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Please inquire with Volunteer Services for the availability of all placements at Dana-Farber. Placements are based on the current needs of the departments.
The Blum Family Resource Center Van is a 39 ft. vehicle that brings cancer information and screenings to the general public with a focus on underserved communities. The van makes site visits to health centers, non-profit organizations, faith-based communities, special events, outdoor venues i.e. beaches, schools and businesses.
The volunteers provide support to the public visiting the Blum Family Resource Center Van; encourage the public to board the van to obtain cancer information and services; work to empower the public with current and reliable cancer prevention, early detection and awareness information; and assist the van driver/health educator and other staff to run an efficient and smooth operation at all van events (health fairs, faith based communities, schools, non-profits, corporations, etc.).
The van doesn't have a standard schedule of events. The volunteer is expected to volunteer at least one day per week. If there is no scheduled volunteer shift on the van, the volunteer will work in the main Blum Resource Center at Dana-Farber's main campus. This assignment is a six-month commitment of service.
The Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Centers are a comfortable learning resource center for patients and their family and friends. Individuals have an opportunity to learn about disease and treatment options. The center houses a collection of books, brochures, computers, videotapes and audiotapes. Professionals and volunteers staff the center. They are committed to helping patients obtain useful information about cancer.
To provide volunteer support to patients and their families visiting the resource centers; to empower patients to learn more about disease and treatments options; to help the staff run an efficient and smooth operation.
All adult patients, women and parents of children.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteer Patient and Family Facilitator (VPFF)
Volunteer Patient and Family Facilitators (VPFF) provide friendly support, guidance, and access to helpful information to patients and their families to help ease anxiety and frustration during treatment.
The VPFF works in conjunction with the patient's provider team and Volunteer Services. The VPFF assists in self advocacy and identifying and accessing relevant resources while providing empathy and support and compassion.
Monday through Friday on as needed basis determined by volunteer, patient and departments. The volunteer can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week Monday – Friday. All hours need to be reported to volunteer services on a weekly basis.
Volunteers who are happy to assist our customers in choosing that special gift for any occasion staff the Friends Corner Gift Shop. Volunteers have the opportunity to offer words of encouragement to patients living with cancer. We have enjoyed 25 successful years of offering these services and hope to continue for many more to come.
All proceeds from the Gift Shop go directly toward patient care and research programs at Dana-Farber.
We need dependable, reliable, attentive people who are willing to give a full day; 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., one day per week. Self direction is most helpful and a basic knowledge of a computerized cash register is also helpful but not necessary. You must be able to work in a team environment. We are looking for individuals interested in volunteer service and who want to help the Institute achieve a "world without cancer."
One day per week for a full day, 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Information Desk is the first point of contact for patients coming to Dana-Farber. The staff and volunteers therefore set the tone for all patient visits. Patients may need assistance with their appointments for the day, directions to their clinic, and other areas. The volunteers make sure this process is as seamless for patients as possible.
Previous experience in a hospital setting is highly desirable. The person in this position should have some work experience dealing with the public.
The person should be calm and cheerful and work efficiently, especially in stressful situations.
We're looking for a mature, sensitive individual who is sensitive about cancer issues; has a courteous and pleasant demeanor; is reliable and flexible; is willing to learn computer skills; is friendly, positive, and enthusiastic.
The desk is staffed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Four-hour shifts are available.
During the past several years, many Americans have embraced integrated therapies to combat a wide range of illnesses and health conditions. People with cancer and related diseases frequently use these approaches to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, pain and anxiety. The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies provide quality clinical services to patients and families, sponsor educational programs and training sessions, and conduct research studying these interventions.
The Hands on Care Volunteer Program provides a complimentary, personal program for patients to increase satisfaction and enhance their quality of care. Trained volunteers, under the guidance of the licensed massage therapist, will provide a 15-minute hand massage. The service is the application of a gentle, tender, soothing, touch to the hands. This service is not a treatment.
Through the application of a gentle hand massage by trained volunteers, patients will experience comfort and care during their chemo therapy infusion treatments. Through this volunteer and patient interaction, we are looking for decreased anxiety and increased satisfaction in overall care of the patient.
Must be able push a cart around 15 to 20 lbs, with the necessary supplies.
Volunteers will be available Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The expectation is that the volunteer be available for the same three-hour block, one day per week. This assignment is for one full year.
Hospitality and Friendly Visitor
The Abraham D. Gosman Infusion Clinics provide infusion treatments for patients of the Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. Well-trained nursing and medical experts treat adult patients with various cancers and related diseases in one of two clinical areas. Our clinics provide a warm, sensitive and positive atmosphere for all patients and their families.
Volunteers in the infusion clinics 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.
Adult patients and their families
Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
We invite high school students, ages 16 through 18, to consider a summer volunteer placement at Dana-Farber in the Junior Volunteer Program. It is an exciting time in the history of Dana-Farber as the Institute continues to work to defeat cancer through research and quality patient care. Come be a part of an environment of learning and sharing. We hope to provide you with an opportunity of giving to the Dana-Farber community, patients and staff.
Although we do not guarantee a placement of your choice, we will work with you to seek a satisfying and rewarding experience. We ask that all volunteers keep in mind our goals to deliver high quality patient care. Therefore, we strive first to meet the needs of our patients, their families and the Institute at large. Your flexibility is key to obtaining a placement. Placements may include:
Learn more about applying to the Junior Volunteer Program
Phone: 617-632-3307Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded by the Sidney Farber Volunteer Award of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the goal of the Book Cart is to establish a diversionary activity for patients. Recognizing the importance of providing a welcoming environment for patients and families, the book cart allows patients to choose from a host of reading materials while waiting for their appointment.
Volunteers will travel throughout the adult clinics offering reading material for patients and their families. Volunteer will provide comfort to patients through conversation and general support, explaining the different services and programs that help the patients through their cancer journey.
Must be able to push a 40 to 50 pound book cart
The Book Cart goes around the Institute, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will volunteer three to four hours one day per week.
Art Studio Volunteer
The Art Studio provides a gentle, healing space for patients and families to explore their creativity through simple, non-threatening artistic expression.
Through the Open Arts Studio, volunteers will offer patients and their families opportunities and facilitation to engage in non-threatening arts and crafts experiences. Examples include painting and sketching, card making and other paper crafts, decoupage, and more.
Volunteers work with adult patients in the Art Studio.
Environmental Music VolunteerNote: Upon application, please submit a short audio recording of a performance to email@example.com.
The Environmental Music Program is designed to provide quality live music to reduce noise pollution, decrease the physical and psychological impact of waiting periods, and provide a relaxing, engaging, and personal experience for patients, families, and staff at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Environmental music volunteers will provide relaxing music to enhance the environment of the Yawkey 1 lobby and Yawkey 2 waiting area. Volunteers will work closely with the Program Manager to ensure that high quality service is delivered.
Performances are 1-2 hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Performers can volunteer weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly for a minimum of six months.
The Concierge Program is a place for patients to obtain information about Dana-Farber's programs and services, as well as to seek information about resources in the community. Specially trained volunteers work with the Program Manager to deliver high-level and compassionate service that enables patients to learn more about the array of support services at Dana-Farber.
Knowledgeable and resourceful volunteers at the Concierge Service desk help patients find information about resources at Dana-Farber and the Boston community. Volunteers work closely with the Program Manager to ensure that patients and families are directed in a timely manner to the services and programs they're looking for..
All cancer patients, their families, staff and other visitors
While the volunteers are required to staff the desk at all times, there may be requests to escort a patient who is ambulatory or by wheelchair. Volunteers may not lift patients in or out of wheelchairs, or transport patients via a stretcher and will not transport heavy-set patients in an oversize wheelchair. Volunteers may expected to be on the computer for long periods of time.
Volunteers will commit to four hours, one day per week. The volunteer will commit to attending an initial training session and on-going in-services. A one-year commitment is required. The Concierge Service is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The National Marrow Donor Program and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute help match patients in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant with volunteer donors willing to donate their bone marrow.
The Volunteer Recruitment Associate position supports Dana-Farber Recruitment staff at donor recruitment drives. This may include setup and preparation of the space for the donor drive (signs, information table, swabbing station etc.); assisting with donor registration (reviewing consents, preparing swab kits, assisting with the swab process); greeting attendees and answering questions; help with event closing including packaging, materials inventory and clean up. A volunteer will need access to transportation to and from a drive site and should be able to lift 30 lbs.
Drives are held on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. There is opportunity for those who want to volunteer on an "as-needed" basis as well as those looking for a more structured program to fulfill requirements of a service project or credits.
If you are interested, please complete the National Marrow Donor Program volunteer application form and fax to 617-632-2569.
If you are interested in volunteering at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during the summer, please be advised of the following requirements:
Summer Application Form
Patients and families often find themselves overwhelmed, lost, and unaware of the many resources available to them at Dana-Farber and in the Boston area. It can be difficult to navigate a complex system while balancing the physical and emotional tolls of illness. Friendly support, guidance, and access to helpful information can help easy anxiety and frustration; it can also help patients and families feel more in control of their experience and less overwhelmed. Patients and family members will feel welcomed, supported, aware of available resources, and assisted in finding their way. Patients and families will experience decreased anxiety, greater knowledge of available resources, and increased satisfaction with their overall care.
The Ambassador Program seeks to provide patients, family members, visitors, and staff with friendly and helpful volunteers who offer directions within the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care (YCCC), throughout the Dana-Farber campus, and extending to Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Boston Children's Hospital (BCH); escort patients to appointments while helping answer questions along the way; provide one-on-one support to help a patient or family member — someone who might otherwise feel lost and overwhelmed; provide information about Dana-Farber programs and resources.
Primarily adult and pediatric patients and families, but staff and visitors as well.
Enhance the patient and family experience by:
Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The volunteer is expected to commit to one 4-hour shift for at least six months.
The Community Ambassador Program is designed to complement Dana-Farber's existing community outreach efforts by identifying cancer survivors in our local communities who can serve as ambassadors to demystify cancer, showcase survivorship, and reach traditionally underserved populations in our surrounding neighborhoods, particularly among communities of color. Ambassadors will leverage their own cancer experience and the training provided by Dana-Farber to educate the community and members of their own social networks about cancer prevention, early detection, clinical trials/biobanking, and survivorship programs in collaboration with Community Benefits staff. Ambassadors will attend and serve as spokespersons at community events focused on cancer survivorship; contribute to marketing programs and campaigns promoting cancer prevention and survivorship; and help to make residents aware of and connected to prevention, screening, and treatment services at Dana-Farber, where appropriate.
Community Ambassadors will help to increase the visibility of Dana-Farber in the community and support local residents who could benefit from the screening, treatment, support groups, and survivorship programs offered through Dana-Farber to access those services.
Members of the community within the City of Boston who could benefit from the services offered at Dana-Farber, with a specific emphasis on medically underserved populations and communities of color.
Community Ambassadors must be:
Ambassadors must meet the following expectations with regards to time and attendance:
Community Ambassador Volunteer Application Form
Reiki is an ancient, gentle, hands-on, energy healing therapy The Japanese word Reiki describes a system for tapping into the universal life force, sometimes referred to a chi or qui, the energy that creates and sustains all life. Reiki is a precise method for connecting life force energy with the body's innate healing ability and assists with restoration of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
Reiki is non-invasive, has no side effects, and is safe to use in any situation. It facilitates a deep state of relaxation, and can be used to manage stress and promote well-being. The receiver of Reiki is always completely in charge, and the effects are always for the highest healing good. The provider of Reiki benefits, as well, as (s)he is the conduit for this flow of energy.
The goal of the Reiki Volunteer Program is to provide a Reiki treatment upon request, or by referral, for every patient walking through the doors of Dana-Farber on the day of their first visit for treatment of their disease. Certified Reiki practitioners, under the guidance of Zakim Center staff, will provide complimentary 15-minute Reiki Treatments in patient care areas.
Adult Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patients
Volunteers will be available Monday through Friday during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The expectation is that the volunteer will be available for the same two-hour block, one day per week.
Volunteers in this role must be:
For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute450 Brookline AvenueBoston, MA 02115Phone: 617-632-3307Email: firstname.lastname@example.org