Become a Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Why Volunteer?

Funded in October 2000, the Kawasaki Disease Foundation is a by-product of a highly successful educational symposium for KD families hosted and organized by a group of volunteers. Since its inception, the KDF has been supported entirely by donations and volunteers who have contributed a significant amount of time and effort to support the organization’s mission.

Our goals to raise KD awareness, support families and increase funding for research are impossible to accomplish without passionate, dedicated individuals like YOU.

Will YOU join our mission?

How YOU Can Help:

KDF is currently seeking support in the following areas:

KD Foundation Communications Intern (Stipend-Based)

Kawasaki Disease Foundation Internship Program

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Kawasaki Disease Foundation (KDF) is accepting applications for one part-time position in communications and administration.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The recruitment for this position will begin on June 7, 2024 and may close on or before August 30, 2024.

LOCATION: 100% Remote/Online, must reside in the United States.

SCHEDULE/SHIFT: Flexible, 8 hours per week, with required attendance at our monthly board meeting scheduled online on the last Monday of the month at 6 pm PST/8 pm CT/9 pm EST (meeting date on holiday months is adjusted). This is a 15-week internship program from October 1, 2024, to January 31, 2025. Exact start and end dates may be flexible based on the academic schedule. No work will be conducted during the weeks of November 25-29, 2024, and December 23, 2024 to January 3, 2025.

COMPENSATION: This is a stipend-based internship paying $20 per hour for up to 15 weeks, 8 hours per week for 15 weeks, $2,400 total. A stipend of $600 will be provided monthly upon completion of monthly deliverables.

TITLE: Kawasaki Disease Foundation Communications Intern

This position will collaborate with the KDF board of directors to create an online Kawasaki Disease (KD) awareness and fundraising campaign for the month of January 2025. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of communications within a non-profit environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Under general supervision, the Kawasaki Disease Foundation Communications Intern will collaborate on the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation phase of the annual Kawasaki Disease Awareness and Fundraising Campaign, which will be conducted online through the KDF’s social media platforms and website during January 2025, leading to KD Awareness Day on January 26, 2025.

  • Content strategy and planning: Assist in developing a communications plan for the upcoming KD Awareness Day campaign and website that includes an audit of existing content, content creation, and a calendar and schedule for ongoing review.
  • Content creation: As a valued member of the communications team, you will be instrumental in creating engaging and informative content for various platforms. This includes social media, promotional materials, website, newsletters, and more.
  • Social media communications: Help facilitate our organization’s social media calendar, including scheduling posts and creating content for LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms.
  • Other Duties: Provide administrative support and assist with special projects as assigned by the Communications and Administration teams.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Presently enrolled in a United States community college or university pursuing a degree or certificate in Communications, Marketing, or a related field in Journalism
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with graphic design
  • Social media communication experience
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize deliverables
  • Excellent computer skills in standard office applications, specifically in Microsoft Products and WordPress web content management
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take projects from inception to completion and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of KDF’s mission, Kawasaki disease treatment, diagnosis, and recovery, and of past KD Awareness campaigns organized by the Foundation.
  • Have a connection to KD. Connection to KD can be through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member, friend, or other individual.

Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? We’d love to hear from you!

 

KDF Youth Summer Intern (Volunteer Position)

KDF Youth Summer Internship Program

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Kawasaki Disease Foundation (KDF) is accepting applications for three part-time positions for our KDF Youth Program.

LOCATION: 100% Remote/Online, must reside in the United States.

SCHEDULE/SHIFT: Flexible, 5-10 hours per week, with optional attendance at our monthly board meeting scheduled online on the last Monday of the month at 6 pm PST/8 pm CT/9 pm EST (meeting date on holiday months is adjusted). This is an 8-week internship program from July 8, 2024, to August 30, 2024. Exact start and end dates may be flexible based on the academic schedule. Students may accumulate 40-80 hours of volunteer time, depending on their weekly availability. Interns have the option to extend their internship experience through the Fall 2024 and/or Spring 2025 semester.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid volunteer position. Verification of volunteer hours completed will be provided.

TITLE: KDF Youth Intern

This position will work with the KDF board of directors and the KDF Youth Program members to develop a strategy for increasing visibility of KDF Youth and reaching out to specific individuals to promote KDF resources and programs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of communications within a non-profit environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Under general supervision, the KDF Youth Intern will collaborate on the planning, development, and implementation of a strategy to increase KDF Youth visibility. This includes developing online campaigns to promote KDF resources and programs.

  • Content strategy and planning: Assist in developing a communications plan for the upcoming KD Awareness Day campaign, including an audit of existing content, content creation, and a calendar and schedule for content promotion. The campaign should target KDF Youth audience and include promotion of transition to adult care recommendations, KD Symptoms AI Tool, and Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki Memorial Scholarship for Fall 2025-Spring 2026.
  • Content creation: As a valued member of the communications team, you will be instrumental in creating engaging and informative content for various platforms. This includes social media, promotional materials, website, newsletters, and more.
  • Other Duties: Provide administrative support and assist with special projects as assigned by the Communications and Administration teams.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Presently enrolled in a United States high school OR a community college or university
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with graphic design tools
  • Social media communication experience
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize deliverables
  • Excellent computer skills in standard office applications, specifically in Microsoft Products
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take projects from inception to completion and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College or university students pursuing a degree or certificate in Communications, Marketing, or a related field in Journalism are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of KDF’s mission, Kawasaki disease treatment, diagnosis, and recovery, and of past KD Awareness campaigns organized by the Foundation.
  • Have a connection to KD. Connection to KD can be through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member, friend, or other individual.

KDF Youth Fall Intern (Volunteer Position)

KDF Youth Fall Internship Program

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Kawasaki Disease Foundation (KDF) is accepting applications for three part-time positions for our KDF Youth Program.

LOCATION: 100% Remote/Online, must reside in the United States.

SCHEDULE/SHIFT: Flexible, 4-8 hours per week, with optional attendance at our monthly board meeting scheduled online on the last Monday of the month at 6 pm PST/8 pm CT/9 pm EST (meeting date on holiday months is adjusted). This is a 10-week internship program from September 9, 2024, to November 15, 2024. Exact start and end dates may be flexible based on the academic schedule. Students may accumulate 40-80 hours of volunteer time, depending on their weekly availability. Interns have the option to extend their internship experience through the Spring 2025 semester.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid volunteer position. Verification of volunteer hours completed will be provided.

TITLE: KDF Youth Intern

This position will work with the KDF board of directors and the KDF Youth Program members to develop a strategy for increasing visibility of KDF Youth and reaching out to specific individuals to promote KDF resources and programs. This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of communications within a non-profit environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Under general supervision, the KDF Youth Intern will collaborate on the planning, development, and implementation of a strategy to increase KDF Youth visibility. This includes developing online campaigns to promote KDF resources and programs.

  • Content strategy and planning: Assist in developing a communications plan for the upcoming KD Awareness Day campaign, including an audit of existing content, content creation, and a calendar and schedule for content promotion. The campaign should target KDF Youth audience and include promotion of transition to adult care recommendations, KD Symptoms AI Tool, and Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki Memorial Scholarship for Fall 2025-Spring 2026.
  • Content creation: As a valued member of the communications team, you will be instrumental in creating engaging and informative content for various platforms. This includes social media, promotional materials, website, newsletters, and more.
  • Other Duties: Provide administrative support and assist with special projects as assigned by the Communications and Administration teams.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Presently enrolled in a United States high school OR a community college or university
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with graphic design tools
  • Social media communication experience
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and prioritize deliverables
  • Excellent computer skills in standard office applications, specifically in Microsoft Products
  • Attention to detail and strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to take projects from inception to completion and work both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College or university students pursuing a degree or certificate in Communications, Marketing, or a related field in Journalism are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Knowledge of KDF’s mission, Kawasaki disease treatment, diagnosis, and recovery, and of past KD Awareness campaigns organized by the Foundation.
  • Have a connection to KD. Connection to KD can be through a personal diagnosis or that of a family member, friend, or other individual.

To apply, please complete the contact form below. To become a Support Volunteer for our KDF Bridges program, please click here.

KDF Internships

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