Communities of HEALing is a brand new pilot program, launched by Project HEAL in 2017, designed to explore the ways that peer support and mentorship can help individuals to fully recover from an eating disorder. The program includes several separate components: weekly support groups in local communities, possible 1:1 mentorship for those newly out of treatment, other facilitated experiences, and in some cases social support in the form of group outings like going to a movie together!

Social support mentors provide support to mentees in the form of sharing weekly social activities–like seeing a movie, playing a game, or going to the park–that are not focused on eating disorder. Social support mentors are individuals who have never personally struggled with an eating disorder.

This volunteer opportunity is a unique and rewarding chance to support someone in early recovery. Social support mentors make a commitment of about 3 hours per week, which includes the weekly meeting with their mentee and regular supervision calls.

Apply to become a social support mentor here: MENTOR APPLICATION

If you have any questions about the social support program, you can email Ali Hougnou, Director of Volunteer Services, at

Note: Volunteers serving in NYC, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will meet with mentees in person. Volunteers serving in all other locations will meet with mentees via video chat.