Volunteer Opportunities

A Note from a Cancer Coping Center Volunteer

I feel so lucky to be a part of the Cancer Coping Center, to experience the growth of a nonprofit and be given the courage and opportunity to fight cancer with creativity and even humor . . . And being in the radiation oncology waiting room, listening to people, the ebb of hopes and fears before and after treatment–these things I will carry with me. It was exciting to see hands of all ability levels contributing to the growing cluster of cranes [the art of Origami to make paper cranes for a thousand cranes project]. Staff, family, friends, patients and children were able to express hope and healing through colors, notes on the cranes, group puzzles. For some, the cranes were a distraction from the tension in the waiting room, for others the emergence of bird from a flat paper was a symbol of resilience. It was a thing of beauty that radiation could be used as a healing force–a far cry from Hiroshima. I met with the same patients week after week and got to hear their stories, thoughts, how they were doing, how could I make them more comfortable. I became a self-proclaimed patient advocate–giving new patients a welcome packet and reassurance, celebrating with those who had come in for a final treatment. I wanted to say thank you for having this vision and creating the Cancer Coping Center. My experience being [with] patients made me realize that I wish to serve as a patient advocate and nurse.

Types of Volunteers


  • Painters
  • Photographers
  • Sculptors
  • Calligraphers
  • Illustrators
  • Printmakers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Event Planner
  • Scrapbooker /Crafter

Graphic Designer Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create and design various materials for print and digital collateral.
  • Ensure projects are completed with high quality and on schedule.
  • Establish creative direction for the company as well as brand guidelines.
  • Prioritize and manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions.
  • Perform retouching and manipulation of images.
  • Work with a wide range of media and use graphic design software.
  • Qualifications for Graphic Designer.
  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic arts, design, communications, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in graphic design.
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, print, and the web.
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred
  • Knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Sketch, InDesign, and other graphic design software.
  • Compelling portfolio of work over a wide range of creative projects.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent eye for detail.

Event Planner Duties & Responsibilities

This volunteer opportunity requires candidates to be able to perform duties that can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Meet with event stakeholders to gain an understanding of the event’s purpose and goals.
  • Outline the scope of the event, including time, date, location, and budget.
  • Scout and inspect event venues.
  • Work with vendors to get bids and determine best fits for the budget and goals of the event.
  • Negotiate and manage vendor contracts.
  • Coordinate event logistics and services, including technology and equipment needed to run the event, food, drinks, transportation, lodging, and more.
  • Manage the budget and ensure event stays within guidelines; ensure vendors are paid.

Scrapbooker /Crafter

Job Description

We are seeking a talented person to fill a mid-level Scrapbooker/Crafter volunteer position. The Scrapbooker/Crafter works closely with other Scrapbooker/Crafters. We are looking for several volunteers for this role. We ask for at least a 6-month commitment. With at least 5 hours of availability each week.


  • Design and create cards, layouts and creative projects for to teach out clients during a creative session and to create for us to sell at raffles, silent auctions and eventually an online store.
  • Keep track of trends in crafting and the retail world at-large and offer critique and insight during product development process. – Perform other duties as assigned


  • Extensive experience in scrapbooking, cardmaking and paper crafts. A portfolio exhibiting style and abilities is necessary for application.
  • Must use products in practical and inspiring way, with ability to design in a variety of styles to match different brands’ look, feel and personality.
  • Must be highly organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet deadlines, sometimes tight deadlines.
    • Familiar with scrapbook trends, brands, and product.
  • Industry experience desired, such as employment at crafting store or published work in industry magazines.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, a plus, but not required.


All work is done remotely, though we would love to have several people who live and work in Southern California and the Central Coast of California. We are looking for crafters who can donate time, and supplies and who are also comfortable to ask for donation of scrapbooking supplies.

Grant Writer Duties and Responsibilities

Prepares proposals by determining concept, gathering, and formatting information, writing drafts, and obtaining approvals.

Determines proposal concept by identifying and clarifying opportunities and needs, studying requests for proposal (RFPs), and attending strategy meetings.

Meets proposal deadline by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering writing, review, approval, and transmittal.

Coordinates requirements with contributors and contributes proposal status information to review meetings.

Gathers proposal information by identifying sources of information, coordinating submissions and collections, and identifying and communicating risks associated with proposals.

Develops proposal by assembling information including project nature, objectives/outcomes/deliverables, implementation, methods, timetable, staffing, budget, standards of performance, and evaluation.

Maintains quality results by using templates; following proposal-writing standards including readability, consistency, and tone; maintaining proposal support databases.

Improves proposal-writing results by evaluating and re-designing processes, approach, coordination, and boilerplate.

Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

Identifying grant funding opportunities.

Writing, submitting, and managing grant proposals.

Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents.

Work Hours :  Part time, Full time

Location: Remote

Salary: Non salaried and commission based. Grant writer will keep 10% of the total amount per grant that is funded for the center. There is no cap to this amount of earnings.

Grant Writer Qualifications / Skills:

  • Presentation skills
  • Written communication
  • Technical documentation
  • Layout skills
  • Problem solving
  • Deadline-oriented

Education, Experience, and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Media, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2-years experience in grant writing.
  • Able to meet deadlines.
  • Reliable internet and quiet place to work remotely.
  • Able to meet with the Executive Director virtually at least once a week and more often depending on the project. She lives in California so the meetings would be on Pacific Standard Time.
  • Proficient with measuring and reaching income goals.
  • Proficient with MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills

COVID-19 precautions

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings


Our non-profit organization is looking for a Fundraiser to help us develop and implement our capital campaign strategy.

In this role, you will organize events, identify and reach out to potential donors, and build marketing campaigns that increase public awareness about our efforts.

This is primarily a relationship management position, as we hope to encourage our donors to renew their support.

You will also assist with grant proposals, requesting foundations or corporations to support our organization.

Our ideal candidate has several years of fundraising experience and is passionate about forwarding our mission.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Organize fundraising events
  • Help develop marketing campaigns
  • Reach out to potential donors
  • Maintain relationships with previous donors
  • Update donor database
  • Assist with grant proposals
  • Raise public awareness
  • Requirements and Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, or a related field
  • Professional fundraising experience preferred
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Relationship management skills
  • Organizational and communication skills