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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.

National Volunteer Week: April 7 to 13, 2019

At the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), volunteers are our strength. We're the only charity with a network so strong: 100,000+ heroic volunteers across the country, 200+ events across more than 100 communities. All supporting those impacted by cancer.

On behalf of everyone at CCS, we want to thank you, our generous and dedicated volunteers, for volunteering with us. As we recognize the collective efforts of volunteers, we reflect on the multitude of actions taken locally to help people diagnosed with cancer, their families, friends, communities and neighborhoods become better prepared to help create a world where no Canadian fears cancer.

Our volunteers do it all. Maybe you drive cancer patients to their medical appointments; share experiences as a cancer survivor with others facing a similar diagnosis through our peer support programs; or help to create a welcoming community event like Relay For Life or the CIBC Run for the Cure and raise funds to support innovative and impactful cancer research that will benefit Canadians affected by cancer across the country.

From all of us at the Canadian Cancer Society, thank you and we wish you a very Happy National Volunteer Week 2019!

Why volunteer with us?

The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is the only national charity that supports Canadians with all cancers in communities across the country. No other organization does what we do. At CCS we know that while cancer changes people, it doesn't have to define them because we believe that life is bigger than cancer.

Volunteering with CCS is a great opportunity to:

  • make a positive impact in your community
  • be part of a team
  • share your experience and talents
  • learn new skills
  • develop lasting friendships

Becoming a volunteer

Our vision to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer is only achievable if we work collectively with people united by the same goals. With the help of hundreds of thousands of people that CCS brings together, we are a force-for-life in the face of cancer.

There are many ways to volunteer with CCS, depending on your interests, schedule and the time of year.

Short term opportunities

If you have just a few hours available, please register on our Volunteer Hub to find the many short-term opportunities to make a difference.

Ongoing opportunities

If you are interested in an ongoing role (3 months+), please complete a Volunteer Application Form to get started. We'll be in touch to discuss your interests and find a great fit.

Join our nationwide team and make a difference. Together, we are bigger than cancer.



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