Volunteer opportunities at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) focus on making a difference, directly or indirectly, in the lives of cancer patients. Volunteer Services offers positions with varying degrees of patient contact in the following areas:

New Volunteer Position

Patient and Family Housing Front Desk Volunteer

Volunteer will be under the guidance of the Front Desk Staff. This position will include taking phone reservations, making reminder phone calls, following up with guests about requests made, assist in guest activities and also make cookies for guests. Volunteer must be computer literate, be attentive to detail, and keep ALL patient information confidential per HIPPA contract. Current Volunteer needs are: 4 hours weekly Tuesday or Wednesday shifts available 6pm-10pm and Saturday-anytime.

Population Sciences (High Risk) Administrative Volunteer

Volunteers will assist with filing medical records, copying, printing, data entry, archiving, inventory, creating blank charts, creating enrollment packets, stuffing envelopes that need to be sent out and more. Some knowledge of medical terminology would be favorable. Current volunteer needs and hours are flexible within the regular 9-5 business hours.  

Summer 2017 Junior Volunteer Program

Volunteers between the age of 16 and 18 will provide patients who are waiting for appointments with books, magazines and games.  Volunteers will also assist with projects in the volunteer workroom. Current volunteer needs are Monday – Friday, available shifts are 10 am – 12pm and 12pm – 2pm.

HCI Security Information Desk

Volunteers will assist members of the security staff at the information desk located in the lobby of HCI. Responsibilities include checking in visitors, calling the visitee, directing visitors and giving elevator access.  Volunteers will also help direct staff when needed. Current volunteer needs are Monday – Friday, available shifts are 8 am – 12pm and 12pm – 4pm

CTO Specimen Processing

Working with the Clinical Trials Specimen Processing team to tracking/recording inventory of laboratory kits while organizing, discarding and storing kits in areas within HCI and HCH. Creation and filing of patient specimen records as well as clinical trial specific laboratory materials; serving as runner from HCH and HCI laboratories to retrieve and drop off specimens, lab kits, etc. within clinic fast track lab areas.

Clinic 2C (BMT) Volunteer

Volunteers will assist Outpatient Services Specialist by helping deliver patient labels to the infusion room and other labs.  They will also provide services to patients and their caregivers in the waiting area by greeting patients, escorting patients to the appropriate clinic, assist patients on navigating through the hospital, and directing patients to the lab.  Volunteers will also be responsible for making sure the waiting area is clean, organized and stocked with the appropriate items.  Current volunteer needs are Monday through Friday, 9am-1pm.


Patient and Public Education

Cancer Learning Center

Volunteers in the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center put together information packets, keep clinics stocked with brochures, and prepare materials for use in the library. Cancer Learning Center volunteers also help with outreach projects (see below) and a variety of special projects. Volunteers for this position should have basic computer skills and be friendly, outgoing, and helpful. 

Community Outreach and Prevention Education

Outreach volunteers must be college seniors or graduate students. Volunteers for these positions usually serve in order to complete a college-level internship in community health education or a related field. Interns must have reliable transportation and insurance. A minimum commitment of 250 hours is required.

Outreach interns attend community events, health fairs, and other cancer-related events to provide information about cancer prevention and screening. Interns help with program planning, grant writing, and presentations at local schools, churches, and community organizations.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of availability to  garrett.harding@hci.utah.edu. New interns are accepted each semester. Please apply early; two months prior to the next semester before service begins.


Clinical Trails Office (CTO) Volunteers

CTO Research Data Volunteer:

Working with Clinical Trials Data Managers to respond to clinical trial queries. Creating, retrieving, returning/filing patient research charts, imaging records etc. Printing records from electronic medical records and compiling research charts as needed. Collecting/printing pathology/study specimen records and filing; working on long-term follow-up tasks for collection of study data; creating study logs.

CTO Specimen Processing Volunteer:

Working with the Clinical Trials Specimen Processing team to tracking/recording inventory of laboratory kits while organizing, discarding and storing kits in areas within HCI and HCH. Creation and filing of patient specimen records as well as clinical trial specific laboratory materials; serving as runner from HCH and HCI laboratories to retrieve and drop off specimens, lab kits, etc. within clinic fast track lab areas.  

CTO Administrative Volunteer:

Working to assist on Clinical Trial Administrative team projects. Filing, archiving, inventory, copying, supply organization and delivery within CTO responsibilities; compiling/updating spreadsheets with administrative team for any clinical trial information (i.e., Regulatory, Finance, etc). Providing clerical assistance to Administrative team as assigned.
 
Volunteer position times and days vary depending on the needs of the Clinical Trials Office.  For more information or to apply, please contact Volunteer Services at 801-587-4050 or 801-587-4016 or e-mail volunteerservices@hci.utah.edu.


Patient Support

Summer 2017 Junior Volunteer Program

Volunteers between the age of 16 and 18 will provide patients who are waiting for appointments with books, magazines and games.  Volunteers will also assist with projects in the volunteer workroom. Current volunteer needs are Monday – Friday, available shifts are 10 am – 12pm and 12pm – 2pm

HCI Security Information Desk

Volunteers will assist members of the security staff at the information desk located in the lobby of HCI. Responsibilities include checking in visitors, calling the visitee, directing visitors and giving elevator access.  Volunteers will also help direct staff when needed. Current volunteer needs are Monday – Friday, available shifts are 8 am – 12pm and 12pm – 4pm

Information Guide

Volunteers at the information desk help direct patients and visitors to various areas in the facility as they arrive in the lobby; they also help visitors locate patients staying in the hospital. Volunteers also take flower deliveries to patient rooms.

Infusion Room

Volunteers work directly with patients, providing drinks, snacks, DVDs, blankets, and pillows while patients receive chemotherapy treatments. Volunteers also assist the infusion room nursing staff by stocking supply carts and kitchen areas

Inpatient Lending Hands

Volunteers assist inpatient staff by providing comfort care to patients and their families. Responsibilities include orienting new patients and their families to their rooms, providing information about all our hospital services, and with the help of staff, assisting patients with their recommended daily goals. Additional duties include assisting staff by stocking unit supply areas and patient rooms. Current volunteer needs are Monday through Friday, available shifts are 9am-1pm, 10am-2pm, and 1pm-5pm.

Outpatient Clinic Guide

Provide services to patients and their caregivers in the waiting areas by greeting patients, escorting patients to the appropriate clinic, assist patients on navigating through the hospital, and directing patients to the lab.

Patient & Family Comfort Care

Volunteers bring drinks and snacks to patients waiting for clinic appointments. They also take a media cart with DVDs, games, and books to patients staying in the hospital

Surgery Waiting Room

Volunteers in the surgery waiting room answer phones and help relay patient status information to the patients' families in the waiting room. Volunteers also provide general information about the facility, local attractions, and restaurants.

To apply or for more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 801-587-4050 or 801-587-4016 or e-mail volunteerservices@hci.utah.edu .


Group Service Projects

See a list of projects and current needs

HCI welcomes groups interested in helping cancer patients through the programs listed below. All homemade items must be created in a smoke-free environment to keep infection control rates down. For donations of more than 50 items, please contact volunteer services prior to drop off by calling 801-587-4050 or 801-587-4016.

Graduation Blankets

Your group can make 4' x 5' quilts or blankets that we give to patients when they finish their last chemotherapy or radiation treatment. Quilts may be sewn and tied, or made from fleece with simple cut and tied edges. We cannot accept donations of used blankets.

Essential Bag Project

Bags contain items of comfort and are helpful for patients when they stay in the hospital for an extended period of time.  Bags can be medium to large sized gift bags or medium to large sized canvas/reusable bags. 

Robes for Recovery Donations

The Wasatch Women’s Social Club is doing a service project for Huntsman Cancer Hospital.  They would like to make as many ‘Robes for Recovery’ as possible for breast cancer patients.  Their goal is 100 robes by the end of October 2017 so donations should be made at the latest by mid-August.  They will make the robes but are requesting donations of materials as follows: 

  1. Each robe takes 3 yards of brightly colored cotton or cotton blend fabric.
  2. Each robe takes a matching color of piping – one package or 3 yards.
  3. Each robe takes 1 ½ yards of ¾” width white Velcro.

If you are interested in donating money instead of materials, the materials for each robe cost approximately $15 -$17.

Decoupage Composition Journals

Decorate and embellish composition books using scrapbook paper.  Add inspirational quotes, words, or saying to the covers of the journal.  Patients are able to use these for writing down notes or thoughts; they are a great creative writing tool.  You can add a fun pencil or funky pen to go with the journal. 

Hats

Cancer patients need warm knit hats during the winter and brimmed hats and caps for summer wear. Your group can make or buy hats for them. For sample patterns, please call Volunteer Services at 801-587-4050 or 801-587-4016. Hats should be made of soft fabric that will not irritate sensitive skin. We cannot accept donations of used hats. Click for patterns

Attractive Scarves

Patients use soft fabric scarves to cover their heads. Scarves need to be made of soft fabric that won't irritate sensitive skin. We cannot accept donations of used scarves. Click for patterns

Wigs

We accept donations of attractive, stylish, clean wigs for cancer patients who may not otherwise have access to a wig.

Neck Pillows

Often time patients are receiving care or treatment for several hours, during this time they are constrained to a chair or bed and can be uncomfortable.  A neck pillow is always a nice treat to provide some neck relief.  Neck pillows can be store bought or handmade. Click for pattern

Clothing

Sometimes HCI patients coming from out of town for an outpatient clinic visit find they need to be admitted overnight, but they haven’t brought a change of clothes. Our patients could benefit from a t-shirt, drawstring pants, or other clothing item to get them through their stay. Below is a list of our most needed items and sizes. Items must be new, with tag–make arrangements with Volunteer Services before dropping off. Items of need include:

  • Men's plain t-shirt, sizes LARGE, XL, XXL
  • Men's sweatshirts, sizes XL, XXL
  • Men's plain drawstring pajamas or sweatpants, sizes LARGE, XL, XXL
  • Men's slides with adjustable straps (like Adidas or Nike styles), sizes 8-9, 9-10, 10-11 or MEDIUM, LARGE
  • Target gift cards, $10 value
  • Walmart gift cards, $10 value

Sleep Masks

Sleep masks help patients rest and block out light when they are receiving chemotherapy or other types of infusion as these treatments can last for several hours.  Eye masks should be lined with a satin or soft material for the eye side and sturdy cotton for the outer side.  Eye masks in both masculine and feminine colors and patterns are accepted.  Material must be new, not used. Click for pattern

Medical Pouch

They help patients keep their ‘JP’ drain and tubes in one neat place next to their sides and help avoid the drain and tubes from rubbing and irritating the skin.  Click for pattern

Magazine/Books

We accept donations of current (within the past six months) magazines or new and used books (in English and Spanish) for the clinic waiting rooms. Patients also enjoy books on CD.

Puzzle Books

Patients appreciate activity books (including crosswords, Sudoku, and Word Find puzzles) while they wait for treatment or during their hospital stay. We also accept donations of jigsaw puzzles for tables in the clinic waiting rooms.

Movies

We accept donations of new and used DVDs (in English and Spanish) for patients who are staying in the hospital to view.

Popcorn for Movie Therapy

Every Tuesday in the infusion center we screen art, nature, and documentary films—beautiful, inspiring, educational, or funny—to give our patients a change of scenery. We provide the popcorn. We welcome donations of pre-popped popcorn. We prefer Angie’s Popcorn because their ingredients, oils, and popping process make it a healthier, safer option.

Essential Totes 

Your group can donate essential totes (containing items such as current magazines, playing cards, crossword puzzles, pens, greeting cards, gum, lotion, and hand sanitizer) for patients on extended hospital stays. Patients also enjoy activity bags for specific holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas during these seasons.

Prepaid Calling Cards

Patients often need to call loved ones both near and far. Prepaid calling cards greatly help patients who need to make long-distance phone calls from the hospital.

Individual Items

We assemble comfort packets for our patients. Here is a list of individual items that we need. All items must be new.

  • Playing cards
  • Travel-size tissue packets, hand-sanitizer bottles, and hand lotion
  • Lip balm
  • 3x5-inch pocket memo pads or notebooks,
  • Pens, pencils, and sharpeners
  • Crossword, Sudoku, and Word Find activity books
  • Hard candy or gum packets

For more information, please contact Volunteer Services at 801-587-4050 or 801-587-4016 or e-mail  volunteerservices@hci.utah.edu .