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ACS California Volunteers

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  • Learn more about how you, your family, friends, and coworkers can fight cancer.
  • 100 years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime. Now it’s time to finish the fight!
  • Become part of the American Cancer Society family. Join more than 300,000 dedicated California volunteers today!
  • Your dollars support ground-breaking research, free patient services, and prevention and early detection programs.


Welcome to our family of more than three million Society volunteers nationwide. Our legacy of volunteerism began in 1913 when 15 physicians and business leaders in New York City united to raise awareness about a feared and unmentionable disease: Cancer. In 1936 they were joined by a legion of new volunteers - the Women's Field Army - who literally took the war on cancer to the streets and became the catalyst that moved the American Cancer Society to the forefront of voluntary health organizations. Millions of diverse volunteers have been - and continue to be - essential to carrying out the American Cancer Society's mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those facing the disease. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to further cancer research; educate the public about early detection and prevention; advocate for responsible cancer legislation at local, state, and federal levels; and serve cancer patients and their families as they manage their cancer experience. Read our historic milestones to learn more about the advances made possible by our volunteers.

Want to do a lot of good with a little of your time? Whether it’s giving a cancer patient a ride to chemotherapy, putting together a team for Relay For Life® or sending an email to friends and family about our cancer screening guidelines, there are so many ways you can join the fight against cancer.

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