Volunteer to Drive

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Recruiting Road to Recovery Volunteers in Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia

Every day cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is a free service in which volunteer drivers provide transportation for people with cancer to and from scheduled appointments for medically related cancer care.

Volunteer Opportunities

Road to Recovery volunteers can make a difference in the fight against cancer by serving as drivers or coordinators. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars to help get people with cancer to the lifesaving treatments they need. Drivers also show support and provide information and resource referrals coordinated through the American Cancer Society. Driving cancer patients to treatment can be a very rewarding volunteer experience. It is also flexible. You decide when you’d like to drive, how often, and where. Drivers are needed on weekdays (Monday-Friday) in many communities.

Drivers must be between the ages of 18 and 85 and have a valid driver’s license for the state where the transportation will take place. They must also have a safe, reliable vehicle with valid tags; proof of automobile insurance; and a good driving history. Volunteer drivers must also pass a background check and complete training. Access to the internet and email is strongly preferred. Coordinators help schedule the rides. They talk with patients about their transportation needs and match volunteers with ride requests. Coordinators ensure the accuracy of volunteer records and provide documentation about ride requests. They also assist ACS with ongoing program assessment.

Coordinators should be able to keep accurate and organized documentation; have strong communication and listening skills; and be able to respond to ride requests within a defined timeframe. Volunteer coordinators must also pass a background check and complete training. Access to the internet and email is strongly preferred.

I'm Ready to Apply

If you are ready to apply to be a Road to Recovery driver or coordinator, please email us at sarecruitdrivers@cancer.org. Your request will be sent to your local staff partner. Your staff partner will contact you and ask a few questions to make sure this volunteer position is right for you.

What Happens Next?

After talking with your staff partner, you will be asked to create a Volunteer Profile and complete training using the American Cancer Society’s online Volunteer Learning Center. This will take about one hour. Then we will run the required risk management screenings (motor vehicle report, automobile insurance, background check, etc). These screenings are required to protect the safety of our constituents.  Once you have successfully completed the required documentation, training, and risk management screenings, you will be notified. Then you will be ready to volunteer!

Do you have questions?

If you have questions or need more information, please email sarecruitdrivers@cancer.org