Transportation is key to cancer care. That’s why every driver has what it takes to help save lives.
When transportation is a cancer patient’s biggest roadblock to treatment, the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides the rides that can help save lives. And we need your help.
For those who cannot drive themselves or have no other means of getting to their treatment, volunteers donate their spare time and the use of their personal vehicle to give cancer patients in their community a much-needed lift.
So if you own a car, then you are already on the road to helping save lives.
Why is this important?
Even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there. Family and friends may be able to help, but over the course of several months, they may not have the time or financial means to provide every ride.
That’s why a successful transportation assistance program can be a tremendous, potentially life-saving asset to the community.
To volunteer, what do you need?
If you own a car, then you are already on the road to volunteering for the Road to Recovery program. But you’ll also need:
- A good driving record
- A current, valid driver’s license
- Access to safe and reliable vehicle
- Proof of adequate automobile insurance
- Completion of the American Cancer Society training course
- Availability Monday through Saturday during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
How do you get started?
- Sign up and take our training course, which includes a 15 minute, new volunteer orientation video, and a 45 minute, Road to Recovery course.
- Complete the volunteer profile. This form collects volunteer information such as hours of availability, and asks for information to complete background checks.
- A background check for the prior three-year period.
How are ride requests coordinated?
Upon completion of the onboarding process, volunteer drivers will begin to receive ride requests from their Road To Recovery coordinator.
- Volunteers will be matched to ride requests based on their profile.
- When a driver accepts a ride, they are responsible for confirming with the patient one to two days prior to the ride.
- Once a ride request is accepted, it is expected that the volunteer driver will carry out the ride unless an emergency arises.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Hours are flexible