Cancer Connection volunteers have all personally experienced cancer, either as a survivor, or by caring for a loved one with cancer. After successful completion of a 10-hour training class, volunteers may elect to serve in any or all of our three core programs:
Cancer Connection volunteers offer one-on-one emotional support to individuals who are currently experiencing cancer. Matches are based on a variety of criteria including cancer site, treatments, age and gender. Support is most often done via telephone although some matches communicate by email while others get together in person.
Cancer Connection volunteers visit with cancer patients and their families at participating oncology centers, to offer snacks, information about community resources, and emotional support during infusion treatments. Oncology center volunteers also inform patients and their families of the many ways the Cancer Connection and its volunteers can be of service to them.
Receiving treatment in the hospital can be one of the most isolating and frightening experiences for a cancer patient. For that reason, Cancer Connection has partnered with St. David’s Community Health Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation to create the Hospital Visitation Program. Specially trained Cancer Connection volunteers visit patients and family members in the hospital setting while offering hope, support, and encouragement.
If you live in the greater-Austin, TX area and are available to attend an in-person volunteer training session, please click here to fill out the Volunteer Application.