Holding Hands Emotional Support

Become a Cancer Survivor Volunteer in Texas

Volunteer in Texas with CanCare

Texas Emotional Support Hand Stack

Are you a cancer survivor who wants to guide someone else experiencing the same hardships you faced? Have you ever been a part of a support system for a friend going through cancer treatments? Whatever calls you to CanCare, we welcome you to our tight-knit community of survivors with open arms!

In Texas, we work hard to ensure that every cancer patient has a survivor guiding them through the trials they face and helping them feel less alone. Everyone has a unique story and experience to tell, and that is why we need you! Our goal is to connect you with a client who needs a survivor by their side as they walk their own cancer journey. Your story and experience provide hope that they too can make it through this journey.

One on One Support Volunteers

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We match you with a cancer patient who shares similar circumstances to your own experience. Clients maybe in Texas or at a distance. You get to spend personal time with them through virtual meetings, participating in meaningful conversations with the survivor and sometimes with their loved ones. Our matching process focuses on any similarities the two of you may have, including cancer type (like breast cancer or prostate cancer), treatment, life stage, age, and gender. We do this to ensure that our clients receive the best match and a quality connection.

 

Share Your Personal Experience

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As a survivor, you can offer support to our clients that they could not get from others who have not been in their shoes. Your experience as a survivor makes every interaction stand out from the rest because as a survivor volunteer you have been through the journey of diagnosis, treatment and recovery and the associated struggles. This bond gives current patients an outlet to discuss difficult emotions they may feel that other people cannot fully understand.

Volunteer Training Dates

Our team of therapists, training specialists, and healthcare professionals work together to ensure that every volunteer feels prepared for the job. The training program thoroughly prepares our volunteers by helping them process their personal cancer journey, develop listening skills, and learn how 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 in Texas

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CanCare works with Houston, Texas's most trusted hospitals and treatment centers. Volunteers work alongside medical staff to support patients, their families, and their caregivers dealing with various difficult emotions in response to their circumstances. CanCare volunteers are available to clients onsite to help answer any questions, concerns, and other anxieties they may have.

Healthcare Volunteer Process

CanCare Healthcare volunteers attend a healthcare volunteer information session and then go through the orientation and onboarding process at whichever location they choose in Texas. We want everyone to feel prepared and even allow our volunteers to “shadow” an experienced volunteer until they are confident enough to work on their own. After the training, we continue to support our volunteers and work with them to create a meaningful volunteer experience.

Become a CanCare Volunteer in Texas Today!

With your expertise, you can be an essential support person to a cancer patient who needs your guidance. We are here for people going through cancer. We provide emotional support to those in Houston, Texas, and other surrounding areas. No one should face cancer alone.

Join the CanCare community. Sign up online or give us a call today!
 

Questions about our volunteer program or the process of becoming a volunteer? Send us an email.

Quick Links

Events

Looking to find us in the community? Click the link below and get registered to support CanCare!

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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