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Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week! We love our volunteers

by Cheryl Dafforn, volunteer coordinator

We have been blessed with volunteers since 1944.  It started out with just a few, and now has blossomed into more than 600 caring individuals who help make Cancer Services what it is today.  People often ask how we get so many volunteers.  So we want to share our secret recipe…

1 cup of generosity

½ cup of time

1 tablespoon of dedication

1 teaspoon of love

A pinch of joy

A dash of kindness

A sprinkle of loyalty

Combine with love, mix with willingness, and blend with individual talents.

That is our secret recipe…inspired by wonderful volunteers who demonstrate each day what it takes to be a volunteer.

Interested in volunteering? We’d love for you to join our team. Find out more on our volunteer page.


Making an Impact

Aaron and Erica Brown

Fort Wayne resident Aaron Brown and his family made a commitment last year to volunteer for 52 organizations in one year. Not only did they meet that goal, but they’ve decided to keep going and volunteer every week for a second year, as well. Their goal is motivate others to serve and to illustrate how easy it is to do so.

Last week, Aaron volunteered for us, transporting a client to treatment. He wrote about his experience on his blog, Impact 52. Read about his experience and check out his others stories too.

Thank you, Aaron, for making our community a better place!

Volunteer Profile: Artist Turned Volunteer- Arlene Dennis

by Michele DeVinney

Picking up creative hobbies is one of life’s pleasures once your kids have grown and one has a little extra time to enjoy the artistic process. While this has proven true for Arlene Davis, a woman who enjoys everything from making quilts for her grandchildren to working on her embroidery machine, that urge has taken an unexpected turn. In recent years, she’s found a way to use her talents to contribute to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana along the way.

When a friend of hers was diagnosed with cancer and benefited from the organization, Arlene learned of a need for someone who made cards. She had already been making greeting cards for all occasions by stamping, but the stamps, many of which included quotes and sayings, weren’t exactly what Cancer Services were looking for. Arlene first looked to a program held at a downtown church, finding the woman who was teaching it was painting the cards – something Arlene immediately knew she would not be able to do.

“She was painting pictures of flowers – and they looked like flowers. I knew there was no way I could paint a picture. This woman who was demonstrating was fabulous so I almost decided there and then to give up the whole idea.”

But before she could give up entirely, she was given a couple scraps of paper and told to go home and make something. Given that challenge, the world quickly opened up to her and with the help of some paper and ribbon, Arlene was soon producing the beautiful cards found at Cancer Services. She has proven prolific, as well, generating 100-200 at a time and more than a couple thousand so far.

“I don’t keep track of them, I just make them. It’s a good tension reliever, and I enjoy sitting down and doing it during the evenings or during the day. I sometimes do it with a CD on or the TV on – or with nothing on at all. When I see Linda and she gives me the empty cards, I usually say ‘Is that all you got?’ But then I get to go to Michael’s for paper.”

With her friend now in remission, Arlene is nonchalant about her contributions to Cancer Services, simply saying “I enjoy my end of it.” But Cancer Services is grateful for the hours of time Arlene has contributed – and the joy those cards have brought to so many.

Thanks to our Ribbon Crafters

At Cancer Services, with the help of our volunteers, we are able to create and share a series of colored ribbons that represent all of the different kinds of cancer. Cancer survivors and their family members across the region receive these ribbons at our events to signify the community support that is available to them through others who understand the cancer journey.

The ribbons generate a sense of kinship for clients to understand that they are not alone. Through Cancer Services and the community’s support, people fighting cancer are able to experience hope and compassion from their friends and neighbors.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who help to make this possible. With each and every one of our ribbon crafters, we are able to create an over-arching awareness for cancer along with providing a significant support community.