Thank you for putting this program together to provide those with a desire and passion to serve the breast cancer community. The training gave me the confidence that I can easily accomplish my goals while making a distinct impact in my community.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Community Connector program provides the tools and training to help volunteers use their personal breast cancer experience to make a difference in their community. The Community Connector program engages volunteers across the country to support our mission of connecting people to trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of your neighbors and fellow members of your community, this program is for you.
While anyone interested in the Community Connector Program can apply, this opportunity is best-suited for those personally affected by breast cancer and/or those looking to connect others to LBBC's trusted information and community of support. Because we are looking to create diversity within the program, we're especially interested in finding people who are:
- Personally affected by breast cancer regardless of age or stage of diagnosis, including people diagnosed with breast cancer under age 45 and over age 65
- Interested in making a difference in the breast cancer community
- From diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds
- From differing geographic locations within the United States
- Knowledgeable about in-person and virtual communities
- Able to access a computer and the Internet
We will consider every application we receive, but it's important for us to learn all we can about those who apply. Applicants should provide information detailing their:
- Presence in their community
- Ideas about introducing LBBC resources to the areas where they live or work
- Plans on how they could enlist friends, family and colleagues to support their efforts
- Activity on social media
- Thoughts on how to build momentum and enthusiasm among those they are educating
The role of a Community Connector is to act as an LBBC ambassador. It's important for us to make sure our Community Connectors feel comfortable in that position and part of the LBBC team. That's why we've designed an ongoing training and continuing education calendar to keep our volunteers aware of everything LBBC has to offer and what we've got planned. To accomplish this, those accepted into the program will be expected to:
- Attend a mandatory in-person training to be held Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 5, 2018 at LBBC's headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, PA
- Serve a 16-month term (August 2018 – November 2019)
- Define and accomplish 6 LBBC approved activities during active term
- Raise a recommended $1,500 for LBBC during active term
- Commit to at least 6-12 hours per month depending on agreed upon activities
- Share information about LBBC by distributing materials throughout their community
- Distribute LBBC materials to healthcare providers, support groups and others in need of resources
- Submit material requests and activity reports to LBBC
- Participate in coaching and continuing education conference calls
LBBC will hold one mandatory in person training for volunteers from Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5, 2018 in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Reimbursement is available to cover some costs incurred to attend the training. Please note that reimbursements are provided to offset the cost of traveling to the Community Connector training and may not cover all expenses.
If you are accepted into the Community Connector Program, you will receive the following financial assistance:
Primary Travel and Ground Transportation:
- Primary travel to the training, including airfare, train, bus or car transportation (up to $450.00). This cost will be reimbursed after the training.
- Please note: LBBC has a limited amount of Southwest travel vouchers which may be available to cover the cost of your flight directly.
- Ground transportation up to $40 from airport or train when in Philadelphia. This cost will be reimbursed after the training.
- For participants living more than 20 miles from the training location: Three nights shared room with a fellow community connector at the host hotel. Participants must plan to arrive anytime on Thursday, August 2 and depart on Sunday, August 5, 2018 after 2:30pm.
- LBBC will directly pay the cost of a shared hotel room; however, you will be required to provide a credit card on file with the hotel upon check-in for any incidentals.
- The following meals will be covered while in Philadelphia: Friday breakfast, lunch, dinner and breaks, Saturday breakfast, lunch and breaks, Sunday breakfast and snack
- Any meals not mentioned above will be covered directly by the attendee and will not be reimbursed
What will I be responsible for paying for?
- Any primary travel expenses not covered by the Community Connector program
- Any additional travel-related expenses, such as luggage fees, flight change fees, parking fees, travel insurance, etc.
- Any hotel expenses not covered by the Community Connector program
- Meals, snacks and beverages not included in training
- Rental cars
- Incidentals charged to your hotel room (including, but not limited to, room service, health club charges, gift shop charges)
Applications for the 2018 Community Connector Leadership Volunteer program will open on March 5, 2018.