We believe every person who has ostomy or continent diversion surgery should have access to trusted support and information to thrive in life. You can help the staff and dedicated volunteers of United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) get resources and peer-support to people in need.

Want to make a difference? Here are just a few of the ways to make an impact.



1. Pick Your Ostomy Passion

Choose Where Your Donation Goes in our Year-End Campaign

You get to pick how UOAA uses your donation dollars. In our 2018 Year End Appeal Letter we share specific goals and examples of programs to support. But you don’t have to mail a check you can donate anytime online.

United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. UOAA was recently awarded the Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency so you can be confident your hard earned dollars will be used wisely.

Advocacy Fund Donations to this fund help UOAA to advocate on every front for the issues our constituents care about most and creates tools to empower people to expect more from their healthcare.

General Fund Giving helps UOAA create trusted resources, connects people in need to support groups and assistance, and maintain our educational website and organizational expenses.

Ostomy Awareness Fund Your dollars help get our New Ostomy Patient Guide into the hands of those who need it the most and to spread ostomy awareness to new sectors of the medical field and society at large. Your donation also supports annual events such as Ostomy Awareness Day.

Memorial/Tribute Your tax-deductible tribute gift will honor or remember a loved one, and immediately support the mission of the UOAA.

“Without a temporary ostomy I would have died 4 months ago. I’m so thankful for the ostomy it truly saved my life, but when they said it might be permanent I went through a serious struggle with depression and anger. UOAA really helped me get through that struggle and reach peace through their website and information. I am so thankful for this organization.” Sifu Kimo of Pennsylvania in an online appeal to his friends and family.


2. Volunteer with an Ostomy Support Group


With approximately 300 UOAA Affiliated Support Groups around the country, many of you have the opportunity to contribute to critical peer emotional support and information in your community. Our support groups succeed through the efforts of volunteer leaders. If you don’t have a group in your area or desire something different in a support group, we make it easy to start your own group.

Find a UOAA Affiliated Support Group Near You

3. Join the UOAA Advocacy Network


Recognizing that we are always stronger together, UOAA encourages everyone to get involved. Our advocates are the most effective resources for making positive changes.  Working together we can make better the lives of people living with an ostomy or continent diversion by improving access to health care and protecting their rights. Start making a difference today by joining our Advocacy Network to sign-up for alerts.

Join the Advocacy Network

4. Donate Your Spare Change, and Change a Life


The RoundUp App allows you to automatically donate the change from your credit or debit card transactions. Once you create an account, you do not need to use the app while making a purchase. Just swipe your card as usual.

Other creative ways to give include:
Amazon Smile By following this link and shopping on Amazon, 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will be donated to UOAA.
IRA Tax Free Charitable Contribution IRA owners who are 70½ or older can make a tax-free charitable contribution to UOAA. This is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). Please consult with your financial, tax or legal advisor before making any financial decisions.
Corporate Matching Gift Your current or former employer may offer a Matching Gift program, which could double or triple your donation. Click here for more information.


Every day UOAA hears from people desperate for ostomy information, support and how to find emergency supplies. Our resources have been life-changing for so many, please give back any way you can and make an impact in the life of the next person in need.


The Benefits of Giving Back In Spite of Your Health Challenges

By Lynn Wolfson

We all want to feel like valuable members of our community. However, many times we are held back by personal issues, lack of time or just a complete lack of knowledge on how to contribute to help others. For those who have not had the experience, they do not know the emotional elation that one gets by helping others.

Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born with a genetic disease that prevents my digestive track from functioning as it should. Consequently, I am fed through my heart (Total Parental Nutrition), I defecate into a pouch attached to my abdomen and I catheterize to urinate four times a day. All of this medical equipment did take me years to accept and learn to take care of on my own. However, once I learned, accepted and had my independence back, I wanted to give back to my community.

I started by participating in my local UOAA affiliated ostomy support group. I attended national ostomy conferences and met many people who also had ostomies. I then joined the Digestive Disease National Coalition in Washington, DC and learned how to lobby for Bills which are needed for the digestive disease community on Capitol Hill. There I met many people active in the digestive disease community and joined The Oley Foundation.

Lynn Wolfson is assisted by her service dog Zev as she travels for advocacy and conferences around the country. Lynn has battled Hirshprung’s disease since childhood.

After several years of attending national conferences with the United Ostomy Associations of America, The Oley Foundation, and The Digestive Disease National Coalition, I decided to create my own support group. I named it: The Weston Ostomy Tube Feeding Group. The group meets monthly from August to May and discusses many important issues regarding people with ostomies and enteral/parental patients.

Then I decided I wanted to help my local community. I started going to the Jewish Community Center and learning how to knit hats for cancer patients. I had not knitted since I was a little girl. I was not too optimistic since I have tremors. However, the ladies in the group taught me how to knit on a loom. I now make beautiful hats which I donate weekly to cancer patients. I was really feeling proud of myself.

One week there was a senior fair in the ballroom at the JCC while I was in my knitting group. I took a break from my knitting to go and check out the senior fair. While walking around the fair, I saw “Jet Express” and I stopped and asked about it. I was told that this was a service which the Goodman Jewish Family Services provided to seniors for $100 a year. The service is to pick up seniors and to bring them to medical appointments, shopping or social engagements. They needed volunteers to pick up these seniors. This sounded like fun to me. I called up Pam at Jet Express and signed up.

Since signing up, I have enjoyed taking seniors to medical appointments, the beauty salon, shopping or just spending the afternoon with a senior going wherever they would like. I find the seniors so interesting. I have one senior that has lived in Florida since the 1950s and she tells me what South Florida was like when she first came. Some seniors are here alone. Their children live out of state and they are lonely. I have one senior who I take out to lunch weekly. I find I learn so much from these seniors and I bring them home so happy. As happy as they feel, I always feel happier that I could do this for them.

Left, UOAA Advocacy Manager Jeanine Gleba with ,right, Lynn Wolfson taking part in the DDNC Day on Capitol Hill.

I then found out about The Cupboard – the kosher pantry which services individuals or families who cannot afford groceries, and Holocaust Survivors. The Cupboard is also part of the Goodman Jewish Family Services. I go to the Cupboard weekly to take grocery orders from the clients and help deliver the groceries. Since I cannot carry due to my medical equipment, I have a partner who can carry the groceries when I am delivering. I do the driving. Again, I really enjoy meeting and talking with all the clients. They are so appreciative of everything we do for them!

Many of the clients who are having a difficult time, emotionally, physically or financially are so elated when they see us, as they know they are not alone. I know for myself, that each one of us was given a “deck of cards” on life and there is no one that has received a perfect deck. We all have “rotten” cards. Those people that can overcome these “rotten cards” will be the most successful and happiest. However, as humans, we all need a hand in helping us to overcome our individual challenges.

Once we can master our personal challenges, there is no greater joy than giving back to others. Helping others helps each of us to love life even more and appreciate our individual gifts. Life is a matter of attitude. Those with a positive attitude can not only overcome their own challenges but also help others do the same.