Volunteer At The Dempsey Center

Are you looking to lend your time, talent, and heart to help people through their cancer journey? We’d love to hear from you! Learn more about becoming a Dempsey Center volunteer through the opportunities below, and become a member of the Dempsey Center family.

Reiki Volunteer Staff

The Reiki Volunteer offers Reiki to clients of the Dempsey Center, creating a safe and trusting environment, for the purpose of relaxation, anxiety and stress reduction, and to promote better sleep. During a session, the volunteer’s hands are lightly placed on or above the client’s fully clothed body. Reiki may be used safely before, during or after any medical intervention, and is intended as a complementary rather than alternative practice.

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Volunteer Healing Tree Program Assistant

Along with a licensed professional counselor and/or Dempsey Center staff member the Healing Tree Program Assistant will help plan, organize and facilitate Healing Tree Programs including community events, adventure-based activities and possibly summer camps.  Healing Tree Program Assistants will help children and families to connect with one another and other children and families impacted by cancer through activities and play to build trust, reduce isolation, and find joy and hope in the present moment. The ideal program assistant would have a passion for working with children of all ages (0-23) and families. Program Assistants are responsible for accurately representing the Dempsey Center’s mission and philosophy to the Healing Tree clients and to the general public.

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The Dempsey Center offers limited internship opportunities. Please send inquiries to Maureen Higgins at [email protected].

Volunteer Nutrition Program Assistant

The person in this position will work closely with the Nutrition Program Coordinator, supporting the coordinator with the preparation, proctoring, and clean-up of nutrition programs. This position supports the center’s nutrition and cooking programs as well as our comfort soup program.

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Volunteer Clayton’s House “Neighbor”

This position will primarily serve to provide a calming, supportive, neighborly presence in the house – offering a listening ear and compassionate/empathic companionship to guests and caregivers.

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Volunteer Clayton’s House Gardener 

Clayton’s House gardeners help elevate the experience of all guests at Clayton’s house by creating a therapeutic environment outside of the house.  Volunteers will care for aesthetics and plantings of the backyard flower beds, and plantings on the porch and balconies.  This work will likely entail seasonal planting and decorations, as well as regular watering and weeding.

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Volunteer Operations/Facilities Assistant

The role of the Operations/Facilities Volunteer is to provide service to enhance the client experience and assists the delivery of the center’s mission.  This is accomplished by taking responsibility for the overall look and feel of the facility and serving primarily in a supporting role with center functionality for direct services, programs, and volunteer groups.

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Volunteer Orientation Ambassador

The role of the Orientation Ambassador is to assist clients in navigating their first experience at the Dempsey Center (DC) and supporting those impacted by cancer.  This is accomplished by meeting with new clients (patients and caregivers) and providing center orientations in Lewiston or South Portland with the goal of matching individual client needs and interests to specific DC programs and services.

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Volunteer Client Services Assistant

The Volunteer assigned to Client Services Assistant provides services to enhance the client experience. This is accomplished by taking responsibility for completing administrative tasks in a timely and organized manner.

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