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Community Action Network

The CAN (Community Action Network) Volunteer Program provides opportunities for people with epilepsy, their family members or friends to support the programs and services offered by the Epilepsy Foundation Oregon.

  • Improve communication about epilepsy to individuals and the community at large.
  • Offer people with epilepsy to learn through shared experiences and information.
  • Serve as a resource for people with epilepsy, their family and the community.
  • Volunteer at EFOR events and activities throughout Oregon.
  • Help raise funds to support uncompensated programs and services for people with Epilepsy.

CAN programs in local communities have started teams to support the annual Walk to End Epilepsy in June. This is the single largest community fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation Oregon. CAN committees and teams begin their planning well in advance of the June events.

CAN program members serve as local liaisons for outreach and education in local communities. EFOR receives requests from local schools, service clubs, community groups and employers to have someone connected to epilepsy come and tell their personal story about epilepsy, and to provide basic information about epilepsy. EFOR works with local CAN groups to help support public education and outreach efforts.

The CAN Program includes opportunity for members to go through an official epilepsy training providing four core educational modules including Epilepsy & Seizures; Impact of Epilepsy; and Advocacy & Self-Management, and Seizures in Later Life. These modules can be used for more enhanced community education and awareness opportunities. CAN volunteers tailor their presentations to accommodate the specific needs of the various audiences. Each volunteer must successfully complete a training program to become a certified CAN Volunteer. Through this training, CAN members are taught the program curriculum developed by leaders in the field of epilepsy.

If you are interested in becoming a CAN Volunteer, or if you are interested in scheduling a CAN Volunteer presentation, please e-mail oregon@efa.org or call (503) 205-1404.