Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you want to do a one time or on-going activity, the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center welcomes you to join us in opportunities in Washington and Hancock Counties that help further our impact. Here are some of our current opportunities or if you have a particular skill or interest not on the list, we can create an opportunity. We want our volunteers to have a meaningful experience.

Scroll down below for many ideas of ways you can volunteer.

Interested in volunteering? Click here to download our volunteer application or contact Naomi or Michael at (207) 664-0339.

Special Events

We have events throughout the year. For example in  May there is a Walk for Life in Addison, and in  September, a Bike Ride on the Blue Hill Peninsula. Additional activities come up during the year.  Some of the ways you can help :

  • Being a leader or member of a planning committee
  • Putting up posters
  • On the day of the event, assisting with registration, check points, food, etc.
  • Soliciting gifts and sponsors


Teachers or Leaders

Community Education

Teachers or Leaders

To share skills or knowledge. The center offers programs like Yoga, exercise, Reflexology,  Reiki in Ellsworth but maybe you have an interest or skill you would like to share  with others.

Office Volunteers

Our Office Assistant Volunteers are such a help to us. We want to maintain personal contact with people who call or come in the office. Office volunteers perform many functions, large and small,  that make the office and organization function such as;

  • Assist with mailings
  • Receptionist
  • Answer phones
  • Filing and copying
  • Help set up for classes
  • Send handwritten thank you notes
  • Library – organize library and literature, lending follow-up. Researching new materials
  • Computer – data entry,  write letters, design posters


Other Ways to Volunteer

Office Volunteers

Community Education

Help us get the word out about the programs and assistance the center can offer.

  • Distribute posters and brochures out in the community and places like physician offices.
  • Assist with putting together the monthly program list and calendars; help produce the newsletter.
  • Write news releases
  • Speaker’s Bureau

Transportation

We are always in need of drivers to take people to chemotherapy, radiation and physician appointments. Riders are so appreciative of the drivers that perform this service.

Other Ways to Volunteer

  • Serve on the Board of Directors or other committees.
  • Join with the knitters and sewers group to make chemo caps port protectors  and ouch pouches for people during treatment
  • Photographer
  • Be a member of a conference planning committee/ assist with implementation

Other Opportunities Shared With Other Organizations

  • Guides – Beth Wright Center Guides offer one-on-one support to newly diagnosed cancer patients or their caregivers doing such things as calling and arranging appointments, identifying resources to meet the patients’ needs, providing friendly contact, coordinating referrals, facilitating the acquisition of community support services and helping clients and families overcome barriers. The Guides are people who have gone through the experience of cancer and specialized training and have a desire to help others.
  • The Maine Buddy Program – This program of the Cancer Community Center of South Portland is for people living with, caring for, or who have lost someone with cancer Participants are matched with a trained volunteer Buddy who has had similar experiences and provide  support through phone conversations.
  • Reach to Recovery – This program of the American Cancer Society helps breast cancer patients cope with their breast cancer experience. Trained volunteers are available to give you support and up-to-date- information.
  • Road to Recovery – The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.

Testimonials

I started special yoga and exercise classes sponsored by the center one year after my breast cancer and lymphedema diagnoses. These classes, and the camaraderie, understanding, compassion and encouragement I felt from everyone connected to the center, inspired me to get moving, literally and figuratively. Cancer can be isolating and immobilizing at times, and being with others who understand this helped me profoundly. Four years later I feel continuously nourished and nurtured by my new community of friends. Plus, I can now touch my toes and do 20 stomach crunches!