We rely on our volunteers!
Without the commitment of our volunteers we would not be able to provide the level of service to meet the needs of our participants. In fact if it weren't for volunteers, HopeSpring would not have been founded! We need volunteers to help raise awareness in our community and to assist with fundraising activities. HopeSpring has a small staff and there is much work to be done! Even if we could manage without volunteers, we would not want to do so. Volunteers bring many skills, experience and wisdom to HopeSpring. Volunteering is also good for the volunteer. Developing a habit of volunteering helps you appreciate what you have and provides you with a good feeling knowing you have helped another person. You can make a difference at HopeSpring.
For those who have had cancer and wish to give back to HopeSpring by volunteering, we require that you are at least one year past your last treatment.
I am interested in volunteering with HopeSpring. How do I get started?
You can drop by our main location to pick up an application or you can download it here.
HopeSpring has a four part process for prospective volunteers:
- Orientation Session
- Ongoing Volunteer Training Sessions
What is entailed with my Volunteer application?
Our volunteer application is very similar to a standard job application. You may be working with emotionally and physically delicate individuals in a highly confidential setting, so we want to make sure that you are emotionally & physically capable of handling these situations.
In your application you will provide relevant work and/or volunteer experience. Any special skills (i.e., languages spoken) and two personal references.
What about the Interview, Orientation & ongoing training sessions?
We will set up a volunteer interview with you to help us match your skill sets to our current opportunities.
During the Orientation session you will learn about the details of HopeSpring - the history, where we are now, and future endeavors, emergency procedures and the day to day operation requirements for you as a volunteer.
There are regular mandatory training sessions held throughout the year to keep our new as well as veteran volunteers up to date with programs.
Volunteering at HopeSpring
HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre has the benefit of a wonderful group of volunteers. We offer the following volunteer opportunities:
Do you enjoy baking? Then, perhaps you would like to be a volunteer baker for the HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre and for special occasions.
Board of Directors and/or Committees
The Board is made up of a committed group of volunteers who freely offer their skills and time to ensure that HopeSpring runs smoothly. Offers to serve on our Board are deeply appreciated.
Certified Relaxation Practitioner
Practitioners of Reiki, Massage Therapy and Therapeutic Touch have kindly volunteered regular sessions to the HopeSpring community. Their unique skills are gratefully received by many HopeSpring members.
These volunteers are cancer survivors and are one or more years since their last treatment. Upon a member request, we have the volunteer either by phone or in person meet with the cancer patient or family member to share specific experiences related to their cancer treatment.
Program Guide Distribution
This volunteer role will assist with the promoting of HopeSpring programs, services, and workshops by distributing Program Guides throughout our community.
Sewers and Knitters
Volunteers who offer their special skills and talents sewing turbans and head coverings and/or knitted hats for our members.
Special Events or Community Outreach
Special Events Volunteers take care of important tasks during our program and fundraising events. Some of these volunteers assist on one committee to raise funds each year. Other volunteers are available to help promote and staff our many program events. Community Outreach volunteers respond to community requests to talk to organizations about HopeSpring's services.
The Support Volunteer is responsible for the day-to-day centre activities at HopeSpring. This position includes greeting and interacting with our members, providing individual caring support, booking relaxation appointments, taking registrations for programs, general housekeeping duties, maintaining our resource library and providing wig and camisole fittings.