Start a Support Network

Starting a Local Arthritis Support Network begins with a genuine desire to make a difference for people living with arthritis and rheumatic diseases in your community.  Arthritis Support Network Leaders (ASN Leaders) are valuable national volunteers facilitating our local support groups across the United States. Our peer-led, local support groups bring people together for fun and informative events and activities. An Arthritis Support Network offers a place of understanding and encouragement for adults living with arthritis and their loved ones.  Because our leaders are individuals living with arthritis we recommend having 2 leaders per group. 

Leaders complete a self-paced training program to provide new volunteers the skills to start and grow a support group in their community. Each ASN Leader is provided a toolkit to set them up for success.

Arthritis Support Network Leader (ASN Leader)

A Local Arthritis Support Network Leader is a volunteer representative of the Arthritis Foundation in their respective communities.  The main function of an ASN Leader is to plan and coordinate group meetings for participants. The ASN Leader hosts at least 6 meetings or events per year.  Meetings or events are educational and/or social in nature. Coordinating a minimum of at least 3 wellness education focused meetings per year is required and many groups have wellness topics at almost all meetings.  

Commitment:  At least 2 years.

Time Commitment: 5 - 10 hours per month


  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate engaging and fun group meetings and social activities and events
  • Promote, market and maintain a group that is supportive and a safe place to share thoughts, feelings and experiences
  • Add events to the event calendar on this website
  • Maintain a group email list through our web based Constituent Relationship Management software
  • Report on support group activities
  • Communicate with the ASN Leadership Team, AF staff, group participants, and prospective group participants

If you are interested in starting an Arthritis Support Network in your community please complete the Online Application.  It is helpful to review the list of Arthritis Support Network locations to see if there is a group in your community already.

Our Arthritis Support Network Director will follow up with you to discuss this volunteer opportunity and requirements in greater detail. 

Apply to become an ASN Leader


The Arthritis Support Network provides personalized help and support to adults living with all types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Our programs offer opportunities for connection, education and empowerment via support groups and conferences.

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