There is no greater reward in life than to give of yourself and see that gift reflected in the comfort and encouragement of another.

Being a volunteer can be a life-changing experience for both you and those you help. The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York is always in need of individuals with expertise, helping hands, a caring ear, creative ideas and other skills to offer. Whatever time and talents you have, you would be a gift to us. Here are some of the ways you can help support the lupus community:

Lupus Education & Advocacy Network Participants and Facilitators

  • As a lupus patient or caregiver, participating in a local meeting can help both you and others manage the lupus journey. For information about our scheduled meetings or to establish a meeting for a new group, contact us.
  • As a healthcare professional or educator, your knowledge and skills as a meeting facilitator will help the Lupus Alliance reach more patients in more places and provide an essential element of care within your own community. The Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York (LAUNY) provides training, materials and support. Meetings can be tailored to fit a variety of schedules.

Support Buddies

If you've had lupus for a number of years, you may wish to lend support to others who have been diagnosed with lupus. When a patient cannot attend a meeting in person or participate in virtual meetings, a Support Buddy can help reduce the fear, confusion, and isolation often caused by this disease. Training and support is provided.

General and Event Support

LAUNY welcomes individuals who are able to assist with general office support, research, and outreach or who wish to serve on an event or board committee. 


Proceeds from events hosted by LAUNY are used to fund much-needed services that are provided to the lupus community for free, such as information and materials, new patient orientations, Lupus Education & Advocacy Network meetings, and more. A number of fundraising events are held throughout the year. Check our events page to learn more. Or, you may prefer to plan and host your own event to raise funds. Some successful private events have included summer wiener roasts, craft shows, and dinner parties. The sky's the limit and the help is appreciated!

To volunteer or request additional information on any of these opportunities, contact us.