’re interested in learning more about the Alopecia Areata Legislative Liaison program, or even becoming a liaison yourself, please contact Gary Sherwood at or 415-472-3780.

Conference Volunteers

NAAF is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers for our annual patient conference. We need people to facilitate support sessions, monitor doors, put up signs, guide people to the right places, and more. Let us know if you’d like to help - Call the NAAF office or email