Women Swimmin' for Hospicare

Volunteer Information

Join us for our 19th Annual Women Swimmin' for Hospicare! We’d love to have you volunteer at Cass Park or at the Ithaca Yacht Club on Saturday, August 13 We rely on 200+ volunteers to ensure the safety of our 300+ swimmers.  Please join us!  On Swim Day, busses will transport swimmers from Cass Park to Bolton Point, where they will get in the water and swim across the lake to the Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC). The swim will conclude with a celebration of all our efforts at IYC!  

    All money raised by Women Swimmin’ goes directly toward patient services at Hospicare, including subsidies for patients without means to cover the cost of their care, and bereavement services for those in our community dealing with loss (regardless of if their loved one died on hospice services or not). Together, we make a difference in our community.  Thank you for helping us out! 

    Volunteer Registration ~ Community Volunteer Positions!

    Women Swimmin’ Office Assistant – Wednesdays in July and August. 10:00am - 12:00pm at the Hospicare residence. Various administrative tasks to help the Hospicare event planning team get ready for the big day! Your COVID vaccinations must be up to date.  Email Kimari at womenswimmin@hospicare.org if you are interested.  

    Boater Meeting Friday, August 12. 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Boynton Middle School. Help get our support boaters ready to go for Swim Day! Sell raffle tickets and merchandise and check boaters in. Sign-up to volunteer at the Boater Meeting!


    Swim Day Volunteer Spots – Saturday, August 13, 2022 

    Cass Park on Swim Day – Various positions and time slots from 5:30am – 10:00am. Help our awesome swimmers as they start their day! Swimmers arrive at the Cass Park Rink and get checked in and sorted into their pods before boarding the buses that will take them to the east side of the lake where they'll start their swim. Spectators and volunteers arrive at Union Fields (near the softball/baseball fields), park and catch the shuttle buses to the IYC. Sign up to volunteer at Cass Park! 

    Ithaca Yacht Club on Swim Day – Various positions and time slots from 6:00am-1:00pm. The Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC) is where the big excitement happens! Boaters arrive and launch from the shore. Swimmers will come ashore from their swim across the lake here, to be greeted by friends and family. Everyone can enjoy breakfast, buy raffle tickets and merchandise, and listen to the band. Volunteers are encouraged to take the shuttle from Cass Park as there is limited parking at IYC.  Sign-up to volunteer at IYC! 

    Packet Pick-Ups - Option to pick up your t-shirt and nametag before Swim Day!

    Join us for our “drive through” packet pick up! Stop by and be greeted by Hospicare staff and volunteers and receive your T-shirt and goodies. You can have a friend pick up your packet for you. 

     All pick-ups are at the Hospicare residence at 172 E King Road, Ithaca. Participant packets are for swimmers, folks who are Going the Distance, and our fundraisers. Volunteers can also pick up their T-shirt and nametag at the packet pick-ups.

    Hours for Outdoor Pick Ups:

    • Wednesday, August 10 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Thursday, August 11 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Thursday, August 11 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    • Your volunteer t-shirt (your entry "ticket" for our complimentary breakfast at IYC
    • A Women Swimmin' Volunteer Nametag
    • PLUS! A few special surprises...

    OUTDOOR PACKET PICK UP - HOW IT WORKS...You can drive through or get out of your car and hang out with us for a while!

    1. GOT DONATIONS? Get a form and fill it out. Pick up an envelope for last minute donations. 
    2. GET YOUR PACKET - Check in and get your packet and goodies.
    3. WANT MERCHANDISE? We will have t-shirts, thank you notes, hats, pottery, and other goodies for sale. (Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.)

    WIN PRIZES! Every participant  or volunteer who picks up their packet will have a chance to win one of our raffle baskets. Winners will be drawn during our closing ceremony on Swim Day, Saturday, August 13th.