Volunteer At The Dempsey Center

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Dempsey Center volunteer!

Dempsey Center volunteers do a broad scope of skilled work to help with service delivery. Volunteers are integrated and engaged at all levels of our organization. Open volunteer positions are posted on this page.

Volunteer Teen Support Group Facilitator

Along with a licensed professional counselor, the Volunteer Teen Support Group co-facilitator is responsible for co-facilitation of support groups for adolescents impacted by cancer at the Dempsey Center.  Group Facilitators help teens connect with one another through virtual groups, adventure days and community events as they discover ways to reduce isolation, learn new coping skills, and find joy and hope. The ideal co-facilitator would have lived experience participating in a support group and/or coping with a cancer impact in their family. Facilitators are responsible for accurately representing the Dempsey Center’s mission and philosophy to the group members and to the general public.

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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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