Volunteers are the heart and soul of most non-profit organizations, and the "Gift of Life" is fortunate to have an incredibly dedicated and committed group of individuals whose assistance is essential to the provision of program services. In 2008, over 500 volunteers contributed more than 4,200 hours.

We have a number of opportunities to fit any schedule, whether you are interested in giving one hour or several hours at a time. Also, you can choose to work with specific programs and at various locales.

For questions about volunteering, please do not hesitate to contact the "Gift of Life".

Barbara "Tootie" Koons
bkoons [at] giftoflifebmt [dot] org

Volunteer activities include:

Sidney "Chief" Dauphin Educational Outreach Initiative

The "Gift of Life" offers over 70 outreach presentations every year, providing education on breast and prostate cancer with social groups and at retirement communities, employment centers, PTA meetings, churches, and health clinics. Through these presentations and numerous health fairs each year, we collectively reach nearly 10,000 people in Southeast Texas, including teens who attend breast and testicular health programming delivered in area high school settings.

Mobile Mammography Van Sites

The "Gift of Life" brings the Oleander, UTMB-Galveston's mobile mammography van to Southeast Texas 20 times each year, providing up to 37 free clinical breast exams and mammograms per visit. The pace is quick and steady on these days.

  • Set up displays
  • Register clients
  • Serve food
  • Distribute educational materials

Prostate Cancer Screening Events

Over the course of three successive weekends in June & September, we screen approximately 500 men in Port Arthur, Orange, and Beaumont, with volunteer phlebotomists, nurses, and physicians providing medical services.

Breast and Prostate Cancer Awareness Months

During September and October, the "Gift of Life" Program's usual consciousness-raising activities kick into high gear with heightened awareness campaigns throughout Southeast Texas.

  • Distribute yard signs, posters, and flyers