Welcome to the Compassion & Choices Volunteer Resource Center, your
one-stop shop for volunteer information and resources. On this page, you
will find everything you need to get involved as a Compassion & Choices volunteer.
Getting started as a volunteer with Compassion & Choices is easy! Just follow a few simple steps:
- Sign up to volunteer using our online form.
- If there is an Action Team in your area, you will be put in touch with your local Action Team leader to get started.
- If there is not an Action Team in your area, you’ll be linked up to our network of training resources and advocacy materials, and we’ll get in touch with you when your efforts count most and if a new Action Team Leader steps up in your area.
- Meanwhile, watch and read through the materials below to learn more!
- Volunteer Orientation Video Presentation This comprehensive orientation for new volunteers gives an overview of Compassion & Choices’ work to authorize and implement medical aid-in-dying laws in all fifty states, and provides volunteers with the next steps they can take to join in these efforts.
- Understand medical aid in dying
- Why Compassion and Choices is a Consumer Movement Compassion & Choices President Barbara Coombs Lee explains the history of C&C and the end-of-life choice movement
- Confidentiality Agreement note that Compassion & Choices volunteers are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement on an annual basis by Feb. 1 of each year
- Volunteer Media Policy note that Compassion & Choices volunteers are asked to sign the media policy on an annual basis by Feb. 1 of each year
- Toolkit: Communication with Your Legislators and the Media
- Toolkit: Petitions, Tabling and Canvassing
- Toolkit: Basic Lobbying
- Toolkit: Passing a Local Resolution
- Toolkit: Holding a “How to Die in Oregon Screening”
- Toolkit: Holding a House Party
Toolkit: LGBT Outreach – Comprehensive materials for outreach in the LGBT community.
Toolkit: Public Speaking –Educate your community about Compassion & Choices and end-of-life options.
Student Activity Guide– Make your next school paper, presentation or discussion about a cutting-edge issue.
Volunteer Brownbag Archives
The National Volunteer Brownbag Series is a free hour-long educational conference call that features leaders in the end-of-life care movement talking about important and timely topics. The Volunteer BrownBag Series will resume in September, 2018. In the meantime, the BrownBag Archives include speakers and topics that are still relevant to the work that we do. Click here to view the archives of speakers and topics.
- May 2017, California & Oregon Director Matt Whitaker discusses the importance of public speaking in the end-of-life options movement and provides best practices and tips for giving presentations.
- April 2017, Staff Attorney Jonathan Patterson, who discussed our efforts to protect existing medical aid-in-dying laws and authorize medical aid in dying through the courts.
- March 2017, Massachusetts Campaign Manager Marie Manis describes how passing local resolutions can be a powerful advocacy tool in jurisdictions across the country.
- February 2017, Campaign Manager for Doctors for Dignity Dr. Rebecca Thoman discusses the critical role physicians play in advocating for expanded end-of-life options.
- January 2017, President Barbara Coombs Lee talks about what lies ahead for the end-of-life options and care movement in 2017
- December 2016, National Storytelling Project Manager Christal Smith talks about how the Compassion & Choices storytelling project elevates and highlights the voices of Americans fighting to improve end-of-life care and options.
- October 2016, National Boardmember Debbi Gibbs, who identifies as libertarian, discusses the intersection between medical aid in dying and libertarianism, and how understanding this connection could bring new supporters to the movement.
- March 2016, National Director of Political Affairs and Advocacy Jessica Grennan discusses Compassion & Choices’ work in states across the country campaigning for a full range of end-of-life options, including medical aid in dying.
- February 2016, National Constituency Manager Brandi Alexander talks about how Compassion & Choices engages and aligns with diverse constituencies.
- January 2016, New York Campaign Director Corinne Carey talks about New York state’s plans to follow in California’s footsteps and be the next big state to pass medical aid-in-dying legislation.
- December 2015, Multi-State Implementation Manager Matt Whitaker discusses Compassion & Choices’ plans for ensuring that Californians can access their newly passed medical aid-in-dying law
- November 2015, California Campaign Director Toni Broaddus tells the story of how the California End of Life Options Act made its way through the legislature, to the Governor’s desk, and into law two years ahead of schedule.
- September 2015, National Medical Director Dr. David Grube describes the Oregon experience and his personal medical practice of aid in dying for patients.
Quarterly Action Bulletins
Once you’ve reviewed the training materials and have a more comprehensive understanding of the end-of-life care and options issues we work on, get started today by reading through the most recent edition of our Quarterly Action Bulletin! The Quarterly Action Bulletin is designed to let you know exactly what you can do to help the end-of-life options movement right now and give you the resources you need to to be effective. Every volunteer opportunity on the bulletin will push our movement forward and will prepare you for future advocacy.
Winter 2018 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Fall 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Summer 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Spring 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Winter 2017 Quarterly Action Bulletin
Fall 2016 Quarterly Action Bulletin