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Help ensure no one has to endure cancer alone.

Become a CanCare Volunteer!

Are you a cancer survivor with a heart to help someone else find hope and strength as they face treatment? Have you cared for a friend or loved one while they received cancer treatment? Whatever brings you to CanCare, we want to welcome you into our community of survivors!

Our mission at CanCare is to ensure that anyone facing cancer has a survivor by their side. We need you – and your unique voice as a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver – to bring hope and support to someone else who may be experiencing the challenges and the emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. 

One on One Support Volunteers

CanCare survivor and caregiver volunteers engage in personal one-on-one virtual support with cancer patients and their caregivers. Volunteers are matched with clients by cancer type, treatment method, life stage, age, and gender. As survivors themselves, CanCare volunteers have the unique ability to relate to and empathize with clients currently undergoing their diagnosis. This bond gives clients an outlet to discuss their personal feelings and cancer experiences that might otherwise be hard to express.
 

Volunteer Training Dates

Our exceptional training program is lead by a combination of therapists, training specialists, and healthcare professionals. The training will provide our volunteers both the tools to sharpen their active listening skills and the opportunity to work through issues remaining from diagnosis, treatment and/ or caregiving in order to best support their clients. 

ONLINE/VIRTUAL TRAINING CLASSES:

October 8-9, 2022; December 1-2, 2022

IN PERSON TRAINING CLASSES:

Dates coming in 2023

Healthcare Volunteers

CanCare has partnered with hospitals and treatment centers in Houston, TX and Atlanta, GA to provide immediate, in-person volunteer services to patients and their caregivers currently undergoing medical treatment. Volunteers work in conjunction with medical staff to offer emotional support to patients, their families, and their caregivers. CanCare volunteers in Texas and Georgia are available onsite to speak with patients and caregivers about questions and concerns or to simply provide reassurance and hope.

Healthcare Volunteer Process
All CanCare healthcare volunteers benefit from our comprehensive training program. They also benefit from orientation and any additional training offered by the hospital or facility in which they choose to volunteer. New volunteers then “shadow” an experienced hospital volunteer until they are comfortable with providing support to patients and caregivers. Such confidence, combined with ongoing support from CanCare helps each volunteer maintain a consistent and rewarding schedule.

Apply to become a Healthcare volunteer in Houston, TX or Atlanta, GA.


Questions about our volunteer program or the process of becoming a volunteer? Send us an email.
Are you a breast cancer survivor and want to volunteer your time and experience? Click here.

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Events

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Resources

Overwhelmed with a new diagnosis? Please click below for resources to assist you on your journey. You are not alone.

Prayer Requests

Request prayer for yourself or a loved one facing cancer.

Volunteer Portal

Existing volunteers can use this link to be taken to the CanCare Volunteer Portal to submit hours and manage their accounts

Virtual Support Groups

We offer virtual support groups for cancer caregivers and for survivors of stage IV cancers.

See what our volunteers say

cancer survivor volunteer
Frank Solano
Volunteer

“Cancer gave me the compassion to support others with cancer, to listen to and talk about life’s journey with cancer.”
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cancer survivor and caregiver
Lynn Joye
Volunteer

"The fact that CanCare screens and trains their volunteers and that they can match a request from a patient or caregiver looking for support within 48 hours brings me so much peace.  Cancer can be a serious problem and if I can be a part of helping someone’s cancer experience be a little bit easier or lighter, I feel like my own cancer had a purpose."
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Berit
Berit
Volunteer

"The service CanCare provides in any community cannot be measured in hours or number of people affected.  The goodness that pours out from volunteers and staff is so far reaching.  It is not only the client who benefits by the support, but the client’s family can see the good it does for their loved one."
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Kenny
Kenny
Volunteer

"I now have one CanCare client that had cancer in his tonsils just like I did. When we spoke the first time, he helped me as much as I helped him. It felt good and also reminded me what I endured and overcame. CanCare keeps me focused on my health and giving back to others. Giving back is a great reward."

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Larry
Larry
Volunteer

"She was in a wheelchair and had just recently been diagnosed.  She was slumped down in her wheelchair looking like she had lost her last friend. I introduced myself and told her that I was a stage 4 tongue cancer survivor. She got a big smile on her face, straightened up in her wheelchair, and asked, ”YOU ARE?” She was surprised. It was obvious I made a big impact on her but what she didn’t realize was how big an impact she made on me." 
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Ricardo, Client and survivor
Ricardo
Volunteer

"I was very thankful that he took the time to visit patients goung through a rough time like myself. It made me feel like there was hope and that if he made, I could too."
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Iris Gerken
Iris Gerken
Volunteer

"Her desire to 'give back' became stronger after she completed her treatment. Iris wanted to be available to other women who had just received news of their diagnosis. She wanted to offer hope and be a support to them."

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breast cancer survivor and volunteer
Lauren
Volunteer

"CanCare was instrumental in helping me discover how to walk side-by-side with my sister through her health event."

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cancer support volunteer in a hospital
Teresa: Hope in the Hospital
Hospital Volunteer

"Working as a volunteer at my local hospital by offering emotional support has been a life-changing experience. I started my journey at North Cypress thinking that offering my “help” to cancer patients would be my way of giving back to the community..."
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