A hand to hold. A listening ear. A shoulder to lean on. When you volunteer with Forge, you give the greatest gift: yourself. Whether you are a breast cancer survivor yourself, have cared for someone during their breast cancer journey, or want to help be an ambassador for Forge, your experience and compassion can make a difference.
As a Peer Mentor, you serve as a trained and compassionate friend who has “been there.” You provide social and emotional support to breast cancer patients, survivors, or their caregivers or loved ones (co-survivors), serving as a guide through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. Peer mentors can also choose to go the extra step to attend medical appointments and provide support through an often complicated medical process, but this is not required. You will be matched with someone who has your same diagnosis, treated at your same healthcare system, or has other things in common with you. This role is primarily performed via phone, email, text or in-person meetings at the Forge home, in hospitals and clinics, and within the community.
*In order for Forge to remain in compliance with the health systems that we serve, it is required that all volunteers serving as Mentors undergo a background check. If you choose to be available to go to medical appointments with your mentee, drug screening, two step TB skin test, and yearly flu shot are also required. Religious and/or medical declination are permitted for the flu shot. These screenings are offered at no cost.
If you are interested in more information about serving as a Peer Mentor, please contact our Volunteer and Support Coordinator, Jinida Holt, at (205) 990-5368 or [email protected]. Or you can click here to apply!
Want to be involved with Forge but don’t have firsthand experience with breast cancer? Consider joining us as a Community Outreach Volunteer. As a Community Outreach Volunteer, you are a trained, people-oriented, compassionate volunteer who attends community events, health fairs, and promotional events, serving as an ambassador for Forge. Community Outreach Volunteers share the services Forge provides and engages breast cancer patients, survivors, and their loved ones by providing empathy, support, respect, and encouragement. This role is primarily performed at both indoor and outdoor community events.
In order for Forge to remain in compliance with the health systems that we serve, it is required that all volunteers undergo a background check.
If you are interested in more information about serving in this role, please contact our Volunteer and Support Coordinator, Jinida Holt, at (205) 990-5368 or [email protected]. Or you can click here to apply!