AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society
Located at 110 West Laurel Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19012.
Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. That's why the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their families can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in the Philadelphia area is a 30,000 square-foot facility that will provide temporary, free housing for an annual average of 1,300 cancer patients and their caregivers. With 37 private guest suites, a communal kitchen, dining room, sitting areas, laundry facilities, library, exercise room, and patio, the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge offers the comforts of home to those who must travel to Philadelphia for treatment. Transportation to and from local treatment centers is also available.
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge is expected to provide 13,505 nights of free housing annually for patients traveling more than 40 miles from home and will save cancer patients approximately $2 million a year in hotel expenses.
Volunteer jobs needed at AstraZeneca Hope Lodge:
If any volunteer jobs below at Hope Lodge interest you, please contact Gladys Handal at Gladys.Handal@cancer.org or 267-622-6000.
As mentioned, the American Cancer Society’s AstraZeneca Hope Lodge is a wonderful place inCheltenham,PAthat provides lodging at no cost to patients or their families who have traveled to thePhiladelphiaarea for treatment. Although it is not a guaranteed service, the Lodge has vehicles available to drive patients to and from their appointments inCenterCity. The vehicles are of no use, however, without volunteers to drive them!
We are currently looking for volunteers to help drive Hope Lodge guests to and from their appointments. Here are some important things to note:
- Training will be provided to each volunteer after he/she passes a criminal and DMV background check
- Volunteers will transport patients in the Hope Lodge vans. Therefore, each volunteer is covered by the American Cancer Society auto insurance policy
- Rides begin at the Lodge inCheltenham,PAand go into Center City Philadelphia, making stops at various hospitals such asTempleUniversityHospital,HahnemannHospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, etc. and then returns to the Lodge afterward
- We ask that each volunteer commit to one three-hour time slot each week to drive the van. The time slots are as follows on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:
o 7:45am -11am
o 10:45am -1pm
o 1:45pm - 4pm
Turn Over Service Assistance:
Once one of our guests departs, the staff and volunteers of the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge "turn over" the room in preparation for the next incoming guest. If you have a few hours per week between 11AM and 2PM to assist us in removal of the linens and bath towels, replacing with fresh linens and towels, light dusting, and vacuuming. Note: sanitation of rooms is performed by a contracted third party.
Assist with the completion of laundry services. Wash, dry and fold linens and towels after a guest has checked out of the AstraZeneca Hope Lodge. Hours are flexible.
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- appreciate anytime you can give us per month