Project HEAL offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the United States (U.S.). PH Volunteers represent us in their local community, help us plan for local program delivery, and fundraise to support our national treatment and recovery resources. If you have a passion for helping people affected by eating disorders, we likely have a volunteer opportunity for you!
Any prospective Project HEAL volunteers with a personal history of an eating disorder should be in a strong and active recovery for 1-2 years, depending on the specific opportunity of interest. For those with personal experience of an eating disorder—there is a 2-year active recovery requirement to volunteer as a Chapter Leader, Mentor, Group Facilitator, or National Volunteer; there is a 1-year active recovery requirement to volunteer as a National Ambassador or with a chapter.
*NOTE: Effective January 4, 2019, Project HEAL will not be accepting chapter or ambassador applications from volunteers outside the U.S. We made this difficult decision because we want to make sure that wherever we have volunteers, we are laying the groundwork to provide our programs in their community. At this time, Project HEAL is focusing our resources on program delivery in the U.S.
If you have questions about this policy, please email Project HEAL’s Director of Volunteer Services, Ali Hougnou (ali[at]theprojectheal.org).
Become an Ambassador
Project HEAL Ambassadors are individuals operating throughout the United States (US) who have a true passion and interest in our cause but aren’t yet ready to start a chapter. Project HEAL Ambassadors bring the mission and values of Project HEAL into their community by hosting fundraising, community-building, and networking events. The ultimate goal for Project HEAL Ambassadors is to cultivate enough interest and support to eventually launch a Project HEAL chapter within their community.
The Project HEAL Ambassador role on average will take between 2-8 hours of your time per week; generally 2-4 hours on a normal week and between 6-8 hours when doing events and activities.
Become a Social Support Mentor
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 be an Intern
The Project HEAL internship is designed for college students and young professionals to join a small staff and large volunteer base, all incredibly passionate about providing education, support, and resources to people affected by eating disorders. Project HEAL is seeking qualified and passionate candidates for our competitive internship program with remote cohorts to support our Communities of HEALing, our Treatment Access Program, and our Volunteer Services Department.
Summer 2019 Internships will run from May 20th-August 23rd.*
Fall 2019 Internships will run from September 3rd-December 13th.*
*specific dates may be flexible for the appropriate candidate.
Interns are expected to work 10-15 hours a week. Project HEAL internships are unpaid. We encourage interns to work with their schools and other outside sources to secure credit and/or funding for their internships.