Volunteering at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is a great way to make a tangible difference in the lives of those with cancer and their families. You may have a loved one who has had cancer or have undergone treatment yourself and wish to return later as a volunteer. Volunteering at Sylvester is a chance to give back to the community, meet new people, and make a difference in the lives of others. Our greatest need for volunteers is between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For your time and energy, we offer:
- Annual flu shot at no cost
- Complimentary valet parking
- One free meal on day of service
Volunteering your time and talents to Sylvester will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction. We offer volunteer opportunities in a variety of capacities, including:
- Patient services
- Pet therapy
- Wayfinders (help patients and families find their way around our facilities)
- Woman-to-Woman Program
If you are a woman who has undergone gynecologic cancer treatment and is interested in providing support to a woman who is currently undergoing treatment, consider volunteering for our Woman-to-Woman Program as a survivor-volunteer. Learn more about this important support group.
To be a volunteer, you must be:
- At least 18 years of age*
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Complete the volunteer packet
- Pass a security background check
- Pass online training modules
- Complete the volunteer orientation
- Willing to devote a minimum of four hours a day, once a week, for at least six months
Summer Teen Program
*We offer high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 the opportunity to volunteer during the summer months from June through August each year. Applications will become available on February 15, 2018. Volunteer slots are limited, so apply early if you or your teen is interested.
Shadowing and Observing Opportunities
The Observership Program provides opportunities for you to observe within medical departments of the University of Miami Health System. You must have a sponsor willing to have you participate in this program. If you are a US citizen or resident, please call 305-243-6551. If you live outside the United States, you can call us at +1 305-243-6826.
We also offer opportunities for volunteers to assist with special events such as employee recognition events, community fundraisers, and health fairs. For more information about volunteering for special events, call 305-243-4918.
For more information about any of the above volunteer opportunities, please contact Volunteer Services at 305-243-5966.