Volunteer Opportunities

Direct Services

Cancer Resource Center Office

Volunteers staff our reception area during regular business hours. They answer phones, greet visitors, and do projects as needed.

Cancer Support at Cayuga Medical Center

Volunteers are a regular presence in the chemotherapy suite as well as the waiting room of Radiation Medicine. They greet patients as they arrive for appointments, talk with family members, serve coffee and snacks, and offer general support.

Non-direct Services


Our biggest fundraiser of the year requires hundreds of volunteers and months of planning. Take part in the action by helping with flyer distributions, contacting local businesses, identifying team leaders to raise money, and much, much more.

Board & Committees

Board of Directors

The board of directors is responsible for policy development and oversight of the entire organization. Board members play a key role in CRC relations with the greater community.


Development, Finance, Client Services, and other committees are comprised of community members, board representatives, and staff. Individuals with a genuine interest in the mission of CRC, who communicate well with others, and who bring a wide range of interests and backgrounds are sought to complement the roles of board and staff.


How do you use volunteers?

Volunteers fill a variety of different roles within our organization.  Below are a few examples of the work they do.

  • Non-Direct Client Support
    General office tasks and projects
    Help at our annual Walkathon & 5K Run
    Serve on our board or one of our committees
    Assist with fundraising, PR, and/or Marketing
    Staff educational displays at public events
    Tend our gardens
    Fix and/or build things around our office
  • Direct Client Support
    Provide information and support at the CRC office or Cayuga Medical Center
    Write friendly greeting cards to clients
    Transportation to medical appointments (arranged through American Cancer Society)

For more information contact Jen Harris at or (607) 277-0960.

Do I need to be a cancer survivor?

No. Some of our staff and many of our volunteers are people who have not had cancer themselves, but are committed to helping in a variety of ways.

What is the training?

The type and duration of training depends upon your volunteer position. For volunteers who provide support at a medical facility, training is provided prior to start of work, and offered continually throughout the year. For volunteers who help at special events, such as fundraisers and outreach, training will be provided for your specific task on the day of the event.

What is the time commitment?

This depends upon the type of volunteer position you choose. Some of our volunteers work only one day per year at the Walkathon & 5K or some other event. Others are able to work 3-4 hours per week. Many volunteer just a few hours each month.

Can I volunteer in the evenings and on weekends?

We do have opportunities for people with limited availability. Please check with the Director of Volunteer Services to inquire about current openings.

Do you perform a background check?

Yes, if you will be working directly with clients. CRC covers the cost of the background check. We also ask you to provide us with 3 character references.

Video Resources for Volunteers


Brené Brown on Empathy   Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care The Power of Empathy: Helen Reiss TED Talk Transforming Health Care through the Paradigm of Palliative Care:

Free Online Learning Opportunities

Free Online Learning Opportunities
Introduction to the Science of Cancer (Ohio State)
Introduction to the Biology of Cancer (Johns Hopkins)
Cancer in the Community (Royal Marsden Hospital)
CancerCare Workshops
E-Training for Patients and Advocates and the Community (Cancer Information and Support