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Volunteer at Bay Area Cancer Connections

Our volunteers provide services to clients as well as assist in the day-to-day operations of our center. We simply could not provide the high quality services we do, and remain flexible to the ever-increasing needs of our community, without our dedicated volunteers.

Ways you can volunteer:

Direct Client Services
    • Buddy – Survivors can volunteer on an on-call basis to help cancer patients. Use your experience with breast cancer or ovarian cancer to provide support, information, and encouragement to someone who is newly diagnosed.
    • Helpliner – Highly involved, weekly position. Be the first point of contact to clients. Support callers and walk-in clients by listening to their questions and concerns, providing information about BCC’s services, and matching clients with the services that will help them most.
    • Library Research – Keep our library current by reviewing medical journals and evaluating content.
Community Outreach
  • Community Outreach: General – Volunteer at Bay Area Cancer Connections info table at various health fairs, fundraisers, or other community events.
  • Community Outreach: Medical Facilities – Help optimize Bay Area Cancer Connection’s visibility at local medical facilities. The primary goal of this position is to increase awareness of our organization and maintain relationships with Bay Area medical professionals.
  • Research Advocacy Program – Program members actively provide input as patient survivors/advocates for research grants that require patient advocate review and participation.
Administrative Support
  • Fundraising – Assist Development staff with donor research, event planning, or fundraising campaigns.
  • Program Assistant – Assist with billing and other administrative support tasks (assembling folders, phone work, and filing).
  • Social Media – Help us grow our online community. Create and collect content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
  • Office Support – Help staff with filing, organizing, shredding, and other miscellaneous office duties.
  • Mailing Party – Collate and organize mass mailings.
  • Library Assistant – Assist with cataloging and checkout of library books, restocking pamphlets, and organizing library shelves.
Technical Support
  • Website Administrator – Help maintain security and updates for
  • Graphic Designer – Design print and online materials such as direct mail solicitations, cards, brochures, etc.
  • Photographer – Take digital photos for print and online publications.  Photograph fundraising or program events or set-up photo shoots at BCC.

Join our team

Volunteer Application

Amy Moody
Manager of Volunteer Resources
(650) 326-6299, ext. 16

Reimbursement Policy


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June 9, 2016
16th Annual Susan F. Campbell Volunteer Recognition Event 

View more photos on our Facebook page

Volunteer of the Year 2016
Every year, Bay Area Cancer Connections honors one volunteer who has demonstrated through their work and outstanding contributions, their commitment to BCC and our mission. This award was named for Sherrie Wilkins, an extraordinary volunteer who contributed immeasurable creativity, determination and commitment to the organization and the clients we serve.

This year, we bestow the Sherrie Wilkins Volunteer of the Year Award to someone whose dedication to BCC can never truly be measured — Judith Cornez.

Judith has been a volunteer at BCC for 11 years.  In addition to being one of the anchors of our Helpline staff, Judith is the Wig coordinator for our boutique, works outreach events on behalf of the organization, delivers our materials to local hospitals and doctors’ offices, helps at our events like the Annual Conference and Spring Benefit, and has co-chaired our Fit for Life Fashion Show.   When we moved in to our new space she and her husband, Arnie volunteered their time and gardening skills to create a beautiful space on our back patio and continue to help maintain the space to this day.

When those who nominated her were asked what three words describe Judith, the most common were: Committed, Friendly, Helpful. One staff member commented: “Judith is committed to our mission and serving clients.  She truly cares about people.”

It is an honor to work beside Judith every week.  She always puts our clients’ needs first.  When a client calls on the phone or walks through the door she is always there.  Judith’s knowledge, kindness, and compassion are truly life-changing to our clients.

Special Volunteer Recognition Awards
This year, we have started a few formal special recognition awards in addition to our Volunteer of the Year award.  While we will continue to honor a volunteer whose service has gone above and beyond, we also recognize there are other important volunteers who have made an impact on BCC with their service.

Corporate Commitment Award ~ Genentech
Genentech has committed to supporting Bay Area Cancer Connections over the past 13 years through grants and sponsorships for both our Annual Conference and our Spring Benefit, totaling over $175,000!  We are truly grateful for Genentech’s continued support.  They have had an incredible, direct impact on the lives of our clients.

Community Group Award ~ International Order of the Rainbow Girls (California)
Bay Area Cancer Connections was the fortunate beneficiary of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls in California’s Grand Service Project for 2015-2016.   For those of you who may not know, this is a Masonic youth service organization which teaches leadership training through community service.  Lead by their 2016 Grand Worthy Advisor, Colleen Penaluna, they held fundraisers at their California assemblies throughout the year.  Not only did they donate items for our comfort totes, but they collected over $70,000 for us!!  We will forever be grateful for the lasting contribution they have made to BCC.

Youth Recognition Award ~ Hannah Klaassen
The Youth Recognition Award is given to a young person who has made a significant impact on our organization.  This year’s recipient is Hannah Klaassen. Hannah is working toward her Girl Scout Gold Award.  You might have seen her article in the Los Altos Town Crier.  She will be a Senior this Fall at Los Altos High School.  Inspired by her own experience as a child with a parent with cancer, she wanted to help other children going through a similar experience. Already, she has helped with organizing and implementing a Family Movie Night, a Family Cooking and Nutrition Event, and next month will host a Family Game Night at BCC.  We absolutely love her energy, her enthusiasm and dedication to our clients. 

Dedication to BCC Award ~ Karen Nierenberg
The Dedication to BCC is given to a volunteer who shows a consistent dedication and passion for our mission.  Karen Nierenberg embodies the word dedication.  She has been a part of this organization since 2001 and in that time, has been our Executive Director, our Interim Executive Director, Board Member, our Interim Executive Director again, an Event Committee Member, a Fund Development Committee Member, a champion of incoming EDs and of all of the staff members.  One person who nominated Karen wrote, “She truly wants what is best for BCC and has always been willing to put in significant efforts to help BCC thrive.”  From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Karen for her unwavering commitment to every part of this organization.


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