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Why volunteer?

Volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society is a great opportunity for you to make a positive impact in your community, be part of a team, share your experience, learn new skills and develop lasting friendships. Volunteers are critical to our accomplishments and we wouldn’t be able to support, inform and empower those touched by cancer without you.

When you join our nationwide team, you have the combined strength of volunteers from across the country standing behind you to help you make a difference in someone’s life.

General Volunteer Application

There are many ways to volunteer and make a difference in your community.  

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Volunteer for Daffodil Month

Volunteers are urgently needed in April. When you volunteer just a few hours of your time during Daffodil Month, you help save lives and support people who are living with cancer. Volunteering is a small gesture that makes an enormous difference.

If you’re looking for a way to give back to the community, complete your 40 hours or experience a different kind of family outing, volunteering during the Daffodil Campaign is your best bet.

Please select your community from the list below to sign up for a daffodil pin shift.

The Society’s residential campaign operates in several communities across Ontario. As part of the campaign, Society volunteers canvass their local street for donations. If you’re interested in being a residential canvass volunteer, contact your local community office.

CIBC Run for the Cure

Planning and organizing the Run takes time, passion and creative thinking. In partnership with volunteers and staff, you could be part of something truly extraordinary in your community. Be a part of this national event where success depends on local leadership. With your community insight, you will raise awareness, encourage participation, and drive fundraising results. This year's Run is on September 30.

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Relay For Life

Cancer changes everything. So can you. Volunteer on your own or with your friends and family at a Relay For Life, or learn how to register or join a team.

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  • National Volunteer Week is April 23 – 29, 2017

    Every community has its heroes. You are one of ours.

    On behalf of the Canadian Cancer Society, we would like to thank you for volunteering with us. During National Volunteer Week (April 23 – 29), we especially want to remember our heroes. Your time, commitment and tireless energy reaches into communities across Ontario to help enhance the lives of people living with cancer and their families.

    As a volunteer, you give the Canadian Cancer Society the needed strength to have the biggest impact in the fight against cancer by:

    • Helping us raise money for life-saving research into all forms of cancer, as well as vital support and prevention services
    • Adding your support to our fight for health policies that better serve people with cancer and laws and programs that protect Canadians from cancer-causing threats
    • Providing practical and emotional support to the cause, including one on one peer support, so that no one faces cancer alone



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