American Cancer Society Volunteers Pledge Over 50,000 Volunteer Hours

06/21/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the American Cancer Society is encouraging Americans across the country to pledge volunteer hours they plan to complete in 2010. Whether someone is a seasoned volunteer or a newcomer, whether they have only one hour to give or hundreds, the organization hopes to inspire people in every state to make a difference in the battle against cancer in their communities.

The national nonprofit's goal is to alleviate suffering caused by cancer -- by spreading awareness, funding cutting edge cancer research and supporting individual patients coping with any form of cancer.

The American Cancer Society has a wide range of volunteer opportunities, from organizing community fundraising events like Relay For Life to teaching about cancer detection and treatments through local education programs. Some volunteers will also work to support nearby cancer patients and their families through one-on-one relationships and community support groups.

So far, volunteers have pledged to complete over 50,000 volunteer hours in 2010 and the numbers continue to rise.