Volunteer Drivers and Coordinators Needed for the American Cancer Society
Transport Cancer Patients to Treatment
An estimated 81,540 PA residents will learn they have cancer this year and getting to their scheduled treatment will be their greatest concern. To ensure patients get to the critical care they need, the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program can help provide freetransportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer and who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves.“One cancer patient requiring radiation therapy could need between 20 to 30 trips to treatment over the course of six weeks,” said Jennifer Washney, Program Manager Mission Delivery for the American Cancer Society. “A patient receiving chemotherapy may need weekly treatment for up to a year.”
Many cancer patients don’t own a vehicle, can’t afford the extra gasoline, or don’t have access to public transportation. Some patients may be unable to drive, too ill to drive, or have no family members or friends who are able to provide regular assistance with transportation. “Some patients don’t have access to transportation at all and public transportation is not ideal for those who are in treatment and who are fatigued, sick, and often at risk of infection,” said Jennifer Washney. “Transportation programs are vital for patients to get to the treatments they need. But the program not only helps patients, it’s also rewarding for the volunteers.”
The Road To Recovery program provides transportation options for patients in these situations and currently is in need of volunteer drivers across northeastern PA, specifically Monroe County, Lehigh Valley, Luzerne County, Lackawanna Counties and Schuylkill and Carbon Counties. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so patients can receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Drivers also provide encouragement and support.
To volunteer, you must have a valid driver’s license, a safe and reliable vehicle, (or use an ACS vehicle where available) and proof of automobile insurance.Drivers must be 18 to 85; and have a good driving history. They arrange their own schedules and can commit as many or as few hours as their schedule allows. The American Cancer Society provides online training to drivers and conducts criminal background and driving record checks.
Volunteer Coordinators also are needed and to help schedule the requested rides. Coordinators can work from any location that is convenient for them. This positon requires great organization, communication and computer skills (access to a lap top, computer or IPad) are required for this special volunteer position. Volunteer Coordinators can expect to spend 5 to 10 hours per week helping to coordinate rides for patients, depending on the counties they are covering. We need a Volunteer Coordinator in Wyoming Valley, upper Luzerne County, Wilkes-Barre, Kingston area. We also need back up coordinators to fill in when our primary coordinator is out of town or unavailable.
For information about the Road To Recovery program and other Society programs and services,
call 1-800-227-2345, or visit cancer.org.
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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress,14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.