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National Eating Disorders Association

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Eating Disorders & Addictions, Health, Health Care, International, International Development, Mental Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care. NEDA works to build a world without eating disorders and provides a toll-free helpline at 1-800-931-2237; informational materials for individuals, families, teachers and professionals; walks across the country dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders; and much more! Whether you have been personally affected by an eating disorder or care about someone who has, NEDA's programs and services are designed to help you find the help and support you need.

Target demographics: Eating Disorders

Programs: a toll-free helpline at 1-800-931-2237; the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week campaign; informational materials for individuals, families, teachers and professionals; walks across the country dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders; and much more! Whether you have been personally affected by an eating disorder or care about someone who has, NEDA's programs and services are designed to help you find the help and support you need.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sam_54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA came into my life in 2013. I volunteered at a walk on a whim and quickly learned that I had found my home in this organization that reached thousands of people who, unbeknownst to me, were striving to end this war with their bodies and attain the same self love that I had been striving for secretly for over 10 years. Now, with the support of NEDA and the many loving people NEDA has brought into my life, I have grown in my ability to tell my disordered eating tale, to own what I've been through and where that's brought me, and I could not be anywhere near as mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy as I am today without my involvement with NEDA.

Since my first walk and volunteering experience at the Philly Walk in 2013, I have volunteered at numerous other walks including D.C. and NYC, was on the planning committee for Philly's 2015 Walk, and most recently, Co-Coordinated a walk in Northern, NJ which was a huge success! I have always felt supported by NEDA's Staff through all of my volunteer and planning efforts, and know that they are constantly receptive to our ideas and hopes for fundraisers, projects, and goals for a walk. My experiences working with NEDA as a volunteer will undoubtedly help me in my future career and a clinical mental health counselor and I could not be more grateful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an incredibly encouraging experience in working with NEDA. I felt valued and supported as I planned the first Charleston NEDA Walk.

I am so impressed with the NEDA staff that helped me to plan this walk and encouraged me every step of the way. Jessica offered knowledge and support and so much kindness to me during the planning process.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I was introduced to NEDA as a parent of a daughter with an Eating Disorder (ED), I am now active as a NEDA Walk coordinator for Pittsburgh. My decision to get involved and give back stems from the great resource that NEDA was to our familiy in our time of need. The ability of Walks to bring hundreds of sufferers and their loved ones together is so empowering for all involved. The knowledge that one is not alone in their struggle and the ability to hear positive stories of recovery provides much needed hope.

Coordinating a Walk takes a lot of effort and the National organization provides outstanding support. The staff makes it as easy as possible to execute a successful event and is there to help every step of the way. The ED informational materials that are provided for the event are greatly appreciated by participants. It is rewarding to see walkers take a few with them to pass out to others who would benefit from better awareness of EDs. Afterall, it all starts with awarness and the understanding that EDs are serious illnesses needing early detection and treatment.

Advocacy efforts are also a critical part of this wonderful non-profit. The team is constantly looking for opportunities to impact legislation and makes us aware so that our voices can be heard. I am proud to be associated with NEDA and have seen first hand how they have made a difference in the lives of ED sufferers.

Kristy27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was Walk Co-coordinator for the Raleigh, NC Walk in April 2016 and I can't say enough about the fantastic assistance that National Walk Coordinator Jessica Hickman offered. She made organizing our walk a smooth and seamless process and it inspired me to co-coordinate the 2017 Walk!

I also attended the 2016 NEDA Convention in Chicago, IL in September and was so impressed by the knowledge, expertise, and support provided. I hope to attend another convention in the future.

Kelly229

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA came into my life in 2009, when I was looking online for resources for my sister, who has since passed away. I called the Helpline, and the person on the other end talked with my for 2 hours, helping me find support for my sister in the area. It is unfortunate that I didn't know of NEDA before this date; we may have saved her life! Anyway, in 2014 I decided to look into the possibility of coordinating a NEDA walk in my community, so that maybe I can help others! I had my first walk in April of 2015 and we raised just over $10,000! This past November we had our 2nd Annual NEDA Walk and raised just over $12,000!! The national Walk Coordinators, during both occasions, were so supportive and wonderful to work with! They were there for me and my team throughout the process. NEDA not only takes time with people in need of support for a loved one/friend, but they also work hard at maintaining great relationships with all the fundraisers and walk coordinators! NEDA definitely deserves 5 Gold Stars!!

Jackie84

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a warrior! I am recovering from anorexia and have felt so supported by NEDA. As I have moved into a strong recovery phase, I have acted as a NEDA walk coordinator and I can not begin to describe how much this has moved me further into recovery. I am no longer the person who does not value themselves or believes they do not deserve the best. NEDA has help so many individuals to become strong people that can change the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I coordinated the DC NEDA Walk last year and had a great experience working with NEDA. They are professional, organized and above all, passionate about what they do. Every encounter with NEDA has been positive and continues to encourage my belief that they are an organization of integrity. I could not be more pleased to work with them one more year. NEDA offers great resources for individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Years ago, when I was battling an eating disorder, their website and resources provided a message of hope and helped me get the treatment I needed.

Emily160

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They helped me bring awareness for eating disorders to northeastern Indiana and allowed me as a walk coordinator to attend the national conference in Chicago

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the coordinator of the first Spokane NEDA Walk. Spokane has such a great need for eating disorder treatment and awareness, and the NEDA Walk has bridged the gap from no awareness to a community excited to change. It is an honor to work with NEDA, and I couldn'r be more proud to be part of the organization. Jessica Hickman was so helpful and personable and the entire NEDA Team is outstanding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA was a joy to work with. Even though I coordinated a walk many states away, contacting the headquarters for help was always just a phone call away. There were so many materials from past walks that we were able to tailor for our walk, and we had guidance every step of the way from NEDA.

2 Haley DelPlato

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My struggle with eating disorders began in high school. Years later, when I finally admitted to my problems and was diagnosed at a treatment center, NEDA provided a wealth of information. Like many parents of children with ED's, mine were confused about my disorder and unaware of the proper steps to take in order to help me regain health. NEDA not only gave them access to fantastic and reputable resources, but educated them on the intricacies of eating disorders in general. NEDA helped my parents understand that recovery would not solely involve physical re-nourishment, but also a strong emphasis on mental health since these illnesses are often so deeply rooted in trauma and/or emotional struggles of the past. While my parents received priceless information, I viewed NEDA as a support system. I was ashamed of my problems, but being introduced to this organization helped me find solace in knowing I was not alone with my struggles.

Over the years, NEDA has grown to be a nonprofit organization that I respect and value wholeheartedly. Their educational and support services are unparalleled and have helped me reach a nearly full recovery -- both by providing a support network AND in educating my family/friends so that they could best help me regain health. Now, I volunteer with NEDA as a fundraising walk coordinator in Northern New Jersey. The experience of getting a NEDA walk from planning stages to completion has been incredibly inspiring. During the whole process, I always feel like NEDA staff members are behind me 100%. Staff members make me feel incredibly appreciated for the work I do, which is an amazing feeling.

Through NEDA, I have been introduced to countless individuals who motivate me daily. I truly believe this nonprofit has made a lasting mark on my life, and will continue to do so with the support of more communities nationwide. I look forward to my next walk with NEDA and I can't say enough good things about this organization. They were an integral part of helping me regain control of my life (and find happiness!) through the long journey of recovery, and that is something I will never take for granted.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As 2016 coordinator of Miami's NEDA walk, I could not have been more grateful to have Jessica Hickman to lead me throughout the entire process. My experience working with NEDA was beyond my expectations and it was an amazing and rewarding journey.

Tamie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended many walks, however this was my first year as the walk coordinator of the 3rd annual West Chester PA NEDA Walk! Jessica Hickman was with me every step of the way, answering my many questions and always supporting me with suggestions, encouragement and kindness. Jessica is professional, organized and passionate about what she does. I am so proud to be a part of an organization that saves lives, touches our communities and advocates for change! I'm looking forward to planning our walk in 2016 and feel confident that it will be, yet again, a stellar event with Jessica by my side! Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my second year working with NEDA, my first as a walk coordinator. It was a great experience. Jessica Hickman at NEDA was always available to assist our efforts in Louisville. She was positive and encouraging. NEDA is very easy to work with. It was apparent to me that they are always working towards making positive changes for the walk program and reaching more people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA is a great organization to work with. Everyone at the head office is easy to work with and very helpful. This organization truly cares about their cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA has been an amazing volunteer experience for me. I gained very valuable skills and everyone in the office is super friendly and supportive!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This org helped me in the hardest times of my eating disorder - now living a recovered life and have the privilege of coordinating a NEDA Walk this fall.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone is so sweet in this office and it's a great cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer-intern this past summer 2015 at NEDA, and my experience on the Development/Fundraising team far exceeded my expectations. I gained a greater understanding about non-profit management and had hands-on experience in fundraising and special events planning with a special focus on further developing NEDA's national walks. By working closely with staff members, I gained invaluable skills in communications and organization. My time at NEDA truly piqued my interest in corporate social responsibility and exposed me to the vital role that companies play in fostering a culture of giving. The inspiring, hopeful, and driven community at NEDA helped further my professional and personal growth incredibly, and for that I am forever grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the walk coordinator for the first NEDA walk in El Paso-October of this year. I worked with both Julie and Jessica during this process and they were very helpful, supportive, encouraging. This was my first time doing anything like this and the community I live in is not well aware of the dangers surrounding ED. So it was an uphill battle. But NEDA was with me every step of the way. Very easy to get a hold of, always willing to discuss ideas or concerns.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working at this kind of non-profit has been such a great experience for me!! Knowing how much this organization helps others is really awesome and getting thank-yous and other positive feedback from our contacts is a real booster!! Great going NEDA! Keep being great!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps so many people!

Mia L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the mother of a daughter with an eating disorder who found this non profit recently and I am very grateful for their website, facebook page , newsletters and plan to attend their 2015 conference. When you feel like your world has been tossed upside down the support NEDA offers is amazing.

Dani C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just recently finished being a Walk Coordinator for the first NEDA awareness walk in Baton Rouge, La. It was an amazing day and event for us. As a first time walk we were given a $5,000 goal and we raised total $11,075. We were stunned by the level of support we received from our community.
As a Coordinator I can't rave enough about how easy it was to work with Julie Steinberg, NEDA's National Walk Coordinator. Having never planned an event in my life, she provided me with the support I needed to guide my team every step of the way. She was prompt to return emails and phone calls and very encouraging. Our event was very successful, and in the future I do plan to continue to coordinate more walks in Baton Rouge. However, planning this event gave me the confidence I needed in myself to realize my potential as a business savvy individual. I thank NEDA for that and can't wait for another wonderful walk next year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the walk coordinator for the Lancaster, PA, walk that was held in the beginning of October this year. I suffered from an eating disorder for a number of years and felt that I needed to take ownership of my eating disorder, instead of vice versa. With the help of a few close friends, I was able to coordinate a walk of about 60 people. These 60 people were able to raise more than $6000 for NEDA in less than three months! I feel that NEDA, being the largest non-profit organization for eating disorders, has a lot of responsibility to shoulder, but they do it perfectly. I am planning to keep in contact with NEDA and coordinate walks in the future. This experience has been very eye-opening for me and has left quite the impression.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at NEDA's Helpline since May and have loved every second of it. All of the volunteers and interns are incredibly dedicated to helping others overcome their eating concerns and spreading the word about eating disorders and body image concerns and I feel truly blessed to be working alongside them.

Justice F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became an intern at NEDA last year after the organization helped me and my family seek treatment for myself. I am honored to give back to NEDA because they are so sincere, caring and deserve all of the recognition they can get!!

almondjoyous

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience working as a helpline volunteer was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life! I was so grateful to meet so many wonderful people in the office as well as assisting those calling the helpline for exactly that...help! I attended the walk in NYC as well and it was a truly moving event seeing so many people whom are affected by eating disorders in one way or another come together for the same cause. My time spent volunteering on the NEDA helpline is something I will cherish and take with me for the rest of my life!

1 Christina O.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been familiar with NEDA for years and I decided to intern here for 8 months because I want to work with the eating disorder population. It exposed me to problematic situations and become more familiar with certain eating disorders I lack knowledge in. One of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. You will never be bored on the Helpline. Someone is always in need and it is rewarding to help people everyday and hope to make some type if impact in their lives or a loved on of theirs. The environment is also relaxed because this can an emotional experience for some. This was a great transition time period for me in my career because I just graduated college when I interned here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been Helpline volunteering at NEDA since august, and I have really enjoyed it. At first I expected a more rigid office. The employer and employees are welcoming. The training is great for people who are not so knowledgeable about eating disorders. They help you out whenever you need it. You can ask questions. I have made mistakes in the beginning but now I am getting better and what I have learned is very important for my future career goals. I wish to continue my volunteer with them hopefully another few months. Although eating disorders is a serious and tough illness, NEDA helps millions and im glad to be a part of that mission.

1 ashtonchaillan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an intern for The National Eating Disorder Association’s Helpline since August, and the time I have spent with this organization has not only been invaluable, but life-altering. NEDA is a truly remarkable organization that promotes eating disorder awareness & provides information, resources, and support for those seeking to make life-changing decisions. In addition as a volunteer you truly feel valued and supported by helpline supervisors. I feel lucky to be a part of this organization, and will continue to enjoy my ongoing experience with NEDA.

Christina62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a helpline volunteer at NEDA for a year and can't say enough about how great of an experience it was. I learned so much from everyone who worked there and it was such a supportive environment. It such a great organization and they are really doing such great work, not only getting people the information and resources that they need but also spreading awareness about eating disorders, which I think is just as important. They are always trying to think of new ways to reach people and get information out there, as well as becoming more accessible to those in need of help, like with the click-to-chat option. Really such a great organization!

Mary220

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the annual NEDA conference earlier this year. It was an amazing opportunity to be apart of an organization that I have previously used as a resource. My fellow volunteers were inquisitive and enthusiastic about being involved on any level. The staff at NEDA are an accomplished, compassionate, knowledgeable group of professionals, they are so open to volunteers and ready to answer any question that arises. My volunteer experience was great - I would definitely do it again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as an intern volunteer on NEDA's helpline for a year and the experience was truly invaluable. At the time I was a college senior who was applying to get my master's in social work so I wanted to get some clinical experience. NEDA took me on and helped educate me with quality on-site trainings, providing me with skills that I still utilize in my practice today. The office culture is warm, knowledgable, and compassionate--NEDA attracts some really great volunteers! Working on the helpline presented me with challenges that helped me develop my clinical skills, educate myself on the technical aspects of eating disorders, and broaden my knowledge of treatment interventions. As an eating disorder survivor, I felt blessed to have been a part of this community and encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about eating disorders, or just trying to find a way to give back, to consider volunteering with NEDA.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

NEDA really needed to be around years ago. I was so skeptical of them because it's hard to distinguish which organizations are the real deal and which ones are just 'fluff'.

Several years ago I received an email about their annual conference. I needed a break from work and decided to go. I was so shocked and amazed to see the caliber of information and organization of everything and the breadth of people NEDA has helped over the years. I cannot put that into words. At that conference, they said over 80 people received varied scholarships to attend from donations.

I'd donated a little in the past but to actually see 'where' the money goes and put faces to the organization was so wonderful. All the free information on the website is incredible, and pertains to much more than NEDA-- esp. their insurance letters.

They respond to you so efficiently, too. They go to Congress to change laws (and do). They help you on an individual level. They are the real deal.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and interned at my organizations. I can truly say NEDA is one of my favorite places I have been a part of. NEDA’s staff, volunteers, and interns are the nicest, sweetest people I have ever met. It is an environment where you feel comfortable speaking to your supervisors. The calls that the hotline receives can get stressful, but there is always someone there to help you, guide you through those stressful calls. When you have a great team, support system, it makes it feel no task is too great. NEDA’s hotline is not like any other hotline: the staff, volunteers, and interns really care about the callers. I recommend anyone interested in looking for an internship or contemplating volunteering with an organization to pick NEDA. It doesn’t matter about your age, race, gender, or the demons that you might be facing. NEDA is an organization that truly cares about its staff, and callers.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a newly post-college graduate trying to gain experience in psychology is becoming more and more difficult. I heard about the National Eating Disorders Organization through the grapevine this past summer. I am just sorry I did not find it sooner. It would have been a great opportunity to experience as an undergraduate. I knew that the National Eating Disorders Organization was a place I wanted to be just from the interview. The questions asked challenged my thinking and was really telling of the atmosphere. The office is made up of a wonderful group of people whose goals are all the same: that is, to help alleviate the diathesis of having, or dealing with a loved one who has, an eating disorder. Interns are given many opportunities. In helping to provide referrals, we are given the responsibility of finding primary and secondary treatment care that we see fit on a case-by-case basis. In answering phones, and speaking with parents, and individuals, we become a part of their recovery process. Not to mention, interns and volunteers have the opportunity to attend conferences and other related events. While I have, and continue to, hear horror stories, from friends about how they are treated as interns at various jobs and internships, staff at NEDA are truly special; they continuously let us know that we are part of their team and what a vital role we play in this organization. While currently in the throws of applying to graduate school, I am excited to become even more involved in the coming months.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Up until this June, I had volunteered on NEDA's helpline for nearly 2 years, as soon as they moved to the east coast from Seattle. My favorite part about volunteering here was the direct interaction with callers. Not only does NEDA provide information, referrals, and resources for individuals and their loved ones, but also a listening ear. The stories I have heard form people have changed my perspective and expanded my mind in so many ways, and I am inspired by the determination of so many of the people with whom I have spoken. The management is amazing and incredibly supportive, and I always felt that my needs are met. Overall, I've never seen an organization working and fighting so hard to make such an impact on society and the world. I've never seen so many people who genuinely care about this cause so much. I feel so lucky to have spent so much time with NEDA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with NEDA as a Helpline Intern for only a month and I have already learned so much. Not only have I become much more knowledgable about eating disorders, but I have also learned how to be more empathetic and a better listener. It feels so rewarding to be able to help people suffering from eating disorders, either personally or who have a loved one that needs help. I feel so proud when a caller thanks me for the help and I have been told numerous times that they really appreciate everything NEDA does. NEDA has raised so much awareness about eating disorders and its work to help prevent and treat eating disorders is truly inspiring. The staff at NEDA is wonderful and have made me feel very welcome and I'm so grateful to have this opportunity. I feel like I am really making a difference. It has been a great experience so far and I know NEDA will continue to do great things!

Rachel104

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for The National Eating Disorder Association for two months in the summer of 2013. While volunteering there, I was trained to answer helpline phone calls, emails, and chat messages from people in need of help for either their own eating disorder or a loved one's. The helpline is a safe, organized and extremely helpful way to provide support to someone in need without a judgment or pressuring them to make a decision. Many of the people I talked to were very grateful to have a free helpline to call at any time where they could talk to someone with a listening ear who truly wanted to help them. Not only are the services provided by NEDA helpful and important to those who suffer from eating disorders, but it is also a wonderful environment to work in. It was evident how appreciative my bosses, co workers, and the CEO were of their volunteers. I never felt uncomfortable, unappreciated or helpless. They were always understanding of their volunteers needs and always made us feel great about what we were doing. NEDA is so important for not only helping those who struggle with eating disorders, but also for spreading awareness of the MANY eating disorders that are out there. They also provide referrals and financial information for those who want help. NEDA is the best organization I have ever worked for and deserve to get noticed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the National Eating Disorders Association for a year now, and I could not be prouder to be a part of such a great organization. NEDA is so dedicated to helping those struggling with eating disorders and their families. As an individual, I never thought that I could make a difference in the lives of others. Since volunteering with the NEDA helpline, there is no doubt in my mind that I have. I deeply admire all that NEDA does, and I thank everyone there for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This past summer I worked with NEDA as a Helpline Intern. As a helpline intern I helped individuals who were calling in to get information about eating disorders, referrals for treatment centers, as well to be there if someone needed to just talk. I became very aware of all the good that NEDA does for individuals struggling with eating disorders as well as family members who don't know who to turn to for help. NEDA is an organization full of caring people who are more than willing to help others through some of their toughest times.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NEDA is an amazing organization and I am proud to be a volunteer with them. I started off on the national helpline a year and a half ago. It was great to be a part of an organization with such an important mission. Not only does NEDA fight to bring awareness to and prevent eating disorders, they also educate, lobby, fundraise, and give scholarships. Most importantly, they provide resources for those in need who don't know where to turn. I am not a member of NEDA's Jr Board of Directors and I couldn't be happier. There is amazing support for all involved and I hope to always be connected to this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked at NEDA this past summer as a social media intern. I was able to respond to individuals with eating disorders and individuals who know of someone with an eating disorder. By updating NEDA's Facebook tattoo page and responding to Facebook messages, I was able to see how appreciative everyone was of NEDA's hard work. As someone who personally experienced an eating disorder a few years ago, I was able to empathize and understand people's troubles and negative feelings. I felt so proud to help these individuals by working with NEDA this past summer. It was truly a rewarding experience.