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Cancer Community Center

The place to start when you don’t know where to begin.

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Programs

Creative Expression

Creative Expression workshops are a way to relieve stress and refuel yourself for the road ahead. These creative outlets are a wonderful way to manage stress and foster new friendships. Most Creative Expression workshops require advance registration. No experience is needed and all supplies are provided.

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Education & Resources

The Center provides a wide range of educational events and resources including: Ask the Expert series, Weekly Walk Thru, Look Good...Feel Better. Some activities require advance registration.

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Social Opportunities

Community is a large part of the Cancer Community Center – a place where everyone has been affected by a cancer diagnosis. Sometimes people just want to come to have fun and forget about cancer for a while. Social opportunities are a great place to make new friends!

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Support Groups

Center groups are gatherings of people facing similar cancer experiences. All support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers. Since many groups meet around dinner time, we encourage you to your to bring your meal.

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Wellness

For people experiencing cancer, maintaining a wellness plan is a vital part of improving physical and psychological well-being. The Center promotes the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle with movement, yoga, meditation and nutrition education opportunities, as well as complementary therapies.

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Complementary Therapies

These treatments offer a chance to try a complementary type of therapy. Preference is given to people who are in treatment. Please check with your health care provider before trying any of these therapies.

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Maine Buddy Program ™

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If you are facing your own or a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment, or if you are grieving a loss to cancer, the Maine Buddy Program can help. This statewide, one-to-one program provides an important complement to support provided by family and friends by connecting you with a trained volunteer who has “been there” in a similar cancer experience. Buddies most often meet by telephone. Depending on proximity, Buddies may meet in person and some communicate by email as well.

How can a Buddy help?

  • Buddies can use their unique perspective to provide support, hope, and encouragement as you move through your or your loved one’s cancer journey or grief process.
  • Buddies can provide an opportunity for sharing information
  • and for talking through treatment options and other decisions.
  • Buddies can share their own cancer stories and strategies for coping.

How does the program work?

  • Because everyone’s needs for support are different, the program is flexible, connecting people in many ways.
  • Buddies are available at any stage of the treatment or loss experience
  • Matches can be made using a wide variety of individual criteria, including but not limited to, the type of cancer or treatment, age, and geographic location
  • Buddies can choose to talk over the telephone or they can agree to meet in person, if possible
  • You can talk with a Buddy once, or stay in contact for a period of many months

For information on finding or becoming a Buddy, please call Molly Stewart, MSW at the Cancer Community Center or email mstewart@cancercommunitycenter.org.

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Fundraising Events

12th Annual Online Auction

Get ready to Click! Bid! Win! Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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Summertime Social

East Coast Yacht Sales - 106 Lafayette Street, Yarmouth, ME

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Fight Back Festival

Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 26, 2015 Fight Back Festival and Not Dead Yet Bike Ride Pineland Farms New Gloucester  

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Volunteer

You can help people touched by cancer.
Become a volunteer with the Cancer Community Center.

 

Maine Buddy Program™

Buddies are peer partners who have been through their own cancer experience and a 6-hour training program so they can provide support, encouragement, and understanding to others. Our statewide program offers flexibility for both Buddies and the person they are matched with. For more information email Molly at:  mstewart@CancerCommunityCenter.org.

Support Group Facilitators

Effectively facilitated support groups are part of the Center programming offered for people living with cancer and their loved ones.  Trained facilitators from various professional backgrounds go through an 18-hour training program.  Each group is facilitated by two volunteers.  Support group information is available here.  For more information on the facilitator training program, email Molly at: mstewart@CancerCommunityCenter.org.

Special Events Volunteers

The Center has a variety of fundraising events, and often benefits from community fundraisers held by others.  Volunteers are always needed for these events, and can participate in such tasks as ticket-selling, serving food, water stops in races, setting up and breaking down materials and equipment for events. If you’re interested in helping with a special event, please complete and submit the volunteer application.

Office Volunteers

Office volunteers can have regular, weekly shifts, or occasionally be called in to assist with specific projects, mailings, or to fill in answering the phones and greeting and directing visitors and participants. Interested? Complete and submit the volunteer application below.

Outreach and Community Volunteers

The Center often has a table display at local events, fairs and conferences.  Volunteers staff the table and help spread the word about the Center and its programs and upcoming events. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, please complete and submit the volunteer application.

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The Cancer Community would not exist without community support.
Please consider a donation in whatever way you’re able.

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About Us

The mission of the Cancer Community Center is to support and promote the well-being of people living with cancer, their families and their friends.

support-groups-photoThe Center is a place where people touched by cancer can take part in wellness and creative expression programs, support groups, educational presentations, and social opportunities. All programs are offered at no charge to participants and are made possible through the generosity of the community.

Guiding Principles

  • Provide free programs in a comfortable setting.
  • Offer ongoing support groups led by trained facilitators.
  • Provide information, learning and networking in the broader community.
  • Develop a community of volunteers to support the mission of the Center.
  • Provide a place where bonds between people are strong.
  • Include caring and humor in every day.

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Phone Numbers:

Local: (207) 774-2200

Toll Free: (877) 774-2200

Fax: (207) 773-9498

Address:

778 Main Street

South Portland, ME  04106-5447