Volunteers, including many whose lives have been touched by cancer, are critical to our mission to serve patients. We are indebted to these selfless individuals who donate their time and talents.
Volunteers don’t only give their skills and energy. In their own ways, they bring solace, hope, and joy to the patients served by the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. They contribute in other, less obvious ways, too.
For instance, volunteers often spread the word about the Cancer Center among their contacts outside the center. They become ambassadors for the center and the Patient and Family Services division.
This not only raises the community profile of the center, but by their word-of-mouth, they provide a powerful endorsement for the Cancer Center to anyone needing treatment for cancer.
People who invest their time in volunteering also benefit. They gain the satisfaction of knowing they are helping others cope with cancer. They are able to apply their skills and talents in ways that benefit the Cancer Center.
In addition, they will experience the joy of being needed and appreciated. Our patients are so thankful for the caring attitude and assistance they receive when they visit the Cancer Center. Click here to read about John's experiences as a Cancer Center volunteer.
Being a volunteer requires commitment. For example, individuals must provide background information, agree to meet Cancer Center’s guidelines and submit to a health screen test.
But, we make it as easy as possible for people to navigate this process. Our goal is to match the volunteer’s unique talents and skills with the positions that are available. We find that works best for the individual and Cancer Center.
We need volunteers for our newly-created Patient Ambassador program designed to enhance the experience of patients who receive care and treatment at the Cancer Center. There are other volunteer positions in our treatment rooms and in other areas.
Volunteering is one of the highest callings in life. If you are interested in helping cancer patients and their families, you will find no more willing partner than the Cancer Center and the Patient and Family Services organization.
For more information on volunteering, please call (210) 450-5574
- Mary Jackson, Director of Patient and Family Services