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Volunteer Opportunities


There are a number of areas for volunteer opportunities at the Kimmel Cancer Center. Please review the programs listed below and contact the appropriate coordinator.

  • Patients
  • Patient Advocacy and Survivorship
  • Administrative Support


For volunteers interested in working directly with patients, the Kimmel Cancer Center’s clinical partner, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, provides a structured program to ensure patient and volunteer safety and other regulatory requirements.

Volunteer opportunities with patients include the following:

  • Patient Angels – Provide comfort to patients by visiting, helping with meals and assisting our nursing staff with a variety of duties.
  • Greeter – Welcome patients and visitors, and help them find their way around the hospital or to and from testing areas.

Contact: Please visit our hospital volunteer program page.

Patient Advocacy and Survivorship Programs

The Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson provides cancer survivors with opportunities to make their voices heard at the Center by serving on various committees. Cancer survivors also serve as trained volunteer buddies to help newly diagnosed cancer patients cope with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Kimmel Cancer Center offers a wide range of education and support programs for patients and their families before, during, and after treatment.

Contact: 215-955-8370 or email:

Administrative Support

For volunteers interested in working in the philanthropy field or in an office setting, these opportunities are currently available:

Volunteer Events Coordinator

Volunteer Event Coordinators work on a variety of Kimmel Cancer Center events, including the Men’s Event in the fall and the KCC Ball in the spring. Both are formal fund raising and friend raising events that attract between 150 and 400 guests. They are held at high-end venues in Philadelphia.
Volunteer Events Coordinators also work on our Patient and Family Support Programs. Each year Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center produces more than fifty events that inform and support our cancer patients and those who have successful gone through treatment here. These events include outreach for those who have just been diagnosed and several survivors support groups. These events are a critical part of the care cycle for thousands of cancer patients.

Volunteer Event Coordinators help with registration and event management on-site, arrange silent and called auction items, help plan decor and entertainment, prepare event venues, solicit and confirm attendance, and assist with event publicity. We can accommodate volunteer participation during normal business hours and on the weekends or in the evening, when most events take place. We need Coordinators who great “people persons” and/or are comfortable working behind the scenes using office systems.

Volunteer Office Manager

Whether you can devote two hours a week or twenty, this role gives you an opportunity to keep your administrative skills current or develop new ones. Volunteer Office Managers assist the Director of Development for the Kimmel Cancer Center with critical management tasks, including scheduling, preparation of publicity, outreach and fund raising materials, record keeping, and organization of the development office suite.
This position requires availability during normal business hours. Strong preference for those with strong computer skills (common office programs and applications) and office experience.

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators

Each year many volunteer and charitable organizations work with us to support the fight against cancer at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center. These groups include neighborhood associations, sporting groups, social service organizations, and survivors’ groups. Some are entirely local and some are affiliated with national organizations in the fight against cancer. All work to support the KCC with outreach, publicity, and funding.

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators work directly with the leaders and organizers of these groups and the Development staff of the Kimmel Cancer Center to assure that their goals are met and that the relationships with these groups remain strong and grow. Coordination of these relationships both assures the continued support for many KCC project and priorities and provides very significant funding to the Kimmel Cancer Center.

Volunteer Outreach Coordinators work at conferences, sporting events, charity runs and walks, bowlathons, comedy nights, and many other third party events. Since most events take place on the weekends or in the evening, this position requires availability unusual hours.

Volunteer Media and Publishing Assistant

The Volunteer Media and Publishing Assistant will be working in the Directors office during regular business hours. This role will provide you with an opportunity to work with a variety of media including the printing and mailing of weekly newsletters, printing and binding of the KCC Annual Reports, assisting with production of photographs for newsletters and magazines, and a variety of other duties relating to the Kimmel Cancer Center. Professional attire requested.

Volunteer Education and Research Assistant

The Volunteer Education and Research Assistant will be working in the Directors office during regular business hours. This position requires an individual with strong computer skills (common office programs and applications) including internet search familiarity. Typical responsibilities will include educational and research internet searches and printing, follow up on research awards, creation of applications, and the typing grants and dictation as needed. Professional attire requested.

Volunteer Office Personnel

This position requires availability during regular business hours and allows you to become familiar with the Jefferson campus and the various departments that the Kimmel Cancer Center is involved with. Typical responsibilities will include the pick-up and delivery of documents and files, copying, typing, and various office duties. Professional attire requested.

For more information or to apply, please call (215) 955-5692 or email