There are a variety of ways to help the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) further its mission — below are just a few examples of what you can do to help!
Become a 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 #OCDwalk each year, speaking at a local affiliate event, or even blogging about your experiences — being a Grassroots Advocate means joining a community of people who want to raise awareness and educate the public about OCD and related disorders. Learn more about Grassroots Advocates.
Volunteer at the IOCDF's Annual OCD Conference
Each year, we have a number of volunteer slots for individuals to help as room monitors, navigation guides, and registration assistants, in exchange for free registration to the Conference. Learn more about volunteering at the Annual OCD Conference.
Volunteer in your local community
Contact your local Affiliate and ask how you can help (examples of activities could include assisting with a local fundraiser, helping with mailings, etc.). If you don't have an affiliate near you, consider starting your own Affiliate or a support group in your area. You can also organize and host a local fundraiser (5k runs, bike rides, tag sales, etc.)
Volunteer for the IOCDF virtually
Consider volunteering at the IOCDF by helping with projects virtually, such as updating databases on our website, data entry projects, etc.
To inquire about virtual volunteer opportunities with the IOCDF, email email@example.com.
Volunteer from anywhere in the world!
- Contact the IOCDF and ask for copies of our Year-End or Research Appeal letters and remittance envelopes so you can forward them to your friends and family.
- Help solicit corporate support for IOCDF programs by sharing a marketing prospectus.
- Become a Grassroots Advocate and help advocate for OCD awareness. Learn more here. Learn more about our Advocacy Program here.
- Start your very own OCD support group and list it as a resource in our Resource Directory. For a full guide on tips for starting & maintaining a support group, please click here.
- Place IOCDF-endorsed press releases about OCD in local papers.
- Send IOCDF-developed letters to national and state legislators about OCD-related issues. Learn more about Public Policy Advocacy.
- Organize and host talks or lectures about OCD in your local community public school or college.
- Participate in an OCD research study.
- Write an article for the IOCDF's quarterly newsletter.
- Develop and host your own event during OCD Awareness Week.
- Translate our educational materials into another language.
We are always open to other suggestions so please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for a volunteer project that is not listed above, or if you would like to get involved.