Please note: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and available throughout the year (we cannot accommodate summer volunteers).

“Lobster” Volunteers Needed!

Our Lobster Extravaganza raises significant funds to support the work we do at Life with Cancer. It takes a lot of volunteer power to help make this event a success. Here’s what we need:

  • Thursday, May 4, 10am-1pm: Help us roll 1,000 napkins and  silverware; line 110 bread baskets; inventory and clean 110 centerpieces; and, if you are strong, set up tables and chairs.
  • Friday, May 5, 10am-1pm: Help us place liners, tablecloths, centerpieces and glassware on tables
  • Saturday AM, May 6, 9am-1pm: Help us set 1,000 place settings
  • Saturday PM, May 6, 4:30-10:30pm “ish”: If you enjoy social interaction, volunteer in the silent auction tent (must also be available on Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-7:45pm for training). If you like behind the scenes work, volunteer to plate food for our servers to serve.

To volunteer contact Catherine Intartaglia: catherine.intartaglia@inova.org or call 703.698.2534.

Is Gardening Your Thing?

We are looking for someone to help maintain our backyard garden. While our landscaper do much of the heavy lifting, we are looking for someone to weed, deadhead and do some planting in spring and fall. We would need about 45 minutes of your time every two weeks during growing season. Interested? Please contact us

Like Being in an Office Setting?

We are looking for volunteers who can be available Mondays 1:30-4:30pm OR Thursdays 11am-2pm OR Fridays 12:30-3:30pm. Duties include: Printing class rosters, Posting signage, Restocking pamphlets and flyers, Compiling program packets, Set up and break down of rooms, as needed, and Greeting clients. The qualities needed: Friendly with clients and guests, Comfortable in the presence of people with cancer, Comfortable asking staff for help, Working knowledge Microsoft Word, Patience during times when there may not be too much to do, Routinely available- barring illness, vacation, etc. TB test, Flu shot and Volunteer Orientation are required. Please contact us

Volunteer at Special Eventsvolunteers

Our special events include dinners, races, fundraisers, and more. These events occur throughout the year, at various locations, on weekdays and weekends, and at various times of day. To add your name to our special events volunteer list or for more information, please contact us.

Be a Breast Cancer Mentor

If you are a breast cancer survivor who is at least one year out of treatment and want to help another, become a mentor with Survivors Offering Support (SOS). You can guide a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient through a difficult time, giving valuable information, emotional support, encouragement, and a shoulder to lean on. For more information, please contact us.

Teach a Classyoga class

Are you a credentialed, licensed professional who would like to donate your time and skill? Please complete our Professional Volunteer Application.

Volunteer Your Reiki Skills

Provide individual Reiki treatments at the Life with Cancer Family Center in Fairfax, VA. Reiki volunteers must have completed Level III training and be available on the second Monday and/or fourth Friday of most months, 4:30-6:30 pm and/or 7-8 pm. A background check, annual flu shot, and TB test are required. For more information, please contact us.

Hold a Fundraiser

Host a bake sale, throw a party, do a walk-a-thon, host a dress down day at work—there are plenty of creative ways to raise money and support cancer patients and their loved ones. See fundraising ideas and planning tips.