Morning and afternoon clinic shifts are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
We ask our volunteers to commit to two 4-hour shifts per month for 12 months. Many of our volunteers want to contribute more, so there are also opportunities to be on-call as a volunteer substitute or to be part of the In-Home Comfort Care Team. We also accept commitments of one 4-hour shift per month for 12 months if requested.
Go to our Volunteer Education page for more information on our CEU classes.
Over 200 wonderful, caring volunteer practitioners make CMC’s integrative medicine treatments in a free clinic environment possible for our clients. These treatments alleviate much suffering, improve quality of life and ensure that our clients are able to complete their conventional cancer treatments, giving them the best chance of survival.
If you are a licensed acupuncturist, certified massage therapist, guided imagery specialist, Western herbalist, homeopath, driver, Spanish or Chinese language interpreter, or if you would like to offer support in our clinic to assist with fundraising, development or outreach, we warmly invite you to join our community of volunteers.
There is no shortage of volunteer opportunities at CMC. There are so many underserved clients, all desperately needing the integrative cancer care and social services provided at our large, transportation accessible Oakland clinic.
By Sachi, CMC Volunteer
For one, she lived in Pittsburg, a one-hour drive to the clinic in downtown Oakland (and often longer with the morning rush-hour traffic). Second, she had spent most of her life of 50+ years living in the outskirts of the Bay Area or Delta region, without much exposure to the diversity of ethnic groups, cultures and healing modalities, as are offered at Charlotte Maxwell. Lastly, Sandy was an “outlier” in the medical sense. She was a 20-year breast cancer survivor, 17 of those years in stage 4 with metastases to the bones and brain. She experienced many harrowing health episodes and great physical discomfort for much of the last decade of her life. For these reasons, It was truly amazing that she made the long journey to the clinic as often as she did, several times a month for nine years.
I had been her following acupuncturist at the clinic for the prior nine years so it seemed fitting that I’d continue to treat her at home. I was truly honored that Sandy welcomed me into her home as she transitioned to another chapter of her life with cancer. My treating Sandy at home alleviated some of the sorrow she experienced after she was no longer able to visit the clinic and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cancer survivors and the healing energy of the clinic.
She lived with her brother who worked long hours and also had an alcoholic roommate who was usually sleeping when I visited. Sandy told me that her brother always knew the day of my visit because he perceived her more buoyant mood both before and after her treatment. I sensed that our hour long chat was as beneficial to her well-being as the acupuncture needles. She’d lie on her couch (with the TV always on at low volume) and I’d receive her medical update, as well as the latest news on her son, Jason, or what special meals she cooked for dinner that week. Our conversations rarely touched on very emotional or spiritual issues. Sandy guarded her emotions well, but no matter what the topic of conversation, there was a loving, human connection between us as her body’s Qi flowed with the acupuncture treatment. I hope that in the 15 months I visited her at home, some of Sandy’s psychic and physical pain was assuaged. I know that our friendship was a healing balm for my soul and I truly believe what Mahatma Gandhi said about self-understanding—”The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”