Volunteer Opportunities


Summer Recruitment Drive 2019

We are recruiting volunteers in the following areas:
• Hope & Cope Main Office
• Palliative Care Unit
• Communications
• Wellness Centre garden

  1. Main Office Volunteers

Are you a people-person who wants to give back and enjoys being at the centre of the action? Are you comfortable answering questions in person or on the phone, and guiding patients and their caregivers to the right resources. This could mean anything from fitting them for a wig, registering them for one of Hope & Cope’s many activities, and sometimes just listening to their needs. The Main Office Volunteer is often the first point of contact for the public, representing Hope & Cope to patients and their caregivers. Some of the meaningful duties expected are:

  • Promoting Hope & Cope’s programs and services.
  • Helping patients select practical accessories such as wigs, hats, scarves, turbans and prosthetic items.
  • Reception: Answering telephone calls and e-mails, providing information, taking messages and directing requests and concerns from patients to the right Hope & Cope resource.
  • Multi-tasking around the office – photocopying, compiling resource kits, sorting, distributing or mailing documents etc.
  • Library Resource Centre: Helping patients find and research information in our very own library.

What makes a great Main Office Volunteer: General knowledge of office procedures – including computer skills – Outlook and MS Office – ease and experience in telephone etiquette and/or experience dealing with diverse people. And, of course, because you will be dealing with sensitive and confidential information, absolute discretion, reliability, dependability and bilingualism (English and French) are required.

Time commitment: one weekly 4-hour shift, either morning (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Location: Jewish General Hospital, Pavilion E, 7th floor, Room 730.1

2, Palliative Care Volunteers

Volunteers are needed on the Palliative Care Unit all year long but especially during the summer months, to replace those who are on vacation. Previous palliative care training and experience in a palliative care setting care are preferred. Exceptionally, those without training may be considered if they are deemed a good fit for the unit and commit to taking the 6-week palliative care training course in the fall. New recruits will be paired with experienced volunteers for more specific on-site training.

Contact: Rifka Hanfling, Palliative Care Coordinator, 514 340-8222, ext. 23985, rhanfling@jgh.mcgill.ca

Location: Palliative Care Unit, Jewish General Hospital

3. Visual communications expert

Do you love creating attention-grabbing graphics, capturing emotion in photos and creating short, powerful videos for YouTube, Facebook and the web? Are you a social media and website wiz? Want to use these skills to spread the word about Hope & Cope’s mission and programs, offered free of charge to cancer patients, their families and caregivers? Then you are just the person we are looking for! Please consider giving us a few hours of your time per week to help us take Hope & Cope’s on-line presence to the next level.

Contact: Hena Kon, Communications Specialist, 514 340-3616, ext. 218, hkon@jgh.mcgill.ca

4. To weed or not to weed…

Do you have a green thumb and a strong back? Volunteers are needed from May until the end of September to keep our beautiful Wellness Centre garden in tip-top shape. Tasks include weeding, planting and general upkeep of the garden. Minimum commitment: one 3-hour shift per week.

Contact: Marcelle Kecman, Wellness Centre Manager, at 514 340-3616, ext. 205, mkecman@jgh.mcgill.ca
Location: Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre

Why volunteeer with us?

The key to Hope & Cope’s success is the presence of 500 volunteers, 90% of whom have either had cancer themselves or cared for someone diagnosed with the disease or, in some cases, have been both a patient and a caregiver.

What these volunteers offer is the wisdom of the lived experience, which enables them to truly understand the concerns of patients and their families. Survivorship Day 2014 service with a smileSeeing volunteers who have survived cancer and are doing well is a source of inspiration and hope to many patients.

We are always looking for new volunteers. If you are caring, non-judgmental, a good listener and a team player, bilingual (English/French) or multi-lingual and are comfortable working with those who have cancer, we would like to hear from you.

Please contact us at 514 340-8255.


Volunteer Management Council Charter

In response to an in-depth survey of Hope & Cope volunteers and subsequent consultations, in the fall of 2018, Hope & Cope introduced a new management structure called the Volunteer Management Council. Composed of volunteers representing a wide variety of areas within Hope & Cope as well as staff members, the Council will provide leadership and decision-making on volunteer-related issues and will report directly to the Board.

Click the Volunteer Management Council Charter to learn more about the Council’s mission, structure, composition and goals.

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