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Save Lives. Fulfill Yours.

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Together with our millions of volunteers, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

Whether it’s giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy, putting together a team for Relay For Life®, or sending an e-mail to family and friends about our cancer screening guidelines, there are multiple ways you can get involved in the Society’s lifesaving mission. Fill out the volunteer application and we will contact you to discuss opportunities in your community.

When you volunteer for the American Cancer Society, you can:  make a meaningful difference in your community, help cancer patients and their families, have flexible options and opportunities that fit your schedule and build relationships and networks that last a lifetime

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society and our substantial accomplishments are a testament to their dedication.  There are many ways to volunteer and to support the American Cancer Society.

Here are a few of the ways that you can help save lives and fulfill yours:

Road to Recovery volunteer driver with cancer patient

Road to Recovery
Help someone along the road to recovery
Drive a cancer patient to treatment.  Sometimes the biggest challenge in cancer treatment is getting there. Every day thousands of cancer patients need transportation to hospitals or doctors’ offices for treatment. You can help save a life by volunteering as a driver.   We provide training and support.  Learn more.






A volunteer at a Cancer Resource Center

Cancer Resource Center Volunteer
Help provide answers to a cancer patient
A Cancer Resource Center is a designated space in a cancer treatment facility where highly trained American Cancer Society volunteers are able to provide people facing cancer with one-on-one assistance.  You can provide patients and caregivers with timely information, help and support as they manage their cancer journey.  No experience is necessary.  All you need is a warm heart, a desire to give back and some free time.   We provide training and support. 





Woman trying on wig during Look Good Feel Better session

Look Good…Feel Better
Help someone feel better about themselves
Licensed cosmetologists provide free consultations, individually, and in groups to help patients cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment such as hair loss and skin changes. Cosmetologists are needed on an ongoing basis.   Learn more.






Team members in fundraising activity at Relay For Life eventRelay For Life Event
Help by forming or joining a team
or help out at the event

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 serve on Relay For Life committees, to form teams of walkers to participate in the event, to help recruit survivors to participate, and to volunteer at the event. Learn more





Volunteers cheering on walkers at Making Strides event

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Help at the event or become a participant
A world with less breast cancer is a world with more birthdays. We get closer and closer to that world at every American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Volunteer for this inspiring event to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and to help save lives. With every step you take, you'll be giving people facing breast cancer more birthday candles to light.   Learn more.





Volunteer answering phones at an Society office

Administrative Support
Help out at a local office
Do you have time during the day to help at the local office with preparing mailings, answering phones, entering data, filing, photo-copying or working on special projects? The time you contribute to assist in our offices, is time that may help a cancer patient, survivor or caregiver wherever they are in their cancer journey.






Click here to see more ways that you can be part of the cure or call 1-800-227-2345.