2012-12-13 / Community

Tips to lend a hand

Red Cross offering chances to volunteer

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. – The American Cancer Society is making it easier to volunteer this holiday season. A website, cancer.org/Involved, lists the programs available in each area.

Below are a few potential volunteer opportunities:

“Road to Recovery”: Local American Cancer Society offices may need extra drivers for its Road to Recovery program during the winter months when many regulars head south for the winter. Road to Recovery is a free transportation program to help those battling cancer get a ride to and from treatment. Volunteer drivers only need to give a few hours a week, have a willingness to help others, a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. Volunteers can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows.

Driver coordinators help schedule the rides. Coordinators can work whenever it’s convenient for them, during the evening or weekends. It takes as little as four hours a week of your time, organization, and communication skills to make a major impact on the well-being of cancer patients in your community.

Hope Lodge: The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge network provides free, temporary housing for cancer patients and their caregivers when receiving treatment away from home. Volunteers can work as shuttle drivers (transporting patients to and from treatment), work at the registration desk (registering guests and giving tours of a facility), or provide meals and entertainment. If d├ęcor is your passion, you may be able to help decorate a Hope Lodge facility for Christmas.

Local office: Local American Cancer Society offices may need volunteers to work alongside their staff to complete administrative tasks (e.g., preparing mailings, filing, and entering data), to work on special projects, or to help prepare for upcoming events.

“No matter how you choose to spend your volunteer time, it’s likely to be a rewarding experience, and it’s definitely for a great cause – creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Alicia Gardner, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives director for Greater Michigan.

The American Cancer Society depends on volunteers to help save lives from cancer. For more information visit cancer.org or call (800) 227-2345.

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