Do you have a personal connection to cancer? Do you want to be a part of ending this dreadful disease? Are you interested in giving back to your community? The American Cancer Society provides a multitude of services to local cancer patients, caregivers and families touched by cancer in Berks County.

Any person can access 24/7 support via the American Cancer Society’s toll-free number (1-800-227-2345). This number can offer assistance in many different forms. In addition to support, questions can be answered by medical professionals, or directed to specific program needs. The American Cancer Society also offers transportation to and from treatment, as well as housing for out of town patients in one of their Hope Lodge facilities. The American Cancer Society offers two locations in Pennsylvania including Philadelphia and Hershey. Both of these services can be requested through the toll-free number.

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There are different types of volunteer opportunities for folks of all ages. The volunteer opportunities are either episodic such as serving on one of the many event committees, or consistent such as driving patients as part of the Road to Recovery program. The American Cancer Society is known for its staple events such as Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay For Life; but some attention has recently been focused on new and innovative events.

The American Cancer Society has found great success in fundraising campaigns like:

  • Bark For Life
  • 5ks
  • Bar Crawls
  • Bingos
  • Dining For A Cure

Some of the most noteworthy events coming to Berks County in 2018-2019 include:

  • The Partnership with Rugged Maniac on August 4th at Maple Grove
  • The 1st Annual Pink Party on November 15th at Klinger’s at the Airport
  • The Partnership with the Reading Royals
  • The Real Men Wear Pink campaign

In addition to the new large-scale events, The American Cancer Society has built some amazing new partnerships locally. These partnerships have lead to fundraising opportunities in your backyard. One great example of local fundraising took place recently at The Waynebrook Inn. They hosted a “Dining for a Cure” night where they allowed The American Cancer Society to feature raffles, volunteer recruitment for upcoming events, and a sampling of mission materials.

The owners of The Waynebrook Inn offered The American Cancer Society great hospitality and offered many potential opportunities at their establishment utilizing their Club Room designed for larger groups, their outdoor area designed for live music and festivals and their pub, great for a trivia night.

American Cancer Society Senior Manager, Abby Silfies states, “The ability for us to partner with businesses like the Waynebrook Inn, who has much nostalgia for the area, helps to further incorporate ourselves into Berks County and surrounding areas. As an organization, local ties are important, being able to be present in areas like we were at The Waynebrook Inn is the direction we are heading as a Society.”

Almost everyone has a personal connection to cancer. The American Cancer Society is always looking for new volunteers to help lead them into the future. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit cancer.org, or connect on Facebook at American Cancer Society- Berks, Lehigh, Northampton Counties, or contact the local Berks, Lehigh, Northampton office at 610-882-5774. Business hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. The office is located at 3893 Adler Pl- Ste 170, Bethlehem, PA 18017.

Additionally, you may download the Do It Local Fundraising App (www.doitLOCALfundraising.com) as a way to fund raise and stay involved with upcoming American Cancer Society events.  If you would like a free trial of the American Cancer Society’s custom Do It Local App – send an email to jules.fama@cancer.org.

Article Written by intern Abby Kern for Heather Brady, Co-Founder of the Do It Local Fundraising App.  

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