There are many ways to become involved with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition as a volunteer. How you volunteer with DBCC may depend on the amount of time you have available, whether you are free in the daytime, evenings or weekends, and maybe even special skills that you have - speaking another language or particularly good at organizing things - but you commit only as much as you want to or are able to. Some folks may like doing events where they get to interact with the public and others would rather do office work. We can always try to accommodate anyone's particular interests.
Some of the specific opportunities that we have include:
Office / Mailings
- Help assemble mailings
- Answer office phone, take messages.
- Labeling brochures
- Preparing for meetings or special events
Outreach / Health Fairs
- Go with us to Health Fairs/Community Events to staff the DBCC table.
- Pass out information
- Talk to attendees about breast health and early detection
- Advise women one-on-one
- Talk to women in your community, at church, in the workplace.
- Wear DBCC items with pink pins, beaded necklaces, etc.
- Help us cultivate new opportunities' to showcase DBCC programs
Breast Health Presentation / Survivor Story
- Go with us to a BHP to be the survivor connection at the end. Survivors share a brief synopsis of their story and answer questions about breast cancer journey.
- Give a BHP presentation at a women club, church.
- We are planning additional training to start a "Speaker's Bureau" or can work with you one-on-one to refine your story.
Fundraising and Partnerships
- The Northern and Southern Lights of Life events are our premier fundraising events held in September and February each year.
- Join or chair a committee to help plan the event
- Help secure donations for Lights of Life. Volunteers are also needed to pick up donated items.
- Sell ads in the program book.
- Set up or tear down on the day of the event.
- Volunteer at a special partnership event.
- Help work a concession stand, sell raffles, and items at a Blue Rocks Game.
- Walk with the DBCC team at the Dover Rotary Flag Walk in July.
- Staff a table or join in at our other partnership events like fishing tournaments, wine tasting events, fundraising nights at area restaurants.
Peer Mentor Program
DBCC Peer Mentors are trained breast cancer survivors who wish to reach out to help and support others with breast cancer. We have a large network of young breast cancer survivors eager and willing to help other young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. For more information about the peer mentor program click here.
Volunteers are trained through a 3-hour Outreach Volunteer Training that covers the history of DBCC, our programs and services, basic breast health and breast cancer information, resources for screening and the uninsured, and practice in delivering DBCC information. These trainings are offered monthly, rotating between counties.
Those interested in more intensive training may want to become a Lay Health Advisor. This 12-hour training goes more in-depth into breast health and early detection, barriers to screening and advising women through the "Stages of Change" model to encourage them to receive their screenings. This program's emphasis is on increasing breast cancer screenings among African American women but all are invited to participate. LHA training is offered on an as needed basis.
Peer Mentors participate in a 3-hour training that presents topics such as listening skills, the mentorship role, confidentiality, problem solving, handling difficult situations, and reporting requirements. Trainees learn through lecture, interactive activities and role plays. Trainings are held as needed.
If you are interested in volunteering: