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We love our volunteers.

Volunteers are the heart of the WMCC team. Our volunteers work together with staff and donors in our common mission to defeat cancer. WMCC volunteers are dedicated, compassionate people of all ages who make a shining difference in the lives of our patients. Some of our volunteers have defeated cancer themselves and want to pay forward their gratitude, while others may just have a service or talent they want to share. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, you can look forward to a richly rewarding experience.

Volunteer Opportunities

Information & Requirements

To apply for a volunteer position at WMCC, you must be at least 18 years of age and submit an application that includes a background check. A candidate’s individual interests and talents are strongly considered in the placement process. Most volunteer placements occur during WMCC’s regular business hours–Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. Occasionally, select volunteers assist with weekend activities like health fairs and fundraising events. There are some roles that require a commitment to a regularly scheduled shift weekly or monthly for a minimum period of one year. Others are more intermittent with a flexible work schedule.

  • Greeter/Patient Handler
  • Hospitality
  • Pet Therapy
  • Special Events/Administrative
  • Gardening/Holiday Set Up

Responsibilities:

  • Greet patients as they enter the building
  • Assist with wheelchairs and the transport of patients through the center as needed

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the education materials in the lobby
  • Keep the refreshment stations stocked

The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years for people with a wide variety of medical conditions, including cancer. Animals can provide a source of comfort to patients and bring out our nurturing instinct. If your dog is specially trained in this area, please contact us.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide comfort and joy to patients and caregivers in the lobby areas
    • Pet therapy volunteers are limited to dogs and their handlers. The dog must have at least a ‘Canine Good Citizen’ certificate from the Humane Society or similar agency and have all vaccinations up to date. Yearly vaccination certificate must be provided to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the team with set up or greeting during special events
  • Provide administrative support as needed (i.e. mailers, packet creation)

Responsibilities:

  • Beautify and maintain the outside flower beds at WMCC
  • Assist with holiday tree set up and takedown
  • Greeter/Patient Handler
  • Hospitality
  • Pet Therapy
  • Special Events/Administrative
  • Gardening/Holiday Set Up

Responsibilities:

  • Greet patients as they enter the building
  • Assist with wheelchairs and the transport of patients through the center as needed

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the education materials in the lobby
  • Keep the refreshment stations stocked

The therapeutic use of pets as companions has gained increasing attention in recent years for people with a wide variety of medical conditions, including cancer. Animals can provide a source of comfort to patients and bring out our nurturing instinct. If your dog is specially trained in this area, please contact us.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide comfort and joy to patients and caregivers in the lobby areas
    • Pet therapy volunteers are limited to dogs and their handlers. The dog must have at least a ‘Canine Good Citizen’ certificate from the Humane Society or similar agency and have all vaccinations up to date. Yearly vaccination certificate must be provided to the Volunteer Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the team with set up or greeting during special events
  • Provide administrative support as needed (i.e. mailers, packet creation)

Responsibilities:

  • Beautify and maintain the outside flower beds at WMCC
  • Assist with holiday tree set up and takedown

Patient & Family Advisory Council

The WMCC Patient & Family Advisory Council meets every other month to provide feedback on key initiatives aimed at improving the patient experience.

Members provide an invaluable perspective that helps shape recommended improvements before they are implemented. This is a critical part of our process improvement plan.

Volunteer Stories

Alan SarverWMCC Volunteer
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“Every day that I volunteer I am reminded where I was ten years ago. I never forgot the kindness of everyone at WMCC when I was a patient. If I can somehow make the process a little easier for a patient, it makes volunteering worthwhile to me.”
Patti VeseyWMCC Volunteer
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“My life has been enriched by those patients I have had contact with over the last 17 years as a volunteer. They are the voices of strength and courage.”
Madeline CiminiWMCC Volunteer
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“For almost five years, the best part of my week was volunteering at WMCC. On each shift, I watched as our patients exhibited strength, humor, generosity and grace. I am thankful for the lessons they taught me.”
Janiece QuickWMCC Volunteer
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“Puggie (therapy dog) & I enjoy the smiles on people’s faces when we are chatting with them. They also bring smiles to our faces.”
Ray BomeliWMCC Volunteer
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“Volunteering at WMCC on Tuesday mornings is the highlight of my week! I feel like I developed a friendship with the patients who come in and I try to be a listening ear to what they might want to share. I always try to bring a smile to their faces.”
Barb MillerWMCC Volunteer
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“Giving back is a blessing, and I am so glad that I can do that.”
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Volunteer Application

To apply for a volunteer position at WMCC Radiation & Surgical Specialties, please complete the online volunteer application below. If you prefer, you can download the application, complete it and mail it to the volunteer coordinator.

If you have questions, please call our volunteer coordinator at 269.373.7434 or email volunteer@wmcc.org.

Send forms by email:
volunteer@wmcc.org
Send forms by mail:
WMCC Radiation & Surgical Specialties
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
200 North Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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VOLUNTEER SERVICES

The West Michigan Cancer Center offers equal opportunity to all for volunteering opportunities, based upon individual merit and without regard to race, ethnicity, color, marital status, familial status, , national origin, religion, height, weight, age, sex, gender, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected class of individuals. It is clearly understood that there is no employer/employee relationship and that as a volunteer I am not entitled to compensation or fringe benefits of any kind for my voluntary services. I understand that a search of criminal conviction history records to verify information provided by me during the application process will be done. As part of this investigation, I may be required to provide demographic information, including social security number. I understand that this information may be required at a later time to facilitate this investigation. My signature below signifies that I understand and authorize WMCC to secure criminal conviction history from the appropriate law enforcement agency. I understand I am required to undergo annual influenza vaccinations and any TB testing deemed necessary.