Frequently asked questions
Q. How do I get started?
A. If you’re ready to volunteer, visit our Volunteer Community to sign up.
A volunteer specialist will contact you to share more about the program. Then, you’ll complete the 60-minute self-paced training and a background check.
Ride scheduling is coordinated online and you’ll have the opportunity to share your schedule availability based on what works for you. Once you’re set up, you’ll be able to see and accept ride requests from people in your community who need your help.
Q. How much time does it take to volunteer?
A. That’s completely up to you! Once your training is complete, you can accept ride requests based on your availability. You can drive twice a month, once a week, or once a day – you choose your schedule.
Q. Does the American Cancer Society pay for gas?
A. No, and that's why we are so appreciative of our volunteer drivers. With that said, you may be eligible for a tax deduction. According to IRS.gov, the standard rate is 14 cents per mile when driven in service of a charitable organization.
Q. Are volunteers paid?
A. This is not a paid position, however the reward of helping your neighbors get to the lifesaving treatment they need is invaluable.
Q. What is the American Cancer Society doing to protect volunteers and patients against COVID-19?
A. Currently we require patients and volunteers to be masked during the ride, and all volunteer drivers are strongly encouraged to stay up to date with COVID vaccinations.
To see a complete list of requirements or sign up to volunteer with Road To Recovery, please visit our Volunteer Community and select "Road To Recovery" from the program filter on the left side of the page.