Become a Volunteer - ABCD

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers are the Heart of ABCD’s Mission

ABCD’s 1:1 personalized support services are possible because of our volunteer peer Mentors. Breast Cancer survivors and co-survivors provide support on ABCD’s Helpline and through 1:1 peer Match Mentoring.

Other volunteer opportunities include Ambassadors, who do community outreach and Liaisons who work directly with ABCD’s staff and our healthcare allies. Volunteers also support our work through special events and mission support in the office.

Match Mentors and Helpline Mentors provide personalized emotional, informational and practical support to anyone who is going through their breast cancer journey. Opportunities are available for survivors and co-survivors to volunteer from home.

Ambassadors are an elite group of volunteers.  They are trained by ABCD staff members and are called upon to represent ABCD at community outreach events such as health fairs, 3rd party events and lunch & learns.  Responsibilities include tabling at an event, speaking at an event or serving on a committee.

Liaisons function as the connection between Healthcare Professionals and ABCD.  Liaisons build relationships within the breast cancer community. Their goal is to better understand how we can be sure referrals to ABCD are at the forefront with each Navigator when they meet with their breast cancer patients. Liaisons are trained by ABCD staff members and are assigned specific healthcare facilities to contact on a quarterly basis.

Information and FAQs

Where does volunteer training happen?

  • Match Mentor and Helpline Mentor: training sessions are offered at various locations and online times during the year. Contact programdept@abcdmentor.org for more information.
  • Ambassadors: training sessions are offered twice each year in person and online training is available on an ongoing basis. Contact communications@abcdmentor.org for more information.
  • Liaisons: training sessions are offered twice each year in person and online training is available on an ongoing basis. Contact communications@abcdmentor.org

Do I need special skills?

  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do people turn to you for emotional support?
  • Have you been asked to speak with someone who has been diagnosed?
  • Do you instinctively reach out when you learn someone has been diagnosed?
  • Did someone help you during treatment and you would like to “pay it forward?”

Where does volunteer training happen?

  • Do I have to be a breast cancer survivor?
  • Match Mentor and Helpline Mentor training sessions are free and open to all breast cancer survivors and co-survivors who are one year past diagnosis.
  • Ambassador and Liaison training is free and open to anyone who is interested in supporting the mission of ABCD.

Can teams of volunteers help out?

  • Teams of volunteers are welcome to help out with ABCD’s fundraising and awareness events. Contact communications@abcdmentor.org for more information.