Volunteer opportunities at Huntsman Cancer Institute 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:
Patient and Public Education
Cancer Learning Center
Volunteers in the 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huntsman Cancer Institute welcomes groups interested in helping cancer patients through the programs listed below.
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.
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 801-581-7169. Hats should be made of soft fabric that will not irritate sensitive skin. We cannot accept donations of used hats.
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.
We accept donations of attractive, stylish, clean wigs for cancer patients who may not otherwise have access to a wig.
We accept donations of current (within the past six months) magazines or new and used books for the clinic waiting rooms. Patients also enjoy books on CD.
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.
We accept donations of new and used DVDs for patients who are staying in the hospital to view.
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.