Volunteer Opportunities: Cancer

Below, I have listed links to different organizations that allow children to volunteer. Most places that take adults will also take teens, but many times they won't take younger volunteers. I have tried to find as many places as I can that let children help out in some way or another. I hope you find my links helpful. And if you know of a place not listed here yet, please let me know by going to my Submit A New Site page.


Relay For Life

Relay For LifeAt Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. Thefunds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against cancer just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!

Relay For Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around a track or path at a local high school, park, or fairground. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

Age Requirement: None, although younger children should have adults with them at all times.

Find Your Local Relay For Life Event | American Cancer Society | Relay For Life Oregon
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Knit A Hat!

American Cancer SocietyKnitters and folks who sew - cancer patients always need hats!

The American Cancer Society always appreciates soft cozy knitted or crocheted caps, or soft fleece caps. They have Cancer Resource Centers staffed by volunteers, and gift boutiques at local cancer centers, where those who are experiencing temporary hair loss because of chemotherapy can get free hats. If you knit, crochet, or sew, and would be willing to make some nice soft caps for people with often sensitive scalps, they would be most grateful! They cannot accept used hats because cancer patients have compromised immune systems.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

In Oregon, call Laura Potter (503 795 3996) or Lily Westlund (503 795 3971) to find out more.

American Cancer Society | Find Your Local Affiliate | American Cancer Society Oregon
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Susan G Komen

Susan G Komen For The CureWith survivors and activists in more than 120 cities and communities across the globe and more than 100 Komen events in the United States and internationally, Susan G. Komen® is the most progressive grassroots organization fighting breast cancer today.

Thanks to survivors, volunteers and activists dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, the Komen Affiliate Network is the nation's largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.

Age Requirement: Depends on the event or activity. One that I really enjoyed was handing out flowers to cancer survivors who finished the route for Portland's "Race For The Cure." It was so great to see the smiles on survivors' faces when I handed them beautiful pink carnations.

Find Your Local Affiliate | Susan G Komen Oregon Affiliate | Race For The Cure Oregon
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Light The Night

Light The NightLight The Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases, and shine a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Friends, families and co-workers form fundraising teams, and millions of consumers help by donating at retail outlets. These efforts culminate in inspirational, memorable evening walks in nearly 200 communities across North America each fall. During these evening leisurely walks, participants carry illuminated lanterns - white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to a blood cancer.

Age Requirement: None, although younger children should have adults with them at all times.

Find Your Local Event | Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | LLS Oregon | Light The Night Oregon
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Hospital Volunteers

Relay For LifeSome hospitals will allow youth volunteers to help out on a regular basis. Others will allow specially pre-arranged visits. You will need to call your local hospital to find out for sure.

To become a regular volunteer at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, you are asked to make a minimum commitment of six months of service in most of their volunteer positions. A one-year commitment is required for volunteering in their Emergency Department.

Volunteers are a diverse group of individuals with varied interests, who choose to give of their time and energy to the patients and families at Doernbecher in many different ways. As a volunteer, you are screened for your interests and abilities, and matched with assignments that are well-suited for you.

Age Requirements: To volunteer at Doernbecher, you must be at least 16 years of age for all volunteer opportunities, except for Volunteer Guide. Guides must be at least 14 years of age and in high school. Contact your local hospital to find out their requirements.

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