Get Involved

Get involved with the Northwest Chapter of CCFA!

Make a gift to the Northwest Chapter - All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help the Northwest Chapter continue supporting the estimated 60,000 people living with IBD in our five state service region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska). Gifts can be made online or by contacting the chapter at Thank you!

Become a Member of CCFA - As a member of CCFA, you will help us further the cause while receiving special membership benefits.  Membership benefits include subscription to the chapter newsletter and national magazine, discounts on CCFA books, and invitations to participate in chapter events and programs. Individual memberships start at only $30. Renew or join today!

Third Party Events - These are volunteer-led fundraisers that benefit CCFA. Throughout the year we have people climbing Mt. Rainier, sailing the Strait of Juan De Fuca, rocking out at the Showbox, playing music in the park, and much more. Have an idea on how you can help CCFA? Contact Kelsi Messling at

Volunteer Committees & Opportunities - Volunteers make CCFA the successful Foundation it is. We have planning committees for Take Steps, the Benefit Luncheon and our Flag Football tournament and we would love to have you join us. Looking for less of a commitment? We need office and event day volunteers as well. Click here to view all of our volunteer opportunities. Contact Kristen Lowery at

Workplace Giving - Many companies (Microsoft, Starbucks, Bank of America to name a few) will match your contributions to CCFA! Contact your HR department to find out if your company has a matching gift program. If so, look up CCFA. You could be doubling or tripling your commitment to finding a cure!

Talk About Us - Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@ccfanw)! Awareness of IBD and CCFA are crucial to increasing the quality of life for patients.

Join one of our signature programs!


Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential summer camp for youth with IBD entering grades 2-12 in fall. Held the last week of June each year, 
Camp Oasis is held at Camp Colman in the south Puget Sound and is open to youth from our five-state region. Check out camp details online or contact Kathleen at


The Northwest Chapter has Take Steps walks around the region! Check out or our events page to learn about this program.



The Northwest Chapter offers Team Challenge Half Marathon team that trains in Seattle. Check out or our events page to learn about upcoming information meetings and recruitment.  

 Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact us at if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities!

Seattle Area Opportunities

Education & Support Associate - We are seeking an intern January through July 2015 to assist with education program marketing, event planning, help at Seattle area events, and other projects as needed. This is an unpaid position; approximately 15 hours a week at CCFA's Bellevue office. Some projects can be done from home. 

Volunteer Coordinator - We are seeking a volunteer to assist in recruiting, coordinating, and communicating with volunteers for one-time administrative jobs such as stuffing folders and preparing mailings. This person should be very responsive on email and phone and able to commit at least one year. 

Team Challenge Volunteer Support - There are many opportunities this spring to come out and support our runners and walkers who are fundraising for CCFA and training for their first (or next) half marathon. Each of these events is an opportunity to spread awareness in our community while being fun, social experiences where you will meet great people. Contact Team Seattle Manager Meredith Dennis at with any questions or if you are looking for other ways to get involved!

  • Everett Half Marathon - Sunday, April 12th you will spend the morning cheering on people running this great event while you work a water station on the course! Job responsibilities include giving high fives and handing out water along the course.

Portland Area Opportunities

Take Steps Portland 2015 Planning Committee Members- logistics, promotions, sponsorship procurement, in-kind donations, day of event volunteers and much more.

Fundraising Events Committee and Volunteers- We need help procuring in-kind donations, posting flyers, and social media advertising!

Intern - We are looking for an intern in the Portland area who can help with our social media marketing, and administrative duties (envelope stuffing, packet assembly etc.) 

Regional Opportunities 

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of people with Crohn’s and colitis by becoming an advocate for CCFA no matter where you live!

GI Outreach & Education: Our goal is to reach every GI office in the community on a quarterly basis. This is an opportunity for volunteers to visit their local GI offices, provide them with educational resources for their patients, let them know about upcoming events and connect them with the local IBD community. The more informed the medical community is about CCFA, the more resources IBD patients will have. But to get to all the offices, we need your help. If you are interested in participating as a GI Outreach and Educational Volunteer, please let me know so we can be sure to include you in the rollout of this program. CCFA will provide training and all the materials to help you be successful! Click here to learn more. 

Support Group Facilitators: Support groups provide a safe, understanding space where people affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis can connect with others and feel supported. We would like have groups in many locations to serve as many communities as possible and we need volunteers to start the groups. Our support groups are driven by volunteer facilitators, supported by CCFA staff. Each facilitator undergoes an interview process and training before serving. Start a new group in your community or help lead an existing group as a co-facilitator! Learn more about the role and responsibilities here.   

Power of Two Program Manager: We are seeking a reliable volunteer who can commit at least one year to maintain the database of mentors for our Power of Two peer-to-peer support program. Responsibilities would include adding mentors to database as they complete training, identifying mentors to match those seeking support and introducing the pair, and following up with both individuals for feedback on the program. Can be done remotely. Must be very responsive on email and phone and very familiar with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week: December 1-7 is national Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week and our Communications and Awareness committee is working hard to create a great outreach plan for the week. We are currently looking for volunteers to help coordinate awareness activities in markets outside of Washington, where our office is located. Some examples of these include working with local media to have our Escape the Stall Public Service Announcement placed on radio, in print and on television or working with local governments to have proclamations dedicating a week to IBD Awareness. Again, CCFA will provide training and materials to help you be successful.