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Care Communities offers unique volunteer opportunities for individuals and organizations to get involved. For those experienced with cancer, a Care Match offers one-on-one peer support over the phone to someone diagnosed needing hope. Perfect for groups, a Care Team provides companionship and non-medical practical support to someone living with cancer or HIV. Lastly, individuals affected by cancer also have the opportunity to show support to someone going through treatment by providing a blanket and someone to talk with at local medical facilities.

Care Team

A Care Team is a group of 3-6 volunteers who are screened, trained, and matched to a Care Partner (someone living with a serious illness). Together they share the efforts of providing companionship and support.

Duties can include child care, cooking, errands, grocery shopping, laundry, light house cleaning, limited transportation, pet care, respite care (caregiver support), or yard work. Duties do NOT include medical or physical care.

Anyone 18 years of age or older who has the interest, ability, and sensitivity to work with people facing a life-threatening illness and a high degree of comfort, decorum, and professional attitude in dealing with people of varied socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural and racial backgrounds.

We ask you to commit to at least 4 hours a month with your Care Partner and at least 1 hour a month with your Care Team.

Since this is a shared effort among your Care Team, our Volunteer Managers, and our Social Workers, you will always have support.

Prior to being matched, you must complete a single 3 hour training. We are able to train you at our office or come to your office, place of worship, or other professional venue.

Training dates are available here or on the calendar to your right.

Topics covered include Care Communities 101, Non-Medical Practical Care, Understanding Serious Illness (AIDS 101 / Cancer 1010), Substance Abuse & Poverty, Cultural Sensitivity, Communication, and Boundaries.

If you have any questions about the training, email volunteer@thecarecommunities.org.

1. Complete and submit your Volunteer Application here.

2. Chat with your Volunteer Manager. After you have submitted your application, your Volunteer Manager will reach you for a brief 30 minute interview.

3. Attend a training. You will need to attend a single 3 hour training. Training dates, times and locations will be provided by your Volunteer Manager.

4. Meet your Care Partner. Approximately 1-2 weeks from your training date, your Volunteer Manger will introduce you to your Care Partner and Care Team!

Feel free to call 512-459-5883 and ask to speak with our Outreach Coordinator.

See our frequently asked questions here.

Care Match

A care match offers hope, support, and encouragement to clients with a similar diagnosis receiving treatment.
Anyone 18 years of age or older with a previous cancer or HIV diagnosis who has the interest, ability, and sensitivity to work with people facing a life-threatening illness and a high degree of comfort, decorum, and professional attitude in dealing with people of varied socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and cultural and racial backgrounds.
Minimum one hour contact per week either via telephone or in person for support.
Prior to being matched, you must complete a single 3 hour training. We are able to train you at our office or come to your office, place of worship, or other professional venue. Training dates are available here or on the calendar to your right. Topics covered include Care Communities 101, Non-Medical Practical Care, Understanding Serious Illness (AIDS 101 / Cancer 1010), Substance Abuse & Poverty, Cultural Sensitivity, Communication, and Boundaries. If you have any questions about the training, email volunteer@carecommunities.org.
1. Complete and submit your Volunteer Application here. 2. Chat with your Volunteer Manager. After you have submitted your application, your Volunteer Manager will reach you for a brief 30 minute interview. 3. Attend a training. You will need to attend a single 3 hour training. Training dates, times and locations will be provided by your Volunteer Manager. 4. Meet your Care Partner. Approximately 1-2 weeks from your training date, your Volunteer Manger will introduce you to your Care Partner and Care Team!
Feel free to call 512-459-5883 and ask to speak with our Volunteer Recruiter & Trainer, Mindy Spyker.
See our frequently asked questions here.

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