Volunteers are the heart of our organization
Through our in-person and virtual friendship programs, we’ve paired children and young adults (ages 3-26) with mentors from over 50 different career paths, such as fashion design, robotics, and ghost hunting. Kids and young adults explore professions, continue to grow, reclaim their identity, and envision life beyond cancer.
Visits are all virtual now and take place on a weekly to monthly basis, for a minimum of six months. One of our program staff is on every call.
We send “passion project supply kits” — such as parts to build & program a robot — before each visit. That way the mentor can, over video, give the kid or young adult a hands-on, behind-the-scenes way to explore their passion.
During months of little social support, poor health, and frozen development, we provide essential stability, consistency, and hope in the form of friendship and mentorship. We are there, virtually, in and out of the hospital, during treatment and into survivorship.
Our mentors help young adults develop actionable post-cancer plans and they help kids dream about what they want to be when they grow up.
Below are mentors who the kids or young adults have specifically requested. For professions not yet listed, we have a pipeline so as soon as a kid/young adult tells us they share that passion, we have a mentor waiting for them.
We require all volunteers to be at least 20 years old or sophomores in college.
Volunteers must have (and we can help get them) relevant background checks.
Volunteers must be approved by our program staff.
(Steps to becoming approved as a volunteer)
Personally, I felt that if we could take Adrian’s mind off of the reason he was there, we succeeded that day. And if we were able to do that just once, it was all worth it.
It provides kids, with hope. It provides them with living their dreams. It opens up doors that may have been locked.
Or contact Friendship@ConnectingChampions.org / 412.376.3755