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Ways to volunteer

The Canadian Cancer Society’s strongest asset is our dedicated volunteers. By offering the most meaningful opportunities for you to make the biggest difference as a volunteer, we’re having more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity.

To get the most out of your volunteer experience we encourage you to pursue your interests, challenge yourself by trying new activities and get connected with others. You can choose from volunteer opportunities in a variety of areas that can match your skills, interests and availability.

We offer a flexible range of ways to become involved, no matter how much time you have or the skills you are looking to share. Our volunteer opportunities include fundraising activities, health promotion, advocating for prevention, supporting people with cancer, office support and leadership roles.

We have opportunities for volunteers in a variety of areas that can match many different sets of skills and interests. For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact your local Canadian Cancer Society office or call us toll-free at 1 888 939-3333.

  • Leading

    Our organization has many opportunities to develop and use skills in leadership as we have volunteer boards at both the local and provincial levels. For more information about leadership opportunities at the provincial level, please contact Keith Karasin, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan division at 306-790-5804.

  • Supporting people with cancer

    Volunteers can support people with cancer in two ways: share their own personal experiences with cancer through our peer support program or become volunteer drivers. All our volunteers who work directly with people living with cancer are screened, trained and supported.

  • Educating

    Our community action volunteers help reduce the risk of cancer by educating people about healthy lifestyle choices and the importance of screening and early detection. Whether it’s by distributing posters, having a display or presentation at your workplace, sharing information in a newsletter or hosting a presentation, you provide the enthusiasm and we will help bring your idea to life. For more information call Diana Ng at 306-244-7600.

  • Advocating

    Our volunteers in advocacy can make an important difference in their communities. We encourage volunteers to use the tobacco toolkit to help protect citizens – especially children – from second-hand smoke in public places.

  • Fundraising

    Our community fundraising volunteers raise money to fund Canadian Cancer Society research, support and services for people living with cancer, and public education programs. All of our fundraising takes place at the local level.

    See more on our fundraising activities.

  • Other ways to get involved

    Sometimes the smallest gift of time makes the largest impact. Simply make yourself available to do any of the following:

    • post, re-tweet and share your experiences at our events ‘live’, or simply promote our messages, using your social media accounts
    • agree to be contacted for casual volunteer opportunities whenever we may need extra hands
    • consider sharing your cancer story with us so that your words can help others
    • sign up for our e-mail newsletter to hear first-hand about Society happenings, or become our Facebook friend, follow us on Twitter and take part in conversations

    …and although not technically ‘volunteering’, consider

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