We're always in need of Volunteers to support our work. If you'd like to help in the office or at our Thrift Shop, work directly with our participants, staff an outreach table, help with a fundraising event, or join an ongoing committee with members of our board let us know! Volunteer training is ongoing.


Please call 586-1642 or download and complete our volunteer application to set up your interview and training dates.



Volunteer Training for Working with our Clients

Next training date to be determined. Please download and submit a volunteer application volunteer application, and let us know you're interested in our next training.

Cancer Connection’s training program is designed for the special people who want to work directly with our participants, in person and by telephone. The course will help prospective volunteers understand the complexities of sudden diagnosis and decision-making in the foreign country of oncology and personal upheaval and loss. Volunteers will learn listening skills, ways to empower clients to regain emotional and physical strength, and resources available to patients and their families along the cancer journey. Please call to arrange a time to meet with Elizabeth Cahn and enroll in an upcoming class. Classes will be on Sundays. Volunteers will also shadow experienced Befriending Volunteers during Cancer Connection’s drop-in hours.


The Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with two of our Befriending Volunteers, Paul and Sarah, in December 2014. Read the full story here.


If you have not already done so, please download and complete our volunteer application.



Special Event assistance

We hold several events during the year to raise awareness as well as financial resources. Each benefit for Cancer Connection relies on the varied skills and dedication of volunteers.


The current roster of benefits includes the WMass Mother’s Day Half Marathon in May and the Harvest Celebration Dinner & Silent Auction in October. Other events spring up from time to time through the inspiration of volunteers, staff and the community. Volunteers and staff help with benefits designed and run by the community, including Monte’s Campout, the Bridge of Flowers Road Race and the Worthington Classic Car Show in late summer. If you would like to get involved and participate in an event or help as a volunteer, please download and complete a volunteer application here and provide our Event Coordinator with your availability and a phone number to reach you. Volunteers can email events {at} cancer-connection.org or call Cancer Connection (413) 586-1642 to sign up.



Administrative help

There are numerous tasks in the office that keep Cancer Connection operating smoothly. Can you design flyers for upcoming workshops or help with mailings? If you’d like to help, call us and let’s discuss the possibilities.


If you would like to get involved and participate as a volunteer, please download and complete a volunteer application.



Thrift Shop

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The Thrift Shop will be most successful with a strong core of volunteers.

Read more about volunteer opportunities at the Thrift Shop on the store's website. If you would like to volunteer at the Thrift Shop, please complete a Thrift Shop volunteer application.


Board Committees that Welcome

Community Member Involvement


Development Committee:

Cancer Connection looks each year at its program goals and the funds needed to achieve our mission. The Development Committee establishes an annual fundraising plan and monitors its progress; oversees all fundraisers and supports the Events Coordinator; and develops and oversees a comprehensive public relations strategy that will provide a link to the community, including the public and the media, and will elicit support from the community.

Programs and Services Committee:

This committee is crucial for determining how best to determine and to meet the needs of our participants. Its work includes determining which programs and services are the most consistent with Cancer Connection’s mission; recommending new programs and services; monitoring the effectiveness of all programs and services offered; and monitoring the training of Cancer Connection volunteers.


Cancer Connection, 41 Locust Street, Northampton, MA 01060

Phone : (413) 586-1642 FAX (413) 280-0223