Be A Volunteer, Join the G-Force Today!

G-Force, it’s what we call the volunteer force behind all the good work of Gems of Hope. Do you want to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families? Every person counts, and at Gems of Hope you can make a difference in the lives of many by providing hope to those dealing with cancer in our community.

At the core of our programs is the “gifts of hope” distribution. Volunteers handcraft cards with inspirational sayings and mount handmade earrings or bookmarks, or a serenity circle or stone to the card.  The gifts are distributed in oncology clinics and hospitals throughout The Corridor.

Gems of Hope volunteers help provide over 750 “gifts of hope” each month to cancer patients in the Corridor!

Volunteering for Gems can help you:

  • Feel good about supporting cancer patients with a message of hope
  • Learn something
  • Help fulfill a civic responsibility
  • Make our community better
  • Connect and network with others in the community
  • Fulfill volunteer hours required for school or other groups
  • Gain professional experience
  • Bring you together with others and give you a sense of belonging
  • Cope with a cancer diagnosis in your family
  • Provide art therapy and a casual and informal support system

In addition to our workshops Gems needs volunteers in the office to help with project and events. Download the volunteer application now!

To learn more about how important volunteers our to our organization, watch this video! 

If you are a current volunteer that needs to track hours, click on the link below for your hours log!

Hours Log

If you want to learn more about volunteerism at Gems, read our handbook now!

Volunteer Handbook


Here is a bit more information about all of our volunteer needs!

Position Description Commitment
Gifts of Hope

“Gifts of Hope”

Brighten the day of a Corridor cancer patient. Handcraft cards with inspirational sayings or make beaded earrings or bookmarks for our “gifts of hope” program. The 2nd  and 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month are set workshop times in Cedar Rapids. The 1st and 4th Thursday of each month are set workshop times for Iowa City. As often as you like, workshops last 1 hour
“Gifts of Hope” Workshop  


Help guide creators of “gifts of hope” workshop volunteers through the creative and therapeutic process of making cards and gifts for Corridor Cancer Patients. As a facilitator you will be asked to set up workshops, host the event, and help workshop participants with their gift making. Choose to facilitate in your favorite area of beading or card-making! 1 workshop a month (or more if you would like). 3 hours per workshop
Gift Finisher Volunteers who are skilled in jewelry finishing are needed to twist/finish earrings made at workshops. This can be done at home and training can be provided! Every other month for 4 hours
Gift Assembler Can’t always attend workshops?  Here is a great chance to get in on the gift making by attaching circles/earrings/ bookmarks/stones to finished cards.  Cards are then stickered and sealed for distribution. This can be done in our office or at home after training. 3 hours monthly
Deliverer of “Gifts of Hope” Medical offices – Deliver the “gifts” to the staff at the clinics and hospitals who will then share our gifts with cancer patients. Gems of Hope distributors restock inventory monthly with new “gifts of hope” and drop off Gems of Hope brochures and other items.

Retail Distribution – Same as above to area businesses carrying “gifts of hope”.  Find new outlets that might be interested in supporting the Gems mission by stocking out “gifts of hope”!

3 hours monthly
What About Us?

Kid’s Camp


Help market and message this great FREE opportunity for kids ages 5-12 who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis in their family. Circulate news of the program, coordinate with social workers for supplies needed and assist with workshop logistics (3Xs a year.) 24 hours annually
Cancer Really

Sucks Guru


Work with teens in developing activities, content and updates for the web site and Facebook page! 6 hours monthly

Youth Advisory


Work with the Gems Youth Board made up of high school juniors & seniors from area schools. The group’s efforts focus on developing youth related programs and events, along with promoting engagement in Gems within the adolescent community through volunteering. 2 hours monthly
Pages for Hope


Facilitate the Pages for Hope library program and help get cancer related library resources into the hands of area students.  This program serves area schools and all grade levels! Spring & Fall, 15 hours
Hope Peddler Spread the word about Gems of Hope by serving on the outreach team. This team will speak about Gems of Hope to area businesses, and conduct outreach efforts at various community events like health fairs, farmer’s markets, etc. Responsible for set up/take down and assist with volunteer coordination. As needed


Help Gems continue to fulfill it’s mission by serving on a committee to raise funds for Gems of Hope. Choose from Hope Blooms (daffodil sales) or the Gems of Hope Golf Classic. 35-45 hours annually.
Daffodil Diva or


Deliver sunshine and happiness to your co-workers and the community through daffodil sales.  Be the primary point of contact for Hope Blooms (Gems’ annual fund-raiser) efforts in your organization/or the community. The good work you do will help to support Gems of Hope’s many program and events, as well as deliver bouquets and gifts to Corridor cancer patients. 10 hours January-March
Grant Finder and


Connect Gems to grant opportunities for programming & materials.  Author grants on behalf of Gems of Hope and help expand  the Gems mission through funding opportunities. As needed


Make sure Gems technology infrastructure helps Gems meet it’s mission efficiently and effectively. Work on computer upgrades, equipment & website maintenance, and other technical needs for Gems. As needed
Story Teller Help us tell the Gems story though the design of brochures, posters, billboards, social media channels, etc.   Spread the word through authentic and genuine storytelling that is relevant, timely and meaningful. As needed
G-Force Builder Ensure the sustainability of Gems of Hope by recruiting volunteers for the many great programs and events we offer. As needed
Legacy Leaver Be a part of the Gems of Hope board, or a committee, and help Gems of Hope continue to meet our mission of bringing hope to cancer patients and their families. As needed

Learn more about how we make our “gifts of hope” by watching these instructional videos on you tube (

Learn more about the workshop schedule on the events calendar located on this web site,

Join the G-Force today!