Volunteer with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

As someone who understands the struggle of a loved one’s addiction, you are an invaluable resource in supporting our mission and the families we serve.

Become a Parent Coach

Parent Coaching is a peer-to-peer program, by which a parent seeking help and perspective on their child’s substance use issues is paired up with another specially-trained parent volunteer who has also traveled the path of dealing with a child’s substance use.

Learn more about this unique opportunity to grow and give back >>

Share Your Story

We can help you use your story to change someone else’s for the better.

Contribute to the Parent Blog

Our Parent Blog is the place to gain perspective and learn from experts and others who have been impacted by substance use. The blog regularly features families’ and individuals’ personal stories related to drug use, treatment, recovery and loss to help unite, inform and support those touched by addiction. If you think your story could similarly help other families, we invite you to work with us on contributing to the blog.

Write an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor

With guidance from our staff, and using a provided template, personalize an Op-Ed or Letter to the Editor to submit to your local newspaper for publication. You may respond to a study, describe a personal experience, or speak to a specific topic you’re passionate about. Previously published Op-Eds have responded to data from the annual Monitoring the Future study, described a personal experience regarding insurance coverage, and recounted a personal experience using life-saving Naloxone. Volunteers can also share Partnership services by responding to existing Op-Eds.

Kirk Morrison wrote an Op-Ed in the Oklahoman titled “Advocate: Help and hope with Oklahoma’s Opioid Crisis” in response to data from the CDC that show that 174 Americans die from a drug overdose every day. He spoke to his experience of watching one of his family members struggle with opioid addiction and how, as he reached out to his local recovery community and started sharing his story, he realized he wasn’t alone and began to feel more hopeful.

Become a Partner for Hope

Through our Partners for Hope platform, anyone can celebrate recovery by sharing a Story of Hope or honor a loved one by writing a Memorial Tribute. Becoming a Partner for Hope is an opportunity to quickly and easily share your story (you can begin right away; no need to complete our volunteer survey) – including photos or video – while inviting friends and family to contribute their own comments and stories as well.

Complete our volunteer survey to begin sharing your story >>

Activate Your Community

We have the tools to help you use your passion for helping families affected by substance use locally in your community.

Educate Your Community

Deliver Partnership Community Education presentations in your town, city or state. We’ll provide the presentation(s), digital copies of handouts and talking points so that you can help educate your community about substance use and connect families to the Partnership’s services and other resources.

Diane Clayton and Deb Beatty presented to a group of graduate students studying social work at the University of Pittsburgh in order to stress the importance of including families when helping a person struggling with substance use or addiction. Within this three hour class, they also shared the work being done by the Partnership including the Parent Coaching program which pulls from CRAFT, MI, and ACT. Thanks to Diane and Deb, as future substance use counselors, these students now have a better understanding of the nightmare families go through and why it is so crucial that they are part of the solution.

Advocate for Change

Help us advocate for better policy solutions and healthier perceptions when it comes to issues of substance use. You can always sign and share our online petitions and other advocacy actions, but we also need volunteers interested in calling or meeting with representatives or traveling to Washington, D.C. to advocate on behalf of families.

Complete our volunteer survey to begin activating your community >>