Mitchell Cancer Institute

Volunteering at Mitchell Cancer Institute

Volunteers at MCI have the opportunity to support and encourage our patients, along with their caregivers, as they undergo treatment.

What It Means to Volunteer at Mitchell Cancer Institute

If you have a caring spirit and would like to bring comfort and hope to people affected by cancer, we would like to hear from you. Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) offers several options for volunteering at one of our treatment locations. We also have opportunities for volunteers to reach out into the community and make a difference in the lives of cancer patients, caregivers and neighbors who may be interested in learning more about cancer and ways to prevent the disease or detect it at an early stage.

Ways to Volunteer

Chemo Sabe Volunteer Program
The Chemo Sabe Volunteer Program offers you the opportunity to support and encourage patients and their caregivers while they are undergoing treatments. Our volunteers serve in the infusion suite and display a caring and dependable nature while providing comfort to our patients.

This group of dedicated volunteers must be either adults (18 years or older) or college students (16 years or older and enrolled as a student). The dress requirements for volunteers are pants or jeans in good condition, name badges provided by MCI, closed-toe shoes and volunteer aprons. The aprons are provided but can be purchased for $15.

Volunteer opportunities are available at our main MCI campus in Mobile or at our Kilborn Clinic in Fairhope.

Adult Volunteers
We ask for an initial commitment of one year. Assignments are for the same day and time each week and are typically for three to four hours
Requirements to apply:

  • Complete the online application
  • Health screening, including:
    • A current tuberculosis (Tb) skin test, which MCI can administer, or current chest x-ray if you have received a BCG vaccine for tuberculosis
    • Documentation of an annual flu shot, unless you are only completing a summer session
    • Documentation of a shingles vaccine if you are 60 years or older
  • Interview, which may be conducted by phone if requested
  • Completion of volunteer orientation
  • Training for specific volunteer position

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Student Volunteers
Our college student volunteers must be 16 years or older and currently enrolled as students at a college or technical school. Their assignments are for the same day and time each week and are typically for two to three hours. We ask for an initial commitment of six months or for 12 weeks if they are only applying for a summer session.
Requirements to apply:

  • Complete the online application
  • Health screening, including:
    • Current tuberculosis (Tb) skin test, which MCI can administer, or current chest x-ray if you have received a BCG vaccine for tuberculosis
    • Documentation of an annual flu shot, unless you are only completing a summer session
  • Interview, which may be conducted by phone if requested
  • Completion of volunteer orientation
  • Training for specific volunteer position

Apply Now

For more information about volunteering at MCI, contact Cathy Tinnea in Mobile at (251) 445-9802 or by email at ctinnea@health.southalabama.edu or Susan Crutchfield in Fairhope at (251) 445-9829 or scrutchfield@health.southalabama.edu.

HOPE Network Volunteers
HOPE (Health Outreach Prevention Engagement) volunteers are specially trained by MCI physicians, researchers and Cancer Control and Prevention (CCP) staff on cancer prevention and early detection. These volunteers, some of whom are cancer survivors, represent MCI at community health outreach events such as church health fairs and worksite wellness events to educate the community. For more information, contact Janel Lowman at (251) 445-9647 or email at Jlowman@health.southalabama.edu.

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Clinical Observations
Students who are preparing to enter the medical field can observe members of our clinical staff at MCI. Clinical observations allow students to learn how our cancer center functions internally and also helps them to understand the uniqueness of working with cancer patients.

We offer two options for observers:
1) Clinical Observation: Approved applicants observe healthcare professionals who provide care to patients in clinical settings. Through this experience, the observer sees up-close the day-to-day responsibilities of a health career.

2) Interview: Approved applicant chooses a healthcare field or job role outside of the clinic setting that they would like to learn more about and spends a minimum of one day shadowing an MCI employee in that role.

If you are interested in observing the clinical staff at MCI, request an application by emailing emarley@health.southalabama.edu.

Contact Us

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about volunteering at Mitchell Cancer Institute.

Call us at (251) 445-9829 or email us at the email below.

Susan Crutchfield
Community and Physician Outreach Manager
scrutchfield@health.southalabama.edu

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