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 Upstate New York Chapter hosts many events throughout 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

To become an Events Day Volunteer, contact Linda Winston at [email protected]

Join a Committee

Joining a committee is one of the most impactful and rewarding ways to get involved with the local IBD community. The Upstate New York 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. Take a look at our events and email Linda Winston at [email protected] if you would like to join.

Take Steps Walk Special Events

Utica Take Steps Walk

An Evening to Remember for Crohn's and Colitis
Albany Take Steps Walk  

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 Upstate New York Chapter is always looking for new leaders to organize a support group in the Upstate area.

For more information on how to start a support group, contact Education Manager Christopher Joyce at [email protected]

Help Advance Public Policy 

One 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 Christopher Joyce, Upstate New York Chapter Manager of Education, Support & Advocacy 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 the An Evening to Remember Gala 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 fundraising event such as Take Steps or Team Challenge, where you can walk, run or cycle at these events while you raise funds to find a cure.