Apply to be a Peer Helpline Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ANAD Peer Helpline Volunteer!

Our free, eating disorders Helpline is operated by volunteers who are trained to connect callers to resources and provide general support. Volunteers consist of recovered individuals with lived experience of an eating disorder, and those who are passionate about eating disorder recovery.

We have currently paused accepting applications, and ask you to fill out this interest form to be notified when the application to become a helpline volunteer is available again.

Peer Helpline Volunteer Eligibility

  • As a prerequisite, all applicants must believe in the core values of ANAD and be driven by our mission
  • All applicants with lived experience with an eating disorder must be recovered for 2 years or longer.
  • All applicants must be 18 years or older
  • All applicants must have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • All applicants should have an interest in working in the mental health field and/or serving those affected by eating disorders
  • All applicants must be detail-oriented and have excellent written communication skills
  • All applicants must live in the United States

Volunteer Position Overview

  • All Helpline volunteers must complete all required ANAD volunteer trainings, including online readings, activities and live sessions
  • ANAD volunteers serve terms of 6 months to 1 year (to be reviewed semi-annually and with the option to continue)
  • Helpline volunteers are responsible for the following tasks:
  • Responding to all calls during their designated shifts
  • Collecting and maintaining accurate documentation
  • Entering all required data and requests into the correct systems

Application Process

  • Completion of Online Application
  • Participation in an interview with ANAD staff
  • Signing of Helpline Volunteer Agreement
  • Completion of online Helpline Volunteer Training
  • Assignment to Helpline Schedule

Please note this is a multi-step process that may take several weeks to complete.