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Becoming a Member



Membership at Gilda's Club is completely free of charge and open to all people living with cancer as well as their families and friends.


Initial Contact

Those interested in becoming a member can speak to a Gilda's Club staff member to learn more about the program and make a reservation to attend an upcoming New Member Meeting.


New Member Meeting

Scheduled at each Gilda's Club several times per week, these sessions can include any number of prospective members as well as a facilitator and cancer survivor or family member volunteer. The facilitator describes how the Gilda's Club program can apply to specific issues. The session concludes with a tour of the clubhouse and the scheduling of a Customized Membership Plan (CMP) meeting if the person wishes to become a member.


Customized Membership Plan (CMP)TM

This one-hour, one-on-one collaborative discussion with a staff member, volunteer, or certified mental health professional allows each prospective member to structure a personal and unique plan for emotional and social support at Gilda's Club. This personalized plan incorporates the parts of the Gilda's Club program that best serve the individual's needs and interests.


Welcome Letter

After review of the prospective member's CMP by a senior staff member, a welcome letter and Gilda's Club membership card are sent to the new member. A staff member also makes a follow up call to confirm initial activity selections and to invite any additional questions.










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