Resources for More Information: Organizing Help

Author: Christina Bach, MBE, LCSW, OSW-C
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You can find tips on the internet to help you during and after your cancer treatment. You want to make sure what you are reading is true. OncoLink finds these websites to be up-to-date and reliable. These websites provide web-based tools to assist you in organizing practical assistance like meal delivery, transportation to appointments, childcare, pet care, and companionship.

Caring Bridge

Users can set up a free website to update family and friends about news, share photos, manage tasks, and coordinate volunteers. Users can invite people to visit or share their site via social media sites. For use by persons of any age and with any illness.

www.caringbridge.org

My LifeLine

In partnership with the Cancer Support Community, My LifeLine provides a free platform to provide updates to family and friends, coordinate volunteers and cancer resources. Provides privacy controls so the user can give access to select persons. Targeted only to cancer patients.

www.mylifeline.org

Lotsa Helping Hands

Provides online space for users to create an online support community to organize help. Offers a calendar where users can highlight what help is needed and for what tasks on specific days. Also allows users to give updates to family and friends and receive support and notes of encouragement. For use by persons of any age and with any illness.

www.lotsahelpinghands.com

Meal Train

Supplies an online tool for organizing meals after a birth, surgery, or illness. Uses an interactive, online meal calendar and the ability to customize dates, times, and meal preferences. Can also be set up to send reminder emails to those who have volunteered to bring food. The basic platform is free. Enhanced Meal Train Plus is available for a fee and allows users to coordinate multiple meals per day as well as rides, childcare, and other tasks. 

www.mealtrain.com

Take Them A Meal

Provides the ability to create an online signup sheet for family and friends to take meals to those in need. Sends automated reminder emails. Supplies recipes for “travel-friendly” meals as well as an option to send prepared frozen meals via Fed-Ex. 

www.takethemameal.com

www.sendthemameal.com

Sign-Up Genius

Basic platform is free of charge and allows users to coordinate sign-ups for simple, one-time events. This can be great for appointments, a pot-luck, fundraiser, or other celebration. 

www.signupgenius.com

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