Moffitt volunteers are of all ages and from all walks of life. Many have been touched in some way by cancer and have joined our team to simply "give back" or to help make a difference in the lives of others. One of the many benefits of volunteering at Moffitt is the satisfaction of knowing that you will be contributing to something very important to the whole community and world! No matter the area you serve in as a volunteer, you are contributing to the Moffitt Mission “to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer”. Moffitt Cancer Center values its volunteers and the compassionate and conscientious service they provide for patients, visitors and staff. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work beside our faculty, staff and team members to ensure our patients receive the best of care.
The Volunteer mission is to make a difference through compassionate care and service. In order to provide the best service to our patients, families and staff, we need dependable and compassionate volunteers. The quality of our program depends on your reliability.
Volunteer Program Classification at Moffitt
Adult Program – 18 years or older who is not currently enrolled in a post-high school training program, college or university.
Student Program – 18 years or older who is currently enrolled in an accredited training program, college or university.
Summer Teen Program – To be eligible to apply, students must have completed their first year of high school and be 15-17 years of age.
Service Area Opportunities
Placement is based on application submission order, preference, and availability. Our goal is to meet the needs of the center and at the same time, ensure that each volunteer’s time is well utilized and that you enjoy your volunteer assignment. Below are examples of our service areas:
- Digital Sherpa – Volunteers are paired with inpatient/outpatient cancer patients (climbers) and caregivers to show how to better and more effectively use Moffitt Cancer Center’s Get Well Network and Patient Portal. Sherpas will also teach climbers how to connect with other patients, learn more about their disease and become self-advocates.
- Retail – Greet and assist customers, provide general customer assistance, price and stock inventory, operate cash register, answer phones, ensure a clean and neat atmosphere of area.
- Guest Relations – Greet patients, guests and visitors, assist with wheelchair transport, provide information and navigation for the cancer center, run errands and support staff in enhancing the patient experience at Moffitt.
- Waiting Rooms - Warmly greet and orient patients and guests to the lobby area and available amenities. Assist with patient questions and direct to appropriate clinic staff when needed, communicate with the staff to assist with patient flow as well as maintain a clean and neat atmosphere in the waiting room area.
- Clinic Support – Escort patient to exam area, offer comfort items as directed by staff, assist with stocking and maintaining inventory, assist with preparation for each patient in exam areas, provide wheelchair transport if needed and support staff as directed.
- Arts in Medicine – Open Studio volunteers assist staff in providing unique expressive arts services to patients, family, and staff, by assisting in regularly scheduled Open Art Studio events interacting with patients or offering general administrative assistance and materials maintenance.
Musician/Vocalist - Provide healing music for patients, guests and staff in lobbies of the Center.
- Pet Therapy – Certified pet therapy dogs offer visitation with patients, guests and staff in the center providing comfort, stress relief and joy. Pet therapy dog owners must be Moffitt volunteers and pet therapy dogs must be certified through a recognized pet therapy organization and have a current health certificate.
- Patient and Family Advisory Program – If you are a patient, a former patient, or the caregiver for a family member who is a patient, you can apply to join the Patient and Family Advisory Program. We provide specialized training and support; there are two ways for patients and family members to get involved.
- Peer visitors visit and relate with other patients and family members and share experiences related to the cancer journey.
- Patient or Family Advisors partner with other advisors, health care providers and staff to raise issues, communicate patient and family concerns and help with problem-solving, with the goal of improving the patient experience and our services.
We invite interested individuals of all backgrounds and experiences to get involved with this flexible program. Virtual and in-person opportunities are available.
Placement is based on application submission order, preference, and availability. Our goal is to meet the needs of the cancer center and at the same time, ensure that each volunteer’s time is well utilized and that you enjoy your volunteer assignment.
Moffitt Cancer Center - Magnolia campus
12902 USF Magnolia Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
Moffitt at International Plaza (South Tampa)
4101 Jim Walter Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center at McKinley Campus
10920 N. McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612