Do Something!

Volunteers are the backbone of our operation and have been for almost 24 years. The ability of people to work willingly and enthusiastically together for the betterment of others is an invaluable gift and the most important resource to this community organization.

Like the diverse communities we serve, volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes and it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your time. You can fit service into your daily routine and make a difference in a matter of minutes. Check out fun volunteer opportunities below!

ONE OF THE GREATEST GIFTS YOU CAN GIVE IS YOUR TIME!

Volunteer Opportunities

The Special Events Chair is a driving force behind Give Backs Hope, our largest (and only) fundraising event of the year. This event is vital to sustaining important and ongoing clinical research studies which seek to improve treatment for children with spinal deformities. Under the Chair’s leadership and participation, the special events committee will work together to ensure fundraising goals are met and the event is a success.


  • Key Duties: Leading key event and fundraising initiatives, working with Development Manager and committee members.

  • Length: 10 months

  • Qualifications: Basic knowledge of fundraising. Problem-solver, enthusiastic, dependable.

  • Expectations: monthly conference calls, periodic updates, attendance and participation at event.

We’re looking for five passionate people to ensure the success of Give Backs Hope, our largest fundraising event of the year! This event is imperative to sustaining important and ongoing clinical research studies which seek to improve treatment for children with spinal deformities.

Under the leadership and guidance of the event Chair (or co-chairs), committee members will work together to ensure fundraising and planning objectives are met. This talented group of volunteers is responsible for soliciting donations and silent auction items, marketing the event throughout southern California, and securing in-kind event services. If you like a good challenge, working with like-hearted people, and are passionate about making a HUGE impact for pediatric research, we welcome you to the team!

The Office Assistant will perform a variety of tasks depending on project deadlines in the office. This will include answering phones and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Executive Research Director and Development Manager. This position helps to extend the resources in the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation to better assist and direct the needs of our patient-family community. This is a fun role with great flexibility!


  • Key Duties: answering phones, data entry, office maintenance, other duties specifically around coordination of special events, or as assigned.

  • Length: 2 months minimum

  • Qualifications: Enthusiastic, dependable, light computer skills.

  • Expectations: Respect and maintain confidentiality of SSSF, volunteers, staff, and donors.

Thank You to Current and Past Volunteers!

Rachel Lian

Rachel is a shining example of a community leader and we are so proud of everything she has accomplished academically, as a leader within the Girl Scouts community, and as an ambassador for Setting Scoliosis Straight. On top of her packed school schedule, Rachel volunteers on a regular basis at the SSS office doing data entry and learning from research staff. Rachel aspires to one day work in the medical field so that she can continue to help others. We are so grateful for the myriad of ways Rachel and her family continuously shows their support. Thanks Rachel!

Lena Chesnut

Lena Chesnut Lena was diagnosed with scoliosis at age seven, and in 2010 she had a spinal fusion surgery. Dr. Peter Newton successfully performed Lena’s surgery, and on her fourteenth birthday Lena was released from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Lena’s spine surgery taught her how important it is to have helpful people in one’s life during difficult times, and the support she received during her recovery inspired her to find ways to help others. Lena volunteered at Setting Scoliosis Straight’s San Diego office once a week. She also appeared in our educational patient handbook. Lena plans to become a pediatric nurse so she can continue to positively impact others’ lives. We’re so grateful for Lena’s help, and we’re excited to see where her passion for helping others will take her!

Roxy Gil

Roxy Gil began volunteering for Setting Scoliosis Straight in 2013. She is a two time cancer survivor who discovered she had a moderate “case” of scoliosis during her treatment. She is also our Executive Director, Michelle Mark’s, former 6th grade teacher! Roxy says it is an honor to have had Michelle in her class and to be able to volunteer for Setting Scoliosis Straight, and we thank her for her efforts!

Noreen Gaynor

Noreen Gaynor moved to California in 2009, and she has been volunteering with Setting Scoliosis Straight since 2010. Her daughter, Tracey Bastrom, is The Harm Study Group’s statistician. Noreen has focused her efforts on data entry, and we thank her for all of the time she has donated!