What is National Volunteer Month?
April is National Volunteer Month! Cancer Care Services is celebrating our volunteers all month long with thank you videos from our staff. (Watch the videos on our social media!)
In 1991, President George H.W. Bush launched the 1000 Points of Light campaign and established April as National Volunteer Month. This month is dedicated to all the volunteers who give their time to better their communities.
Our volunteers are the heart of Cancer Care Services. We thank each and every one of you so much for gifting our clients with kindness and joy. The time you spend volunteering with Cancer Care brings help and hope to those coping with cancer.
Who is the volunteer of the month?
We also have a very special announcement: Marilyn Kepner is our volunteer of the month! Marilyn is always ready to help our clients – whether she’s at the Cancer Care Services front desk or helping at Texas Oncology. Keep reading to learn more about our fantastic volunteer of the month!
Tell us about yourself:
I am a retired RN Case Manager. I am originally from Pittsburgh and am an avid fan of Pittsburgh sports teams. I am a Mom to one son, grandma to one girl and three boys, and great-grandma to two girls and two boys.
What brought you to Cancer Care Services as a volunteer?
My retirement plan includes volunteering at multiple organizations. Cancer Care Services started with one event – an Adios Cancer celebration and grew from there to office receptionist volunteer to now adding prescreening at Texas Oncology (and that has been quite a gift during the Covid Years).
What is your favorite thing about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?
I love being with people, and Cancer Care Services allows one to meet new people and for me to keep my hand on healthcare.
What has been one of your most memorable moments volunteering with Cancer Care Services?
My memorable moment was learning to operate the popcorn machine during events – it kept me very busy that day!
How has your experience with cancer impacted your volunteering?
In my family, my son had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – now in remission, and my father had lung cancer. Because during those days, I was made aware of Cancer Care Services, I am now eager to tell people in the community about the organization and the great work being done.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with Cancer Care Services?
I would encourage anyone interested in volunteering that Cancer Care Services is wonderful, that cancer is not all gloom and doom and that they can feel good because you get smiles.
How do I volunteer with Cancer Care Services?
If you want to volunteer with Cancer Care Services, you can sign-up through our Volunteer Form or email Megan Clifton, our Client Connection and Volunteer Manager, at Megan@CancerCareServices.org. View our Volunteer page for more information and sign up to join our volunteer email list for upcoming opportunities. We hope to see you at our next volunteer opportunity!