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4051 Upper Creek Dr.
Suite #103B
Sun City Center, Florida 33573

 

Before reading about the Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation volunteer opportunity, take a look/listen to someone who is already volunteering:

The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that helps individuals with their essential living expenses while they undergo treatment for cancer. Cancer patients are able to receive assistance from the Foundation for their non-medical bills, such as overdue rent, mortgage, utility bills and car payments. This financial assistance immediately impacts cancer patients and their families in communities throughout Florida, allowing them to focus on their recovery.

The Foundation is partially supported by voluntary FCS employee payroll deductions and FCS partner physician donations. Due to the generosity of the FCS partner physicians, 100% of donations received go directly towards paying the essential living expenses of someone with cancer.

Through the Patient Support Volunteer program, the Foundation makes an additional difference by providing support to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.

Patient Support Volunteer Position Description

Work Location: 4051 Upper Creek Dr., Sun City Center

Job Description Summary:
Ideal candidates may be a retiree, cancer survivor, or a caregiver of someone with cancer. College students with an interest in oncology, nursing, or medicine are welcome to apply.

This position is responsible for supporting the non-medical needs of adult patients in the infusion/treatment areas, in an effort to provide comfort and companionship. Patient Support Volunteers are ambassadors for the FCS Foundation. Our Volunteers brighten up a cancer patient’s day by providing non-medical support, and companionship to them while undergoing treatment. In the infusion area, volunteers offer a listening ear, a smile, light refreshments, hand out warm blankets and pillows, wipe down the infusion chairs, share reading materials and assistance to the nursing staff. This position is based in an FCS clinic and shifts are based on the clinic schedule.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Greet patients and guests with a smile and friendly voice.
• Ensure each patient has a clean pillowcase and blanket.
• Restock cupboards with supplies, blankets and pillowcases at the end of the shift.
• Distribute snacks, prepare coffee or other beverages, and serve to patients and guests.
• Restock snacks, beverages, and supplies at the end of the shift.
• Restock the blanket warmer, if applicable.
• Offer assistance escorting patients to chairs or other parts of the facility, if needed.
• Engage patients and guests in light, easy conversation.
• Hand out magazines, books and FCS Foundation information to patients and guests.
• Wipe down patient chairs after patient has left using gloves and sanitizing wipes. Place used blankets in laundry baskets and dispose of used pillow cases.
• Log in and log out in the infusion areas with your name, time you arrived and time you left, as well as total hours you worked each shift.

Time Commitment: 
Minimum of three hours per week for six months. Shifts are a minimum of three hours in length, morning or afternoon. The number of days and times that shifts are available may vary by clinic location.

Qualifications:
• FCS Clinics are following CDC Guidelines – face masks are required and volunteers must follow the FCS vaccine policy.
• Excellent verbal communication skills are required. Be an FCSF ambassador.
• Basic computer and internet skills, as well as an email address, are essential.
• Must have a friendly and compassionate personality.
• Able to commit to a minimum of two hours a week, on a regular basis.
• Must be 18 years old or over.
• We are not able to accommodate patients who are actively being treated for cancer, or court-ordered community service.
• Ability to stand and walk for three hours with light lifting, carrying and bending.

 

A Word From Someone There, Doing It – Now…

I have the privilege of volunteering at the Florida Cancer Center here in Sun City Center. It is truly a place of healing!

The hardworking and appreciative nurses are busy setting up infusions for patients who are looking forward to a return to health. I give out warm blankets, drinks and snacks, and smiles and conversation. The patients are thankful for happy attention and sometimes, a compassionate ear. Honestly, what I do is a GIFT to myself. I look forward each week to meeting and helping “new friends.” I try to be the volunteer that I may need someday.

Judy

Next Step: Seniors in Service helps nonprofits throughout Tampa Bay find volunteers like you to help accomplish their mission. Fill out the form below and someone from Seniors in Service will contact you soon to walk you through the next steps to begin volunteering. In question 4, please include the words “Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation.”