Chilliwack Health Services

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Chilliwack Health Services.  On the Chilliwack General Hospital campus, there is a range of volunteer programs from patient, resident and visitor support roles to fundraising activities.  Become a part of our volunteer team and get involved in your community!

Volunteer involvement is essential to the quality and continuity of health care services on the Chilliwack General Hospital campus and in the community. For this reason, the Volunteer Resources department takes special care and time in the selection and placement of volunteers. Please review the important information below about where and how you can get involved.

Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary

The Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary members give thousands of hours annually and donate funds to support health care services and buy vital equipment needed for patient care. 

  • Thrift Shoppe: Help with customer service, cashier and organize gently used items in the Auxiliary Thrift Shoppe located on Main Street in Chilliwack.
  • Information desk/wayfinding: Support patients, families and visitors by providing a friendly welcome, information, and help to find their way to their destination.
  • Ambulatory Day Care/I.V. Therapy: Help staff to provide a supportive environment for patients during their medical procedure; offer warm blankets and refreshments.
  • Activity cart program: Visit with patients while offering activities to reduce boredom, such as crosswords, cards, coloring, music or gentle fitness movements.
  • Diabetes Clinic: Provide support to patients and families while they attend the diabetes clinic; assist with distribution of education materials.
  • Patient Assessment/Transition Home (PATH) unit: Tea service and visiting program – deliver tea and cookies to patients while providing a friendly visit.
  • Pediatric observation unit: Encourage and play with children or their siblings on the pediatric observation unit.
  • Knitting program: Knit or crotchet baby clothes, blankets, toques or socks.

Service League

Since 1935, members of the Service League have been generously supporting Chilliwack Health Services with fundraising for hospital equipment and patient comfort items. They also provide emotional support to patients in a variety of outpatient clinics.

  • Comfort cart: Offer residents in Bradley Centre an opportunity to purchase from the mobile comfort items cart.
  • Gift Shop: Offer assistance to patients and visitors with making purchases from the gift shop; operate cash machines and replenish stock.
  • Eye Clinic, Orthopedic Clinic, Surgical Day Care: Offer emotional support to patients, photocopy, collate charts and assist staff as required.
  • PATH (Geriatric) Unit tea service and visiting program: Serve tea and cookies to patients while providing a friendly companionship visit.
  • Paediatric observation unit: Provide playtime, companionship and social interaction with patients and/or their siblings.

Community volunteers

Community volunteers contribute by providing social and emotional support in patient or residential care areas:

  • Emergency: Enhance communication and provide comfort and support to patients, families and visitors in the Emergency Department.
  • Ambulatory Day Care and Outpatient Clinics: Provide emotional support to patients who are receiving medical and/or surgical treatments; assist staff with non-clinical duties.
  • Activity cart visiting program: Encourage patients to participate in leisure activities; provide companionship and social interaction.
  • Volunteer Resources, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation: Help behind the scenes with data entry, office work, or research.
  • Paediatric Observation Unit: Provide playtime, companionship and social interaction with patients and/or their siblings.
  • NETCARE Day Program for Older Adults: Volunteers support older adults to participate in recreation and leisure activities at the day care centre. Shifts are weekdays between 10am – 2pm.

Partnership volunteers

Chilliwack General Hospital is also fortunate to have partnerships with many agencies:

  1. Chilliwack Hospice Society: Visitation volunteers provide support to terminally ill patients and their families and friends on the Chilliwack General Hospital palliative care unit.
  2. BC Pets & Friends and St. John Ambulance: Trained pet and friend teams visit with patients and residents who love animals.

Requirements

Volunteers must meet these requirements:

  • Application, screening, interview, references, orientation, and training
  • Criminal record check (for most areas)
  • Minimum age of 16-18 years old (depending on the program)
  • Minimum commitment of 75 hours of volunteer service to a regular schedule (shifts range from 2-6 hours once or twice a week)

Benefits

Beyond the satisfaction of meeting people and helping others, volunteers receive:

  • Orientation, training, and staff support
  • References upon successful completion of 75 hours of volunteer service
  • Invitations to special events and health care education workshops
  • Valuable work experiences and knowledge about the health care community

How to apply

Follow THREE steps to learn how to apply:

  1. Visit GoVolunteer to see if there are any current openings in the volunteer programs that you are interested in before completing the application form.
  2. Over 19 years old? Please complete an online application or download and submit an application package to the Volunteer Resources Department at Chilliwack General Hospital.
  3. Under 19 years old? Priority for placement in the VolunTEEN program at Chilliwack General Hospital is given to students who have prior health care volunteer experience.  Please complete an online application for volunteer positions at Heritage Village or Bradley Centre.

We will make every effort to match you with the volunteer opportunity that meets your interests and abilities.

Contact us

For more information or if you have questions, please contact:

Chilliwack General Hospital Volunteer Resources Department
Main Office: 45600 Menholm Rd, Chilliwack, BC V2R 1P8
Email:  sue.mills@fraserhealth.ca

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