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Are you compassionate, motivated and committed? Do you have excellent communication skills and the desire to help people?

Volunteering at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, is a great way to give back to your community. Our volunteers are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to every patient.

Volunteer at Mays Cancer Center

By donating your time and talents as a volunteer, you have the ability to transform a patient’s life. Our volunteer program gives you the opportunity to support the comfort and well-being of our patients, their families and caregivers. Spending time with patients and loved ones helps inspire hope and courage throughout their care journey.

We ask that applicants commit to volunteering for 12 months and a minimum of six hours (three shifts) per month. Our available volunteer positions include:

  • Clinic Volunteer (three to four hours per week): Help people find their way throughout the building, and assist with patients’ needs in the clinics, such as checking in.
  • Patient and Family Services Group Facilitator (one to two hours per week): Coordinate activities that enhance the patient experience, such as fitness, music and arts, or cultural and spiritual activities.
  • Support Group Facilitator (one to two hours per week): Lead or assist disease-specific support groups.

Volunteer at Mays Cancer Center

The application process varies, depending on your volunteer interests. In general, you can expect to go through these steps in the process:

Step 1: Complete the application

Please complete our online application.

Step 2: Interview with our volunteer coordinator

After the volunteer coordinator reviews your application, we’ll contact you to arrange an interview at Mays Cancer Center. You’ll need to go through a criminal background check.

Step 3: Receive a flu shot and tuberculosis testing

People who have cancer often have compromised immune systems during their treatment. Because you’ll be working closely with them as a volunteer, it’s important for you to meet immunization requirements. That means you’ll need to receive an annual flu shot, if you haven’t already, and take a tuberculosis test with negative results.

Step 4: Go through orientation and training

At our orientation program, you’ll learn about patient confidentiality and volunteer policies. We’ll provide you with our Volunteer Rules and Ethics, which you’ll be responsible for reading and understanding. We will train you as needed based on the volunteer position to which you are assigned.

Volunteer requirements

To volunteer at Mays Cancer Center, you must be 18 years old or older. You must also be able to commit to 12 consecutive months of volunteer work and at least three shifts per month, two hours per shift.

Benefits of volunteering

Your support can make all the difference for our patients as they undergo cancer treatment. Volunteering can also be rewarding in many ways as you:

  • Serve at the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in Central and South Texas
  • Play a role in supporting cancer patients and caregivers
  • Share your talents where they are needed and appreciated
  • Meet other dedicated people who share the same commitment to helping others   

Questions? Call us

If you have any questions about our volunteer opportunities or the application process, please call 210-450-1017.