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The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.

Volunteer

The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association is made up entirely of patient volunteers and their families and friends. We need your help to keep the Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association running smoothly and to accomplish our mission. Please consider volunteering to help with this work.

Massachusetts ME/CFS Association provides training and on-going supervision to allow volunteers to offer support to patients/families, or to help keep our Association running. Most volunteer work is done from home, and time commitments/hours are flexible.

Volunteer for one-time commitment or longer.

  • Coordinator of Volunteers —our most urgent need! Recruit and manage the volunteers who power our Association. Learn more.
  • Patient Services - respond to requests for service and information from patients, using our website and database.
  • IT Manager —oversee and support our use of technology. Immediate need to help us rebuild our website. Learn more.
  • Help with our website! Specific opportunities are listed; needs are on-going.

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    Opportunities are available in many other areas such as: telephone support and other direct services to patients, membership support, advertising/public relations (outreach, mailings, distribution etc.) and help with events.

If you would like to help in these or other areas, please contact us

If you are a healthy family member or friend, we also need your help. We will talk with you about your interests, skills, and how you can contribute. Remember, even a little time, put together with the efforts of others, can accomplish a great deal.

Contact us to volunteer 

Thank you for your support!

Donate

Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association is an all-volunteer organization and depends on the donations of supporters to continue its work and respond to the many needs of the patient community. All of our income is used to support essential services.

Make a Donation

We use your donations to:

  • Publish our website which provides up-to-date information about ME/CFS and fibromyalgia covering a broad range of topics, sends out alerts about current news and developments, and accepts requests for support services
  • Maintain our Information Line where trained volunteers respond to general questions about the two illnesses (which often overlap) and serve as a gateway to the Association's support services
  • Assist with referrals to healthcare providers
  • Give guidance on disability process and related issues
  • Better educate and expand awareness within the community
  • Establish a public information group to reach out to various forms of media
  • Improve communication with pertinent state and federal agencies
  • Sponsor public educational lectures
  • Be advocates at all possible levels (local, state, national)

We can now accept donations online. You may use your credit card or mail in a check.

Make a Donation

All donations are gratefully acknowledged and are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. We thank you for your support.

Privacy

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. We will never share your personally identifiable information with any other entities.

Notice about names

The Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies, including the CDC, are currently using ME/CFS. 

Massachusetts ME/CFS & FM Association changed its name in July, 2018, to reflect this consensus.