How to Help



Volunteer for the MRF

Volunteers are the MRF’s most valuable resource. Each year, our volunteers contribute hundreds of hours to raising funds for new research and educating the public about melanoma. Whether joining us to lend a helping hand at an MRF event or organizing a grassroots event in the community, each volunteer plays a crucial role in our success.

Our national network of volunteers helps educate, builds awareness, and raises money for melanoma research. By affirming the statement of core values and guidelines for success as an MRF volunteer, you can make a difference in your local community and to the melanoma community at large.

Volunteer Opportunities

MRF volunteers are critical to our success!

You can get involved in a variety of different ways:

  • Special Events Support: Get involved with an existing MRF event! Each year, our dedicated volunteers organize dinners, walks and runs to benefit the MRF. These events always need help. Check out our event calendar to find out what’s going on in your area.
  • Certified Melanoma Educators: Join our team of Certified Melanoma Educators who raise awareness by educating members of their community, distribute educational materials to schools, doctors’ offices and health fairs, etc.
  • Advocacy: Become an advocate for the melanoma community. We need volunteers to help us push our legislative goals by meeting with their members or Congress, or writing letters of support (or opposition) of anti-tanning bills, etc. Once a year, we host an Advocacy Summit & Day on the Hill, but there are things to be done all year long, right in your own community. Dates to be announced soon!
  • CommUNITY Fundraisers: Each year our volunteer fundraisers raise almost a quarter million dollars to support the MRF’s mission. They do this by hosting cookouts, organizing group bike rides, dart or poker tournaments, attending professional sports games and many other creative events. Find more information HERE.
  • Share Your Story: As part of our effort to raise awareness of melanoma, the MRF frequently speaks with members of the media. If you are interested in sharing your story about your personal experience with melanoma, please complete this questionnaire (responses are kept private and not released publicly) or email
  • Special Projects (remote opportunities): email
For more information about any of the MRF volunteer opportunities, send an email to

Are you a Dermatologists or Medical Oncologists looking to get more involved?

There are many different ways dermatologists and medical oncologists can get involved with the MRF. Your community members rely heavily on experts like you to provide them with accurate and trustworthy information on things like sunscreen use, melanoma prevention, diagnosing melanoma early and the latest information on melanoma treatment options. Here are some simple ways you can help make a difference.

  • Volunteer to provide free skin checks at MRF events near you, such as our Miles for Melanoma 5k run/walks or educational symposia. Research shows detecting melanoma early can dramatically improve a prognosis. Help us catch any potential issues by donating your time to provide skin checks. Email
  • Share free MRF educational materials at your office, such as the Melanoma Patient Guide, Caregiver’s Guide, melanoma fact sheet, bookmark, mirror piece or others. By having this important literature available to your patients or clients, you will make a difference in your local community and to the melanoma community at large. Don’t forget…you can order these materials for free!
  • Create a team and participate in a Miles for Melanoma 5k run/walk near you! Gather your friends, family and colleagues and register as a team. This is a fun way to get involved in a local community event while having a big impact on the fight against melanoma! Check out the calendar and register a team for the event of your choice.
  • Serve as an expert resource on behalf of the MRF. As part of our awareness-building efforts, we work with reporters who often want to speak to an expert on melanoma prevention and detection. If you’d like to volunteer with the MRF in this manner, email
  • Attend and promote MRF’s educational and fundraising events (such as patient/caregiver symposia or Wings of Hope for Melanoma galas). Help us expand our reach into local communities so we can educate as many people as possible about melanoma prevention and early detection, by encouraging your patients/clients to attend our events. Or, if you’re interested in co-hosting a patient symposium with the MRF, email

Volunteer Resources

Here are a few free resources to help you as you work to educate others about melanoma:

Tips for Working with the Media

Read these brief guidelines before you pitch the media.

Tips for Using Social Media to Fight Melanoma

Read these tips to maximize your impact on social media!

Melanoma Messages

Keep up to date on the latest information about melanoma. And click here for free printable educational materials.

MRF Logo Use Guidelines

Click above to read guidelines for using the MRF’s logo and marks.