Volunteers are the lifeline of Susan G. Komen Orange County. By assisting with outreach, education, office-based projects and special events such as the Race for the Cure®, volunteers significantly contribute to the Komen’s promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
Volunteers are needed to assist at Susan G. Komen events and 3rd party events (coordinated by other groups on our behalf) which take place throughout the year. Volunteers must be well presented, possess excellent communication skills, and enjoy interacting with others. Volunteers must be aged 18 and over unless accompanied by a volunteering parent/guardian. In some instances, volunteers will need to be aged 21 where there is alcohol served. Major Komen events include the annual Race for the Cure and the Pink Tie Ball. Volunteers are invited to orientation sessions and training is provided appropriate for the events and volunteer opportunity.
Community Outreach Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to assist with Susan G. Komen community outreach and breast health education activities throughout Orange County. Activities include breast cancer awareness events, community health fairs, and Race for the Cure promotional activities. Volunteers must be aged 18 and older and must possess excellent communication skills, be outgoing and love interacting with people. Spanish and other language skills are needed. Outreach activities occur 7 days a week and there are opportunities for day and evening involvement. Volunteers must hold a current drivers’ license and transportation. Orientation and training regarding breast health promotion will be provided to all outreach volunteers.
Office Assistance Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to assist in the Susan G. Komen Orange County office. Duties include database maintenance, updating contact lists, making calls, helping with bulk mailers and providing pre-event support including gift bag stuffing, preparing silent auction display materials and supply inventory. Volunteers may commit to one or more shifts per week consistently on an on-going basis or can be on stand-by for when assistance is needed for specific office based projects. Volunteers must be well presented and possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills both in person and by phone. Volunteers must also be able to use basic Microsoft office programs including Word, Outlook, Excel and be able to use the internet. Training will be provided in database entry.
Throughout the year we accept applications from individuals interested in joining one of our Susan G. Komen Orange County committees which include the Race for the Cure Steering Committee, Survivor Committee, Grants Committee and Pink Tie Ball Steering Committee. Board members are also recruited on an on-going basis. There are different recruitment and induction processes in place for the various committees. In all cases applicants are interviewed to assess whether they possess the skills, experience and knowledge required for the volunteer committee position they are applying for.
Speakers Bureau-Breast Health Education Volunteer
Susan G. Komen Orange County Speakers Bureau volunteers are community breast health educators. Our speakers are given training in public speaking, breast health topics, and about our organization. Our trained Bureau representatives conduct breast health presentations in the community. Speakers may be breast cancer survivors, co-survivors (friend/family member of someone that has been impacted by breast cancer), or a health advocate that has not been personally impacted but is passionate about fighting breast cancer. Speakers must be aged 18 and over. Speaking engagements occur throughout the year and the number of engagements that volunteers conduct is dependent upon their time availability. Bi-lingual and multi-ethnic speakers are strongly encouraged because we reach out to all communities in Orange County. Potential Speakers Bureau volunteers will be interviewed to assess whether they possess the skills and experience required for this volunteer position.
I.S.P.E.A.K is an acronym for Inspired Speakers in Pink Encouraging Action for Komen. I.S.P.E.A.K Representatives are breast cancer survivors, co-survivors and those who have lost someone to breast cancer. I.S.P.E.A.K Representatives are volunteers who support our mission and are passionate about sharing their story and journey of survivorship, hope and in some cases, loss. New I.S.P.E.A.K Representatives are given training and are mentored by experienced I.S.P.E.A.K Representatives. Representatives are asked to share their story of survivorship, co-survivorship and loss, address small groups and large audiences, and connect their personal experiences with our organization and our mission. Representatives attend many different types of events and speaking engagements including check handovers, guest speaker panels, breast cancer awareness month outreach activities, community health fairs and 3rd party fundraising events. Speakers disseminate Komen breast health information to audiences they present to, and help promote our signature events – Race for the Cure and the Pink Tie Ball.
Twice a year, usually in the late-spring to late-summer, we conduct grant reviews for our community grant programs. We recruit people with the appropriate skills, experience and/or knowledge to serve on one of the Grant Review Panels to assist with identifying breast health projects that are highly meritorious and impactful. An orientation and training is provided, and each process is conducted over a month period. Interested individuals will be reviewed by the Affiliate’s grants committee to ensure a balanced and well-rounded review panel that possess diverse experiences, and skills required for this volunteer position. Applicants must be aged 21 years or older; strong critical and analytical thinkers; and a willingness to be fair and objective. Grant Reviewers are required to volunteer their time on weeknights and weekends during the review period.
Formal unpaid internships are offered at Susan G. Komen Orange County in collaboration with universities and colleges based in Orange County. We also offer short term placements for high school students who have community volunteer service hour requirements.
For more information about Susan G. Komen volunteer opportunities and/or to request an application form contact Carolyn Spivak, Volunteer Services Manager at 714 957 9157 ext. 31 or firstname.lastname@example.org.