The mission of Gilda’s Club is to provide a place, free of charge, where people living with cancer – their families, friends and co-workers – can join with others in a comfortable and home-like setting for social and emotional support through networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways, that including running our front desk, helping with programming, administrative support, fundraising events, etc.

We couldn’t keep our red doors open without people like you.

As a volunteer, here is a preview of some of the things you can do at Gilda’s Club:

  • Gilda’s Goodie Gang: Bring in snacks that will give our members and guests healthy snack options during activities (fresh fruit, granola bars, etc.). Please coordinate with the Volunteer Coordinator before bringing items to donate. 
  • Children and Teen Program Team Member: Provide a warm, supportive, and comfortable play environment that fills important psychosocial needs of children impacted by cancer by engaging in interactive play and supervision. Must be able to commit to volunteering at least two times per month.

    This role requires . Must be 16 years of age or older. Background checks required for volunteers ages 18 and over.

    Junior Volunteer opportunities accepted on a case-by-case basis in coordination with Noogieland Coordinator and will be scheduled with a Noogieland Team Member.

  • House Beautiful Team: Help beautify our Clubhouse! This can be done in many ways, including general cleaning, organizing, decorating, etc. Volunteers could have a regular schedule to come clean, organize, or decorate; or individuals/groups could schedule a one-time session to help with a specific beautification project, like seasonal decorating.

  • Social Event Volunteer:Social event volunteers take ownership of a specific program and manage that program beginning to end. Once matched with a program, volunteers prepare/set-up the Clubhouse for that program, assist during the event and clean-up after the event. Program examples: Coffee & Canines, Group Dinners, potlucks, etc.

  • Hospital Outreach Volunteer:Represent Gilda’s Club Quad Cities by speaking to patients and caregivers at hospitals and doctors’ offices on a regularly scheduled basis (weekly, monthly, etc.). Hospital Outreach Volunteers may also be required to fulfill volunteer onboarding from the hospital they are assigned to. All outreach activities must be assigned and approved by Gilda’s Club staff and requires special training.

  • Community Outreach Volunteer: Represent Gilda’s Club Quad Cities by bringing our message to the greater community. This could involve speaking to various community groups and/or attending health/community/volunteer fairs to share information about Gilda’s Club. Outreach volunteers help to educate and inform the community about our mission and program. All outreach activities must be assigned and approved by Gilda’s Club staff and requires special training.

  • Workshop/Lecture Volunteer: Volunteers may utilize their specific skill or expertise by . Volunteers interested in this role must complete the Workshop-Lecture-Program Volunteer Form, which includes our speaker guidelines, and be approved by the Program Director.

    These workshops could vary greatly. They could be educational, healthy lifestyle, or social. Examples: a nurse wanting to give information about navigating insurance, a knitter wanting to teach a knitting class, a chef or cooking enthusiast wanting to share a special recipe with a cooking demonstration, etc.

  • Gilda’s Greeters: Help by manning our front desk! This is needed at both of our clubhouses. Volunteers answer phones, conduct Clubhouse tours, provide program information, be available to address emergent needs that may arise, help administrative support team with mailings and other general office duties as needed. You can be the first person someone interacts with when they seek our services!

  • Administrative Support via Technology: Volunteers assist Gilda’s Club staff with work that can be done on your device in-office or remotely. Help with social media, creating marketing materials, proofing documents, etc.

  • Administrative Support (no technology): Volunteers assist Gilda’s Club staff in general office duties such as mailings, copying, filing, assembling outreach folders and other office duties as needed.

  • As-Needed Development/Fundraising Volunteers:Help with day-of fundraising and event needs. This could include helping day-of at a fundraising event, selling raffle tickets at a third party event, etc. These opportunities would be emailed out in an as-needed basis.

  • Event Committee Volunteers: Volunteers plan and staff a Gilda’s Club fundraising event. Meet regularly to plan the event, help with execution (securing sponsorships, calling vendors, help with marketing, etc), and day-of-event duties.

Get involved today by completing our volunteer application and submitting it back to Kelly Craft at kcraft@gildasclubqc.org or mailing/dropping it off to one of our Clubhouses. After that, please see our calendar to sign up for a Volunteer Orientation time slot if you have not already. You’ll get a tour of the clubhouse, learn about who we are and what we do, and about how volunteers help us. If you run into any problems signing up for an orientation or the dates/times do not work for you, reach out to to us at 563-326-7504 or kcraft@gildasclubqc.org.

If you are interested in leading a workshop/lecture/program, please click here to download a form where you can submit more information about your proposed topic and review our speaker guidelines.