Cancer survivor and caregiver volunteers needed.
Our volunteers – survivor and caregiver Support Volunteers, trained Ambassadors of Hope, the interns who join us each semester – help ensure that patients and caregivers facing all types of cancer are connected to a volunteer who will provide support, guidance and hope.
Support Volunteers are at the heart of everything Cancer Hope Network does – creating hope and inspiring patients and caregivers in their fight against cancer.
Cancer survivor Support Volunteers are at least one-year post-treatment or are successfully undergoing maintenance therapies. Our cancer caregiver volunteers have provided comfort and support to a loved one after diagnosis. For survivors and caregivers, serving as a Support Volunteer is an opportunity to “pay it forward” and find meaning and empowerment as someone whose life has been impacted by cancer.
Each journey is as unique as the cancer experience that inspires it – and there is power in that diversity. Your perspective and experiences, both good and bad, are the building blocks of hope, helping clients navigate treatment and survivorship, reminding them that they are not alone.
Application and training
Cancer survivor and cancer caregiver volunteers complete an interview with a member of our Programs Team, fill out a Volunteer Profile and participate in our professionally-approved, proprietary training program. Our training is offered online and, as health protocols allow, in-person.
Training outlines the roles and responsibilities of a Support Volunteer and teaches best practice techniques for working with clients. Ongoing mentor education is provided one-on-one and through Hope Check: Listening and Learning in the CHN Community program.
Volunteers are supported by CHN’s Programs Team of social work and healthcare professionals. The Programs Team follows each match from beginning to end, providing support and oversight through the duration of the connection, checking in after each match visit, ensuring volunteers have the tools and strategies to meet client needs, and connecting volunteers and clients to additional resources, as needed.
Community Outreach – Ambassadors of Hope
In the same way that you have the unique experience of going through treatment, you also have a unique connection to your community. Ambassadors participate in additional training sessions and serve as the face of Cancer Hope Network. They introduce us to medical centers, oncologists, social workers and navigators. They staff booths at health fairs and conferences, present to community groups and provide insight and guidance to the CHN team.
For additional information or details, please call us at 877-HOPENET (877.467.3638) or fill out the form to start the process.