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 laura@naaf.org.

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 gary@naaf.org or 415-472-3780.

Legislative Mentor

For those young people who are interested in legislative advocacy but are not yet old enough to vote, we have the Legislative Mentor program. Legislative Mentors are young people ages 12-17 providing advice to other young people about how they can participate in the legislative process. Legislative Mentors and their parents (who are required to become Legislative Liaisons if their child is accepted into this program – see separate description) meet once a month by phone to discuss the latest legislative issues affecting the alopecia areata community. They are then prepared to discuss these same issues with other young people at school, social gatherings, or anywhere else. They are also fully prepared to accompany their parents on meetings with their congressperson and senators’ offices. Please let Gary Sherwood gary@naaf.org know if your child is interested.

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 info@naaf.org.