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CFRI funds cystic fibrosis research, provides educational and personal support, and helps to spread awareness of cystic fibrosis, a life-shortening disease.
CFRI was incorporated in 1975 by a small group of CF family members whose children were not expected to survive their teen years. These founding members were committed to keeping overhead low so as to raise funds for research. Originally, the founding members were all volunteers, until the first executive director was hired in the early 1980s.
Initially focused on research, CFRI responded to the CF community’s needs and expanded its programs to include educational and support programs. CFRI grew into a million-dollar agency in 2012 and continues in its efforts to fund research and to provide education, advocacy, and psychosocial programs and services to those with CF, as well as their families and caregivers.
Nearly all of CFRI’s original founders have since lost their children to cystic fibrosis, yet they’ve remained active with the organization because of their commitment to finding a cure for this debilitating disease.