Casting for Recovery is an organization fueled by volunteers. We rely on the enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers for fundraising, planning and staffing retreats. More than 1,600 volunteers are hard at work for CfR across the country. Our volunteer community includes medical and psychosocial professionals, fly fishing instructors and retreat alumnae. Whether you’re an avid fly fisher, a go-getting fundraiser or just a passionate supporter, we need your help! Check out the volunteer opportunities below, and complete a volunteer application today to get involved.
UPDATE: For the 2021 retreat season, CfR is requiring participants and all retreat volunteers, including River Helpers, to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and to submit proof of their completed vaccination at least two weeks prior to the start of the retreat. This allows us to provide the safest experience possible for all who attend. Safety instructions specific to your retreat and location, including what to bring, will be sent to attendees in advance of the retreat. CfR will continue to update its safety procedures in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines relative to vaccines, transmission, and testing. Local health requirements (i.e. number of people who can congregate, etc.) will be adhered to as well.
Serves as a resource of information about breast cancer and as a reassuring presence to participants throughout the retreat weekend; works closely with Psychosocial Facilitator to support participant needs; facilitates a discussion of the physical effects of breast cancer and leads warm-up exercises before casting practice. Does not provide medical services at the retreat.
Qualifications: Medical professionals (i.e.oncology nurse, an oncologic physician, breast surgeon, breast nurse navigator, etc.) who have a working knowledge of current breast cancer treatments and follow-up, including potential complications (e.g. loss of motion, lymphedema, fatigue, etc.), and survivorship issues such as diet and nutrition, reconstructive surgery, risk of recurrence, etc. Current CPR/First Aid certification.
Facilitates group activities and discussion on the emotional effect of breast cancer; ensures an inclusive and open atmosphere; monitors the emotional needs of participants and staff and provides support as needed throughout the retreat.
Qualifications: Professional licensure, degrees or certifications (OSW-C, LPC, LMFT, MSW) are desirable and at least 3 years of experience conducting Individual and/or group therapy and support groups in oncology. Experienced in breast cancer, trauma and bereavement issues.
Develops, inspires, and leads a volunteer team committed to the responsibilities associated with organizing and fundraising for the CfR program in your area. Works collaboratively with national office staff to recruit team members, ensure adequate coverage of essential team roles, and acts as the liaison to the national office.
Responsible for the management of the retreat during the course of the two and a half days according to established CfR guidelines and protocol.
Communicates with all selected participants with pre-retreat planning/communications. Serves as the main point of contact prior to the retreat for questions. Contacts alternates as needed.
Fly Fishing Instructor
Leads and/or assists with demonstrations and classroom sessions to teach the basics of fly fishing according to CfR casting/instructor protocol. May serve as a River Helper during catch-and-release fishing during the retreat.
River Helper (Guide)
Serves as a volunteer fly fishing instructor/guide for a CfR participant for a half-day of catch-and-release fly fishing on the final day of the retreat.
Qualifications: An experienced fly fisher, comfortable wading and assisting a beginner angler in moving water. Open to both male & female anglers.
Serves as a greeter and helps participants feel comfortable and welcome throughout the retreat.
There are many way to help us beyond the roles described above. The volunteer application provides an opportunity to list your skills/interests and the ways you would like to be involved.
“This was a fantastic retreat. I feel so much calmer now and have a renewed spirit!”
"Words will never cover the depth of my gratitude for being able to participate in CfR and how much my life has changed. I love fishing! I love the adventures my new life has given me. I used to be afraid of dying. Now I realize I need to be more concerned with not living."
"You gave us a weekend that has changed our lives, and friendships that will last our lifetimes. You are a catalyst and an inspiration for many positive things."
"The best part is that you get the chance to experience a new skill that provides a challenge and hope to move forward. I've thought numerous times about standing in that stream with my river guide trying to cast my line to catch the elusive fish, and the sheer awesomeness of it all. And that gives me hope."
"My experience was so wonderful. I still think about it often and get a wave of positive feelings every time I do! I now love fishing and go with my grandchild a few times every summer."
"I can still remember the laughter and tears I shared with my fellow breast cancer survivors...but mostly the laughter. Learning how to fly fish was a wonderful experience; I've even continued to try my hand at it. I cannot say enough about the caring and compassionate staff."
"The fishing was great, but the friendships we made and the long talks among all of us is something to remember."
"There is so much more to the CfR weekend than fishing. Learning to fly fish was great--I'm looking forward to trout season already. But it couldn't touch the interaction of the women; lasting friendships were forged over those three days."
"My Casting for Recovery weekend was priceless. It helped me discover how to believe in tomorrow again. All the kindness, compassion, and warmth of the volunteers and participants has had a ripple effect to help me find hope and begin to heal inside and out."