Volunteer or Join a Committee

Get Involved

The heart of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is our volunteers. They make a huge impact on every part of the organization, and we are so grateful for their contributions.

Whether it's helping at a local event, participating in one of our fundraising events, or facilitating a local support group, our volunteers are helping us advance our mission of finding cures for IBD and improving the quality of life of patients.

Together, we can make a difference.

Ways to Make a Difference in Community

Become an Events Day Volunteer 

Looking to volunteer for us? We welcome everyone who wants to share their unique skills and interests with us! The New England Chapter host many events through out the year and we are always looking for volunteers to help us make our events run smoothly. 

Event Day tasks may include:

Set up ● Registration/Tickets ● Event Photography ● Greeters/Guides ● Runner ● Area Attendants ● Event Breakdown

Become a New England Chapter Events Volunteer by filling out this Events Day Volunteer Form

Join a Committee

Joining a committee is one of the most impactful and rewarding ways to get involved with the local IBD community. The New England Chapter offers many committees for different events with different levels of commitment. Responsibilities range from securing donations, auction items and sponsorships to helping with event day logistics. E-mail the staff member contact to learn if one of these groups is right for you.

Click here to learn more about the New England Board of Directors.

Peer to Peer Events  Special Events

Greater Boston Take Steps Executive Council 

Contact: Catherine Pavlick

Gala for Crohn's & Colitis Steering Committee

Contact: Maryann Zschau

Greater Boston Take Steps Logistics Committee 

Contact: Catherine Pavlick

New England Young Professionals Committee

Contact: Maryann Zschau


Royal Flush Casino Night Committee

Contact: Maryann Zschau

Organize a Support Group

Support group provides a space for patients and caregivers to share stories, find answers and connect to those who understand the unique challenges of living with IBD. The New England Chapter is always looking for new leaders to organize a support group in any of the States supported by the New England Chapter. 

For more information on how to start a support group contact us at [email protected] or 781 449-0324 Ext. 1.

Intern with the chapter 

Every semester, the New England Chapter offers a chance for students to intern with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. This immersive and hands-on experience is a great way for students to learn about working with foundations and non-profits like ours.


The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is unique compared to other organizations due to our multifaceted approach to achieving our mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases. This gives opportunities to experience various aspects of our foundation, from grant writing and advocacy to fundraising and event planning. We pride ourselves in being able to customize each internship experience to each interns' preferred field of study and interest.


To learn more about how to join the New England team as an intern click here.  

Help Advance Public Policy 

One part of the Foundation's mission is to advance public policies that support IBD patients. The Foundation’s advocacy priorities are developed in collaboration with patients, as well as physicians and advanced practice providers from the Foundation’s National Scientific Advisory Committee. Our 2019 advocacy priorities are to:

  • Increase funding for medical research on IBD. 
  • Protect and improve patient access to care

Become a IBD Advocate by joining our Advocacy Network and find out what steps you can take to make a difference. 

Contact Vanessa DeMichele New England Chapter Executive Director for more details. 

Attend or Participate in a Fundraising Event 

One of the ways the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation furthers our mission is by raising funds to support vital research and programs. We host various events throughout the year as a way to support our cause and celebrate our wonderful volunteers. 

You can attend events like a Young Professionals Summer Event, Gala for Crohn's and Colitis, the Royal Flush Casino Night where you can support a great cause and have a night of fun with your friends, coworkers or family. 

You can also participate in a peer to peer fundraising event such as Take StepsTeam Challenge, or spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures where you can walk, run or cycle at these events while you raise funds to find a cure.   

Share Your Story 

Your story has the power to touch the lives of patients and their families living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Your story may be what inspires a patient to take that next step in his or her life or empower a patient to make that next difficult decision. Whether you are a patient or an ally, your story will have the chance to be featured on the New England Chapter's social media and/or email channels in our mission to raise awareness. Consider sharing your IBD story with the New England Chapter.