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Some things to consider when you are looking for volunteer opportunities:

1. Make a commitment. Volunteering will take some time and effort, so it cannot be left to a casual decision. Make a firm agreement with yourself about what, when and how you will do it.

2. Choose an organization you believe in. It’s great to work in a place where you feel that you are contributing to a worthwhile effort. You will find that the psychic income more than makes up for the lack of monetary compensation.

3. Consider your skills and inclinations. If you thoroughly enjoy the work you ordinarily do (or used to do), look for an opportunity to use those same skills as a volunteer. On the other hand, the opportunity to experience something new, perhaps something you never had a chance to do before, can be refreshing.

4. Be flexible. To get the best match you can, be willing to experiment with something less than ideal. Welcome the opportunity to stretch yourself a little with new challenges. The organization will appreciate your willingness to adapt to their needs rather than focusing on your own.

5. Build in regularity. If you can, set a regular schedule for yourself. If you know you will be going in every Thursday morning, for example, volunteering will feel more like a regular job and you will be less likely to put it off when you’re not in the mood.

6. Expand your horizons.
Volunteering can bring you into contact with all kinds of people with all types of backgrounds and experiences. Listen to their stories and share your own. Your world will become larger and more interesting.

7. Develop your altruism. Reflect on your motives and include an intention to help others. Becoming less self-centered and more altruistic will bring greater satisfaction in your work and in your daily life. 

Volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of different needs.  The following are areas we currently need volunteers:

Provide-a-Ride for Hope Program:  Persons who are interested in driving patients to doctor appointments, shopping, pharmacy and a variety of different places that some of our patients cannot drive themselves.  Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers license, submit to a background check, and provide a copy of your current driving record and proof of automobile insurance. 

Graphic Arts Design:  Designers are needed to work on a variety of different design projects.

Office Help:  Help is always needed in the office to perform a variety of clerical duties.

Counselors:  Licensed counselors with experience working with families who have a variety of different needs in addition to having a family members with a life threatening illness.  Volunteers must submit to a background check and sign a patient confidentiality form and a Liability Waiver.

Patient Advocates:  Persons who have personal knowledge and experience in coping and living with a life threatening illness and have a passion to help others going through the same are need for our Patient Advocacy Institute.  Patient Advocates will undergo a 8 week training course and will be required to attend quarterly meetings with other patient advocates to keep up to date on patient issues and OKBTF programs and services.

Advocacy Events:  For a list of upcoming events, click here.  Volunteers are always needed to work OKBTF events.   Requirements for the events varies.  If you are interested in working a specific event, please contact the OKBTF office for further information.

For more information regarding any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact the OKBTF office at 405.843-4673.



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