Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers

Is there an online registration form to volunteer?

Yes, there is. Everyone on our Interested Volunteer list will receive an email when the online signup form is activated, usually 4-6 weeks before an event. Some volunteer jobs require particular qualifications. In addition, there may be a need for us to have a conversation with you. For these reasons we prefer, if you would like to be placed on our Interested Volunteer list,  that you alert us to your desire to volunteer by emailing us with your wishes and your contact information. Send any inquiries to

How long will the day be?

Normally will have two shifts available for volunteering.  In general, volunteers are asked to arrive between 7:15 and 800am if assigned to the first shift, and will be released anywhere from 12:15pm  to about 1:00pm, dependent upon what jobs they are performing. The second shift will arrive at 12:30 and stay until 6:00p.m. For a special event these shifts and times may need to be adjusted. Volunteers will be fed lunch and other refreshments during the day.

What should I wear to a tissue collection event?

You will be given a Komen Tissue Bank Tshirt to wear. Please pair it with any bottom – skirt or pants – that is appropriate and comfortable. You should wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in.

Do I need to be in the medical field to volunteer?

Not at all. We do have several volunteer positions which must be filled by medical professionals, but large numbers of our volunteers are lay people.

Do I have to pay for parking?

Currently, most of our collection events are held at the IU Simon Cancer Center on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), just west of downtown. At these events, volunteers are able to park in the adjoining parking garage at no charge. When we travel to other cities the volunteers who accompany us may have to take on some of their own travel expenses.

May I bring my child(ren) to help?

Though we do have some positions which can easily be performed by responsible teenagers, we do not encourage the accompaniment of any children without the volunteer having made prior arrangements with our event manager.

Can I donate and volunteer on the same day?

If there is only one volunteer shift, we rarely allow volunteers to donate during the event which they are working, as volunteers need to remain at their posts throughout the entire shift. Many of our events, however, are structured for two volunteer shifts. If this is the case, volunteers may donate during the shift they are not working. They should make an appointment like all other donors.

Are men allowed to volunteer?

Absolutely! We have several volunteers who are men. All tissue collections occur in closed examination rooms, ensuring the privacy and comfort of donors.

Where can I find research published using the KTB samples?

Please click here to find a listing of manuscripts published which have used samples from the Komen Tissue Bank.