Be a friendly face and a helping hand!
Our patients, caregivers and staff need you! Help us live out our promise to share in our patients’ journeys of healing and hope.
The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center is dedicated to providing excellence in volunteer service and support to patients, families, faculty, staff and community partners with care, integrity and compassion. Through our committed and caring volunteer team, we provide innovative, effective volunteer support services dedicated to improving the quality of life of cancer patients.
Volunteers come to UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center for many reasons. Some are cancer survivors who wish to offer the gift of hope and inspiration to others. Some are students who are hoping to gain valuable patient contact experience for their future clinical careers. Others are simply interested in giving back to the community and helping where needed. As a UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Ambassador, you can choose your comfort level of interacting with patients and caregivers.
How can I help?
Volunteer opportunities cover the spectrum from direct patient contact to assisting our busy staff with administrative duties, to helping us with special events, fundraisers and holiday giving. If you want to make a difference, to touch a life, to learn while helping others, our Ambassadors Volunteer Program can find the right place for you.
Care and Comfort Volunteers: Volunteers in our oncology treatment areas provide a warm and welcoming presence for patients and their families and attend to patients’ comfort needs. Volunteers provide refreshments and engage in friendly conversation with patients and their families.
Courage Companions: Courage Companions is a free program that helps newly diagnosed patients deal with their cancer experience by providing one-on-one emotional support via phone and/or online. Volunteers are able to assist with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a cancer diagnosis. In most cases, Courage Companions have experienced the same type of cancer, under the same situations, as the people they are helping.
–Patient Advocacy: Cancer survivor volunteers will meet one-on-one with patients and families to assist them with finding reliable information and resources that can help ease the anxiety that accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
–Patient Education: Volunteers are trained to help teach our weekly patient orientation program where patients and families can learn about effectively communicating with healthcare providers, managing treatment, getting reliable information, navigating the UAB campus and finding support for a cancer journey.
–One-on-One Phone / Online Support: This is a complimentary service of the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cancer survivor volunteers are available to assist patients and family members with the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of a cancer diagnosis. This confidential service has helped many UAB patients express their concerns and fears about coping with their disease.
Special Event Volunteers: Fundraising initiatives are instrumental in providing support for cancer research and the patient services we offer. UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center is looking for volunteers to help in the Office of Development and Community Relations with fundraising efforts and events. Click here to download an application.
Administrative Support Volunteers: Volunteers have the opportunity to provide administrative support in various oncology treatment areas. This support helps lessen workload burden for healthcare professionals so that they can focus on patient care. Volunteers may greet and accompany patients to treatment rooms and provide administrative support such as preparing documents and spreadsheets as well as organizing files, copying, preparing new patient packets, mailings, etc.
UAB Student Service Learning: Student volunteers are offered the opportunity to work with oncology healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses and social workers.
How do I become an Ambassador?
Ambassador Clinic Volunteer Program: Navigating cancer treatment can be daunting. Going from one doctor’s office to another, finding clinics and learning your way around an unfamiliar environment can add to stress of treatment. The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center aims to ease that stress with our Ambassador Program.
Clinic Ambassadors are dedicated volunteers providing hope, comfort and compassionate services to cancer patients and their caregivers. Clinic Ambassadors provide support, education and advocacy to patients and families. In addition, they are equipped to answer many questions about the treatment process.
IMPORTANT: All volunteers must also complete the disclosure form available by clicking here.
For more information on volunteer, contact Callie Dunaway at (205) 996-5364 or email@example.com