Help Us Educate, Advocate, and Illuminate
Perhaps you are not in a position to make a monetary donation, but you may be able to make a donation of your time. Join our grassroots effort, and help us spread the word to help other individuals and families.
- Educate others – legislators, teachers, health care professionals, and the public.
- Advocate for insurance coverage for cleft-related medical issues.
- Illuminate the lives of those with facial differences.
Here’s How You Can Help
- Share the ACPA Family Services Facebook and Twitter pages with your friends. Make sure to post a status update about National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month in July.
- Sign up to support ACPA when you shop at Amazon.com via AmazonSmile.
- Distribute Family Services brochures to your local hospitals and pediatric offices so they can refer new families to ACPA for information and specialist referrals. Contact us for a free supply.
- Build cleft/craniofacial awareness in your own unique way! Host a community walk or concert, create and display a related piece of art or craft, tie it in with one of your hobbies, or just start talking to friends more about cleft and craniofacial conditions.
- Provide publications such as our “Letter to a Teacher” to your local schools or Board of Education. Encourage local school classes to read Wonder or other children’s books about facial difference. Explore school programs like Facing Differences and find out if your school district or your local school will implement one of these programs.
- Find out if you have a local support group, and get involved! You might even consider starting one yourself. Many support groups have moved online, so look for conversations or groups where you can contribute a positive and informed perspective.
- Offer to be a source of support to parents of newborn babies in your hospital nursery. Have the nurses call you if the parents of a child born with a facial birth defect would like to connect.
- Write to your state and federal representatives to advocate for cleft palate/craniofacial patients and insurance legislation to cover treatment costs. We can provide information packets to heighten their awareness of facial birth defects and insurance concerns.
- Show kindness to everyone you meet, especially those with facial differences.
- Ask your local newspaper to write a feature article on issues facing people with facial difference. If you’d like, we can help provide information to the writer.
- Talk to your cleft palate/craniofacial team about how you can help. They may know of local family support needs or activities, other awareness campaigns, or political advocacy efforts that would benefit from your volunteer time.
- Hold a local fundraising activity to support the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association so families new to cleft care can continue to benefit from our publications, referrals, and support. We’ve received generous contributions from golf tournaments, dance contests, bake sales, birthday parties, lemonade stands, beauty pageants, and more. Let’s make your idea for a fundraiser happen.
Please let us know how we can support you in your efforts to educate, advocate, and illuminate.
Thank you for volunteering with the ACPA Family Services.