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Volunteering at the American Cancer Society

Whether it's giving a cancer patient a ride to treatment or participating in one of our local events, the American Cancer Society offers many opportunities to get involved that fit your interests and your schedule.

Below are some of the ways you can help save lives as you fulfill your own. Together, we can find the right volunteer opportunity for you. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the American Cancer Society.

Helping People Stay Well

Share lifesaving prevention and early detection messages in your local community

  • Tell your co-workers about cancer prevention and screening through worksite wellness activities
  • Speak to community groups, including churches, with information about prevention and early detection

Helping People Get Well

Offer direct assistance and support to local people with cancer and their families to help improve their quality of life

  • Drive cancer patients to and from treatment appointments
  • Help organize patient support programs

Finding Cures

Participate in research projects and other general volunteer activities in your community

  • Help recruit participants for Cancer Prevention Study-3 (select communities only)
  • Promote the American Cancer Society's research program and other achievements

Save Lives

Get involved with local American Cancer Society events or participate in advocacy initiatives

  • Help organize or take part in events like Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, galas and more
  • Use your voice to support state and federal laws that ensure all people have access to critical cancer screenings, treatment, and quality health care

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we inspire generosity by motivating communities to donate and mobilizing them to act.

We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do.

As a result of our efforts, more people today are surviving cancer than dying from it.

Volunteering with the American Cancer Society gives you an opportunity to save lives as you fulfill your own.

When you volunteer, you can:

  • Make a meaningful difference in your community.
  • Help people with cancer and their families.
  • Build relationships and networks that last a lifetime.
  • Learn and grow personally and professionally.
  • Involve family and friends in your efforts.
  • Have flexible options and opportunities that fit your schedule.

We invite you to join our valuable and talented team of volunteers. Call us anytime at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org/volunteer to learn more about the American Cancer Society and find out how to get involved.

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