The IDF Teen Volunteer Network offers teens, ages 16 – 20, diagnosed with a primary immunodeficiency (PI) the opportunity to get involved and give back to the IDF community. Check out the following ways to get involved!
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, click here to contact us. An IDF staff member will contact you to discuss with you and your parents all the opportunities available in your area that best match your interests and meet the needs of IDF.
Imagine if you didn’t have access to your doctor, or to your immunoglobulin therapy or other medicine or treatment? For some teenagers living with PI, just like you, this is their reality. Sometimes the reason people cannot access their medical care is because of a larger issue. This is when it becomes a part of public policy. You should care about public policy because, even if you can’t see it right at this moment, it does affect you. Ensure access to your medical care, improve the quality of life for people with PI, and tell your story. Make a difference!
You can create understanding about PI and IDF by regularly distributing materials to medical facilities, home healthcare companies, schools and other locations in your local community.
Do you want to help others patients and their families? Consider working with IDF on a fundraising project! As a teen, you’re able to generate support and interest in your community that adults usually can’t match. Plus, helping to raise funds for IDF and awareness for PI becomes a win-win. While you’re helping patients and families, you’re also gaining valuable leadership experience that can help you through your educational career, and beyond! IDF would be thrilled to work with you and your family to find the best way for you to raise funds and awareness within your community. Whether this is an event at your school, through an organization that you belong to (Scouts and others), setting up a local Walk for Primary Immunodeficiency, or something else, you can do things that others can’t. Please contact us and we’ll see what we can come up with – together!
Peer Support Volunteers
Would you like to help other teens personally affected by PI? You can be a volunteer through our Peer Support Program. You must be a patient or an immediate family member of a patient with PI.
Plasma Program Partners Volunteers
Do you receive immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy? Then you can be a volunteer through the IDF Plasma Center Partners Program. As a volunteer, you get to visit plasma centers, which includes the opportunity to tour the center and thank the staff and donors for their lifesaving commitment. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.