FPA is a volunteer-lead organization and as such, we greatly value all who offer their time and talents for the benefit of the facial pain community. There are several ways to volunteer with FPA and we will be adding new opportunities when they become available.
FPA manages a network of in-person and virtual support groups across the United States, and in collaboration with peer organizations in other countries. Groups meet anywhere from a few times per year, to monthly or weekly. Support group meetings provide opportunities to learn about topics of interest through educational presentations and guest speakers as well as supportive time for caring, sharing, and networking with other attendees. FPA Support Group meetings are free and open to anyone affected by facial pain. Some groups offer custom support for young patients (under 40) or family and friends. No specific skills, educational background, or experiences are required to serve as a Support Group Leader.
FPA Support Groups are led by volunteers – they are people affected by facial pain, just like you. FPA conducts a structured vetting and training process to choose and onboard new support group leaders, and provides ongoing educational opportunities and peer mentorship for new volunteers.
Support Group Leaders schedule and coordinate meetings in their local communities and/or via Zoom. Leaders gather input from the group and secure speakers on topics of interest. FPA provides ongoing help for our Leaders to ensure they have everything they need to run successful groups.
The Peer Mentor Program is an important part of FPA’s commitment to substantially increase the number of people we reach in the facial pain community including those living with neuropathic facial pain, their caregivers, and the medical community. FPA believes personal contact with others affected by facial pain is critical, and connects thousands of people to our carefully selected Peer Mentors.
FPA Peer Mentors are trained volunteers who respond to inquiries from those affected by facial pain. Volunteers strive to communicate with empathy, honesty, and reassurance. FPA provides volunteers with training, support, and educational resources. FPA welcomes Peer Mentor volunteers from varied backgrounds, life experiences, and medical histories. No specific skills, educational background, or experiences are required to serve as a Peer Mentor.
Become a Peer Mentor and ‘pay it forward’ as you provide support for others affected by facial pain. Share what you have learned and connect people to information.
Do you have an expertise or ability that you think may benefit FPA? From time to time, FPA needs volunteers to assist with programs and projects such as:
Please contact Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you want to help.
By filling out the form below, you will receive a free FPA Patient Guide and periodic updates on the management and treatment of facial pain conditions. We do not share this information with any outside sources.