Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteer Opportunities in New England

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The American Cancer Society is powered by volunteers - of all ages and from all walks of life. The common denominator is a passion to put an end to a disease that has taken too much from so many people.

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society and our substantial accomplishments are a testament to their dedication.


Here is a list of volunteer roles:


Administrative Support

General office help is needed in preparing mailings, gathering and maintaining an inventory of materials, entering data, filing, photo-copying, and working on special projects.


Government Relations and Advocacy

Volunteer grassroots advocates apply their own personal “constituent pressure” through phone calls, emails, meetings with lawmakers and letters to the editor to impact those elected officials who represent their interests with local, state, and federal policy-making bodies.


Speakers Bureau

Volunteers are trained to educate the community at large about ACS cancer guidelines. Cancer survivors are also needed to share their journey with the public.




Endurance Events 

Participation in a marathon, half marathon, triathlon, or cycling event can now also become a means to make a difference in the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed on the planning committees to help with the pre-event preparation, as well as on the weekend and day of the events to help with such things as covering a table at a race expo to helping cheer participants on during the race, and many other event-day support roles. Click here to learn more.   


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®

This is the American Cancer Society's signature breast cancer event, raising dollars to increase breast cancer awareness, promote early detection, and fund research to find cures. We need team leaders, team members, and volunteers for these walks, which average about 5 miles. There are 22 Making Strides walks in New England: 8 walks in New Hampshire, 4 walks in Massachusetts, 4 walks in Maine, 4 walks in Connecticut, 1 walk in Vermont, 1 walk in Rhode Island.  Learn more.


Relay For Life® 

An American Cancer Society signature activity, Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight activity that mobilizes communities across the country to celebrate survivorship, remember those who have lost their lives to cancer and raise money for the fight against cancer. Volunteers are needed to sit on Relay For Life committees, form teams of walkers to participate in the event, help recruit survivors to participate, and volunteer at the event. Learn more.


Programs and Services:


Hope Lodge 

Our three Hope Lodges in New England - in Boston, Worcester, and Burlington, VT, offer free temporary accommodations for patients who must travel far from home for cancer treatment. Volunteers are needed to assist with various administrative tasks, working with guests and caregivers, and light housekeeping.


Cancer Resource Volunteer 

Volunteers will be trained to share ACS programs and services with patients, family members and caregivers in the hospital/cancer center environment. Volunteer must be in active role with Society for six months prior to this role.


Community-Based Activities 

Volunteers will represent ACS at community wellness activities. ACS health tools will be on display and information will be distributed to the public. Some minimal training will be required


Look Good…Feel Better 

Licensed cosmetologists provide free consultations, individually, and in groups to help patients cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, hair loss, and skin changes. Cosmetologists are needed on an ongoing basis.


Patient Resource Center 

Volunteers are needed to staff American Cancer Society Resource Center. These centers are located in local community hospitals. Volunteers are needed to help survivors access information, community resources, and American Cancer Society programs via ACS databases and/or brochures, etc.


Reach to RecoverySM

Volunteer breast cancer survivors, trained by the American Cancer Society, answer non-medical questions and offer practical advice to men and women facing a breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Special early support is available for women who are facing breast cancer but who have not yet begun treatment. 


Road to RecoverySM 

Transportation to treatment appointments is a problem for many patients who cannot drive themselves, or who don’t have a family member available to drive them. Road to Recovery volunteers give their time and the use of their vehicles to offer free transportation to patients. The American Cancer Society will provide orientation, training, and support materials to drivers.