Last week we talked about what’s helpful for cancer patients and friends and family members of cancer patients. This week I thought I’d highlight the importance of others who volunteer on behalf of these same people who come through our doors at SCCA every day.
SCCA volunteers come with interesting and varied backgrounds but are united in their desire to help those going through cancer treatment with us. You see them as soon as you walk in the front door, as greeters in the lobby, or in the Rain or Shine gift shop. Sometimes you get to see volunteers even before you walk in our doors, like the drivers who pick up our patients at the airport .
When SCCA patients and caregivers are assigned a volunteer driver, they can relax. They know there is one less detail to figure out, one less cab fare to come up with money for. They can be sure of one thing: there will be a person in front of them who will show them the way. That’s more than enough. Sometimes it’s everything.
Orientation for new volunteers is offered quarterly and the next one is scheduled for October. The Volunteer driver role is our most flexible one – volunteers can drive once or twice a week to a couple of times a month, whatever works with their schedule. We are looking for drivers with weekday/daytime availability as well as evening, weekends, and early morning availability. If you think you might be interested in volunteering at SCCA, we keep a list of opportunities and orientation schedule on our website. If you would like additional information or if you have any questions, you may email email@example.com, call (206) 288-1072, or connect with SCCA Volunteer Services on Facebook. We’d love to hear from you.