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Make a difference

Hundreds of dedicated volunteers help our cause each year, from professionals who give pro bono expertise to office and event helpers. Here are our current volunteer opportunities:

Workplace Volunteerism

Volunteerism is a great way to boost workplace morale. Children’s Cancer Research Fund offers many opportunities for group involvement in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. If you would like to discuss volunteer opportunities for your company’s employees, please call 952-893-9355. Please note that all volunteer activities are currently in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Care Partners

Care Partners is a one-of-a-kind program that provides non-medical support to patients and families of patients who are receiving treatments for cancer and blood-related disorders at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and its outpatient Journey Clinic. As a Care Partner, you can give priceless support and encouragement to families who are under a tremendous amount of emotional, physical and financial stress. Opportunities include:

  • Family Volunteer: Work with a specific family throughout their entire course of treatment (minimum three months) in the Twin Cities area. Offer friendship and support by helping patients and their families with non-medical needs such as airport pickups, errands (e.g. grocery shopping), sitting with a patient so that a family member can take a break, or simply lending a friendly ear. You’ll be required to attend an eight-hour training and to commit to one year in the program. Time commitments can vary depending on schedules and the needs of the family, but weekly contact is expected.
  • Unit Volunteer: Provide short-term breaks for parents and caregivers by staying with children, reading stories, playing games, and watching movies. You may also assist with siblings of patients. Before getting started, you’ll be required to attend a four-hour classroom training session and a unit orientation, and you’ll shadow another current volunteer. Unit Volunteers work a four-hour shift per week on the hospital unit for a minimum of one year. Shifts are throughout the week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Clinic Volunteer Provide and supervise arts and crafts projects for patients and siblings in the Journey Clinic. Classroom training and shadowing with another volunteer are required. Clinic volunteers work a four-hour shift per week for a minimum of one year. Weekday morning and afternoon shifts are available.

The first step to becoming a volunteer for Care Partners is to complete this form. (Please note: According to hospital policy, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.)