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

  • Belief in ANAD’s core values and mission
  • 18 years or older
  • Lived experience with an eating disorder and recovered for 2 years or longer AND/OR strong interest in the eating disorder community
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; detail oriented
  • Live in the United States

Volunteer Position Expectations

  • Complete all required ANAD volunteer trainings, including online readings, activities and live sessions
  • Commit to 6 months of service at a time; option to renew
  • Respond to all calls during designated shifts, collect and maintain accurate documentation of calls
  • Attend monthly supervision calls; participate in Beekeeper online discussions

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Participate in an interview with ANAD staff
  • Sign peer support helpline volunteer agreement
  • Complete online training (reading + 1 live session)
  • Get assigned to Helpline schedule

Please note this is a multi-step process that could take up to 2-3 weeks to complete. Helpline scheduling occurs once all volunteers for the cohort have completed training.