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:

Volunteers assist Gilda’s Club staff in general office duties such as mailings, copying, filing, data entry, outreach folders and other office duties as needed.
Help beautify our Clubhouse through general cleaning and/or seasonal decorating. Can be set up on a weekly or monthly schedule. Art Room, Wellness Studio and Noogieland cleaning/organizing is especially helpful.
Help prepare the Clubhouse for guests, members, and programs by turning on building lights, unloading the dishwasher, brewing coffee, checking/restocking the kitchen/restroom supplies, setting out kitchen goodies, setting up for program activities, placing sign-in sheets in group rooms and/or setting up sign-in kiosk, updating monthly program materials (calendars, flyers, resources, etc.), general tidying and sanitizing as needed, etc. Work in coordination with Gilda’s Greeters as needs arise.
Provide a warm, supportive, and comfortable play environment that fills important psychosocial needs of children touched 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 special training  . 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.
Volunteers can support the development and fundraising efforts of Gilda’s Club Quad Cities by soliciting sponsorships and/or donations. They can also assist in securing raffle/auction items and goodie bag donations for external special events and can even plan/host their very own third-party event to benefit Gilda’s Club Quad Cities.
Fancy yourself a photographer? Help us capture the magic of Clubhouse events by taking pictures. Paparazzi volunteers must be assigned and approved by Gilda’s Club staff.
You and your group plan and purchase the menu, serve the meal, and tidy up afterward. It’s our biggest and most helpful project for groups. No volunteer orientation is required for this opportunity .
Event-day volunteers prepare/set-up the Clubhouse, assist during the event and clean-up after the event. Working in coordination with Gila’s Club staff, volunteers can support internal social events by planning and securing entertainment, soliciting donations, sponsoring and/or picking-up food, supplies and decorations.
Bring in snacks that will give our members and guests healthy snack options during activities (fresh fruit, granola bars, etc.). Items must be homemade (if not fresh fruit). Students are permitted to submit 2 items per semester for credit.   Please coordinate with Anita Shaft before bringing items to donate.
Represent Gilda’s Club Quad Cities by speaking to patients and caregivers at hospitals and doctors’ offices, 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.
Volunteers monitor the flow of activities and assist by meeting and greeting members, guests and volunteers to the Clubhouse, conduct Clubhouse tours, provide program information, be available to address emergent need that may arise, answer the telephone at the front desk as needed, help administrative support team with mailings and other general office duties as needed, and work in coordination with Clubhouse Host as needs arise.
Volunteers staff an external special event or fundraiser and assist with duties as assigned by the Development Director.

Get involved today by completing our volunteer application. 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.