Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteering Fox Chase is an integral part of the care and comfort our patients receive. Fox Chase volunteers are offered a unique opportunity to participate in basic and behavioral sciences.

Important Points to Consider

  • Volunteers are expected to commit to a weekly 4-5 hour shift for six to 12 months.
  • Most volunteer assignments are available during regular business hours, with a limited number in the early evening, lasting four to five hours per assignment.
  • Volunteers must meet a minimum of 60-100 hours before Letters of Recommendation will be awarded.
  • Volunteers must not be actively undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Placement normally takes one to two months to allow time for orientation, required health screenings, HIPAA certification and background checks.

All new volunteer applicants are required to provide medical documentation of the required health screenings signed by their physician. These tests are the responsibility of the volunteer applicant and not the responsibility of Volunteer Services.

The Process

Getting started as a new Fox Chase volunteer is a step-by-step process designed to ensure that all volunteers are properly oriented to the Center and the Volunteer Services Department’s policies. Volunteers will:

  • Complete and return the volunteer application or apply online.
  • Once two references are received, attend the volunteer orientation program
  • Attend an assignment interview
  • Train for the assignment


Each volunteer assignment has a distinct training procedure. Depending upon your particular assignment, you will receive additional orientation and training from a specific staff member in your department. Some assignments require you to “shadow” a lead volunteer. This volunteer will guide you as you learn the critical elements of the volunteer assignment.