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How You Can Help

About Us

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center was established in 1941 and volunteers were a part of the institution from the start. The Department of Volunteer Services, however, was not formally organized until 1954 when the hospital relocated to its current location.

What volunteers do

Often called the heart of MD Anderson, a volunteer's role is to enhance quality of life by providing comfort, care and support to patients and their caregivers, to share the considerable resources that 
MD Anderson has to offer, and to assist faculty and staff in meeting the needs of patients and caregivers.

Who are volunteers

  • Compassionate, motivated, committed and trained
  • Good communicators with a desire to help patients and caregivers
  • Diverse in age, gender, ethnicity and socio-economic background
  • Adults, collegians and teens; available day, evening or weekend
  • Some have had a personal or family experience with cancer

Become a volunteer

Interested in becoming an MD Anderson volunteer?


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