What is an IOCDF Grassroots Advocate?
At the IOCDF, we get many requests from members of the OCD community who want to know what they can do to help. Whether it means joining the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk each year, speaking at a local Affiliate event, or even blogging about your experiences — being an IOCDF Grassroots Advocate means joining a community of people who want to raise awareness and educate the public about OCD and related disorders.
What is the Role of a Grassroots Advocate?
IOCDF Grassroots Advocates are part of our IOCDF Advocate Program. The IOCDF Advocate Program is led by National Advocates Ethan Smith and Dr. Liz McIngvale, along with the Lead Advocates and IOCDF Advocates, who work to develop initiatives for our Grassroots Advocates.
Each month, our IOCDF Advocates will reach out to Grassroots Advocates via a "Marching Orders" newsletter, including challenges, projects, and ways you can join them to work together and make a big impact. Examples of Marching Orders may include:
- Participate in online (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) social media campaigns
- Participate in on-site “calls to action" (e.g., conference-based projects)
- Participate in coordinated national events (e.g., 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walks, OCD Awareness Week events)
- Contribute to a blog or newsletter feature
- Opportunities to display your support of the IOCDF (e.g., “Proud IOCDF Advocate” badges, stickers)
Want to Become an IOCDF Grassroots Advocate?
Click here to take the pledge. You will be added to our Grassroots Advocate email list to receive Marching Orders and other emails with calls to action.
If you aren’t ready to be an advocate — that’s okay, too! This community welcomes everyone, and we understand that advocacy is a personal choice — and it’s not always an easy one.