Three-session training begins on Friday, September 4, 2015
(Long Island, NY) Why would someone who has had breast cancer volunteer to help others diagnosed with this disease? Here’s what some of the volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline have to say:
- Maria of Garden City: I wanted to give back to the program they offers help free of charge. I enjoy giving help and hope to others and letting them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
- Susan of Port Washington: When I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer over 18 years ago, my world, as I knew it, was shattered. The Adelphi Breast Cancer Hotline became my lifeline. I knew at that time I would want to volunteer on the hotline so I could pay it forward.
- Antonella of Commack: I always wanted to be that person who helped me on the other end of the phone when I was diagnosed at 28-years-old.
Most of the volunteers at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program are women and men who have had breast cancer and now are helping others cope with this disease.
Volunteers help by doing fundraising, community outreach, publicity and office work, as well as by answering hotline calls. Hotline volunteers provide emotional support, information and referral services to callers with breast health concerns.
The next three-session training cycle will be starting on Friday, September 4 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City. The two other sessions are consecutive Fridays, September 11 and 18, also from 10 am to 4 pm.
Although the program is housed on Long Island, hotline services and telephone counseling are available to callers throughout New York State at 800-877-8077.
For more information about the training and to schedule an appointment for an interview, call Alida Rubenstein, LMSW at 516-877-4315.