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American Cancer Society seeks local volunteers

American Cancer Society seeks local volunteers

Every year, volunteering to help others is among the top 13 New Year’s resolutions, according to USA.gov. If volunteering in the Beaufort, SC area is on your list for 2014, the American Cancer Society has two opportunities available where you can make a difference in a cancer patient’s life.

The first volunteer opportunity is for licensed beauty professionals to be trained as Look Good Feel Better® (LGFB) volunteer facilitators. The LGFB program is a national service program sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the Professional Beauty Association, and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation. This program helps women currently undergoing cancer treatment learn to cope with the appearance related side effects of treatment and regain a sense of self-confidence and control over their lives. The LGFB program is product-neutral, makes no medical claims, and is free.

A LGFB certification training will be held on Monday, January 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Beaufort Memorial Keyserling Cancer Center conference room, 1680 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, S.C.

Additionally, volunteer opportunities are available to help cancer patients in getting to and from their life-saving cancer treatment. The Society is recruiting volunteers in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper County to drive cancer patients to and from their treatment through the American Cancer Society Road To Recovery® program.

The Society provides free training to volunteer drivers via a live monthly or pre-recorded webinar. Requirements for volunteering for the Road To Recovery program include a good driving record, a valid driver’s license, auto insurance, and a vehicle that is in good working condition. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older. The Society conducts criminal background and Department of Motor Vehicle checks on drivers who apply for the Road To Recovery program.

For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities or to RSVP for training, contact Fronde Merchant by calling 843-744-1922 or at fronde.merchant@cancer.org.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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