For more than a decade, Phyllis Benoit has been a positive and dependable presence as a volunteer at the Dempsey Center in Lewiston.
In today’s spotlight, Phyllis speaks with us about her role at the Center and what makes it such a special environment for volunteers.
Q: How long have you been a Dempsey Center volunteer?
A: I started volunteering at the Dempsey Center in late summer of 2008.
Q: What’s your role here?
A: I am a client services assistant (CSA). My job as a CSA is to help the client services specialists at the front desk. I help to answer the phones, greet new clients that come in, make phone calls to confirm appointments, help with paperwork, data entry, and all the other functions involved with front office duties (photocopying, mail, typing, etc.).
Along with a couple of other volunteers, I also make caring cards for the Center. These are handmade cards that the Center sends out to clients, their families, and supporters of the Center. They include sympathy, thank you, and thinking of you cards.
Q: Why did you become a Dempsey Center volunteer?
A: I knew there was another life after retirement and I wanted to do volunteer work. I initially started making cards with the caring card group. I then attended an open house at the Center and knew at that point that I had found the place where I wanted to volunteer.
Q: What makes the Dempsey Center a good place to volunteer?
A: The Center has a warm and welcoming feeling the moment you walk through the doors. They serve cancer patients, survivors, families and caregivers. They offer support groups, fitness classes, and many different programs. The Center supports all ages from youth to adults. As a volunteer, you get to experience another whole aspect of life.
Q; What would you say to someone who was thinking about becoming a Dempsey Center volunteer?
A: I would tell them to check out the Dempsey Center website for open volunteer positions. They can apply online or call the Center to set up a time to meet with our volunteer coordinator. You will not be sorry. You will walk away with much more than you are giving. It’s a feeling that you have inside that is hard to describe.
About the Dempsey Center
The Dempsey Center is committed to making life better for people managing the impact of cancer by providing support for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. With locations in Lewiston and South Portland, the Dempsey Center provides services that ease the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Understanding that a cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family, the Dempsey Center provides cancer support that feels good for children, teens and families. All services are provided at no charge to the people who use them.