Why Volunteer with Sarah's House?
Sarah’s House is a non-profit organization. We are here because of the generosity of untold thousands of people, civic organizations, businesses and others.
One of the things that makes this house special is the people who volunteer here with us. They come for a variety of reasons, but one common theme runs throughout: they know the toll that cancer can take on the human body as well as the mind and they feel compelled to do something to help.
Volunteering at Sarah’s House Means…
For me, the seed got planted and began to grow as publicity for Sarah’s House and it’s mission became known in the community. My first thought was “my mother”. How wonderful it would have been if 33 years ago when she took the Greyhound bus 5 days a week, 180 miles round trip to receive her radiation treatment, there had been a Sarah’s House. The mission of SH touched my heart, and continues to do so each time I volunteer at Sarah’s House. Recently, while I was volunteering at SH, there was a gentleman that said to me; “I am 74 years old and have cancer. Do you want to know the best part about being 74 years old and having cancer? It is Sarah’s House!”
I consider it a pleasure to have the opportunity to be a part of the SH team.
Months before I began volunteering at Sarah’s House, I found the story of Sarah and her dream of helping others inspirational. My own niece was struggling with melanoma and had to drive two hours each way for treatment. She had to pass on a clinical trial because of the distance and expense involved. No one should have to deal with those obstacles when coping with cancer. When Delores Landry, the house manager, encouraged me to volunteer, I was immediately on board. What really makes it a perfect fit for me is the warmth and loving support that pervades Sarah’s House. Perhaps it’s the beauty of the house or the unfailing hope and positive attitude in the guests, but above all I think it’s the amazing warmth that Delores brings to the home. She’s everywhere at once, ready to listen and offer a quick hug.
Every single time I volunteer I feel incredibly grateful to witness Sarah’s dream coming true for others.
I am a cancer survivor. After my treatment was completed in Bangor, I went to Burlington, Vermont’s Fletcher Allen Hospital and participated in a research study using new oral drugs taken daily. While I was there, I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at a Hope House that was very close to the hospital. It was absolutely beautiful there, and the people were so kind and helpful. They had short term guests and long term guests and all were made to feel at home. I had thought at the time that Bangor should have one of these wonderful places for people who must travel long distances, and if they ever did I would pay it forward and volunteer at the house. When Sarah’s House became a reality, I volunteered my time to help do whatever needed to be done. The people who do so much for Sarah’s House are a delight to work with! All the guests have been so appreciative, and it’s a wonderful place to be.
I am so fortunate to be able to give back to as wonderful a place as Sarah’s House.