Host Walking Tall Together
Part fitness, part peer support, Walking Tall Together provides a combination of in-person support, exercise, and the sharing of information for those affected by breast cancer. The program is supported by a grassroots network of volunteer hosts committed to fostering an environment of confidentiality, safety, and comfort. The walks are welcoming to all fitness levels, backgrounds, breast cancer diagnoses, and treatment plans.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Walking Tall Together Host Program provides the tools and training to help volunteers focus their interest in fitness and passion for supporting others to make a difference in the breast cancer community.
This opportunity is best-suited for individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, are engaged in regular physical activity, and committed to connecting others to LBBC's trusted information and community of support.
Who is eligible for the program?
- Anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer - regardless of age or stage of diagnosis - currently living in the tri-state region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware)
Applicants should be:
- Committed to providing peer support, information and hope in a confidential manner to individuals affected by breast cancer
- Knowledgeable about in-person and virtual communities
- Physically active and enjoy walking or participating in similar low-impact exercise
- Comfortable posting and sharing information on Facebook
- Interested in making a difference in the breast cancer community
We will consider every application we receive but it is important for us to learn all we can about those who apply. Applicants will be asked to provide information detailing their:
- Active presence in their community - in-person or virtual
- Interest in serving as a Walking Tall Together Host
- Thoughts on how to recruit walkers and encourage participation from individuals in the community, especially those who are unfamiliar with LBBC
- Comfort in leading individuals in an all-levels walking group
Before applying, applicants should ask themselves the following questions:
- Am I comfortable serving as a community leader, recruiting individuals affected by breast cancer to participate in walks, and connecting with attendees during walks?
- Am I prepared to familiarize myself with LBBC's resources, programs, and offerings and share updates with those affected by breast cancer?
- Am I willing to create a safe and supportive space to allow for the sharing of all points of view? Even those that are different than mine?
- Am I independent, proactive, and comfortable coordinating logistics and planning details for small group activities?
- Am I creative in my approach to promoting Walking Tall Together opportunities?
- Do I enjoy regular walks and am I passionate about supporting others in their journey to adopt a walking routine?
If you answered 'yes' to all of these questions, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you!
Walking Tall Together Hosts will be required to meet the following commitments:
- Attend a mandatory 3-hour training on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at LBBC's headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, PA
- Serve a 13-month term beginning April 2018 and ending in April 2019
- Plan, promote, and host at least 4 Walking Tall Together events during their active term
- Share LBBC resources and program information with Walking Tall Together attendees
The role of a Walking Tall Together Host is to foster an environment of support and connect individuals to trusted information. To fulfill this mission, we have designed an ongoing training and support schedule to keep our volunteers up-to-date on LBBC offerings. In addition to the training and host requirements, volunteers are expected to:
- Participate in 2 Program Support Calls
- Attend 1 Walking Tall Together Training Walk in March or April 2018 in the Philadelphia area
LBBC will hold a mandatory 3-hour training on April 7, 2018 for all accepted applicants. Training will be held at LBBC's headquarters in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
Applications for the 2018 Walking Tall Together Host Training are now open. Click to apply.
Application must be completed by Tuesday, February 27. Applicants may be contacted by email the week of March 5 to schedule phone interviews as part of the application process. Those accepted into the program will be notified the week of March 19.